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Seattle Theatre Archives: Organizations

A guide to selected primary materials relating to theatrical companies and the history of theatre in Seattle available in Special Collections.

Theatre Organizations

Special Collections also holds records from professional and service organizations involved with theatre and the performing arts, including the Allied Arts of Seattle, League of Fringe Theaters and the Northwest Playwrights Guild. Other theatre-related material may be found in records from community-oriented advocacy groups and philanthropic organizations. Collections of organizational records typically contain correspondence, meeting minutes, and newsletters.

  • Allied Arts of Seattle records
    Allied Arts of Seattle is a citizen advocacy group for the arts. It was established in 1954 to work "for a more beautiful city and a lively and diverse arts scene." In addition to promoting the arts, it also participated in city planning and beautification, and historic preservation. Through a separate Allied Arts Foundation, it awards grants and sponsors grant applications for artists and arts organizations.
  • League of Fringe Theaters
    Established in Seattle in 1989, the League of Fringe Theaters (LOFT) was a network of small producing organizations in the Puget Sound area. In 1991, it presented the First Annual Fringe Theater Festival in Seattle. In 1996, the League joined forces with the Arts Resource Center and later merged with Theater Puget Sound.
  • Northwest Playwrights Guild records
    An association of playwrights based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 1986 by Sharon Glantz and Carl Sander to sponsor staged readings and other projects to assist the theater community.