Transition & Commitment

A Message from Interim Executive Director Zhenya Lavy

For 17 years and 4 days, Karen Lane served at the head of Theatre Puget Sound – first, as rental manager (and first employee) for the fledgling organization; finally, as executive director of a vital service “Institution.” In the three months since her departure, I’ve heard many people say Theatre Puget Sound and Karen Lane are inseparable for them and they cannot think of one without the other. Although the conflation would make Karen uncomfortable, it is understandable. Karen frequently was the first person a new-to-Seattle artist connected with in our theatre community. She has welcomed people, shared resources and ideas, and facilitated first connections for their local network.

This is how I met Karen, in a March 2000 interview for a contract job editing TPS’s first newsletter, in her spare, end-of-the-hall office no bigger than a storage closet. She hired me and rapidly became my first friend in this city, and it has been my privilege to support her and TPS with a steady stream of behind-the-scenes work ever since. In September, Karen succeeded in her years-long stratagem to hire me. We envisioned a long partnership leading TPS into its next twenty years.

Karen Lane and Zhenya Lavy at the 2016 Gregory Awards last October.


But we know what they say about best-laid plans of mice and (wo)men.… In November, Karen’s tenure at TPS ended.

There are no handbooks for life or organizational change. Some endings roll-out over years, others catch us by surprise. Some things are handled well, others – in retrospect – could have been handled better. Ours is no different. Throughout, the staff, Board, and I have done what we believed was best given the circumstances of each moment. This executive transition has mostly been quiet, purposefully played out in private moments and actions not to engender suspicions about secrecy or conspiracy but to respect the very confidential and personal nature of what was happening. At the time a public announcement needed to be made, there simply wasn’t much we could say.

I’d like to change that now.

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UGA Orientation March 15

You’ve registered for TPS. You’ve signed up for UGAs. They’re coming in a few weeks! But which door do you enter from? How much time do you have? Let Shane Regan (Programs) and Catherine Blake Smith (Membership) answer all of your questions in this second UGA orientation. Although this orientation is best-suited to actors who will be auditioning this year, if you are ineligible in 2017 and want to learn more, you should join us!

Wednesday March 15
Center Theatre
Seattle Center Armory, First Floor

6:30 pm – Mix and mingle
7:00 pm – Shane will guide you through the UGA process from the actor’s point of view.
7:45 pm – Q&A

RSVP on Facebook

See you there!

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2016 Unified General Auditions – Auditor Survey results & Monologue Stats

Every year we allow our auditors to give feedback on what they liked/disliked about the annual Unified General Auditions.  Over 50 auditors filled out the survey – this is valuable information for future UGA actors, containing information about how best to prepare for your 2017 audition.

While this survey contains a lot of great information, each specific opinion should be regarded as exactly that – one person’s opinion.  Getting positions from 50 different casting directors means the results contain many contradictions – for example, one auditor may say “never do Shakespeare at the UGA” while another may say the exact opposite!

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Headshot Days 2017

Theatre Puget Sound is proud to announce the return of Headshot Days, a chance for TPS members* to have headshot photos taken by high-quality industry professionals for a discount.

Unified General Auditions are March 27 – 30

Act now to take advantage of this amazing deal!

*Headshot Days is a direct benefit of TPS Membership. You must be a current 2017 TPS Member to participate.


Scroll down for more information about rates and sessions offered. 

Ready for your closeup? Submit your request here.

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TPS Job Opening – Accounting & HR Clerk

Job Title: Accounting & HR Clerk
Job Location: Seattle Center, The Armory, 4th Floor
Posting Date: 01/10/2017
Closing Info: Open until filled. Priority given to applications received by Monday, January 23
Compensation: $15 – $22 / hour (DOE)
Employment Type: Part-time, FTE TBD
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Shift: M-F Business hours

Job Description

Theatre Puget Sound has an excellent opportunity for a part-time Accounting & HR Clerk. Theatre Puget Sound is a small non-profit organization advocating and providing services for nearly 2000 individual members and 200 organizations around the region. The ideal candidate will have strong familiarity with the GAAP, excellent writing and communication skills, and be highly organized and attentive to detail. Strong proficiency in QuickBooks and Excel required. Non-profit experience preferred.


  • Data entry
  • Process accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Manage bank, online accounts, petty cash, and general ledger reconciliations
  • Prepare/deliver bank deposits (requires driving)
  • Process bi-weekly payroll for 6-7 employees
  • Perform month-end closings
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly tax filings
  • Prepare annual tax requirements: W2, 1099 (support CPA for 990)
  • Track fixed assets and grant schedules and prepare depreciation schedule
  • Support efforts to collect past-due accounts
  • Support ED in creation of year-end forecasts
  • Process benefits enrollments
  • Assist with new employee orientations and I-9 compliance

Experience, Skills and Attributes

  • Minimum two years’ experience in QuickBooks with medium to advance expertise preferred
  • Knowledge of GAAP
  • Experience processing payroll
  • Advanced proficiency in Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Curiosity, finding information, and continuous learning orientation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Problem solving and error correction
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and desire to learn


$15 – $22 per hour (DOE). The position is located on the Seattle Center campus. Includes a free TPS Membership. Does not include medical benefits. Staff development and training opportunities available for the right individual.




