Upper Fremont at 43rd
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    4272 Fremont Ave North
    Seattle, WA 98103

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    One of the 50 CultureMakers of Seattle as listed in City Arts Magazine and founder of The Round, Nathan has been leading Abbey Arts programs since it’s start in 2005. Like many of the staff at the Abbey, he began as a volunteer who wanted to help create more beautiful music & arts events.

    Drawn to the vision of re-purposing an empty old building to vibrant community use, he jumped right in and got to work fixing up the space (along with the support of COTA & many community volunteers).  Nathan founded The Round, a monthly music & arts experience, and brought it to the Abbey for it’s 6th edition in late 2005. The Round is held monthly and reached #100 in September 2013 with big events at Bumbershoot, Golden Gardens, and the Abbey.  Round 150 was November 2017.  The Round has now been produced in at least 9 other cities around the US.

    Before arriving in Seattle Nathan earned a degree in Business from Western Washington University while running his own landscaping company, booking bands, and producing indie concerts in unusual spaces around Bellingham, WA.

    After volunteering in places like Haiti & Honduras, Nathan later founded Bands Without Borders which operated benefit concerts and awareness programs supporting humanitarian groups.  The “Backpacks Not Buckets” campaign sent school backpacks to kids in Honduras via partner Water 1st.

    Nathan also managed the early careers of 5 different bands including John Van Deusen/ The Lonely Forest (who signed to Billions Booking & Atlantic/Trans) and supported his younger brother Isaac Marion in his early literary career (now a published author in 13+ countries with a major movie, Warm Bodies).

    Volunteer work: The Melodic Caring Project which live streams concerts to children’s hospitals (Advisory Board, 2012-14), BF Day Elementary playground/park (Design Committee, 2012-13), Fremont Chamber of Commerce (Board Member 2009-11), Bands Without Borders (Founder/Board Member, 2006-09), First Aid Arts (Advisory, 2010-14), Water 1st Intl, Clean Water for Haiti, and more.

    Enjoys: Paddleboarding, beach volleyball, design magazines, and backpacking around the NW.

    Music that helps my mood: Soley, Agnes Obel, Dustin O’Halloran, Sigur Ros, Abby Gundersen, The Album Leaf, Balmorhea, Bardot, more.   {Spotify Playlist via our events page}

    Other:  Loves helping other nonprofits and community groups to revive “Lonely Buildings“.

    Favorite website: Colossal  /  Fav Podcast:  Hidden Brain, TEDtalks, Radiolab, so many more

    Ask Me About:  Secret Seattle beaches, hot rivers in Iceland, quiet backpacking spots, and Vitamin D


    Juliann Itter:
    Director of Operations


    Why I work at Abbey Arts: I know how valuable support is to an emerging artist and am inspired by the opportunities new musicians, visual artists, dancers & nonprofits are given at Abbey Arts. I am so excited to be able to give back and support a vibrant arts community.

    Music everyone should know about: Over the Rhine, Jamestown Revival, The Banner Days, Joseph, The Lumineers, Naomi Wachira, Noah Gundersen, Tyler Edwards, Glass Animals, Seafret, yesicant, Drew Martin

    More about me: After graduating from Western Washington, I moved to SW China for nine years and spent much of that time providing graphic design & photography services for amazing nonprofits overseas. I loved wandering around new cities with a camera, getting to know strangers along the way, and cooking up random adventures. I moved back to the US in 2013 and have been adventuring at the Abbey (and beyond) since.

    Ask Me About: How to work your camera, where the best hot pot is, how to travel without loosing your sanity, how much coffee is too much, how to be the good cop, cool Chinese idioms, how many miles are on my old silver Volvo.


    Brent Driscoll: Technical Manager

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: I want to be a part of events where people leave with something they didn’t have when they arrived. More love, empathy, truth, happiness, or connection. I believe there’s a connection people need between live music and the individual soul. I’ve always had a need for that connection and in our day and age, that connection is harder and harder to find. I truly believe that we put on events on where this happens and I hope most people leave our venue for the better.

    Music everyone should know about:Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, The Cinematics, Hey Marseilles, Kylan Johnson, Rocky Votolato, Shakey Graves, Violent Soho, The Wild Reeds, Milk Carton Kids, Ours, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Reverend John DeLore, Lemolo, Silverchair, Maltby, Tispur, LP, John Van Deusen, Arthur James, Gabriel Wolfchild, Cold War Kids, Mason Jennings, Grizzly Bear, Chad VanGaalen, Among Authors, Tobias TheOwl, Cataldo, Crash Kings, Asterhouse, Atlas Genius, Beirut, Brand New, Elliott Smith.

    More about me: I’m from Eastern Oregon but I have lived in Bend, Eugene and Portland and usually claim one of these three when asked where I’m from. I went to art school and ended up an audio engineer.  I do audio, video, and photo as my “many hats” professions. Master of none.

    I always have a travel tea mug in my hands with black jasmine tea in it. In one years time, I quit drinking, smoking, biting my nails, meat and watching TV everyday. My girlfriend is a professional dancer and I am absolutely not. I have a beautiful dachshund named Cobbles, who is my pride and joy. I live with my two very best friends and it’s just as adorable as it sounds. 

