IIn addition to our on-site programming, we also offer residencies for grades 2 through 12, in which we send carefully-curated, professional teaching artists into the classroom working with on the creation of new plays whether it is in the creation of their own new work or performing in a new play written by a peer or a professional playwright ties to their current curriculum.  Please email for all inquiries.

Playwriting Residency

This residency helps students create original scripts using personal stories and/or their current curriculum. Some examples including focusing on a historical figure and bringing his or her experience to life; delving into Trickster tales across different cultures; or showcasing a variety of life experiences, as told by your students onstage.

Our teaching artist will first come to the classroom to generate material through active, participatory writing exercises. From there, we help your students bring their stories to the stage. Performances can range from simple classroom presentations all the way to fully-staged productions for family members and the community. Each residency is customized to the needs and expectations of our participating schools and teachers; all of our curriculum is aligned with the Common Core and 21st Century Skills, as well as culturally responsive teaching methods.

Playwriting Performance Project

Our playwriting project is a student-driven one-act festival. A teaching artist will work with student playwrights, developing scripts that their peers will be cast and perform in. Each short play will be directed by a local professional director and teaching artist, who works with with the playwright and acting students. If there are students interested in design and technical theatre, they shall receive mentorship from Seattle Public Theater’s Production Department. This project culminates with a performance of these new world premieres.

New Play Project

If you are an educator looking for your students to explore curriculum in a more creative way, one of our professional teaching artists will work with your class to develop individual plays unique to your curriculum. This allows for students to dive deep while working on critical thinking skills and active collaboration. Our New Play Project is an excellent way to create community, and help develop social emotional learning in your classroom.

Creative Advantage

Seattle Public Theater is a member of Creative Advantage's Arts Partner Roster: a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage.

What is Creative Advantage?

The Creative Advantage is a public-private partnership to reinvest in Seattle’s students and our community’s economic and creative future. Founding partners are the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Foundation. Learn more at: