ART Connects Us

Connection stands at the heart of everything we do at STG.

We, of course connect our city with its storied past by preserving and operating the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theaters. We connect audiences with world-class art through performances by renowned partners from across the globe, the country, and the region. And we connect the people who live here—every age, background and income—with life-changing access to artists, mentors, and experiences on stage.

But the specific stories collected here revolve around an even more important connection. Ultimately, they're about connecting with each other.

Art connects us: with neighbors, co-workers, family. With people who look like us, and more critically, people who don't. Those who share our beliefs, and those who believe in something else.

Art affords us the deepest, most dynamic path for understanding one another. Sometimes it's hilarious. Sometimes it's uncomfortable.

But art’s unique ability to connect means it’s never an extravagance.

It’s an imperative.

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World-Class Culture


Where do you go for world class art? The concert hall? The playhouse?

How about the old Rainier Brewery?

That's where our partner the National Theatre of Scotland recently put on The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, the dreamy odyssey of a modern women, based on ancient Scottish border ballads—and delivered riotously in and around the audience complete with karaoke.

"With Prudencia Hart, you're sitting in a bar, being told these stories," says Neil Murray, executive producer at NTS. "It has an immediate effect on people."

The connection between NTS and STG began in 2013 with Black Watch, a drama set in the Iraq War. Black Watch turned the Paramount upside down, with the audience seated on the stage. Performances for soldiers and families from Joint Base Lewis-McChord were widely hailed as profound.

STG's three-week run of Prudencia Hart was the longest on the National Theatre of Scotland's U.S. tour. "Seattle audiences are enthusiastic," Murray says. "People accept us quickly."

The STG — NTS connection is tighter still thanks to a shared mission of presenting daring and original art. "We're looking for a partner who wants to go on a journey with us, exploring work that on the surface may be difficult to explain," Murray says. "With STG, we can tell stories in different ways. This is theater that truly connects."

The STG Impact

45+ Partners

STG has forged strong partnerships with more than 45 arts organizations all over the region, state, and world.

Access to Art


For more than two decades, STG has focused not only on presenting world-class art, but on connecting it to people in our communities.

For instance, our presentation of AileyCamp—a free six-week camp for kids 11 to 14 that uses the power of dance to affect the lives of underserved youth—grew from our longstanding partnership with the preeminent Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Melody Xie, founder of the Melody Institute of Chinese language and dance, knows well the transformative power of art.

Her young students have participated several times in Dance This, STG's training and performance program in cross cultural and contemporary dance. Dance This students emerge more independent, mature and eager to work, she says.

They also learn respect for others, as kids from different backgrounds practice and play with students from other dance groups. "If we learn about different cultures when we're younger, we reduce conflict," Xie says.

Connections with new ideas and teachers have the power to shift how a young person thinks about art itself, according to the Onlies, a trio of teens who play old-time music.

After landing a spot in STG's More Music @ The Moore, they were coached by Grammy-nominated, multi-genre musician Me'Shell NdegéOcello. That engagement earned them an invitation to play alongside rock songwriter Elvis Costello at STG's annual DOORS fundraiser.

"Bringing in people who have been immersed in music for so long is really powerful, especially across genres," says Onlies player Riley Calcagno. "Me'shell NdegéOcello had ideas about our music we wouldn't have thought of, because we don't come from her background."

For bandmate Leo Shannon, that connection–artist to artist, human to human—was more visceral. "She's a force," he says. "When she looks you right in the eye and asks, 'What's your song about?'—that's intense."

The STG Impact

42,234 Individuals

have experienced the arts through Education and Community Programs

Historic Preservation

The Paramount Theatre was originally named The Seattle Theatre. STG owns The Paramount and operates The Moore and The Neptune.

Eleven Thousand. That's how many volunteer hours have been dedicated to documenting the storied history of the Paramount Theatre.

Over several years, more than two dozen people have regularly offered their love and devotion to creating an archive of each Paramount performance since 1928: every dance, movie, comedian, rock concert, hip-hop show, variety night and more.

STG's Historic Theatres Library project keeps Seattle connected to venues that have marked the city's history. It's all housed in the Office Tower of the Paramount Theatre building. You can visit between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"There is not a historic theater in the U.S. that has a library where you come in and literally touch history—plus we have online resources," says Marian Thrasher, the library's administrator. She and her husband Lynn began volunteering with STG in 2002. Lynn eventually authored a theater history, Seattle's Paramount Theatre: From Birth to Rebirth and Beyond.

In a city that's changing as rapidly as Seattle, maintaining connections to the past—physical, tangible connections—is critical. "You see a lot being torn down," Marian Thrasher says. "To see these theaters survive and flourish is very important to our culture. Kids can touch and feel what this represents."

In these theaters that honor our history, we connect. We connect to bygone eras and to the future we're creating. We connect with art that entertains, challenges, consoles.

And we connect with each other. That's the most valuable connection in any era.

The STG Impact

42 Student Tours

for 1,002 students and educators through all three theaters

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