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Seattle Public Theater 

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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.

SPT's Youth Program runs year-round, serving students from elementary through high school ages during the academic year and expanding to include preschool creative drama classes during the summer months. Students have opportunities to act, design, and work backstage learning technical theatre skills. Most classes culminate in public productions that are free to the public.

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 
Seattle 
WA
98103-4816 
(206) 523-1370 

Zoe Alexis Scott 
Managing Director 

Programs

Seattle Public Theater Programs

Mainstage Season: Great Theater Up Close
SPT continually brings new plays to Seattle which are often Northwest or world premieres. Our plays are high quality, thought-provoking, and cleverly entertaining. SPT cultivates a public space for collaborative investigation of our world’s complex and challenging issues. SPT has steadily gained recognition over the past decade and has exponentially increased the number of awards for recent productions.  

Youth Program: A Better Future
Through theater, SPT engages over 600 students every year as they become braver more powerful individuals. By teaching theater skills through rigorous arts education with top-notch teaching artists, SPT creates abundant opportunities for courage, risk-taking and self-actualization. Students become confident and creative agents to realize their highest ideals. SPT creates access to our youth programs through tuition assistance that reaches a broad range of socio-economic levels. SPT does not turn anyone away for lack of funds. Instead, students embody the value of accessibility and communication with diverse audiences because their performances are free. In addition, SPT students are ambassadors in engaging their families and friends more deeply in theater, often for the first time.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Our recent productions earned us accolades including Seattle Times’ 2014 Footlight Awards for Great Performances (Heather Hawkins, Gidion’s Knot) and Best New Holiday Romp (Christmastown: A Holiday Noir by Wayne Rawley); Theatre Puget Sound’s Gregory Award People’s Choice nominations for Theatre of the Year, Outstanding Actor (Heather Hawkins, Gidion’s Knot), Outstanding Director (SPT Artistic Director Shana Bestock, Gidion’s Knot), and Outstanding Production (Gidion’s Knot); Seattle Theatre Writers’ Gypsy Rose Lee Awards for Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble (Gidion’s Knot); Seattle Gay News’ “Top 12 Shows of 2014” for Gidion’s Knot and American Wee-Pie and the 50/50 Applause Award for producing at least half of our plays from women playwrights. This steady trajectory of excellence is also evidenced in our fiscal health: we operate "in the black" each year.

To sustain our success and continue to expand our horizons, we need capacity support. Our immediate priorities are hiring a technical director for 2015-16 season, access to equity actors, and collaborating with Seattle's best production design resources (sets, lighting, sound and costumes). Additionally, our education program is in significant demand and we need to broaden our resources of top-notch teaching artists.

Evaluation


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.

Collaboration
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:

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

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