TPS Studios Spaces Closed

With the new measures implemented for social gatherings and public health, it has become necessary to close the TPS studios for the foreseeable future. The Seattle Center Armory will be closed to the public as well.
This means all activities scheduled from today, Monday, March 16th and until at least Monday, March 30th, will no longer be able to take place in our facility. We will update you about the length of this closure, as we have it. TPS will offer credits or refunds for affected bookings. A staff member will reach out to those groups in the coming week to determine your request.
HOW TO REACH US: As TPS determines what this closure means for our daily operations, we hope you will be patient with us in what we expect to be a delayed communication period. However, we are here to help where we can. Please use these emails to reach out and know, while we may not be in the office, we are happy to set up a time to chat if that is needed.
If you are able, in this moment, to make a donation to TPS, we would be grateful as this closure puts a significant financial strain on the organization.
We will continue to keep you informed about changes in TPS operations and look forward to reopening and reengaging our community when the time comes. Until then, please stay safe and stay strong.
Ariel Bradler
Executive Director
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TPS Update: COVID-19 news

Hi friends,
Today’s announcement by the Governor’s Office which restricts public gatherings of more than 250 people and limiting gatherings of 250 or less creates a new paradigm for us all to consider. The uncertainty of this time cannot be understated and I know we are all working to keep our families, friends, employees, volunteers, and audiences safe and healthy. TPS is continuing to monitor the situation closely to determine our best course of action. Please reach out to us if you have additional questions.
Things to consider
We are aware that the impact of these closures is far reaching. We encourage you to keep these things in mind as you and/or your orgs navigate this situation.
  • Stay informed and help keep people safe: With news changing quickly, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Since the news does not always include our sector with specific recommendations, we recommend following guidelines for industries whose populations most closely reflect your populations. Visit sites listed below frequently and provide clear messaging for your staff and constituents about your decision making process whenever possible.
  • King County Health
  • CDC
  • Public Health Insider
  • Find a support network: We are in unprecedented times, know that you are not alone in identifying solutions and making hard decisions. Find a trusted resource to help you work though these decisions and please reach out to one of us at TPS if you need a sounding board. We are here to help. We know how much you are all already juggling in your regular day-to-day operations. Be patient with each other as we navigate uncharted territory.
  • Track your losses: Our greatest focus right now should be the health of those we work and connect with and on containing the spread of this virus. However we know these restrictions to public gatherings will have a significant financial impact on our sector. Be sure to track any financial impacts you are feeling as a result of COVID-19. Whether you are an organization having to cancel fundraising events or shows, or an individual artist, employee, or freelancer whose employment has or will be affected by this pandemic, make sure to track those financial repercussions. We are working with our partners to determine what can be done once the crisis is controlled and we’ll need that data to help tell this story.

TPS Specific Updates

EMAIL, EMAIL, EMAIL: The staff will be working from home as much as possible. If you need to make a change or would like to schedule a call, please email us at the options below. We are working to get our voicemail system up and running remotely but phone messages may take longer to return.
STUDIOS: At this time, the studios will remain open and operational however it is important to know that while extra cleaning measures are in place, we are not implementing full sanitization procedures. Public Health is requesting that events of less than 250 be cancelled unless they meet the requirements of sanitization and social distancing. We will work with all clients in order to help support their decision to postpone or cancel gatherings for the health of their constituents. Please contact us at
Again, I remind everyone to please be sure to connect with the person or entity who is running the rehearsal or meeting you plan to attend in order to confirm it is running on schedule. TPS will make every attempt to ensure the public calendar is up to date but changes are happening rapidly.
STATUS OF PROGRAMS: While the TA Training by Rainbow Center, hosted by SCT and TPS is currently still running this Saturday, March 14th, we are assessing the situation daily and will make a final decision by Friday, 3/13. We ask that participants let us know if they are unable to come for any reason. Please email
HOW TO REACH US: Please use these emails to reach out and know, while we may not be in the office, we are happy to set up a time to chat if that is needed.
We will continue to keep you informed about changes in TPS operations as we have them. Again, if you need support or additional information, please reach out and let us know how we at TPS can lend that help.
All my best,
Ariel Bradler
Executive Director | 206.770.0370 x 100
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Now Hiring: Membership and Facility Liaison

Job Description: Membership and Facility Liaison
Part time, 24-30 hrs/wk, Non-exempt | Reports to: Executive Director | Location: Seattle

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is an arts service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community and provide meaningful services such as professional development, networking, and subsidized rehearsal and performance space.

