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


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.

~ READING - Tasmanian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRL CRIES, THIS GIRL SAYS NOTHING, directed by Sara Porkalob June (date/location TBA)
~ A READING SERIES - of plays under consideration for production begins this summer in Seattle - stayed tuned for more details
~ A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY  is currently booking dates for the Midwest in September and October - (more details soon!)
~ Meanwhile, Ricky Coates is prepping a Tesla play for the North American fringe circuit this summer!
~ MORE Exciting Announcements about upcoming shows and touring soon!



Stage Door Cafe at Taproot Theatre, 208 N 85th St. , Seattle, WA 98103

The first of our summer reading series, in association with Taproot Theatre in the Greenwood neighborhood - a variety of world-class playwrights, dynamic performers and generously visionary directors. COME. PLAY! FIRST UP: THIS GIRL LAUGHS, THIS GIRLS CRIES, THIS GIRL DOES NOTHING by Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer, directed by Sara Porkalob cast list to be released SOON!


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various living room, halls and gathering places

a series of intimate salon performances in various non-traditional settings, looking at this play and it's various messages with an eye to holding further conversations about how we even BEGIN to talk about the personal and political in this fraught political season

A Zombie Odyssey

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mid-West tour!

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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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