Seattle Children's Theatre is one of the most prominent theatres for
young audiences in the country. Our programs empower young people to
make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them while
building a lifelong interest in the arts. SCT's mission is to provide
children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new
works, and theatre education.
Founded in 1975, SCT first produced plays in the Poncho Theatre, at
Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. SCT started as a program of the Seattle
Department of Parks and Recreation, with initial funding from the City
of Seattle and PONCHO. Some of the earliest supporters of the
organization were teachers and graduate students from the University of
Washington's Masters Program in Theatre for Youth (one of the few of its
kind at the time).
Since its inception, Seattle Children's Theatre has strived to provide
innovative artistic programming and professional theatre for the young
people and families of the Puget Sound region. SCT moved into the
482-seat Charlotte Martin Theatre in 1993, the 275-seat Eve Alvord
Theatre in 1995, and completed the Allen Family Technical Pavilion,
which consists of the paint, costume, prop, and scene shops as well as
rehearsal and classroom spaces, in 2000. This state-of-the-art facility
was the first self-contained theatre complex built for young audiences
in the nation, and has since been used as a model for other theatres.