    Ask Me About: Professional recording studios vs. home recordings. Ace Ventura quotes. Why Apple is truly better than Microsoft for creative uses. The best non-alcoholic drinks to get at bars. How to see your favorite bands for free. Film photography and the lost art that it is. 


    Elyse Lankford
    Booking Agent

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: I absolutely love music and Seattle. Being able to work in a space filled with creative and talented people to bring music and art to Seattle’s community is a truly magical thing that I’m happy to be a part of.

    Music everyone should know about: Tennis, Vundabar, Omni, Spirit Award, Julia Jacklin, Jim Croce, Ian McFeron, Har Mar Superstar, Rooney, Palm, The Strokes, Forth Wanderers, Peaer, Jo Passed, Big Buddy, Loose Tooth (Philly), Lithics

    More about me:  I was born in Seattle and after moving around throughout my childhood, came back to study graphic design at Seattle Pacific University. I love tea, coffee, meeting new people, sweaters, going to concerts, rock climbing, and pizza. I hope to continue involving myself in the music and art and eventually go after opportunities all over the globe.

    Ask Me About: My favorite concerts, the best coffee spots in Seattle, The Strokes, and Leadville, Colorado.

    Ashley Stephens
    Logistics Coordinator / Bar Manager

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: I started interning at the Abbey my junior year at SPU, but the tight knit community of staff, volunteers, artists, sponsors, and concert-goers has kept me around.

    Music everyone should know about: Lewis Capaldi, Parker Millsap, Garth Brooks, Go Radio, Luke Combs, Sugarland, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Jesse & Joy, Dirks Bentley

    More about me:  I grew up in a tiny farm town (think population 200) and moved to Seattle right after high school. I studied Business and Economics at SPU. I get ridiculed for not liking coffee or hiking.

    Ask Me About: What to do if you ever find yourself being chased by a bull or bear, where I’ve gone recently, spreadsheets, mood rings, tradeoffs, and what song(s) I’ve been blasting in my car.


    Devin Roll: PR & Marketing

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: To do my part in creating a better community using the arts as a foundation for knowledge and inspiration.

    Music everyone should know about: Kendrick Lamar & all of T.D.E, Tyler the Creator, Young Thug, Chief Keef, Joey BAD4$$, Rejjie Snow, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert, Frank Ocean, Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Led Zeppelin, No One by Alicia Keys, and of course, Beyonce.

    More about me: I’m a creative fashion icon with a knack for making lemonade when you only have limes. I am a lover of romance, and can be spotted multiple times a week engaged in long walks across Golden Gardens with my partner, or enjoying the breeze on a windy day.

    Ask Me About: How to do almost any general chemistry problem. I also like talking about music, where I can prove in a 15 minute argument that Kendrick Lamar is the greatest rap artist of all time, and quite possibly depending on whether you even have good music taste, the best artist for any genre ever.


    Nikhil Sarma:
    Event Tech & more

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: I felt an immediate attraction to the building from the moment I stepped inside during a performance of The Round. I felt the juxtaposition between the expansive upstairs hall and the intimate downstairs gallery guaranteed a diversity of music, poetry and art all under the same roof.  I began to volunteer as frequently as I could, the stars aligned and here I am.

    Music everyone should know about: Project Pablo, Lnrdcroy, Mac DeMarco, Tres Leches, Howlin’ Wolf, Joao Gilberto

    More about me: After graduating from the University of Washington, I completely turned my back on the field in which I majored and began to focus on expanding my knowledge of audio engineering. This slowly turned into an interest towards all things involved in producing a show including lighting and stage design. My primary obsession in life is the never-ending quest towards perfect fidelity.

    Ask Me About: poutine, the best bus routes in Seattle in terms of efficiency and scenery, airline accidents, why the Beatles are underrated.


    ElizabethElizabeth Schiffler:
    House Manager & more.

    Why I work at Abbey Arts: Live music makes me feel, and when I can feel with others, our community grows stronger, more empathetic, whole, and grounded. Abbey Arts offers that space for so many people, and partners with organizations also working for inclusivity and freedom of creative expression.

    Music that makes me feel: Connie Converse, Big Thief, Beyonce, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jo Jo Abot, Mildred Bailey

    More about me:  A graduate of University of Washington’s Comparative History of Ideas and Theater Production department’s, I’ve spent the past few years teaching in the arts and working for different arts non-profits. As an emerging director in theater and film, I love retelling stories in new ways.

    Ask Me About: How to make bagels, mermaids, collaborating with your community, and the best way to listen to live music (spoiler: it’s dancing or laying down)

    Event Staff:

      • SOUND ENGINEER: Brent Driscoll, Ricky Gene Powell, Christian Heilman, Nikhil Sarma, Cody Kilpatrick, Nathan Grossman
      • HOUSE MANAGER / BARTENDER: Brent Driscoll, Ashley Stephens, Luke Greenway, Grace Keller, Tos Fackenthall, Kimberly Holloway, Juliann Itter, Nikhil Sarma, Patrick Milgram, Drea Gordon, Serene Hastings, Kristin DeCou

    Abbey Artists*:

    *Abbey Artists rehearse, teach, and create in the space and give back to the community by volunteering.