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Explore: Performing Arts

A resource for educators, homeschoolers, scouts and parents

Photo courtesy of Dan Norman/Seattle Children's Theatre


Explore is the expanded Seattle's Child guide to enrichment opportunities available to schools, homeschoolers, scout leaders and others offering programs for kids in our Puget Sound community.  

Whether you're planning outings for preschoolers, educating a third grader at home, running a day camp or teaching high school science, you'll find a truly remarkable variety of ways to enlarge and expand on your curriculum – field trips, classroom visits, homeschooler programs, and teacher education, to name a few.

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5th Avenue Theatre
1308 5th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
206-625-1418, info@5thavenue.org
Through its numerous education and outreach programs, the 5th Avenue Theatre introduces young people to the magic of theater. Schools and groups can take advantage of special ticket pricing for regular performances, or attend one of the special weekday student matinees. The 5th Avenue also hosts the Adventure Musical Theater Touring Company, which brings live musical theater to students throughout Washington State.

ACT Theatre
700 Union St.
Seattle, WA 98101
206-292-7676, education@acttheatre.org
ACT is committed to introducing youth to the power of theater through its innovative education and outreach programs. Each year, ACT organizes and offers student matinees and workshop series for young audiences across King County. ACT also coordinates the Young Playwrights Program in which professional playwright/teaching artists teach the basics of playwriting in Seattle-area schools. Teachers can also take advantage of the discounted Apple Series Educator Program.

Book-It Repertory Theatre
Seattle Center House, 305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-428-6266, education@book-it.org
Students can experience unique theatrical productions that promote the joy of reading, embrace diversity, enhance learning and inspire the imagination. Low-cost student matinees of select Mainstage productions are available to school groups. Book-It tours original adaptations of stories to schools, libraries and community centers throughout the Pacific Northwest, and can conduct long-term residencies in schools. Each booking includes a performance, book, study guide and workshop.

Charlie Williams “The Noiseguy”
425-606-7589, noiseguycw@gmail.com
Charlie Williams is “The Noiseguy,” a vocal sound impressionist who can imitate the sounds of nature, machines, people and everyday noises. As a kids’ comedian, author, illustrator and animator, Charlie performs at libraries, school assemblies and author visits, festivals, fundraisers and more. Sound Advice for Educators is a workshop that teaches librarians, educators and storytellers how to add noise imitations to enhance stories and keep the attention of young audiences.

Cyndi “Soup” Elliott
360-760-9652, cyndisoup@me.com
Cyndi “Soup” Elliott has been entertaining area kids for years with her one-of-a-kind songs, stories and puppet characters. Cyndi’s shows include “Whales, Sails, Treasure & Tales,” “The Critter Choir” and “Bugs Don’t Bug Me!” Cyndi also teams up with colleague Tim Noah to create teacher workshops such as Creative Dramatics In the Classroom, Public Speaking, Puppetry, Songwriting and more. Write your own School Song with Cyndi and Tim in a one-, two- or three-day student workshop!

Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N
Edmonds, WA 98020
425-275-9483, gillian@ec4arts.org
Each season on its Main Stage, ECA presents Education Matinees for students ranging in ages from pre-K to high school. ECA also works with artists from its presented season to organize free Artist Residencies & Workshops in the schools and throughout the community to increase opportunities for people of all ages to experience and engage with professional performing artists.

PO Box 9594
Seattle, WA 98109
206-748-1551, greenstage@greenstage.org
As Seattle’s Shakespeare in the Park Company, and Seattle’s longest-running Shakespeare company, GreenStage is committed to presenting quality productions of classical theater in a manner that is available to all. Classroom Bard brings Shakespeare to the classroom with 45-minute versions of popular Shakespeare classics.

Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
206-634-0919, education@jackstraw.org
Jack Straw Cultural Center has a commitment to art and technology education for all ages. Through their radio drama, music, and creative audio production programs, students work with professional artists, either in your classroom or our studio, to learn about the arts and to develop ways to express themselves creatively. In the Art & Technology Programs, students produce final projects in the form of radio shows, sound collages, professional music and/or spoken voice recordings, historical audio documentation, oral history recordings and more.

Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98033
425-828-0422, info@kpcenter.org
KPC offers School Matinee performances for several of their seasonal offerings. Experience music, dance, theater and more. Contact them or visit their website for details.

Music Works Northwest
1331 118th Ave. SE, Suite 400
Bellevue, WA 98005
425-644-0988, registration@musicworksnw.org
Music Works Northwest is a nonprofit community music school offering music lessons and performance experiences for all ages. Music Works Northwest offers lessons and workshops in a variety of styles (classical, jazz, rock, ethnic music) using a wide range of instruments. School outreach and coaching is an integral part of Music Works programs, from free school visits for instrument sectionals, performances or clinics, to half- or full-day field trips to Music Works.

Nancy Stewart/Friends Street Music
6505 SE 28th St.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206-232-1078, nancy@nancymusic.com
Nancy Stewart is a children’s singer and songwriter with programs for schools and libraries. Free songs, resources and information for teachers, parents, librarians and homeschooling families are available on the website. Concert themes include insects, Pacific Northwest sea life, Washington State facts, science and more. Nancy also offers a wide variety of workshops for educators.

Northwest Puppet Center
9123 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
206-523-2579, info@nwpuppet.org
This internationally renowned puppet center presents performances by the Carter Family Marionettes as well as esteemed guest artists. In addition, it features a museum, archive and library focused on the puppetry arts. Student weekday matinees are discounted and teachers get in for free. NWPC is also available for in-class workshops that provide a hands-on introduction to puppetry.

Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-441-2432, kayti@pnb.org
PNB’s Community Education programs offer opportunities for students and teachers to learn, see and explore the art form of dance. PNB offers several student matinees each season, some with open set changes and live music so students can witness the method behind the magic. PNB field trips include a fun and challenging dance class at PNB's world-class studios, a tour of the PNB costume shop and an opportunity to view a professional ballet rehearsal. PNB can also arrange for Teaching Artists to come to the classroom for a workshop or residency.

Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-441-9244, schoolshows@sct.org
SCT has a national reputation for presenting sophisticated, imaginative theater that entertains as well as educates. Through the live theater experience, students are encouraged to read, develop critical and creative thinking skills and be curious about the world around them. School matinees, artist residencies, classes, camps, teacher workshops and lesson plans are just a part of SCT’s educational outreach program.

Seattle Opera
321 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
206-676-5563, education@seattleopera.org
In order to make opera irresistible to young people, Seattle Opera’s Education department has tailor-made its education programs for grade-schoolers, middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and college students. Through tours of McCaw Hall, Opera Goes to School residencies, the Experience Opera program, and discounted student tickets for Seattle Opera performances, Seattle Opera engages students and prepares them for a lifetime love of opera.

Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109
From discounted student matinees, playwriting programs, and continuing education to the annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, the Seattle Repertory Theatre fosters a love of performance and the arts. Bringing Theatre into the Classroom is their annual workshop to teach educators how to integrate art into the classroom on a daily basis.

Seattle Shakespeare Company
Center House Theatre, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109
206-733-8228 ext. 251, education@seattleshakespeare.org
SSC’s youth programs provide personally enriching, meaningful and inspiring experiences in Shakespeare performance and instruction for students of all ages. In addition to discounted student matinees, SSC’s touring company introduces Shakespeare’s dynamic stories in fresh and accessible 90-minute productions.  For home school groups, Matinee Workshops allow students to get immersed in the world of a play for a full day.

Seattle Symphony
​Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.
Seattle, WA 98101
206-336-6613, education@seattlesymphony.org
The Seattle Symphony offers a multitude of education programs for students and teachers to build and foster lifelong relationships with symphonic music, from musical story times for toddlers to Elementary Workshops and Friday matinees for older students.

