Washington Ensemble Theatre 


Washington Ensemble Theatre is Capitol Hill's foremost theatre arts collective, serving as an artistic home for many of the most talented and educated young theatre professionals in Seattle. Membership in the Ensemble is entirely volunteer based. Through the process of producing and envisioning every aspect their own work, Ensemble Members are free to create work with direct relevance to their lives and the lives of the greater community. Our programing strives to maintain relevance to the entirety of our very diverse community.

Mission Statement
To bring immediate and accessible theatre to a diverse audience.
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Washington Ensemble Theatre
608 19th Ave E 
(206) 325-5105 

Hannah Victoria Franklin 
Managing and Co Artistic Director 


Washington Ensemble Theatre Programs

The Washington Ensemble Theatre almost exclusively presents world and regional premiere plays.  Last season, in 2011-2012, the Ensemble presented four world premieres, all of which were written by members, former members and collaborator of our theatre, and one regional premiere by a local playwright, Joshua Conkel.  Two of the world premiere scripts produced were nominated for the Seattle Gregory Award for best new play in 2012; The Callers and Stuck.  Two world premiere productions last season; The Callers and Bed Snake included all original music composed and performed by members and collaborators of the Ensemble.

In addition to a fully produced season of work, the Ensemble hosts RAW several times a year. RAW is a forum for Performing Artists of all backgrounds to create small pieces of work and show them in their development stages. Twice a year, the Ensemble hosts a "pay what you can" night of Theatre open to the public where they can see a selection of some of the most exciting pieces from the RAW series.     

Each year the Washington Ensemble Theatre and founding member Michael Place bridge the coasts and bring MFA playwrights from Yale and other east-coast hubs to Seattle to workshop with various Seattle based Ensemble Theatres. The hope of this project is to connect Seattle with the epicenter of American Theatre in the north-east, and to continue to create opportunities for World Premiere work of the highest caliber to be done in Seattle. 

Additionally, the Ensemble has teamed up with ACT to run the Construction Zone Literary Series which workshops new plays with local and national playwrights, continuing Seattle's growth as a leader in the contemporary theatre community.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The Ensemble has been chosen by Capitol Hill Housing to be one of three resident companies of the brand new 12th Avenue Arts Theatre Space which will open in 2014.  We eagerly anticipate our collaboration with the acclaimed New Century Theatre Company and Strawberry Theatre Workshop as stewards in 2014 and beyond.  The Ensemble acts as a breeding ground for artists all around our region to learn their trade and take artistic risks.  


Last Season: 2011-2012

  • [raw series] RAW
    Members of the Washington Ensemble Theatre
    (world premiere process showcase)
  • [main stage] MilkMilkLemonade    *Winner of Teen Tix Award*
    By Joshua Conkel
    (regional premiere by Cornish Graduate)
  • [the ensemble presents series] Mormon Bird Play   *Written and Directed by Gregory Nominee*
    By Roger Benington
    (world premiere by Gregory Nominated Collaborator)
  • [main stage] The Callers     *Nominated for 4 Gregory Awards*
    By Ella Dorband and Ali el-Gasseir
    (world premiere musical staring Red Eagle Soaring graduate)
  • [main stage] Stuck    *Nominated for Gregory Award*
    By Jessica Hatlo
    (world premiere by local female playwright)
  • [young artist series] Urban Tanuki Samurai
    By Ali el-Gasseir and Jonah Von Spreecken
    (all ages world premiere)
  • [main stage] Bed Snake
    By Hannah Victoria Franklin and Noah Benezra
    (world premiere musical by local female playwright)
  • [young artist series] Queer Teen Ensemble Theatre  *Serving GLBT Youth*
    By Jessica Hatlo
    (world premiere by local female playwright, starring Red Eagle Soaring and Orion Out Loud youth)

This season:  2012-2013

  • [main stage] Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
    By Meg Miroshnik
    (west coast premiere by female playwright)
  • [the ensemble presents series] Ballard House Duet
    By Paul Mullin
    (world premiere by local playwright)
  • [young artist series] No.2 Quebecois Robot Detective Agency
    By Ali el-Gasseir and Jonah Von Spreecken
    (all ages world premiere by Gregory Nominee)
  • [main stage] Smudge
    By Rachel Axler
    (regional premiere by female playwright)
  • [main stage] Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys
    By Caroline McGraw
    (world premiere by female playwright)
  • [raw series] La Llarona
    Amiya Brown
    (world premiere by Gregory Nominee Ensemble Member)
  • [raw series] RAW
    Members of the Washington Ensemble Theatre
    (world premiere process showcase)


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