Strawberry Theatre Workshop is committed to the idea that the theatre is the people's place of aspiration, and that any voice from the stage is translated exponentially into conversations at coffee shops, bus stops, classrooms, and play fields. Strawshop is dedicated to the idea of ensemble, in the broadest sense of the word. Our ensemble does not only mean a resident company of workers, but a collective that includes our work, our audience, and our neighborhood. This is an activist stance. To be a good neighbor is to be a relevant neighbor, a responsible neighbor, and a vocal neighbor.
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Founded in 2004 by Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company dedicated to socially engaged work of the highest caliber. Strawshop is a Stranger Genius Award winner (2007), a six-time Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, and the only company to be nominated for a TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production four years in a row (2009-12) and six times through 2017. Known for its critically acclaimed productions of Frost/Nixon, Lydia, Our Town, The Normal Heart, and Breaking the Code, Strawshop is one of two resident companies in the new 12th Ave Arts building, which opened on Capitol Hill in 2015.
In its genre-breaking history, Strawshop has produced two narrative theatre adaptations, three plays for puppets, four musicals, three original works, ten West Coast premieres, as well as material from the canon of Ibsen, Miller, Fo, Brecht, Wilder, and Mamet. Between 2008-2010, the company featured a series of plays called Biograph that included stories of real people, such as Life of Galileo, The Elephant Man, and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. The series concluded in 2010 with productions of The Laramie Project and Breaking the Code. In response to the 2017 National Women's March, Strawshop announced a season of work focused on women, including two plays with all-female casts, and a third written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel.