Shakespeare in the Park
Each year GreenStage produces two Shakespeare plays that are performed in parks all around the greater Seattle area. Our six-week season attracts more than 11,000 visitors to a dozen locations in Seattle, Burien, Fall City, Redmond, Lynnwood, Bainbridge Island, and Snohomish.
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival (SOTF)
The annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival at Volunteer Park has become the launching pad for the region’s summer theater season. The festival began in 2001 as a cooperative venture between GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Wooden O. GreenStage assumed responsibility for management of the festival in 2008, and it has since grown into a big event. Last year eight companies did 14 performances on the park’s two stages for more than 3,500 sun-soaked audience members.
2014 will be the second summer for our Backyard Bard plays, which take Shakespeare in the Park where we haven't been able to go before. Four actors perform 40-minute versions of Shakespeare's best plays in smaller venues, pocket parks, and at events in and around Seattle. Also available for school shows and private events.
Summer Camps for Kids
GreenStage’s Shakespeare Summer Camps for Kids have proven popular for young thespians ages 8 to 17, and this year we've added Pee Wee Shakespearean camps for kids 5-7. Our educational programs support the values of successful learning and take each student on a personal journey through the world of Shakespeare. Their natural imaginations are embraced and nurtured as their build ability to focus and work in teams. Six camps are planned for different Seattle parks in 2014.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Attendance at our summer parks shows was strong last year, and with this year's production of Othello, we will complete Shakespeare's canon. Hard Bard shows are bringing live theater to neighborhood that have had little access to theater or any sort of arts programming. Our Hard Bard series has become a Halloween theater tradition.
Our largest need at the moment is space. Because of renovations and building closures at Magnuson Park, where we were housed for over a dozen years at very low rates as part of our sponsorship agreement with Seattle Parks, we have had to move our storage and rehearsals off campus. This has resulted in a budget increase of 15-20% over the previous year.