Our story

Serious training. Serious fun. Now in Seattle.

Play the Part began in the Baltimore, MD area in the year 2009, bringing performing arts classes to mostly homeschooling families. In 2010, we relocated to Montclair, NJ, where we continued to work with homeschoolers and also expanded to bring after school classes to schools in the area. The idea was simple. Musicians play music. Actors play characters and perform in plays. At Play the Part, PLAY was the essential ingredient to our classes. We offered serious training for kids ages preschool through young adults, but always with serious fun as the means to learning. Play the Part is now undergoing a complete revamp as we expand into Seattle, WA and will be bringing performing arts masterclasses and workshops to a more savvy and sophisticated group of students of all ages. We hope you’ll join us in exploring how you can play YOUR part in our vibrant performing arts community.

Our Team

Christie Rotarius is the founder of Play the Part. As a teaching artist, Christie believes in storytelling as a means of empowerment for every voice and encourages YOU to find YOUR voice and let it be heard! She teaches voice here in Seattle, in NYC, and online (www.rotariusvoice.com), works as a teaching artist around town and in NYC, currently at Seattle Children's Theatre and StudentsLive on Broadway. Christie has performed regularly in the NYC area, under the stage name Christie Lynn Devoe, in theatre, opera, television, film, sketch comedy and improv at venues including Broadway's George Gershwin Theatre, Madison Square Garden, and the Original Improv Comedy Club. Prior to her family’s move to Seattle, she was also adjunct faculty at NYU as a voice teacher.


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