Braden Abraham. Photo by Alan Alabastro Photography
Braden Abraham. Photo by Alan Alabastro Photography

Seattle Repertory Theatre’s board of trustees recently announced that Braden Abraham has been appointed as the official artistic head of Seattle Repertory Theatre (155 Mercer St.), effective immediately.

Abraham has been a member of the artistic staff at Seattle Rep for 13 years, including six as associate artistic director, before stepping in as acting artistic director in June 2014, following the sudden passing of Jerry Manning. 

Abraham’s appointment is on a four-year contract through 2019.

A longtime Washingtonian, Abraham received a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Washington University. He has worked for three artistic directors at Seattle Rep. 

In 2002, he served as an artistic intern and was hired for a full-time artistic position by artistic director Sharon Ott the following year. From 2005 to 2008, Abraham worked closely with her successor, David Esbjornson, and then when Manning took the artic helm in 2008, Abraham was promoted to associate artistic director. 

During his tenure at Seattle Rep, Abraham has helped re-envision the New Play Program, starting the Writers Group for local playwrights and bringing new voices to the stage, including Samuel D. Hunter, Laura Schellhardt and Anna Ziegler.