About Theatre Puget Sound (TPS)

The Northwest’s leading arts advocacy and leadership organization, TPS was founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services for artists. With a membership of more than 1800 individual and 145 organizations, we provide programming and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community. Our mission is 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.

Diversity Statement

Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is an equal opportunity employer committed to strengthening a more multicultural artistic community and the principle of diversity. TPS does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. TPS strongly encourages applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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TPS Member Day


We’re kicking off 2017 membership renewal by opening our doors for Member Day on Tuesday, December 13. Stop by the TPS office any time from 3 to 7 pm to

  • Renew in person–Ask all your burning questions!
  • Pick up a TPS-branded pint glass–Only $5, and we’ll fill it with wine or beer while you’re here!
  • Get $5 off for bringing TPS new referrals–Introduce a friend to us when you renew!

When you renew your TPS membership, you make it possible for TPS to maintain and operate deeply subsidized rehearsal and performance venues for artists at the Seattle Center, plan and host The Gregory Awards, send you information about local auditions, provide professional development workshops, and do important community-building and advocacy work on behalf of all performing artists.

But WHERE is the TPS office? The TPS office is on the 4th floor of the Seattle Center Armory, across from the elevator. Our office is the in the middle of the hallway. Can’t wait to see you there!

Can’t make it to Member Day but ready to renew? Start here!

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TPS Announces Change in Leadership

Theatre Puget Sound


Theatre Puget Sound Announces Change in Leadership

SEATTLE, Washington, December 7, 2016 – Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) is entering a period of leadership transition. Longtime Executive Director Karen Lane, who has been with the organization almost from its founding, is no longer with TPS as of November 30, 2016.

In announcing this change, Board President Karen Lund says, “We are extremely grateful for the seventeen years of service provided by Karen Lane, and we wish her nothing but success in her future endeavors.”

Founded in 1997 to advocate for the region’s growing theatre community’s causes and administer much-needed services for artists, TPS has become a Northwest leader in arts advocacy, programming, and services that benefit both the theatre community and the larger regional arts community and now represents more than 1800 individual and 145 organizational members across the region’s performing arts sector.

To guide this organizational change, the TPS Board has appointed a subcommittee led by Tony Beeman and Agastya Kohli. Additionally, the Board has tapped Deputy Director Zhenya Lavy, whose affiliation with TPS began in March 2000 and has included serving as a contractor for grants and special projects, will serve in the role of Interim Executive Director.

TPS serves a twofold 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. That mission and TPS’s goals, and our strategic vision remain as vitally important to our community as ever, and the TPS office stands ready to serve its members, member theatres, and the greater Seattle Arts community.


Tony Beeman –
TPS Board Secretary and Transition Committee

Agastya Kohli –
TPS Board Member and Transition Committee


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Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign

Did you know? TPS has TEN pianos in our rehearsal and performance spaces!

These pianos are used by members and facility clients on a daily basis and as anybody who has ever laid hands on them can attest, they are ALL in dire need of restoration, repair, and regulation. Repair and/or replacement of our pianos is one of the most frequent requests we receive.

TPS Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign from Theatre Puget Sound on Vimeo.

And we’re taking action now! This is what TPS needs your help to do.

  1. Restore the inner parts of the piano. Work on the action includes replacing missing parts.
  2. Repair and reinforce the exterior cabinetry. These pianos have taken a lot of abuse!
  3. Once the pianos are in usable condition, we will regulate them on a routine schedule, with tuning and other regular care.

And thanks to ingenious scheduling by TPS Technical Director Rex Carleton and piano technician Mike Gill, we are able to complete this work without ever having a studio absent a piano—and we’ll proceed one piano at a time as quickly as funds are raised. Every donation to our Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign will be put toward this work so we may provide you, our valued clients and members, with quality resources to create your art.

We have a set a goal of $6,000 to be raised between now and the end of the year for the restoration, repair, and regulation project. 

We’ve already started on the Yamaha in Studio D. If you rehearse in there, try it out and hear the difference!

Once we have raised the initial $6,000, we will push toward our STRETCH goal of $13,000. The additional $7,000 will be enough to purchase 1 to 2 new-to-us pianos in good condition, to replace some of the worse-off pianos.

Join us as we kick off our long-waited Piano Repair & Maintenance Fund Campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Donate here to our Generosity campaign. But remember! November 29 is only the beginning! You can donate from now until the end of the year toward to the TPS Piano & Maintenance Repair Fund. Please include this worthy and much-requested cause in your end-of-year giving plans.

