About Us

Mission Statement

Spotlight Repertory NW creates and deepens community connections and elevates spirits through premier live music and performing arts programs.  We are passionate about cultivating the future of performing arts and especially future performing arts leaders.

We are a safe, uplifting, creative environment which embraces our diverse community of youth and adults, through music and theater productions, classes, summer camps, and music ensembles - choir and jazz orchestra. 

Spotlight will help you find your inner voice and make it strong and joyful!

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Frances Garcia Hoffman, Executive Artistic Director, Founder

Ms. Garcia Hoffman, an award-winning singer and performer with more than 25 years of stage experience, is focusing her passion for sharing music and the performing arts to the East Side. Ms. Garcia Hoffman is currently on the Performing Artist Roster for 4Culture and has served as a 4Culture Grant Panelist. She holds a master's degree of Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, and she is currently an instructor of voice and acting in Sammamish, WA. She is the Director, Producer, and Performer of various Spotlight musical programs such as Hansel and Gretel and Opera Olé. She is the recipient of awards such as the Drama Logue Critics Award, Finalist in Metropolitan Opera Regional Competition and received the Sammamish Sammi Award for Outstanding Artistic Support of the City for creating and running a successful annual local Teen Talent Show for several years.

As a professional, Ms. Garcia Hoffman has performed in roles and as a soloist in Opera, Musical Theater, and Oratorios with several companies large and small all over the country such as Santa Fe Opera, LA Opera, Sundance Theater, and Orlando Opera. Her greatest passion is sharing the joy of theater and music in its various forms and is honored to be working alongside such gifted and talented members of the community.

Frances Garcia Hoffman performs a moving rendition of Over the Rainbow in Spotlight's Hooray for Hollywood show. CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW PERFORMANCE.

Leadership and Board of Directors


Frances Garcia Hoffman, Executive Artistic Director/Founder

Board of Directors

Brett Johnson, Interim President

Patti Tornquist, Vice President

Petra Johnson, Treasurer

Marika Gavin, Secretary

Mary Tai, Member at Large

Paul Russo, Member at Large

Sreenivas Shetty, Member at Large

Tej Pillai, Member at Large

Previous Board and Leadership
We appreciate you!

Nancy L. Grossi, Artistic Director/Founder

Alyson Young, Assistant Artistic Director

Troy Thrun, President

Traci DiStasio, Trustee At Large

Kellie Bates, Treasurer

Shannon Herber, Treasurer

Brenna Childress, Secretary