Seattle Theatre Group
Paramount, Moore and Neptune theaters
911 Pine St.
Seattle, WA 98101
206-682-1414, studentprograms@stgpresents.org
STG presents and produces several daytime matinees each season for school and community groups at its theaters. These specially priced programs include workshops and study materials to expand student learning. STG also offers free tours of the historic Paramount, Neptune and Moore theaters introducing students to architecture and design, technical aspects and history of the theater.

SecondStory Repertory Children’s Theater
7325 166th Ave. NE, Suite F250
Redmond, WA 98052
425-881-6777, boxoffice@secondstoryrep.org
SecondStory Repertory presents high-quality children’s theater musical productions featuring professional actors and live musicians. School-day performances are available at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Past performances have included Charlotte’s Web, Bunnicula, The Velveteen Rabbit and Treasure Island.

Stone Soup Theatre
1414 N 42nd St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-388-9212, education@stonesouptheatre.org
Stone Soup Theatre is a small, professional theater that produces four mainstage shows as well as three youth conservatory productions each season. The Youth Conservatory is happy to arrange performances for school groups that fit the school’s schedule. SST also offers Improv, Musical Theatre, Acting, Creative Drama, Story Drama, performance-based workshops and many other classes as after-school, homeschool, summer and break camps.

StoryBook Theater
Venues in Kirkland, Renton, Shoreline and Everett
425-820-1800 ext. 110, tickets@studio-east.org
Since 1998, StoryBook Theater, produced by Studio East, has introduced young children in the Puget Sound area to live theater with original, interactive musicals written especially for ages 3 to 10. Discounted weekday matinees are available for each performance at locations around the Puget Sound area. Visit the website for specific dates and locations. Free curriculum guides are available online prior to each show.

Studio East
11730 118th Ave. NE, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA 98034
425-820-1800 ext. 108, vincentorduna@studio-east.org
In addition to their StoryBook Theater live theater productions, Studio East has provided high-quality theater classes, workshops and programs to local schools since 1991. Programs include ArtReach! residencies, in-school workshops, after-school classes, Improv Day, and more.

Taproot Theatre Company
204 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-781-9708, groups@taproottheatre.org
Taproot’s Intergenerational Matinees provide theater as a tool and springboard for learning, growth and communication. Lesson Plans and Play Guides for each show are available. Teachers and homeschool parents are allowed a free preview beforehand. A tour of the theater after the show can be arranged for an additional fee. In addition, Taproot Theatre’s Road Company brings educational plays to students throughout the Pacific Northwest with productions that address relevant social issues such as bullying and being different, and provide youth with safe steps to approach them.

Thistle Theatre
Locations in Ballard, Magnuson Park & Bellevue
206-524-3388, info@thistletheatre.org
Thistle Theatre offers 25 years of expertise in a variation of the ancient Japanese style of puppetry called Bunraku. The puppeteers, dressed all in black, manipulate the puppets from behind for realistic movement. They also feature rod, body, shadow and black light puppets. Performances may also be brought into schools, and puppetry workshops are available.

Village Theatre, Pied Piper
Venues in Everett, Issaquah and Bellevue
425-740-5035 ext. 106, sbixler@villagetheatre.org
Pied Piper, a part of Village Theatre, brings live theater to children and their families by hosting renowned theater, dance and music companies for public and school performances. A visit to a Pied Piper production can be the beginning of a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Past performances have included The BFG, The Lightning Thief, Curious George, and My Fair Lady. Dates and locations are available online.

Youth Theatre Northwest
4400 86th Ave. SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206-232-4145 ext. 106, education@youththeatre.org
In partnership with teachers and schools, YTN enhances educational curriculums and provides professional theatrical expertise with special school shows and supplemental study guides for use in the classroom. Artist residencies and after-school programs bring the theater to the classroom and are designed to integrate directly with classroom curriculum. Show to Go brings a professionally trained director to the school to mount a class or school’s yearly play. YTN provides the costumes and sets.


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