Spirit of A City
Seattle Theatre Group: Report to the Community
2011 - 2012
The Paramount, The Moore, and The Neptune Theatres are cultural icons where Seattle’s shared ethos is reflected on stage. Performance, dance, music, film, and educational and cultural programs bring our community together to laugh, learn, celebrate and heal. The performances and programs that unfold in these historic theatres feed our minds and our souls, and help make Seattle a creative epicenter and instigator. Our partners and performers embody the soul and attitude of Seattle.
At Seattle Theatre Group, we remain dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of these majestic theatres. We provide diverse performing art experiences that bring people together and have lasting value in our communities. Join us now for a peek back at some highlights from 2011-12, and meet some of the people who are the heart and soul of our organization. Welcome.
Heart & Soul: David Allen
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, David Allen was told as a child by his grandmother “your gift is in your hands and your mind.” With creativity, business acumen, and relationship building skills, David has been the force behind the transformation of STG’s historic theatres. David’s most recent endeavor was the renewal of The Neptune. Shortly after STG took possession of the theatre, David and two of his key staffers sat down on the floor in the theatre and had a visioning session—a time to allow the theatre to tell them what it wanted to be. They emerged from that session with a plan and a dedication to make the old theatre brand new again. In 90 days, they transformed the space from a needy single screen movie theatre into what Seattle Weekly crowned the city’s Best New Live Music Venue in 2011. Pretty impressive for a space that was almost demolished to clear the way for Sound Transit’s University District Link station. As the shepherd of STG’s relationship with Sound Transit during Link construction adjacent to The Paramount a few years earlier, David tapped his negotiating skills and the relationships he had built with Sound Transit to help find an alternative location for the station and save The Neptune from demolition.
Heart & Soul: Scott Teske; Music Director, Seattle Rock Orchestra
For years, Seattle Rock Orchestra has called The Moore Theatre home, thanks to a unique partnership between SRO and STG. “The support we receive from STG, such as having ongoing access to venues that comfortably hold a 50 plus piece orchestra, is a huge part of our success,” he says. Seattle Rock Orchestra provides a bridge between classical music and pop/rock by creating a unique sonic experience that draws from the best of both genres. SRO now performs at both The Moore and The Neptune. “We love both venues for different reasons. As a seated venue, The Moore gives audiences a chance to really listen in and appreciate the nuances of our music. The Neptune is the fun, rock-and-roll sibling to The Moore and gives us a chance to turn up and rock out to a packed, standing-room-only crowd.”
Heart & Soul: Mike Miles; Paramount Theatre Technical Director
Forty-one years ago, Mike Miles—seven feet tall and lacking neither vision nor spirit— walked into The Paramount to return a pair of tickets and he left with a job offer. Since then, Mike has led a dedicated stage crew, most of which has been with The Paramount for decades—men and women who love the building, the arts, and Mike. With so many years under his belt, Mike is a collector of stories. He’s got decades of backstage tales—stories about what happens behind the curtain before, during, and after a show—yet he’ll never divulge anything that might tarnish someone’s image of their favorite artist. When asked what he wants his legacy to be, Mike doesn’t miss a beat. “To be remembered for working here until I couldn’t work anymore.”
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Photo Contributions: Gabriel Bienczycki | Dave Lichterman | Christopher Nelson | Jason Tang