THEATRE BATTERY produces experimental plays for the suburban community of Kent, Washington. We aim to nurture our audience's understanding of the connection between theatre and relevant social issues through the presentation of contemporary works in nontraditional settings. As Kent's only source of theatre operating outside of an educational institution, Theatre Battery tasks local artists to create socially testing and unapologetic work that ignites the community.
In collaboration with audiences, artists, and fellow businesses alike, we envision providing our region with a vital outlet for artistic reflection and invigoration, one that champions the tremendous diversity of Kent and Western Washington. We envision serving an audience with access to new material otherwise kept exclusive to urban centers, while growing as a professional home for emerging and established artists from around the Sound.
Through contributions and partnerships from Kent businesses and institutions, Theatre Battery constructs a wholly original theatre space for each new production, contained within vacant retail storefronts and warehouse locations. This physical style demands intimacy and simplicity while allowing for freedom in reforming a space in service of a play's individual needs. Past performance space partners have included Kent Station (our current home), FloForm Countertops, and Fine Line Pacific.
Check out an example of our grassroots style of theatre building below. Footage taken during our SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK 24-Hour Play Festival during December 2013.
Other local businesses to have provided invaluable contributions of goods or services to Theatre Battery include Downhome Catering, The Greater Kent Historical Society, Cow Chip Cookies, Red's Wine Bar, Wild Wheat Bakery, Shindig, Click & Tell Photography, The Royal Players, Highline Community College Drama, and Life Sentence Tattoos. This list is growing--let us know if you or your business would like to partner with us!
Past productions by Theatre Battery have been sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, the Washington State Arts Commission, 4culture, The Kent Arts Commission, Kent Station, and crowd funding through Kickstarter.com. Theatre Battery is a proud member of Theatre Puget Sound.
Theatre Battery is proud to be fiscally sponsored 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.