On behalf of all the pianists and vocalists and musicians who count on our studios for their musical rehearsals, TPS thanks you!


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Seattle Fringe Festival Deadline EXTENSION


Seattle Fringe Festival runs 

March 23 – April 1, 2017

Could it be YOU on one of the SFF 2017 stages?

Who should apply? Performers who create and do:
scripted theatre
solo performance
sketch comedy
devised work
generative pieces
and more!

Only four days remain for you to submit your application before the final deadline on Friday, November 11, at 11:59 pm! Get your show featured in two jam-packed weekends of compelling, artist-driven performance.

When do we find out who is IN the festival? At the Lottery Drawing Party!

Sunday, November 13
6:00 – 8:00 pm
(cash bar)
Welcome at 7:00 pm
Toast & Drawing at 7:15 pm

We’ll be sipping specialty Fringe cocktails, hearing a welcome and 2017 festival vision from the Steering Committee and TPS, and offering some fun swag!

#DoTheFringe    #SFF2017

Find Seattle Fringe Festival on Facebook
Follow Seattle Fringe Festival on Twitter

Seattle Fringe Festival is a direct program of Theatre Puget Sound. TPS Community: thank you so much for your assistance, support, and patience as we help create a new organizational structure for the Seattle Fringe Festival in 2017. We are so grateful to have such a diverse group of community members from all performance genres aiding in the effort to support emerging and independent production of live performance in Seattle!

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Fall Newsletter – September 2016

Issue No. 3 | September 2016

Here you’ll find all of the information included in our most recent newsletter.


It’s almost here! The Gregory Awards, Seattle theatre’s party of the year, is just 25 days away. Join us for the gala at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall to strut the red carpet, sip champagne, and celebrate outstanding local theatre! Purchase your tickets now.

If 25 days feels too long to wait, help us get the party started early at the Nominee Reception on October 16. Great food and drinks, incredible live music, and all the nominees await you at The Studios. It is the perfect way to kick off our awards season. Reserve your spot at the Nominee Reception here.

And keep an eye on your email! Although TPS has been filling it lately, we’ll soon be putting out the call for Gregory Awards volunteers.

Until then, check out the rest of our Fall Newsletter. This quarter, we have news from the long-awaited launch of Leadership for Social Change, a Diversity Highlight about The Royale at ACT Theatre, a job opportunity , an update on fundraising, and more.

The Gregory Awards

Strut down memory lane with photos from the 2015 Gregory Awards: the Nominee Reception, all of last year’s Recipients, and the glamorous Red Carpet photos!
and get ready for…
October 16 – Nominee Reception
Toast the Talent!
October 24 – Gregory Awards Ceremony
Celebrate outstanding theatre!

Leadership for Social Change Launch

We have kicked off our year-long Leadership for Social Change program, led by Carmen Morgan. Arts administrators gathered September 22-25 to begin their deep dive into the challenging and rewarding work focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We had an exciting start to the program and will continue to keep you updated as we move forward on this brilliant journey!

Diversity Highlight – The Royale

ACT Theatre‘s look at Jack Johnson, the first African American American world heavyweight boxing champion. Find out what Literary & Artistic Manager Emily Penick and Marketing & PR Assistant Cati Thelen told us about the cast, creative team, and Community Responder talkbacks. For more details, read about it on our TPS News.

Job Opportunity: Facilities Program Assistant

(FILLED) This is an administrative position dedicated to organizing and performing work related to daily operational needs of the TPS facility program. If you’re interested in helping us schedule rentals and maintain order in our studios, view the position description and application instructions here.

A Free Way to Donate!

Imagine if you could help TPS get a big donation just by making a comment on Facebook… You can and it couldn’t be easier! Friday, September 30, is the deadline for us to get as many people as possible to write “Theatre Puget Sound” in the comments on this post.

Let Razzi’s Pizzeria know you support TPS!

Member Service Announcement

We send direct mail to keep you informed (hello!), maintain the Member Listserv – – to keep each other informed, and of course, we use Facebook to get the word out too. Do you have information to share with the TPS Members? Let us know! It might be the perfect thing to include in a Diversity Highlight, now featured in our newsletter, or to share on the listserv with your fellow members. If you’re ever curious about the best way to reach TPS Members, ask Member Liaison Catherine Blake Smith.

Farewell Rob!

After two years of making sure all your rental needs were met, maintaining our studios and performance spaces, and being an all-around great guy, Facilities Manager Rob Raas- Bergquist said goodbye to TPS on Tuesday. We’re excited to see what he does next! Please direct your facilities and booking questions to

TPS Administrative Updates:

We’ve adjusted our office hours. Have an administrative and in-person facilities request? Stop by our offices on the 4th floor of the Seattle Center Armory! We are now open
Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm and closed for lunch, 12-1 pm daily.

TPSOnline Quick Links

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