Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

— Albert Einstein

theater simple
We build from the imagination up.
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed theater simple began with the aim of stripping the theatrical experience down to its elemental parts:
          ~ the imagination of the actor and audience,
          ~ the playwright's words,
          ~ and the ensemble's vision.

Our goal is to impact everyday creativity by interacting within various communities (teaching, collaborating, and conversing) and by linking ideas and art. 
We aim to create works that inspire and challenge artists and audiences.
"ever-ingenious... intriguingly ambitious, physical, and brainy"     Edmonton Journal

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Robin in Wonderland - theater simple-devised Make-A-Wish Adventure 2011

Founded in Seattle, USA in 1990, theater simple has built an international reputation for producing provocative, innovative, entertaining and frequently “impossible” theatrical experiences. In over 27 years of touring and producing, theater simpletons have produced over 1100 performances of over 48 plays in four countries on three continents.
In a theater, through a park, or across the internet, we work out of the box and around the world.
Thinking globally, and acting locally –
we make theater. Simple.

THE SLIPKNOT - Part of the 2016 Playreading Series - August 24 at the Stage Door Cafe at Taproot Theatre
~ THE FEVER  NEXT PUBLIC SHOWS : in collaboration with Seattle Immersive Theatre Sept 6 & 7! (The Fever is currently booking dates and salons in Canada, Montana and Seattle!! MORE info e: Llysa (at) theatersimple dot org! )
~ A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY  will be part of XFest in Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in September, and the Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis in October!  (more details soon! Still bookig linking dates!) (Meanwhile, simpleton and zombie wrangler Ricky Coates is  touring Tesla Ex Machina  on the North American fringe circuit this summer!)
BOOKING CONFERENCES  Llysa will be at the Western Arts Alliance conference in LA  &   ArtsMidwest in Milwaukee. Let's meet!

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We wouldn't be what we are without the community and support provided by Shunpike, 4Culture, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.  You can support us with donations via Shunpike:

ON THE WEB:  Park Bench Podcasts!  theater simple's PARK BENCH -
  • We went to England, and talked with longtime friends and artists well in the groove about creation, community and WHY do we do this?  Here's what we learned... in Devon and London
  • ALSO -We have posted the fascinating set of interviews we did around memories folks have of the historic theaters in Tacoma, WA. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts. Have you a place like this where you live? Is there a creative place for your community and what form does it take?
We wouldn't be what we are without the community and support provided by 4Culture, Shunpike and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

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