The Seattle Children’s Theatre started, humbly, at the zoo. In 1971, the private arts-funding charity PONCHO and the City of Seattle's Forward Thrust bond program joined forces to finance a 6,400-square-foot, 280-seat theater in the southeast corner of the Children's Zoo at Seattle's Woodland Park. Formally founded in 1975, Seattle Children’s Theatre is now the second-largest resident theatre for young audiences in North America and is among the 20 largest regional theatres in the United States.
Winner of the Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, SCT produces beloved children’s classics, such as Pippi Longstocking and James and the Giant Peach, while developing and producing new works. In fact, over SCT’s history, much under the long-time guidance of artistic director Linda Hartzell, they’ve created 100 new works, many of which have gone to be produced around the country and world.
SCT programming reaching approximately 220,000 children, parents and teachers annually. “Our programs,” they state, “empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while building a lifelong interest in the arts.” Mission accomplished.
For more information about the Theatre, its season and its programs, please visit www.sct.org.