Working at TPS:
The mission of TPS is to foster and advocate for a robust and equitable theatre community. As TPS moves toward becoming an anti-racist organization, we are eager to engage in processes, procedures, and programming decisions which benefits the whole of the community and take into account those who have been most impacted by systemic oppression in our discipline, and specifically the impacts of racial identity within our broader theatre community. We encourage meaningful dialogue, education, and engagement in the topic of race and social justice, bias, and anti-racist practices.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  We are committed to equity in all areas of our work and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  We strongly encourage those from groups not normally represented, to apply.

Overview of Position:
The Membership and Facility Liaison position is an hourly position, providing customer service and administrative support to all TPS membership and studio patrons. This position will assist with office reception, customer service, member card processing and communications, and various office functionality. This person should be most available during weekday-day time hours however office hours are flexible.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide front desk customer service support
  • Respond to question regarding membership or studio bookings via email, phone, and in-person
  • Prep and send membership cards on weekly or monthly basis as needed
  • Manage and update member benefit materials
  • Brainstorm and cultivate partnerships for new membership opportunities in collaboration with the Executive Director
  • Create Membership communications for marketing campaigns, professional development opportunities, or benefit updates
  • Create and coordinate studio booking communications in collaboration with the Technical Director
  • Assist in various programs or large events where additional staffing is required
  • Provide data to Executive Director for the purpose of analysis and reporting
  • Willingness to participate in TPS trainings and professional development.

Experience and Skills:

  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to work independently while also working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Ability to prioritize a variety of job assignments
  • Good interpersonal skills and experience in communicating with a variety of entities on a range of topics
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Experience in creating partnerships, sales experience, or other adjacent experience working with member benefit programs a plus but not essential
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of equity

 Compensation and Benefits:
$19/hour, paid sick time accrual and flexible scheduling are available

To Apply: Please send a resume, cv, or other list of qualifications by email to A cover letter explaining your interest in the position is also appreciated.

Desired Start: January of 2020
Application Review: Begins December 12/23-12/30

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Seattle Fringe Festival Request for Proposals Now Open

Do you have a passion for creating space for new voices?

Requests for Proposals are now open for those interested in assuming a leadership role for the Seattle Fringe Festival.  Through this Request for Proposals process TPS is looking for an individual, group, or organization to take assume sole ownership. Those selected will have varied support from TPS in the first year of the festival in order to ensure a smooth transition. 

Proposals are due January 5th, 2019.

Questions should be directed to Laurie Lynch, Board Vice President,


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Meet the Member Advisory Council

Tammi Doyle (she/her)

Tammi (she/her) is a theatre producer, director and playwright/lyricist. Director: Music Theatre Works (MTW- Founder) Northwest Asian American Thetares, Seattle Musical Theatre, Renton Civic Theatre, 5 Seattle Fringe Festivals (SFF), Asst. at the Seattle Rep, Youth Theatre NW, Piccoli Children’s Theatre,  Seattle PlayHouse for Young Performing Artists (Co-Founder.) San Francisco: Eureka Theatre Production Manager, Board Member of the Bay Area Theatre Workers Association. Produced works: Book and lyrics: White Porcelain Christmas, The Pied Piper, What She’s Having, Christina’s World  Plays: Snow Day, The Maltese Sparrow, Season Finale, Beyond the Break (co-writer). Tammi is a professor and chair of Theatre Arts at Bellevue College and is active with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She holds a BA in History from UC Berkeley and an MFA in Theatre Direction from the University of Washington. She believes that TPS is and should continue to be a central communication and resource driven organization that aids its membership of individuals and organizations in becoming the most inclusive, expansive, vibrant and vital artists they can be. 

Andrea Kovich

Andrea (she/her) is a Seattle-based dramaturg, writer, and member of LMDA (Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas).  She self-identifies as a disabled artist and is passionate about collaborating with traditionally marginalized voices to promote diversity and inclusion. Local dramaturgy credits include: Frankenstein, Howl’s Moving Castle, and My Ántonia (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Persuasion and Baskerville (Taproot Theatre Company), The Rules of Charity and peeling (Sound Theatre Company).  Other projects include: curator for ILLUMINATE: Six Plays by Deaf and Disabled Playwrights with Sound Theatre, serving as a dramaturg in Umbrella Project’s 2018 Writers Group, and dramaturg for The Scratch 2019 workshop and staged readings of Tom Smith’s play, Anna’s Mother. As a member of the MAC, she’s excited to have the opportunity to make accessibility a priority within the organization and to strengthen connections between TPS and the theatre community.

Mark Light

Mark (he/him) is President of First Light Group, an organization with a mission to put your future within reach. He is a trusted leadership coach who empowers others to do good great, a master teacher known for contagious enthusiasm and actionable learning, and a street-smart writer. His leadership experience includes 15 blockbuster seasons transforming a small Ohio theatre into a top-30 performing arts center by making the customer the star. He was a decade-long Tony Awards voter and received the first-ever Award for Outstanding Achievement in Presenter Management from The Broadway League (whose members vote on the Tonys). Mark holds a BFA from Drake University, an MBA from UCLA, and a Ph.D. from Antioch University Graduate Program in Leadership and Change. Mark joined the TPS Member Advisory Council because I want to help TPS set the stage for the success of its members.

Sonja Lowe

Sonja (she/her) is a local Dramaturg. She has a BA in Theatre from Seattle Pacific University and a MLitt in Dramaturgy from the University of Glasgow. She is currently on staff at Taproot Theatre Company as the Grant Writer & Resident Dramaturg and has also contributed dramaturgical research to other Seattle theatre’s, including The Revolutionists (Theatre22), Slowgirl (SPT), A Lesson from Aloes (Thalia’s Umbrella) and Hedda Gabler (Harlequin Productions). Sonja has assisted in the development of several new script projects including stage adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Jane Austen’s Persuasion, as well original scripts for the Seattle Play Series, the San Juan Island Community Theatre Playwright’s Festival and the Pork Filled Players’ UNLEASHED festival. For the past several years, Sonja has been honored to serve as a dramaturg mentor for students and interns at Taproot Theatre, Seattle Pacific University and Village Theatre’s Kidstage.

Mario Martinez

Mario (they/them) is a Detroit Michigan native and came to Seattle for their degree in Original Works from Cornish. As a #NoGoodDoer they have been navigating through the arts in Seattle, pushing for more QTPOC representation. Mario has worked with Freehold Theater, Cornish, Theater Schmeater, The Umbrella Project, the 14/48 Projects and have since then started their drag career as Lola Meraz performing at Studio Current, Kremwerk Complex, Annex Theater, Re-Bar, and Addo’s Cabaret among other queer spaces. See Mario next at On The Boards April 9-12th working with Markeith Wiley.  The queer community has so much to give, see us, hear us, hire us. Follow Mario on Instagram for more info @luigis_bro !

Jeremy Odden

Jeremy (he/him) is a freelance stagehand with Local 15, as well as a stage manager and designer on occasion. When not working in theatre, he is an educator in the Renton School District. He lives in Renton, and tries to see more theatre than he actually does, much to his regret. He hopes to see more this year!

Caroline Rensel

Caroline (she/her) is an actor, arts administrator, and occasional teaching artist. As an actor, she has worked with Seattle area companies including Annex Theatre, Dacha Theatre, the Edmonds Driftwood Players, and Shakespeare Northwest. Caroline is currently the Constituent Relations Officer at the University of Washington School of Drama. She was the Director of Development at TeenTix, an arts access and youth development non-profit, from 2016-2019. Prior to TeenTix, Caroline was the Arts Management Intern at Book-It Repertory Theatre, a Drama School Intern at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and spent a summer working as a Site Manager and Teaching Assistant for Seattle Shakespeare Company. Caroline is passionate about arts education and about building a more equitable arts community in Seattle. She holds a degree in Theatre from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.

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Valerie Curtis-Newton named the 2019 Gregory Falls Sustained Achievement Award recipient

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) announces today that Valerie Curtis-Newton will be the recipient of the 2019 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award.

Given each year in honor of Gregory A. Falls, this award acknowledges those individuals who have made an impact on our region’s theatre community and embody an inclusive and collaborative spirit.

Theatre Puget Sound’s Executive Director Ariel Bradler states, “Valerie’s artistic excellence and collaborative spirit are just a fraction of the impact she has had on our community. Her work with The Hansberry Project, hours of mentorship in and out of the classroom, and advocacy of POC artist voices will have a lasting effect on our regions theatrical landscape. It is an honor to celebrate this pillar of our community.”

Ms. Curtis-Newton will be the 22nd recipient of this prestigious honor. The 11th Annual Gregory Awards will occur on October 28th, 2019 at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, hosted by Alexandria J. Henderson and Jimmy Shields.

About Valerie Curtis-Newton
Currently Head of Directing at the University of Washington’s School of Drama, Valerie is co-founder of the Hansberry Project – an African American Theatre Lab. The Hansberry Project celebrates, presents and supports the work of black theatre artists developing/producing new work; creating community outreach opportunities and providing an artistic home for black theatre professionals.

