Director & Teachers
Founder and Director
Drue Robinson founded the Bellingham Children’s Theatre in 1994. She holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University in New York City, where she trained with Obie-award winning director Anne Bogart in Viewpoints and Suzuki, studied acting and movement with Andrei Serban, Niky Wolcz, and Larry Singer, as well as Voice with renowned vocal instructor Kristin Linklater. In addition to devising new works for the general public, and for BCT, Drue teaches interdisciplinary performance studies at Fairhaven College on the campus of WWU.
Devising original theatre is incredibly rewarding work. It’s especially poignant when the players involved are youth and elders form our own community. At BCT we offer an approach to theatre that isn’t often found: rather than staging popular Disney or Broadway shows over and over again, at BCT we collaboratively create shows that spring from the imaginations and life experiences of the cast members themselves. What often results is hlarious, poignant, and moving theatre filled with depth, soul, and personality. I’m proud to be the only theatre in Bellingham to have been given two Mayor’s Arts Awards, and am honored to have a devoted audience base that supports BCT’s original work. We’re home-grown local, wonderfully experimental, and committed to teaching solid fundamentals in Acting to all ages.
Some of Drue’s scripts can be found at Playscripts.com. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and her other companies include: Viewpoints Theatre Ensemble, Sister Stage, and the World Intergenerational Theatre Institute.
Jessika Houston moved to Bellingham in the fall of 2009, and is so thankful to be a part of the welcoming creative community here. As a teaching artist, actor, and dancer, she’s been going non-stop and is now so excited to be a part of Bellingham Children’s Theatre. Jessika grew up dancing, and started teaching dance professionally at the age of 15. When she was 18 she moved to Seattle and and changed her focus to theatre, and education. In 2007, she graduated cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Theatre and Performing Arts. She then studied and completed the teaching artist internship and apprenticeship at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she continued to work as a teaching artist. With a passion of giving education and theatre to all, she lived in Nepal for 5 months to do just that. After traveling in Asia for 9 months, Seattle was too much for her to handle….and Bellingham became the perfect fit!
Angela Mills-Watson is an alum of Bellingham Children’s Theater who started her acting career as “Aunti Um” in BCT’s Silver Beach Elementary School production of Wozard of Iz when she was in 5th grade. She graced BCT’s stage from 1994 to 2000, originating roles in many new productions: Schnuzik, Once Upon the End, and Whistlin’ Dixie to name a few. She performed in BCT’s Seattle Fringe Festival 2000 cast of Once Upon The End which was awarded the People’s Choice. In 2010 she returned to BCT as an adult actor in The Wutcraker and became a member of Viewpoints Theater Ensemble, performing in Chekhov in Love, and Poke • Chat • Friend: Relationships and Technology. Angela has enjoyed roles in Hello Dolly, The Miracle Worker, The Music Man, and Inherit the Wind. She, like Jessika, studied at Cornish College of the Arts and graduated in 2007 with her BFA in Musical Theater. In the winter of 2008/09 she spent her time traveling to schools with Missoula Children’s theater. Though she loved Seattle, Angela always hoped to return home to Bellingham and somehow keep theater in her life. She would like to thank Drue for introducing her to theater and helping her to keep it a part of her life.
“I love Drue and BCT and I can’t wait to see what this next adventure brings.”