ACT has been finding, creating and sharing contemporary theater with audiences since 1965. ACT made history as the first theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary plays. The organization is still making history as one of the most welcoming development houses for new plays in the Puget Sound region. With multiple stages and a rich diversity of work, ACT keeps audiences intimately involved with live theater.
Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded in 1990 by a group of theatre artists who love to read and are passionate about literacy. Recognizing the immense wealth of story, character and language that exists in classic and contemporary literature, these artists wanted to create opportunities for audiences and fellow artists to experience theater through imaginative stagings of written narrative. By creating theater exclusively from literature, Book-It strives to inspire the love of reading through a live, communal experience.
The Broadway Center is recognized for its leadership in presenting world-class performing artists. BCPA provides one of the largest performing arts education programs in the state of Washington and assists in the preservation in Tacoma's historic theaters. In fact, BCPA manages the largest complex of theaters between Seattle and Portland with the Pantages Theater (built in 1918 with 1169 seats), the Rialto Theater (build in 1918 with 742 seats) and the Theatre on the Square (built in 1993 with seating for 302).
Since 1926, the magnificent 5th Avenue Theatre has captivated audiences with music, drama and laughter. That tradition still holds true. Today, the 5th Avenue Theatre produces top-quality musicals, premieres bound for Broadway, and touring Broadway musicals. With 150 live musical performances staged each year, presented in front of over 200,000 patrons, the 5th Avenue Theatre is the largest theatre employer in the Puget Sound region.
Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. In July 2005, Peter Boal became its Artistic Director, succeeding Kent Stowell and Francia Russell who were the directors of PNB since 1977. The company of 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at the sumptuous Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center.
The Paramount Theatre brings in the best touring productions the country has to offer. Presented by Broadway Across America, there is a dedication to developing and producing new and diverse theater for Seattle's audiences. Staged in the magnificent and prestigious Paramount Theatre (opened in 1928), award-winning shows are in the spotlight time and time again throughout the year.
Seattle Children's Theatre performs in the Charlotte Martin and Eve Alvord Theatres from September through June. Throughout their history, SCT has developed and improved the caliber of plays available for young audiences in the United States and abroad. In fact, SCT has developed and produced over 100 new works for young audiences.
Flying House Productions presents the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus in a variety of concerts every year, in a variety of the Puget Sound’s most prestigious arts venues.
Seattle Men’s Chorus is Washington State’s largest and most influential choral organization. SMC is the largest community chorus in America and the largest gay men’s chorus in the world, with over 300 members.
Founded in 1963, Seattle Opera is one of the leading opera companies in North America. The company is recognized internationally for its theatrically compelling and musically accomplished performances, especially their interpretations of the works of Richard Wagner. Since 1975, Seattle Opera has presented 38 cycles of the Ring, in addition to acclaimed productions of all the other major operas in the Wagner canon. Audiences come from around the world to attend the Ring cycle. The tickets sell out months before the opening and Seattle now rivals Bayreuth for its productions.
One of the largest and most renowned regional theaters in the country, Seattle Rep produces a mix of celebrated classics, recent Broadway hits and cutting edge new works in two theater spaces. Achieving national and international acclaim, SRT was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.