Caption: Seattle Rep’s new acting artistic director, Braden Abraham. Photo by Bronwen Houck
Caption: Seattle Rep’s new acting artistic director, Braden Abraham. Photo by Bronwen Houck
Braden Abraham has been appointed Seattle Repertory Theatre’s acting artistic director, effective immediately.

Abraham formerly served as associate artistic director and has been on the artistic staff of Seattle Rep (155 Mercer St.) since 2003. The appointment, extending through June 30, 2016, comes on the heels of the death of artistic director Jerry Manning, who died suddenly in April.

A lifelong Washingtonian, Abraham grew up in the San Juan Islands and 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 the following year, Sharon Ott hired him for a full-time artistic position. From 2005 to 2008, Abraham worked closely with David Esbjornson, and when Manning took the helm in 2008, he was promoted to associate artistic director.

Under Manning’s leadership, Abraham helped re-envision the New Play Program, starting the Writers Group for local playwrights and bringing new voices to Seattle Rep.

Abraham has developed plays with Seattle Rep, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Denver Center, The William Inge Theater Festival, Portland Center Stage, The Playwrights Center and New Century Theatre Company.

He has been a guest artist at Stanford University, Gonzaga University, the University of Idaho and Seattle University.