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 2014-15 season includes: Slip/Shot by Jacqueline Goldfinger (Pacific Northwest premiere), Christmastown: A Holiday Noir by Wayne Rawley (world premiere, commissioned work), The Best Christmast Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson (14th year!), Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones, Slowgirl by Greg Pierce (Pacific Northwest premiere) and Talley's Folly by Lanford Wilson.
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: Boathouse an original play by SPT alumni Frank Garland, Pride & Prejudice, Adventure Radio Theater (an homage to the original Bathhouse Theater), and In the Beginnings, an original work for our youngest students by local playwright Jennifer Dice.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Artistically, our 2014 productions earned us accolades including Seattle Times’ 2014Footlight Awards “Top Mainstage Productions”;Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Award nominations for Theatre of the Year, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Actor; Seattle Theatre Writers’ Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for Excellence in Production of a Play; the 50/50 Applause awards for producing 50% of our season with women plahywrights. Our youth program earned the Teen Tix award, along with 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 days of opening registration. Our two biggest challenges in the coming year are increasing attendance for our Mainstage productions, increasing our youth program capacity to better serve the community by welcoming more families, and to increase both earned and contributed revenue through strategic goals in developing a robust subscription base and stewarding our donors to recognize the value of SPT. The board planning committee will focus on these issues in creating the strategic plan for 2015 and beyond, now in process.