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Tacoma Film Festival Staff


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Laura Nyhuis Tacoma Film Festival Director/Programmer
In addition to running and programming TFF starting in 2012, Laura is the director of the Tacoma Film Camp and Creative Director at Audiophile Studios which provides creative services to venues, musicians and the performing arts in the Seattle area. @lauraintacoma


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Philip Cowan The Grand Cinema Executive Director Born in Dallas, Philip has lived in Tacoma since 1998. After working in minor league baseball for ten years, the last eight of those for the Tacoma Rainiers, Philip was named Executive Director of the Grand Cinema late in 2006. Prior to his regular job at the Grand, Philip served as a volunteer and board member for the cinema. His favorite part of the job is picking films for the Grand.

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Rachel Marecle The Grand Cinema & Tacoma Film Festival Community Development Director
Rachel joined us in 2007 from the sports entertainment profession and considers the two industries to be quite similar. She enjoys sharing ideas from both backgrounds and helps support TFF through establishing and maintaining community relationships and partnerships to support the festival.

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Wade Neal Grand Cinema Assistant Executive Director, Operations & Festivals
Wade is an Assistant Executive Director at The Grand Cinema and TFF. He is an an intellectual property and entertainment attorney, a professional musician with 10+ years experience in the music industry, and an advocate for nonprofit causes. Wade served on the board of The Grand Cinema for four years prior to working for the organization, and is a current director on the board of the Tacoma Community College Foundation.

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Darcy Nelson The Grand Cinema Director of Marketing
Darcy majored in Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound and promotes the films and programs hosted by The Grand Cinema. She is passionate about cultivating an appreciation for beauty and sense of belonging in Tacoma, and she enjoys connecting people with causes and conversations through film.


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Katy Evans The Grand Cinema Assistant Executive Director, Engagement & Education
A self described advocate for a just and creative Tacoma, Katy leads the outreach, fundraising, and education development work at The Grand. A successful fund developer, Katy has raised support for Northwest-based nonprofits and agencies like Metro Parks Tacoma and the Museum of Glass. She's a member of the Culture & Heritage Advisory Council with Metro Parks, a board member of the Seymour Conservatory Foundation, and a volunteer with Spaceworks Tacoma.

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Faith Stevens The Grand Cinema Project Producer & Lead Designer
Faith joined The Grand staff in 2014. Faith has worked as a graphic designer for many non-profits and also served as the Executive Director of MLK Ballet in Tacoma from 2012-2014. Faith also lived and worked in Mazar-I-Sharif, Afghanistan while pregnant with her son and learned how to make a mean batch of Ashak while there. She loves the variety of films that are played at The Grand Cinema and the continual push to expand knowledge and learn from others’ perspectives through film.

Marlee MyersFestival Volunteer Coordinator
Marlee first joined the Grand team as a volunteer in 2013, was hired as a part-time house manager, and now works as Director of Operations. Marlee’s favorite part of her job is interacting with volunteers and patrons. She believes The Grand is a fantastic place for meeting interesting people and relishes being able to interact with such vibrant members of the community. When not at The Grand, she enjoys attending film festivals and traveling!


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