about theater simple 

We make theater. Simple. 

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning theater simple has built a reputation for producing ensemble-based innovative and “impossible” theatrical experiences. Whether in a theater, in a park, ‘out of the 'box', and around the world, we aim to create work that surprises and inspires with imagination, vision and moxie. 

Since its founding in 1990 by artistic instigators Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky, theater simple has presented more than 1,500 performances of 50+ plays in six countries on five continents. Lauded for entertaining, thoughtful, literate, and occasionally jaw-dropping original productions, theater simple can be presented in both traditional theater spaces and more ‘out of the box’ locations. 

OUT OF THE BOX:  For the last 15 years, theater simple has created a string of interactive public art events in non-traditional spaces. Frequently site-specific, located in green spaces, on top of mobile rolling parks or other unique locations, they are created and designed specifically for each community. Often featuring cross-disciplinary artists, the works provide opportunities for attendees to contribute to the experience. Past partners include the US Army Corp of Engineers, the heritage-listed Royal Adelaide Botanic Gardens, and organizations ranging from rural to international.

The company has toured extensively, from its home base in Seattle, WA, to theaters and major festivals in the USA, Australia, Singapore, and across Canada. Along the way, theater simple has been honored with the Grand Prize at the Adelaide Fringe (out of 450 groups), and showered with ‘Best Play’ awards and dozens of ‘Best of Festival’ accolades. 

Additionally, the simpletons are experienced teaching artists, delivering masterclasses and in-depth residencies for both professional peers as well as youth and community members. 

We build from the imagination up: impacting everyday creativity by linking ideas and art, and inspiring artists and audiences. 

We make theater.

contacting simpletons

Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky
artistic instigators

We do it all, from booking, to writing to casting to producing.

We strive to respond as soon as humanly possible
but sometimes life gets in the way of creating,
and vice versa, and it might be a minute.

theater simple HQ
1620 SW Trenton Street
Seattle, WA 98106
001 1 206 784 8647 ext 1
theatersimpleton [at] gmail.com
               About our fiscal sponsor, because theater simple is POWERED BY SHUNPIKE.

              Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.(and they have been stalwart supporters and cheerleaders - so you should also support THEM!)

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