Line Sandsmark joined the Shunpike team as its Executive Director at the end of March 2016. Sandsmark’s international and local arts leadership experience includes working as producer or executive director for various film organizations in Scandinavia, in addition to her more recent roles as development director, then managing director of Northwest Film Forum. Her short films have been distributed through international festivals and broadcasters, and her work in the field of documentary financing and production has taken her all over the world. Sandsmark has also collaborated extensively with performing arts groups in theater, dance, and music. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Washington, conducted post-graduate studies in Critical Theory at University of Paris – Sorbonne, and earned her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She has authored commissioned reports on the viability and sustainability of film and cinema initiatives in both Norway and the Middle East, and has focused on similar issues facing the film and fashion sectors of the Pacific Northwest. The intersection of art and commerce is a recurring theme in Sandsmark’s work which fuels her passion and a commitment to sustainability in the arts sector.
line [at] shunpike [dot] org
Dan first started interning at Shunpike in September 2016, working on Shunpike’s annual gala GOLDEN. An expected 2017 graduate of Seattle University’s MFA in Arts Leadership program, he has over five years of professional experience working with arts nonprofits in Seattle. He primarily has worked with theatre and film organizations—including Intiman, ArtsWest, SIFF, Northwest Film Forum, NFFTY, and Scarecrow Video—in a variety of marketing and operations roles. His uniting passion is the arts’ transformative ability to build empathy, and using the arts to push forward on racial equity and social justice.
dan [at] shunpike [dot] org
In October 2015, O’Brien was proud to bring his combination of legal, management, and academic skills to Shunpike to help it and the city to achieve their goal of expanding and diversifying the participants and audience for Seattle’s Art endeavors as Shunpike’s newest Client Manager for Artist Programs & Services. Originally from the multicultural Caribbean nation, Trinidad & Tobago, O’Brien earned his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Atlanta, Georgia’s HBCU, Morehouse College. He went on to study Caribbean Literature & Culture, Ethnic & Third World Literatures, and Post-Colonial Theory at UT/Austin where he obtained his Master of Arts degree. Kelly also obtained his law degree from Seattle University School of Law in 2013, and worked for several years as a consumer debt advocate and case manager. He sees the role of non-profit organizations as integral to helping bridge the gaps left behind by government and the private corporations. Poor people, immigrants, minorities, and those with limited access to education are heavily dependent on non-profit organizations for health & human services, legal advice, tax help, and financial guidance.
kelly [at] shunpike [dot] org
May Nguyen Lee is an arts professional currently working with Shunpike as a Client Manager. She has previously worked with Wing Luke Museum in Community Programs and Rainier Arts Center as their Programming Manager. She is a theatre producer with Pork Filled Productions, Seattle’s longest running Asian American theatre company. May is also an actor who can be found on stage with the likes of sketch comedy group, Pork Filled Players, Live Girls! Theater, 14/48, SIS Productions, and ReAct Theatre. She has written plays for the SIS Writers’ Group, SIS Productions, Infinity Box Theatre, and Live Girls! Theater. When not on stage, May is a board member with Infinity Box Theatre and can occasionally be found behind the scenes as a stage manager and assistant stage manager at Youth Theatre Northwest.
may [at] shunpike [dot] org
Ebony Arunga holds a BFA in Theatre with emphasis on Stage Management from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She is proud to be the first Stage Manager of color to graduate from TheatreVCU’s Stage Management program. In 2008 she moved back to Seattle and worked with a team to establish the Jus B Happy Hour at Faire Gallery Cafe which served as a launch pad for artists to take their skills to the next level. In 2011 she moved to Nairobi, Kenya where she worked for The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists as an Administrative Coordinator and Personal Assistant to world renowned writer Binyavanga Wainaina. In 2013 she became a founding member of Arunga Music and coordinated a number of projects including Music Never Sleeps, a docu-series set to be released in 2018 that followed artists from Seattle who travelled to Kenya to produce music, poetry, fashion and events. She strongly believes in Shunpike’s mission “to provide independent arts groups with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success” and is happy to be of service to Washington’s artistic communities.
ebony [at] shunpike [dot] org
Hanako O’Leary graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture. Feeling confined by the academic fine art world, she left the Midwest looking to interact with a more diverse public. Upon arriving in Seattle, she started working in cultural and community-based art nonprofits. This inspired Hanako to pursue her MFA in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. As an arts administrator, she hopes to create opportunities for those working outside the traditional canon of institutional aesthetics. Since beginning her art life in Seattle, Hanako has created socially engaged art with the city as well as local arts nonprofits, and is currently a resident artist at Seward Park Clay Studio—where she is building an army of mythical creatures from Japanese folklore.
hanako [at] shunpike [dot] org