Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is a leadership and service organization founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services. TPS is now the Northwest’s premiere arts advocacy and leadership organization, providing programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community.
TPS has a two-fold mission: To promote the spiritual and economic necessity of theatre to the public, and to unify and strengthen the theatre community through programs, resources, and services.
Throughout our history we have built and maintained programs and services that serve to promote, strengthen and unify the regional performing arts community.
TPS Promotes the regional performing arts community through audience development tools and initiatives such as the Seattle Performs website, cooperative advertising, Arts Crush and the TPS Stage at Bumbershoot.
TPS Strengthens the regional performing arts community by providing educational programming, diverse and cost-effective resources for both individuals and organizations, advocacy on both local and national platforms, and services that strive to improve the quality of life for our region’s theatre artists.
TPS Unifies the regional performing arts community by acting as a physical and virtual gathering place. TPS manages affordable rehearsal and performance spaces and produces the annual Gregory Awards and the TPS Unified General Auditions. TPS also has one of the most active virtual communities in the nation that hosts an interactive website, talent database, message boards and listserv.
Who We Serve
While much of our programming is focused on the theatre community, the impact of our services extends to the larger arts community in the Puget Sound region. Our membership includes more than 1,600 individual artists and 140 performing arts organizations. In addition, our Space for the Arts program, Arts Crush and educational programming serves more than 200 non-theatre arts organizations and innumerable individual artists annually. Our membership and program participants span the region, from Olympia to Everett and the Eastside to the Peninsula.
Through our collaborative marketing and audience development initiatives we also serve the general public in the Puget Sound region by providing consistent and comprehensive information through our online performance calendar and cooperative advertising program. Furthermore, programs like Arts Crush create accessible programming and open unique points of entry for participation in the arts.
We strive to create a public that feels more invited, informed and educated, while simultaneously fostering healthier, more vibrant arts organizations that are deeply engaged with their neighbors and community. We hope to see a fusion of shared interests between our arts organizations and their communities – creating a sense of ownership that propels our arts venues to become true communal hubs where both residents and artists collectively gather to share stories and experiences.
Our education efforts and collaborative audience initiatives are making this possible. We are creating more visible, thoughtful, articulate and engaged arts organizations with clearly communicated values and a dedication to community investment. These organizations are better positioned to both attract and retain new audiences and be sustainable resources for their communities.