Presenter Profile

Ruben Van Kempen

Guest Artist, Free Lance Presenter

Ruben Van Kempen is Seattle-based freelance director and artist. Former theatre educator of over 40 years and has taught/direcred for the Public School System, College/Universities and Regional Theatre. He has also served as Artistic Director in Music and Theatre Venues. His coaching and directing has been seen in Regional Theaters in the US, in the UK, Hawaii, Paris and on Broadway.  He directed two shows for the main stage at the International Thespian Festival, one of those starring a national cast plus  Hairspray’s Shaiman and Wittman. Ruben was inducted into the EdTA Hall of Fame- 2012, the WA Thespian Hall of Fame and the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award which honors an individual who has devoted time, energy and talent to Seattle's theatre community.  He is currently an Resident Theatre Artist for TAA.

Ruben's Workshops


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    A great, hands-on workshop for audition prep, college auditions and for Individual Events. Get secret tips from a veteran director on how to make your audition get the attention it needs. For students and teachers; all levels.

    Screw it Up!

    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, , , , , / Regular

    This hands on devising workshop will bring objects to life through character and story. Find out how a simple screw can turn into a world of wacky characters and scenes. Perform these devised scenes in this workshop.


    Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , , / Regular

    Put it all together! In this exciting, active workshop, you will learn the vocals to FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER FROM FROZEN , stage it, rehearse it, and then perform it. Please have the words memorized. (You might want to look up the song on YouTube to brush up the words and melody.) See you there! For students and teachers; all levels.