ArtsWest ‘immensely proud’ of National Theatre Company grant

Big news from ArtsWest – a prestigious grant never before given to a theater in our state. Here’s the announcement:

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery is pleased to announce that the American Theatre Wing, best known as the creator of the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards, is awarding the Company with one of the 2012 National Theatre Company grants.

The award includes a $10,000 grant given to only 10 theaters in the country. ArtsWest is the first theater in Washington State to win this award.

This grant will have a significant impact on ArtsWest, providing resources needed to realize our full artistic vision and assisting in our ability to provide even broader access to the arts. The grant is given to emerging regional theaters that have articulated a distinctive mission, cultivated an audience, and nurtured a community of artists in ways that strengthen and demonstrate the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theatre. More information about the National Theatre Company grants can be found at

With premiere shows such as Exit, Pursued by a Bear, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and our outstanding theater education programs, ArtsWest has captured national attention.

As our mission states, we strive to enrich the cultural vibrancy of our community, both by engaging audience members and by supporting local artists. ArtsWest plays a particularly important role in the theater landscape: we are a home for professional actors, directors, choreographers, musicians, stage managers, and designers to showcase their talent with new, progressive, high-quality productions. We also support local playwrights with our Seattle Playwrights Studio program.

Artistic Director Christopher Zinovitch says, “We’re a theater that produces plays of the highest quality, with incredible casts and crews, located in one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic communities in Seattle . We want to thank the board, staff, actors, volunteers, and founders, and all who have contributed to ArtsWest. Because of all of you, we were able to move forward and get to this level.”

The award will also bring increased awareness of ArtsWest’s work, positioning us as a leader in our field. We are immensely proud and excited!

6 Replies to "ArtsWest 'immensely proud' of National Theatre Company grant"

  • David August 29, 2012 (4:36 pm)

    Way to go! Its great to see some local recognition.

  • Dale August 29, 2012 (4:42 pm)

    Cheers. I’ve enjoyed Hair, Xanadu in the past. Great venue!

  • shed22 August 29, 2012 (8:36 pm)

    As they should be immensely proud! Way to go local arts!

  • D August 29, 2012 (10:44 pm)

    Wonderful! Congratulations!

  • Jane August 30, 2012 (8:45 am)

    Christopher Zinovitch does an AMAZING job with the youth theater programs at ArtsWest! Congrats to all the staff and performers – it is great to be recognized like this.

  • CP August 30, 2012 (10:55 am)

    Way to go! Arts West is the best theatre company you’ve never heard of. Subscriber for nearly six years now and we are always, amazed, provoked, moved and uplifted by the quality of the talent and the diversity of the offerings. BIG and well-deserved congratulations.

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