Valerie has previously served as an Artistic Associate at A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), the Artistic Director of Hartford Connecticut’s Performing Ensemble, Inc. (1987-1993) and the Artistic Director for Seattle’s Ethnic Cultural Theatre (1993-1998). Her national credits include work with the Guthrie Theater, the Seattle Repertory Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Intiman Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, ArtsWest, West of Lenin, Seattle Public Theatre and Southern Repertory Theatre.

Valerie has been active in advancing the work of artists of color, serving on projects for
organizations such as the WA State Arts Commission, Seattle Arts Commission, the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, The Theatre Communications Group, National Endowment for the Arts, National Black Theatre Festival and many others.

A recipient of both the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group
(TCG/NEA) Director Fellowship and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s (SDCF) Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Valerie holds a BA from Holy Cross College, an MFA in Directing from the University of Washington and is a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC). Valerie has been awarded the Stranger Genius Awards in Performance, the Crosscut Courage Award for Culture and the ArtsFund Artist Innovation Award.

About the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award
The Gregory Awards are named in honor of Gregory A. Falls, a former chair of the UW School of Drama, who is credited with creating Seattle’s vibrant theater scene. Falls died unexpectedly of pneumonia at age 75 on April 3, 1997. More than any other individual, Falls was “most responsible for the theater boom in this town,” said Arne Zaslove, former artistic director of the Bathhouse Theatre at Green Lake. “He was the impresario of bringing it all together.” Falls founded ACT Theatre, more than three decades ago, where he was ACT’s artistic director for 23 years until his retirement in 1987.

Previous recipients include: Kurt Beattie, Rex Carleton, Timothy McCuen Piggee, R. Hamilton Wright, Joyce Degenfelder, Kathy Hsieh, and Billy and Howie Seago.

TPS gratefully acknowledges Jean Burch Falls for her contributions and continued support in honoring those that shape our theatrical landscape.

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Melissa Hines Award Nominations Open

Do you know an individual who makes theatre possible but who often are not themselves recognized?

The deadline for nominations has been extended to
September 22, 2019.

Nominate that unsung hero who made an impact on our community.

Individuals recognized in this category are determined via committee, not popular vote – your submissions inform the committee’s starting point. Committee members are selected from the Member Advisory Council and TPS staff and board. The recipient will be honored at The Gregory Awards ceremony on October 28th, 2019.

Nominate Today!

The Melissa Hines Backstage Award is given each year to an individual – educator, administrator, crew member, stage manager, volunteer, etc. – who has worked tirelessly “behind the scenes” in support of our regional theatre community. This honor is named after Melissa Hines, in memoriam, who was the stalwart managing director of the Empty Space Theatre, a board member of various arts institutions, and served in the Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Past Recipients Include:

2018 – Ruth Eitemiller (pictured above)
2017 – Louise Butler
2016 – Kyna Shilling
2015 – Emily Leong
2014 – Doug Staley & Roger Huston
2013 – Laura Campbell
2012 – John Bradshw

(photo by Tim Aguero)

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2019 Gregory Award Tickets are now on sale!

What’s new for 2019?

Tickets for the 2019 Gregory Awards are now on sale and this year we have a new, tiered ticket options with hopes that many more can join us for the festivities. Tickets are now available for as little as $15, see below for more details.

Consider joining us and the 2019 nominees for the VIP reception prior to the ceremony. TPS members – look out for your discount code to this special event. Tickets for this event are limited, get yours today!

Ticket prices increase on the day of the event when purchased at the door.

Purchase Tickets Today!


  • The $65 Producer Level reflects the full per-person cost of producing the Gregory Awards. This community event is not possible without the generous support of our sponsors and individual community members like you.
  • The $35 Collaborator Level helps TPS off-set a good portion of the cost of producing the Gregory Awards. Consider purchasing your ticket at the same level as last year and help us reach our revenue goals.
  • The $15 Supporter Level is a great way to participate in supporting the Gregory Awards on a tight budget. The Gregory Awards is first and foremost, a celebration of community. We hope more of our community can join us with this new ticket level.
  • VIP Tickets – join us at 6:00 and mix and mingle with the 2019 nominees in celebration of their excellence. At $100 non-members and $75 for members, ticket buyers enjoy complimentary food & drink and priority seating for the ceremony. Details of the event coming soon. (Members: email for your discount code)


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Performers Alexandria J. Henderson and Jimmy Shields to Host the 11th Annual Gregory Awards

The Gregory Awards to be Presented Live from Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on Monday, October 28th

