Linda Hartzell has been the Artistic Director of Seattle Children’s Theatre and its Education Programs since 1984. She received her BA in Education from the University of Washington, and was a recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award from UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994. Hartzell has directed 63 plays for SCT, 46 of which were world premieres. In addition to SCT productions, Linda directed The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at the Syracuse Stage and developed a new toddler production, Dot & Ziggy, which premiered at Chicago Children’s Theatre. Previously, she directed The Grapes of Wrath at Intiman Theatre, and the Australian premiere of Afternoon of the Elves. Linda serves on the Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She was formerly on the board of Theatre Communications Group, and served on the board and is a former vice president of the United States Center for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (TYA/ USA). Linda has been invested as a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, and has received the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America’s Corey Medallion Award. She has been honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award of UW’s College of Arts and Sciences, with ArtsFund’s Outstanding Achievement in the Arts award, the Mayor’s Arts Award and the Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award from Theatre Puget Sound.