Newsletter

Leadership Team | Project Team Leaders | Creative Interns

Matt Hornbeck
Executive Director

In the erratically spastic mind of Matt Hornbeck, he is a treasure seeking archaeologist or a tiger taming carnie, or even a WWE wrestler named "Un Poquito Diablo!" However, as acted out on the plains of reality, Matt is a Sociology Instructor at Seattle Central Community College and Cascadia Community College. Matt, and his better half Roxy, are also on staff at Quest Church as Associate Worship Directors and Directors of the College Ministry.

Matt holds a B.S. in Sociology, an M.A. in Applied Sociology, and an M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D.

Matt is an avid playwright/director/actor. He has had the privilege of writing several musicals for quiet as well as acting and directing several productions, most recently quiet's Pippin. He truly believes that art can change the world and he is excited to be a part of a community that seeks to make that vision a reality.
Roxy Hornbeck
Managing Director

Roxy is one of the founding members of quiet. She holds a B.S. degree in English Education; an M.A. in Literary, Technology and Professional Writing; and an M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. As an English and Humanities instructor at Seattle Central Community College and an Associate Worship Director/College Director for Quest Church, Roxy loves serving in the Seattle community. Roxy is passionate about people, passionate about responsible art and passionate about equal access. Roxy believes that art is a mechanism for change in this world, so quiet is a place where she can truly follow all of her passions. Plus, she gets to work with her stellar husband, Matt. She couldn't do all this stuff without his support and encouragement. She serves as quiet's Managing Director, helping to create structures and sustainable practices that allow for ALL stories to be heard. Roxy enjoys creating art too; making music and writing stories/poems are some of her favorite creative outlets.
Josh Hornbeck
Artistic Director

Josh Hornbeck, one of the founding members of quiet, is a writer and director whose work has been performed by Taproot Theatre, the Word Players, Seattle Pacific University, Westmont College, and Life Center. His short play, Two at Troy, was presented at the 2011 Across the River Artist Showcase. Exploring the intersection between art and social change as quiet's Artistic Director, he has directed Pick-Up Artist: The Musical, The Taming of the Shrew, The Trojan Women, and The Merchant of Venice. He has also written and directed The Beating of a Warrior's Heart, A Time for Butterflies, and Heavy Lay the Chains. His latest projects, The Gentlemen's Guide to Getting Laid and Midnights at the Electric Blue Angel, are currently in development.
Sandra Ponce
Social Media/Networking Facilitator

Sandra Ponce is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, with minors in Sociology and Psychology. After searching for something that intersected her love of the arts with her love of people, she was delighted to have found quiet. She considers herself lucky to be part of quiet and hopes to be an integral part of its growth. She feels that everyone's story is worth telling, and is proud to be part of a community that values those stories and wants to share them. When she is not Facebooking and tweeting for quiet, she can be found playing on a stage. With quiet, she tries new things in a safe and encouraging environment. Thanks to that encouragement she has acted, stage managed, directed, and designed for quiet, and has loved every minute of it. The best part of quiet is being able to share the experiences with her amazing best friend Geoff.

Acting: Berthe (Pippin), Rosemary (Picnic), Anna (Real Women Have Curves), Myra (Tryptonite), Wando (Bean), and Mary (Merrily We Roll Along). Directing: Spinning Into Butter, Closer, The Shape of Things, Gendermat. SM: The Beating of a Warriors Heart.
Laura Bemis
Leadership Team Member

When not contemplating how to cover everything, everywhere in glitter, Laura is filling her notebook, blog and the stage with poetry. What she loves about being on the leadership team for quiet, is now she has the opportunity to do more of all these things and assisting others in cultivating their creative outlets.

Laura has been involved with quiet in many ways over the past 2 years, from sitting on the selection committee and being published in quiet Shorts, to participating in quiet Speaks and sitting in on several performance discussion panels talking about her experience as a social worker. She is a former student of Roxy's from Seattle Central Community College and could not be more excited to continue spreading the word of Art as a means of social change.
Julia Thornton
Leadership Team Member

quiet gave Julia her first job music directing in Seattle and she is thrilled to now be a member of the quiet Leadership Team! Julia received her BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Music from the University of Oregon in 2011 and is an active music director, pianist, and vocalist in Seattle. She has worked with many theaters in the Seattle area including quiet, SecondStory Repertory, Kitsap Forest Theatre, Snoqualmie Forest Theatre, and ArtsWest. She whole-heartedly believes the quiet mission statement that art can be a way to engage in social change and personal transformation and is grateful to be apart of a community that shares the value that art can change the world!
Celessa Dietzel
Administrative Assistant

Celessa originally hails from the frozen tundra of Wisconsin but has called Seattle home for the past ten years. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University in 2008, Celessa pursued her dream of filling up the pages of her passport with stamps from all over the world... and writing about her adventures, of course. These days, you can find Celessa behind her laptop at a coffee shop, typing up the latest news about quiet and (hopefully) finishing up one of her many writing projects.