A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) brings the best in contemporary theatre to Seattle’s most discerning and daring audiences. It is what we do. Since 1965, ACT has probed cultural boundaries, tackled social issues and penetrated hearts. ACT made history as the first theatre in Seattle dedicated to producing contemporary plays, and we’re still making history as the most welcoming development house for new plays around. With our multiple stages and diversity of work, ACT keeps you intimately involved with new theatre. From its original base of 300 subscribers, ACT has grown into a nationally recognized theatre serving nearly 8,000 subscribers. Since 1998, six of ACT’s world premiere plays have gone on to New York as ACT productions.
A Theatre of New Ideas: Raising Consciousness Through Theatre
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT is the only local theatre dedicated to producing contemporary work with promising playwrights and local performing artists since 1965. We are…
- A destination for contemporary theatre and arts in downtown Seattle.
- A cultural engine that makes plays, dance, music, and film that touch us through its annual Mainstage Play series and new works generated from the Young Playwrights Program, the Central Heating Lab, and New Works for the American Stage commissioning program. Because contemporary life demands examination, ACT is driven to inspire and strengthen our diverse community through works that advance our understanding of human life.
- An interactive community where artists and the public witness, contemplate and engage in dialogue on today’s thought-provoking issues, ideas and art, presented with intelligence, insight, and humor.
- Dedicated to the advancement and preservation of today’s contemporary work for future generations.