ArtsWest is a vibrant center for both performing and visual arts located in the West Seattle Junction. ArtsWest aims for compelling theater and art productions that provoke conversation, incite the imagination, and use live theater as a powerful agent of change. ArtsWest has entertained over 225,000 visitors at over 500 theater productions and gallery exhibitions.
Named on Opportunity Knocks’ list of Best Nonprofit Places to Work, ArtsWest is proudly supported by hundreds of individual donors and volunteers, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture/King County, Washington State Arts Commission, PONCHO, and ArtsFund, as well as dozens of corporate and foundation supporters.
ArtsWest’s summer education program for students aged 8-21 is one of only three in the United States to have garnered consecutive awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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About ArtsWest Playhouse
ArtsWest’s theatre is a ¾ thrust, fully raked 149-seat house that is both intimate and spacious, providing all the advantages of a contemporary technical theatre. The theater provides a unique setting for audiences and performers as stories of human emotion unfold in an intimate space.
Excellent views are found in all seats since productions are staged to ensure that all of the audience is engaged. Because of the intimacy, audiences are able to feel the immediate and personal access of the actors and the work they bring to the stage.
ArtsWest theatre produces first-rate productions featuring edgy, quirky, dramatic, poignant, comedic, and musical plays. The theatre has produced such diverse works as Evil Dead: The Musical, Little Women, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, and the smash hit Peter and the Starcatcher.
ArtsWest 2021-22 Season
WHEN WE WAKE is a season rife with gods, monsters, myths and legends – both the ones that create us and the ones we will create together. Adult Season Subscriptions for in-person or online performances are are $180/$225 for 5/6 plays. Individual play tickets, if available, begin at $15. More info: 2021-22 Season: WHEN WE WAKE – ArtsWest Playhouse
- WE’VE BATTLED MONSTERS BEFORE by Justin Huertas. A World Premiere Musical. November 26 – December 26, 2021. Book, Music and Lyrics.
- MONSTERS OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA by Christian St. Croix. A World Premiere. January 27 – February 20, 2022.
- THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING by Finegan Kruckemeyer. A Seattle Premiere. March 17 – April 10, 2022.
- ALMA by Benjamin Benne. A Seattle Premiere. May 5 – May 22, 2022
- miku, and the gods by Julia Izumi. A World Premiere. June 16 – July 3, 2022.
- HERE THERE BE DRAGONS. Co-Produced by The Hansberry Project. A World Premiere Song Cycle. July 28 – August 28, 2022.
About ArtsWest Gallery
ArtsWest’s gallery is a C-shaped exhibition space [the open space in the “C” is ArtsWest’s theatre].
Exhibitions, both solo and group, run concurrently with mainstage theatre productions and feature work by contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest region.
Artist talks are featured at each show’s opening reception. At these informal conversations, each artist in the exhibition speaks briefly about their work and visitors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation. Both lively and informational, the talks give visitors a chance to meet the artists and consider the intersection of the work with contemporary issues.
Gallery hours: Thursday & Friday 2:00-7:30pm and Saturday 2:00-6:00pm. Admission to the gallery and all gallery events are free and open to the public.
The theater and art gallery are located in the heart of the West Seattle Junction, near the southwest corner of California and Alaska Streets at 4711 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98116. FREE PARKING is located directly behind ArtsWest on 44th Street SW. There are also several other free lots and street parking within walking distance from the theater.
ArtsWest Theatre season
The regular theater season runs September-July. Individual tickets are $38.00-$40.00. Six-play subscriptions are $200. Buy theater tickets online or at the Box Office.
Visit the ArtsWest website for a list of the current season plays and links to online ticket purchase.
Discount Tickets to ArtsWest Theatre productions
Discount tickets to ArtsWest Theatre productions are available to those who qualify for any of the following programs:
Subscriptions to ArtsWest plays save 20%-25% on the purchase of 5- or 6-ticket subscription packages. Subscriptions sales usually begin in summer, before the start of the regular season.
Volunteer Ushers are always needed. Ushers welcome the public, assist the patrons in finding their seats, sell concessions, and give the theatre a quick pick-up at the end of the show. For this you get to see the performance for FREE.
First Look is a behind-the-scenes look of each ArtsWest production. Have you ever wondered how a Scenic Designer plans a stage? Or what cast members do to prepare for their roles? Or how the whole thing – costumes, casting, lighting, and more – comes together to make a production? FIRST LOOK is a unique opportunity to engage directly with the creative minds behind each ArtsWest production. First Look tickets are FREE just for the asking on the ArtsWest website.
Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) members: ArtsWest TSP discounts are available at the door for $12 to all mainstage theater events, subject to availability. TPS membership is available to any individual who has a passion for the performing arts and wishes to support TPS’s mission. Annual TPS membership begins at $70. More info: http://tpsonline.org/
Seniors (65+) can enjoy ArtsWest Theatre plays for $35.
Students can enjoy ArtsWest Theatre plays for $17-$19.
Teen Tix members pay $5 for day-of-show tickets at the door, subject to availability. Before you head out, it’s a good idea to call the theatre Box Office: (206) 938-0339 to check availability. On Sundays, you can buy a second $5 ticket and give to anyone you like, no matter how old they are. TeenTix is a free pass available to teens age 13-18 into movies, music, theatre, dance, and visual art shows. Simply sign up on their website to get your pass.
Blue Star Military Discount Tickets. ArtsWest offers $20 tickets to military personnel and their immediate families at the box office, by phone, or online using the code BLUESTAR at checkout. Blue Star Theatres is a program of Blue Star Families and Theatre Communications Group, with support from the MetLife Foundation.
Upcoming performance art events
Listed below are upcoming live or virtual arts performances at these historic theatres as well as other performance venues in the Puget Sound region.
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