Woman in the Woods Productions

About Us

Our Mission

To promote a better understanding and appreciation of racial and cultural differences through various forms of artistic expression. 


As a woman of action and energy, Michell Marshell always has ideas churning. On a walk through the woods one day, thoughts focused on living with and in the beauty of the small island of Orcas in the San Juan Islands of Washington. As a black woman, Michell reflected on the predominantly homogeneous environment on Orcas and she wondered how the faces and ideas of the island could reflect the broader world that we actually live in.

A spark of an idea began forming as she considered what she could do to help stimulate and engage curiosity and imagination, through a multi-cultural lens. As a lover of the arts, she envisioned an organization that would embrace and present cultural inquiry and conversation by inviting to the island performance artists with diverse ethnic and cultural perspectives. By the time she finished her walk and got to her car, Michell’s vision crystalized: Woman in The Woods Productions. Then, the clincher, as she was unlocking her car door she realized, “Oh, my maiden name is Woods.”

The Team

The board shares a desire to enhance the interconnectedness of islanders so that together, we can understand our inevitable blind spots as we search for the nourishment required to live, as educational philosopher Paulo Friere envisions, in “a larger way”.

 Norm Stamper, retired Police Chief of Seattle, author, speaker, and fellow lover of the arts is the President of WIWP.  Rachel Newcombe, local psychoanalyst and educator is Vice President. Doug Marshall, former attorney and co-owner of the Office Cupboard is Secretary/Treasurer.  Eric Stordahl, owner of Robert Leonard Salon and Spa in Seattle and Mary Noesen, writer and artist round out the Board.

Our Calendar

Inaugural Production


Dragon Lady was the inaugural event from Orcas Island’s Woman in the Woods Productions. The one-woman play from award-winning Seattle actress Sara Porkalob came to Random Howse on Oct. 14 and 15 2017. Also featured Chef Aaron Verzosa, whose four course menu of Filipino foods complemented the story of Porkalob’s Filipina grandmother. 

Upcoming events

DBR +  Bamuthi 

in (Blackbird, Fly) June 23rd 

at Orcas Center Performance Hall 

. . . And All That Jazz

Annual fundraiser is an event not to be missed.  This year features cool people and must have auction items.  Spend the evening at the Rosario Beach House enjoying wine and music.

March 10, 2018 at 5 pm

Marc Bamuthi Joseph and DBR in (Blackbird, Fly)


DBR  + Bamuthi
in (Blackbird, Fly) June 23rd
at Orcas Center Performance Hall 

Doors open at 6:45pm for small bites and wine

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To Promote Awareness and Appreciation of Racial and Cultural Differences 

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