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Carrie Gibson and Anthony Curry of Had To Be Productions have been touring their unique plays and trainings to corporations, government agencies, conferences, and colleges across the nation for the past 13 years. Had To Be's mission is to engage the imagination and inspire active empathy through original theatrical documentary plays and workshops designed to enlighten, entertain, and move an organization forward.
Carrie Gibson has a Masters in Psychology from Antioch University. Before returning to theatre in 1989, she worked for a variety of social service agencies, primarily focusing on issues related to addictions and personal growth. She has created and led numerous workshops and retreats for adults, as well as having facilitated therapy groups both in agencies and in her own private practice. She is the Founding Artistic Director of the G.A.P. (Growth and Prevention) Theatre, one of Seattle's most successful educational theatre companies. Since 1989, she has written, directed, acted, and toured with G.A.P. in plays for schools and conferences throughout the Western United States. She has performed comedy and improvisation in California, Washington State, and D.C. She spent several years performing with Theater Sports in Seattle. She has produced and performed in "It Had to Be You", Anthony Curry's "Divine Hysteria: That Millennium Thing", and "The Perfect Sister," her solo play that premiered in Los Angeles. If you do not blink, you might catch her in an occasional national commercial.
Anthony Paul Curry is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. In 1998, he received Backstage West's Garland Award for his work in "Wuthering! Heights! The! Musical!" and "A Place with the Pigs" at The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. He also received two Hawaii State Theatre Awards, The Po'okela, for his roles in "Torch Songs Trilogy" and "Billy Bishop Goes to War." Television credits include The Fugitive, Northern Exposure, Jake & the Fat Man, Tour of Duty, and Hawaiian Heat. As a writer, he was commissioned by the Seattle Opera to co-create a children's adaptation of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Other plays include "A Subway Farce", "Café Ooh Longue", "BlackJack", "Unidentified Flying Object", "There's A Naked Guy in This Show", "Rumplestiltskin", "The Little Prince", and "Divine Hysteria: That Millennium Thing." "Divine Hysteria: Armageddon Outta Here," the first of his Hysteria Trilogy, was produced Off-Broadway in New York. He was the recipient of the2000 Artist Trust Fellowship for Playwrights.
In 1997, Carrie Gibson founded Had To Be Productions, named for its inaugural production of Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna's "It Had To Be You," selected as the Outstanding Independently-produced Play for 1997 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This comedy allowed Gibson and Anthony Curry to meet and perform together for the first time.
Had To Be Productions has toured unique theatrical documentary plays and workshops throughout the country to government agencies, corporations, educational institutions, and conferences. These presentations have been seen by audiences as small as a dozen people to over 1000 people in a variety of settings and venues. In 2009, they began the tradition of developing a new play annually. Each topic has been inspired by an audience reaction to one of their current plays. Had to Be Productions has performed in 23 states and in 2010, officially became an international touring company with its first presentation in Toronto, Canada.
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