Theaters in Seattle – a mostly comprehensive list

Since moving to Seattle, I’ve struggled to identify medium and small theaters, especially those staging uncommon classics, new works, and small-scale musicals. The only lists of theater companies that I could find were wildly out of date, or highlighted individual productions rather than standing companies. Having now done the legwork out of necessity, I’m now paying it forward so you don’t have to repeat the process.

In order to be included:

  • The theater venue or company must stage mostly narrative works, whether scripted or improv. That means concerts, revues, cabarets, stand-up comedy, and non-narrative dance don’t count. They’re totally awesome art forms, but they’re not theater as I am interested in capturing.
  • The company must be active within the last 2 years.
  • The venue must be close enough to Seattle that a person could drive there, see a show, and go home to Seattle without absolutely hating themselves afterwards for the terrible decisions that led to driving back 50+ miles at rush hour from a matinee, or getting home 3am from an evening show.

Some theaters don’t have their own venues, and some venues don’t have permanent companies. I’ve tried to label this as best I can, but sometimes it’s fuzzy or hard to tell.

Corrections? Additions? Broken links? Contact me with the details.

STAGES MOSTLY PLAYS:

12th Ave Arts

ACT Theatre

Annex Theatre

Arts West

Book-It Repertory

Burien Actors Theatre

Center Stage Theatre

Dukesbay Productions

Edmonds Driftwood Players

Fern Shakespeare Company

Greenstage (Shakespeare in the Park)

The Horse in Motion

Infinity Box Theatre

  • Various venues, mostly in north Seattle
  • https://infinitybox.org/
  • Science and technology-related theatre, often in conjunction with science orgs or scientists

Intiman Theatre

Lakewood Playhouse

Latino Theatre Projects

On the Boards

ReAct Theatre

Red Curtain Foundation

Renton Civic Theatre

Seattle Experimental Theatre

Seattle Immersive Theatre

Seattle Public Theater

Seattle Repertory Theatre

Seattle Shakesbeerience

Seattle Shakespeare Company

  • Various venues, including Seattle Rep, Center Theater (Seattle Center), and parks in and around Seattle in the summer
  • https://www.seattleshakespeare.org/
  • Free Shakespeare in the Park all summer!

Second Story Repertory

Sound Theatre Company

Tacoma Little Theatre

Taproot Theatre

Theater Schmeater

upstart crow collective

Washington Ensemble Theater

West of Lenin

Woodinville Repertory

STAGES MOSTLY MUSICALS:

5th Avenue

Cafe Nordo

Ovation Performing Arts

Pacific Northwest Ballet

  • Seattle Center
  • https://www.pnb.org/
  • Ballets are technically a kind of musical with very little talking, right?

Paramount Theatre

Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society

Seattle Musical Theatre

Seattle Opera

Showtunes Theatre

Twelfth Night Productions

Village Theater

STAGES MOSTLY COMEDY:

Ghost Light Theatricals at the Ballard Underground

Pocket Theater

  • Greenwood
  • https://thepocket.org/
  • Only a venue – all productions by outside artists
    • Including me (Proof)
  • Mostly semi-scripted improv and standup

Pork Filled Players

Theatre Off Jackson

Unexpected Productions at the Market Theater

STAGES MOSTLY SHOWS BY AND/OR FOR CHILDREN:

Broadway Bound

Seattle Children’s Theatre

Seattle Historical Arts for Kids

Stone Soup Theatre

Thistle Theatre

COLLEGE THEATER:

Bellevue College

Cornish College of the Arts

Edmonds Community College

Seattle Central College

Seattle Pacific University

Shoreline Community College

University of Washington

OTHER:

Freehold Theater

NW Puppet Center