Seattle Public Theater 


Located in the historic Bathhouse Theatre, SPT produces critically acclaimed, thought-provoking theater at an affordable price. Our season includes six Mainstage productions of both classic and contemporary works, as well as a comprehensive, year-round Youth Program.

Our audience members and youth program participants come from all over the greater Seattle area. Goals include:
  • Strengthening organizational capacity through board and staff development;
  • Expanding our audiences through targeted community partnerships, and through increased and improved marketing;
  • Increasing our indirect revenue percentage in order to provide a firm, stable base for the company's work in the years ahead.
Mission Statement

Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse brings together performers, teachers, audiences, designers, directors, and community members to create theater as an integral part of life in Seattle.

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Seattle Public Theater
7312 W Green Lake Dr N 
(206) 523-1370 

Zoe Alexis Scott 
Managing Director 


Seattle Public Theater Programs

SPT's Mainstage season features professional productions of regional premieres and revisited classics. The Mainstage season consists of six plays presented at the Bathhouse, from September through June each year. Our 2013-14 season includes: the regional premiere of Nathan Louis Jackson’s Broke-ology; two holiday shows, David Sedaris’ The SantaLand Diaries and Barbara Robinson’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever; the regional premiere of Lisa Dillman’s American Wee-Pie; the regional premiere of Johnna Adams’ Gidion’s Knot; and the classic Arcadia by Tom Stoppard.

Our Youth Program runs year-round. SPT serves students from elementary through high school ages during the academic year, expanding to include preschool creative drama classes during the summer months. Students in our classes have opportunities to act, design, and work backstage learning technical theatre skills. Most classes culminate in public productions that are free to the public. Our youth shows attract area sponsors eager to support quality arts education in Seattle. Recent and upcoming Youth Program shows include: Alice in Wonderland; East of the Sun, West of the Moon; Bluebeard’s Wife; an original commissioned play by Wayne Rawley, Maggie’s Diner; an original film-noir-style play by Jennifer Dice for our youngest elementary-age students, The Criminal Element; and a high-school ensemble production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Artistically, our 2013 productions earned us accolades including Seattle Times’ 2013 Footlight Awards “Top Mainstage Productions” for Broke-ology and The Language Archive; Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Award nominations for Theatre of the Year and Best Actor (Mike Dooly, The Understudy); Seattle Theatre Writers’ Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for Excellence in Production of a Play, Performance as an Ensemble, and Performance as a Lead Actor (Jose Abaoag) for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, and eight other nominations; and Seattle Gay News’ “Top 12 Shows of 2013” for Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them. Our youth program earned rave reviews from participants and their parents, and our classes and camps sold out within hours of opening registration. 

Seattle Public Theater’s work is familiar to many residents of the neighborhoods immediately surrounding Green Lake, but we continue to create new community partnerships, and diversify our marketing and publicity approaches, to attract new audience members from across the region to our productions.  Our Youth Program is bursting at the seams, and each session’s classes routinely fill within one day of opening registration. Our two biggest challenges in the coming year are increasing attendance for our Mainstage productions, and increasing our youth program capacity to better match our demand. The board planning committee will focus on these issues in creating the strategic plan for 2015 and beyond, now in process.


SPT board and staff have recently updated their mission, vision, and values to best reflect the work they do and the needs they serve. In the vision statement “Theatre for bold imaginations; theatre that provokes conversation and curiosity among us all,” SPT sets forth a commitment to the production and creation of challenging theatre for all ages, from their youth participants to the most senior patrons who attend their Mainstage productions. 

Proven Success
SPT puts their community of patrons and participants at the core of their artistic decision-making. In their youth program, students play active roles onstage and in production processes. Mainstage productions are a collaborative endeavor led by our Artistic Director, Shana Bestock, who draws on Seattle’s cultural community of artists to define and interpret the best material for our stage.  SPT provides a safe, creative place for youth to make theater as part of their personal and social growth. They believe theater should be intimate, engaging, emotionally powerful and affordable. They demonstrate these values through the plays SPT produces, the donations-only model supporting our youth productions, and the low ticket prices they charge for Mainstage shows. They make it a priority to hire Seattle artists. They strive to provide exceptional service and hospitality to their patrons, and continue efforts to improve patron experience. Financial health and stability are essential to fulfilling our mission.

Current Youth Program collaboration efforts include an annual summer Opera Camp with Seattle Opera with broad opportunities for area children to participate regardless of ability to pay tuition.  In their 2013-14 season, they worked with the Hansberry Project to produce Broke-ology, and created new partnerships with the University Bookstore and with several area businesses to promote a vibrant cultural life in Seattle.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

9/10/2009 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/18/2007 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.


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