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Theater Simple Bio

An award-winning, internationally acclaimed company, theater simple was founded in 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 director's vision. Theater Simple has built a solid artistic reputation producing provocative, literate, subversive, entertaining and original theatrical experiences. We aim to do plays that touch/challenge/change, and perhaps inspire artists and audiences that want theater simple. We build from the imagination up. Performing and touring internationally since 1991, theater simple has participated in international arts festivals from East (Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Theatre series, Charleston, South Carolina) to West (Perth International Arts Festival Fringe, Western Australia), to Far East (Flipside, Singapore Arts Festival). In over 17 years of touring and producing, theater simpletons have built six theaters in Seattle and Australia, and produced over 30 plays in four countries on three continents.

Critical Praise for theater simple

"52 Pick Up delights and amazes!"
Post and Courier- Charleston, South Carolina

"This is the kind of apparent simplicity that demonstrates real theatrical sophistication - an invitation for an audience to take a leap of the imagination. A stunning combination of stagecraft and storytelling." 

Edmonton Journal

"There's nothing simplistic about Seattle's theater simple except their minimalist approach to props. Everything else is innovative, theatrical, cerebral, 
multi-layered and multi-textured." 

The Courier (Vancouver, B.C.)

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