About Us

Studio 18 strives to provide a safe place for the development of aspiring artists. We are committed to professionalism and to fully representing the diversity of the Seattle artistic community. Studio 18 aims to create theatre that conscientiously questions the human condition, while making musical theatre accessible for a a broader audience.

Who We Are

Alia Collins-Friedrichs - Producing Artistic Director

Alia will attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in the fall, studying Applied Theatre and Community Drama. She has worked at the 5th Avenue Theatre for the past three seasons and has been an active member of the Twelfth Night Productions community for years.  Alia has been performing since childhood, and began producing with the The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as a student-run show at Ballard High School. Bonnie & Clyde is her first professionally produced show.  

Matthew Lang - Managing Artistic Director

Matt has been working in Seattle theatre in many aspects for the past 12 years. He studied Musical Theatre at both Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. Most commonly, Matt is to be found on stage as an actor, where he has appeared at theaters such as: Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, ArtsWest, and SecondStory Repertory. Matt often works as an educator in theatre teaching dance, acting, gymnastics, and voice to children. Matt is making his directorial debut with Studio 18's production of Bonnie and Clyde after working in the field under Steve Tomkins and Jerry Dixon at Village Theatre.