Seattle, WA (June 6, 2019)
 – Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) and The Gregory Awards announce today that performers Alexandria J. Henderson and Jimmy Shields will host the 11th Annual Gregory Awards, live at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center on Monday, October 28 (7:30pm).
This will be both Henderson and Shields’ first time hosting the Gregory Awards. Both performers have been involved with multiple productions receiving recognition at previous ceremonies, Henderson receiving the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical in 2017.
“We are thrilled to have this dynamic team at the helm for our 11th annual awards ceremony. Alexandria and Jimmy are both incredible performers; their vision and talent will ensure a not-to-be-missed event,” said Ariel Bradler, Executive director of Theatre Puget Sound.
About the Hosts
ALEXANDRIA J. HENDERSON is a performing artist currently residing in south Puget Sound. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music – Vocal Performance. Like many actors, Alexandria would love to perform on Broadway, and until that day she will remain active in local and regional theatre. Alexandria has been seen most recently as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde with Showtunes Theatre Company; Ali in The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Mamma Mia!; and Lorrell Robinson in Dreamgirls at Village Theatre (for which she won the 2017 Gregory Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical). Learn more at her website: Or follow on Instagram! @missajhenderson
JIMMY SHIELDS is a performing and teaching artist from the Pierce County area. He has always known the arts was his calling and has never set his sights on anything else! Not just a lover of being on the stage, Jimmy is also an established choreographer and budding director. Recent theater credits include HAIRSPRAY with Village Theatre (Gilbert/Co-Choreographer), Legally Blonde with Showtunes Theatre Company (Choreographer), Matilda with Village Theatre (Ensemble/Associate Choreographer) and the West-coast premiere of Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical with Tacoma Musical Playhouse (Director/Choreographer). Jimmy has BIG plans for the performing arts world and can’t wait to take you all along for the ride! 
About the Gregory Awards
Theatre Puget Sound’s 11th Annual Gregory Awards will be presented on Monday, October 28th (7:30pm) at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA. The Gregory Awards, which honors theatre artists in the Seattle area for distinguished theatrical achievements, and are recognized as the most significant theatre awards in the Northwestern United States.
The official eligibility cut-off date will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019 for all Seattle-area productions opening in the 2018-2019 season. Productions which meet all other eligibility requirements and open on or before the eligibility date are considered eligible for 2019 Gregory Award nominations.
The Nominations for the 2019 Gregory Awards will be announced August 2019.
Tickets for the ceremony will go on sale in August.
For more information on the Gregory Awards, visit and and follow @GregoryAwards on Twitter.
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Board Spotlight: Laurie Lynch

In this month’s Spotlight, we get to know Board Member Laurie Lynch!

1. Tell us about yourself! Who are you?

My name is Laurie Lynch, They/Them/She/Her.  I am a theatre artist, dandy, educator, activist, mommy.  I work at the Rainbow Center in Tacoma Washington as the Education Coordinator, basically I am the person who is gay for pay, going out in the world and doing trainings for folks who need some education on LGBTQ competency and Gender Identity.  I am currently serving as the VP of the TPS board and am super excited about the work being done there.  I have been on the board for a year and change, I think, hahaha…time is a construct, who can say!


2. What’s your relationship to theatre?

I have been a theatre maker my entire life.  I studied theatre at Cal state university, Los Angeles, before getting my MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.  I became a college professor at the Community College of Denver after that teaching acting for 8 years and getting involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival where I was the E.D.I. chair for our Region.  I feel strongly that making theatre is a privilege and a responsibility.  My partner got a job out here so we moved here, I became a stay at home parent and had to dive into a new theatre community.  I have performed with Sound Theatre Company and was a 2018 Emerging Artist at Intiman.  I have since been developing my solo show, “Dandyland:  Queering motherhood one day at a time.”  I am hoping to have it finished this fall!


3. What are some things you’re looking forward to as a board member this year?

I am so stoked for the FUNdraiser on June 17th!  It’s going to be a blast!  and I am even more excited to meet with the MAC, as that will be a primary role for the VP of TPS Board!  


4. If you were a play or musical, what would you be?

I would be the Newsies but cast with all queers!  Im a lil scrappy, a lil bit of a seeker, a lil bit of a leader, a lil bit of a cowboy, I love a good choreographed dance, and queers in those costumes is kind of a dreamy!  


5. What’s your favorite thing to do in Seattle in the summer?

I love working on my garden…Gay Gardens 2.0.  My 4 year old picked out flowers last year in all the rainbow colors cause well thats what they do and I love maintaining those gardens.  It’s a nice calm, especially this year as I will be putting on Tacoma Pride…COME on DOWN and say HI!  July 13th!

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