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.