UMO is an ensemble of artists, committed to the mission of UMO, who devise theater with an artistic instigator who leads and fosters each piece. Our current ensemble includes the following;
David Godsey is a graduate of theProfessional Training Program at the Circle in the Square in New York andthe Laboratory of Movement Studies at Ecole LeCoq in Paris. Since UMO’sco-founding in 1987, the Ensemble has been the primary focus and outlet for his performance work. Most recently David was lead artist for UMO’s Final Broadcast (2007). He also directed the creation of UMO’s Millennium Circus (1999) as well as Birth, Love, Death and Re-Birth (1996), a collaboration with the Seattle Men’s Chorus. Outside of UMO, David works with his partner Janet to create and perform original character clown pieces. David is currently a co-producer and performer with the Church of Great Rain on Vashon, where he can regularly be seen and heard preaching as the Reverend Hunter Davis.
Janet is a co founder of the UMO Ensemble, after completing 2 years at Ecole Jacques Lecoc(Paris), Janet conceived and directed UMO’s first full length production, El Dorado, and through that play brought buffoon theater to UMO. Janet has co’created and performed over 20 original porducitons with UMO since 1989. She has also appeared as “Bella” in Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and has created a solo performance titled “Grounded.” Janet taught buffoon, maks, and personal clown at Naropa Institute for nine years, and has tught LeCoq based personal clown since 1988. Janet co-wrote, directed and performed in both Body Inheritance and Fatal Peril with UMO and has directed Circus Contraption numerous times in the last 3 years. Red Tiger Tales marks Janet’s most recent creative inspiration with UMO, inspired by the humor found in her own Buddhist practice.
Maria Glanz is an award-winning actor, solo performer, writer, producer and teacher. She received an Artist Trust Fellowship in Theatre in 2002 and the Richard Hugo House Best Play Award the same year. Her solo works See Me Naked and Pu’uhonua (place of refuge) garnered her critical acclaim and numerous local and international honors including Best of Fest in Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe festivals, two Artistic Pick awards in the Seattle Fringe Festival, Top Ten List at the Montreal Fringe Festival, and more. Maria recently received a Gregory Award nomination for her role as Emily Dickinson in Sound Theatre Company's production of Belle of Amherst. She wrote the script for UMO's aerial Rapunzel, and she currently works at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.
Lyam White first worked with UMO in Fatal Peril; since then, he has performed in El Dorado! and been a writer and performer in Final Broadcast, Red Tiger Tales, and Maldoror. Other favorite roles have included Mark Antony in Antony & Cleopatra (Greenstage), the Marquis de Sade in Marat-Sade (Balagan), Edmond in David Mamet’s Edmond (Open Circle), and Bill in The Swan (Atlas Theatre).
Elizabeth Klob has been toiling, playing and reinventing herself in the theatrical world for 30 years. After graduating from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in acting she worked away at a theatrical career in NYC until she escaped to Seattle in 1992 to pursue her interest in creating physical ensemble theatre. She started the Open Circle Theater in the 90's when grunge was cool and theatre in Seattle was done in warehouses in the Lake Union District. She is the current executive artist for the UMO Ensemble where she directs, designs and performs. Her most notable directorial works include Pu’uhonua and See Me Naked with Maria Glanz and Open Circle Theater, Rapunzel, Fatal Peril, Red Tiger Tales, Fail Better and the Resistance Cabaret with UMO. Elizabeth owns and designs for Cicada Bridal in Seattle.