Seattle Theater Group’s annual summer series Nights at the Neptune offers free performances at The Neptune Theater in Seattle’s University District. The series focuses on showcasing local artists’ work as it relates to race and social justice.
This platform gives voice to some of our most pressing race and social justice issues, using art to shake up and awaken our consciousness to inequity, while celebrating our shared cultures and forgotten histories.
Each year, local artists and arts organizations respond to an open call for submissions to the series. A panel of local artists, entrepreneurs, activists and advocates review and select the final list of participants.
With community support from The Norcliffe Foundation, STG opens The Neptune to the artists for free to mount a performance, that is also free to the public, providing access to all. This is performing arts by the people, for the people.
About Seattle’s Neptune Theater
Neptune Theatre closed as a single-screen movie house in January 2011 and is now operated by Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the non-profit operators of the historic Neptune, as well as the Paramount and Moore Theatres.
STG reconfigured the Neptune Theatre to increase options for community engagement in the arts. In its 90th year of operation, the historic Neptune Theatre (circa 1921) has been transformed from a single screen cinema, into Seattle’s newest live performance multi-use arts venue. Their mission is to present diverse performing arts while preserving this historic cultural icon.
On September 25, 2011 the newly renovated Neptune Theatre opened to the public featuring local musician Mark Lanegan. In honor of the theatre’s history of showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the film was screened on re-opening and is now shown annually.
STG’s vision for The Neptune Theatre is to present fresh, new, local, national and international performing artists, while continuing the tradition of screening film. Planned programming includes: concerts representing a broad spectrum of musical genres, comedy and speakers, education and community programs, free public events, and of course independent and cult-classic films.
On November 14, 2017, the City of Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board voted to designate the Neptune Theatre building as a city landmark. STG now proudly operates three City of Seattle Historic Landmarks.
2018 Nights at the Neptune Series
July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm: Dare to Claim the Sky by Sharon Nyree Williams – Storytelling + Music
July 19, 2018 at 8:00 pm: #1hr2manup: Chris Anderson with special guests Jaz Lund, Jared Squires & DJ Toon Bugatti plus opener: Huey & the InFLOWentials – Theatrical Hip-Hop
July 26, 2018 at 8:00 pm: The Invisible Vegan: Hosted by Hip Hop Is Green – Film Screening + Q&A with filmmaker Jasmin Leyva and Founder of Hip Hop is Green, Keith Tucker
August 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm: Artist Watch 2018: Hosted by Seattle Sound Music Awards – Emceed by KSER 90.7 FM’s Mike Check, Featuring Silver Shadow D, Son of Sam, King Rich, DPH, Kierra Shiday
August 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm: Khu.éex: The Magic of Noise – Documentary film by Heartstone Media + Performance and Q&A
August 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm: moonshine – Cabaret by Imana Gunawan (of Au Collective)
Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105