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
Jamie has a BA in Art history, a MS in Arts Management, and loves supporting artists and making things happen. She has worked in the field of supporting artists in nonprofit settings for the past 10 years. She has previously worked as the Program Manager of the OSLP Arts & Culture Program in Eugene, OR and has helped to launch three annual community wide events in Eugene including: EUZINE Comics & Zines Fest, Springfield Art & Chalk Fest, and So Small: A Miniature Art Show & Silent Auction. Prior to working at Shunpike, she used her passion for the arts to create and advocate for inclusive opportunities for artists some consider to have disabilities.
jamie [at] shunpike [dot] org
Rebecca Davis has been a performing artist in Seattle for over 15 years. With her producing organization, The Stay Up Late Show, she’s been working with Shunpike since 2010. She’s keenly aware of the unique challenges and opportunities that may face an arts organization in Seattle, and is looking forward to getting to know Shunpike’s group further!
rebecca [at] shunpike [dot] org
Christian Quinto was born and raised in the Ilocos Norte, Philippines and immigrated to Honolulu, Hawaii when he was 14 years old. He received his BFA in Theatre (Musical Theatre concentration) at Cornish College of the Arts and graduated as Summa Cum Laude. In 2017, he made his Seattle theatre debut at Seattle Repertory Theatre + Public Works Seattle’s production of The Odyssey. He’s performed at several theatre companies here in Seattle: The 5th Avenue Theatre, ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery, ACT Theatre, and Seattle Musical Theatre to name a few. With his art, he aims to diversify stories portrayed on stage and screen, especially Filipino-American representation and visibility. As an artist of color and a client manager, he is incredibly passionate about Shunpike’s mission and what our members are doing to enrich our community!
christian [at] shunpike [dot] org
Suzanne Walker is a New Yorker who converted to West Coast life after moving to San Francisco for graduate school. And a former art history professor who escaped from the ivory tower to join Seattle’s vibrant arts scene. She is inspired by the work of Shunpike’s clients, and works for one of them, the Seattle Artist League, as the lecturer (ranter) for its WTF Art History series. She’s excited about using what she learned in Seattle U.’s Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership Program to work with Shunpike’s amazing community.
suzanne [at] shunpike [dot] org
Hanako O’Leary hails from the grand suburban expanse of the “Chicago-land-area.” She started her art life at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, graduating 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. As an arts administrator, she hopes to create opportunities for those working outside the traditional canon of institutional aesthetics. As a working artist in Seattle, Hanako is a painter and ceramic sculptor. She currently a resident artist at Seward Park Clay Studio.
hanako [at] shunpike [dot] org
In his work as an artist and an organizer, Martin Tran strives to create spaces for artists who are not often seen and heard. Seven years ago he helped revive the Seattle Asian American Film Festival (SAAFF), serving as Co-Director for the last four years.
A graduate of The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in video production, Martin also directs and produces his own short films. His most recent films, Phởmily Feud and American Girl, have played in festivals across North America. He is currently serving as Co-Producer on the upcoming Vanishing Seattle web series that will document the displaced and disappearing institutions, small businesses, and cultures of Seattle. Martin is a firm believer in the power of art to reflect, unite, and empower our communities, and is excited to help create the next Artists of Color Expo and Symposium (ACES).