Last season, ArtsWest began curating a theater for our time in a brand new way, introducing the Associate Artists Group - a diverse and interdisciplinary collective of artists with an ongoing commitment to the work, mission and future of ArtsWest. The work began with a question: what is the theater we want to see in the world right now? This year, the journey continued with a whole new question: what is theater useful for in the world right now?
Three threads emerged as an answer to that question: empathy, community, and creating something new in the wake of so much change. The collective talked about theater as an empathy machine, a place where people can come as they are and share their deepest truths. A place of joy, bravery, and collective learning. A place where community can gather and build something new together.
This year, in a season called BEGIN IT, we'll use music and theatricality to see what we can begin together. We'll make theater that has never been more in conversation with our community and our times. We'll examine pop culture and current events for what's there and what could be, all while centering empathy, joy and possibility. We'll see two world premieres, two Seattle premieres, and for the first time ever, two generative projects - one through a partnership in community, and one begun right here by our own Associate Artists. It's a year to celebrate the courage it takes to begin and the power in building something new together." (Promo Copy)