Resident Artists > Reed McColm, Artistic Director
Reed McColm has served as Artistic Director for Interplayers Theatre in Spokane, Washington since 2009, following three seasons as Producing Director. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts from Brigham Young University, and a Master’s Degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, McColm honed his writing and producing skills in nearly every medium. For television, he worked for series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Growing Pains, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Wings, Sister Kate, Dear John, Just the Ten of Us and others, including unsold pilots and several made-for-television movies (such as Cab to Canada, starring Maureen O’Hara). McColm wrote film criticism for Entertainment Today, LA Weekly, Focus and other publications. Despite his journeys, theatre has always been his true mistress. An award-winning playwright, eleven of McColm’s plays have been produced to date. These include the 9/11 drama Hole in the Sky, dark musical Could You Leave the Door Open, outdoor amphitheatre spectacular UTAH! The Peacemaker Saga (commissioned by and performed in the Tuacahn amphitheatre near St. George, Utah, complete with a cast of seventy, two dozen horses, and an artificially-controlled actual flood), biographical play Permit me Voyage (about early 20th century poet Hart Crane), comedies Holding Patterns, The Mediation and The Wrong People have Money (scheduled for production in 2013). McColm’s most successful play, however, remains his first: Together Again for the First Time, a domestic comedy/drama subtitled “A Family in Two Acts.” Following the play’s unusual two-decade run of community theatre and scholastic productions, McColm himself produced and co-authored (and co-starred in) the 2008 screen adaptation, starring Julia Duffy, David Ogden Stiers, Kirby Heyborne, Joey Lawrence and Larisa Oleynik. That same year, McColm undertook the role of the family’s befuddled patriarch, Max Frobisher, for a sold-out Christmas run of the play at Interplayers. Two years later, McColm reprised the role as well as wrote and directed its warm-hearted sequel, Together Again for the Next Time. McColm’s list of acting credits include the film Wrong Turn at Tahoe (opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr.), and plays The Nerd, You Can’t Take it With You, The Robber Bridegroom, See How They Run, and others at theatres around California, Utah, Wyoming and Nevada, including several summers at the Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone, Montana. Here at Interplayers, McColm appeared in Taking Steps, The Dining Room, Rounding Third, Waiting for Godot, The Price (also directed), The Receptionist, Reduced Christmas Carol, and the one-man comedy Underneath the Lintel. McColm directed the musicals Cowgirls and Honky Tonk Angels, the farce Psychopathia Sexualis and ‘ART’. For Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre, McColm appeared in the musicals Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Sound of Music and Hairspray. Follow Reed on his blog by clicking here. His hope as a producer, writer, director and thespian is that our fiction may inspire your reality.