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THE LION KING Sensory-Friendly Performance


STG, Disney Theatrical Group, TDF and our community partners were proud to offer a sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King on January 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Paramount Theatre. This show was performed in a supportive and judgement-free environment for families and friends with children or adults affected by autism to enjoy the shared experience of live theatre.

What is a Sensory-Friendly Performance?

Slight adjustments to lighting and sound were made for the performance. In the downstairs theatre lobby, and on each floor, there were break areas staffed by specialists in the field for anyone who needed to leave their seat during the show. A downloadable Social Narrative with pictures of the theatre and the production was made available, designed to personalize the experience for individuals wishing to prepare for the show. Additional resources for this performance such as a Character Guide and Guide to Attending the Show were also made available.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN High School Matinee Performance

Dear Evan Hansen poster


Seattle Theatre Group (STG), The People’s Theatre, launched a new initiative in partnership with the show DEAR EVAN HANSEN called “The Digital Education Program (DEP): Power to Inspire.” In order for schools to attend the January 24, 2019 performance of DEAR EVAN HANSEN for $10.00 a ticket, schools had to apply into the program. STG’s interest in geographic equity gave priority to Title I, King county and regional schools.

Each participating student was required to complete a project focused on a positive message. After listening to the song, "YOU WILL BE FOUND" from the show, students either had to write a poem or letter addressed to themselves or a specific reader. Following the letter, students created an art piece influenced by their poem or letter. Schools provided students with a minimum of 5 hours of space, time, materials and staff support in order to complete their projects, which they created using their imagination to express important ideas or feelings. Each student created a project and schools selected their top project to share with STG.

In addition, classroom teachers and school counselors were required to attend a mandatory training focused on themes around the show. This training was created to better prepare educators to engage in healthy conversations with their students post show.

Finally, teachers and students were required to attend a mandatory livestream from the comfort of their schools to engage in a conversation with the cast of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. During this time, students were able to experience using media as a way to communicate responsibly and connect with the cast of the show and ask questions.

The overall goal of this program was to engage in healthy conversations regarding connection, identity, social media and living in the digital age, while helping students further develop collaborative and critical thinking skills and greater appreciation of the arts.


“There Will Be Light”  by Whitney Thai, Albert Talley Sr. High School

“Stand With Me” by Isabella Meyer, Bremerton High School

“Rally” by Nina Tran, Bridges @ Highline Achieve

“Awareness” Written and acted by: Emily Magaña, Faith Castellanos, Oscar Olmedo, Taylor Isaacs, and Kerri Richmond-Stanek; filmed and edited by Joliannys Torres Rodriguez, Burlington-Edison North Alternative High School

“Stories of Absent Fathers” by Kainali Standing Bear and ZoeAnne Fritz, Chief Kitsap Academy

"I've Got You" by Shianne Young, Chief Sealth International High School

“Red Ribbon” by Amélie Mantchev, Crescent School

"Labels" by Moira McGregor, Eisenhower

“Alone” by Elise McGuire, Ephrata High School

“Paper Mache Cast & Letter” by Camden Torres-Urdanivia, Highline Big Picture High School

“Ball of Yarn” by Luke Amthor, Highline High School

“You're Never Alone” by Bianca Boyles, Interagency Academy

“I'm Here For You” by Jaydianna Briggs, Emma Larsen, Kierra Thompson, Jenkins Jr/Sr High School 

“Take My Hand” by Seraphina Bradley, Kent-Meridian High School

“Power To Make Change” Lyrics by: Rachel Cram; Performed by: Joanie & Justine Benson, La Conner High School

“Lost Love” by Kenneth Sellers, Lake Quinault School

"One Minute Verse" by David Craw, Leaders in Learning High School

“Hope” by Jewelle Lee, Lincoln High School/Tacoma Public Schools

“Friends Forever” by Kailea Warouw and Palavi Hans, Marysville Getchell High School

"The Gift of Acceptance" by Santos Isabella, Marysville-Pilchuck High School

“When The Sun Comes Streaming In” by Kiersten Loosier, MEAD Alternative High School

"Dear Evan Hansen" visual art piece, Milwaukie High School/Academy of the Arts

“Woven Together" by New Start’s English Class, New Start High School

"7" by Umylia Davis, North Central High School

"Time to Say Goodbye" by Alicia Skelly, North River High School

"Growing Up" by Maiya Tate, North Thurston High School

"Inspire" by Antonia Lona, Oakland High School

"Enough" by Zariel May, Options High School 

"Found" by Avelyn Hansen, Pasco High School

"The Friend" by Kevin Ryan, Quileute Tribal School

“You Will Be Found” by Zuzanna Rylski, Rainier Beach High School

“Life" by Stephen Gill, Renton Academy

"Remembrance of You" by Tiana Lehman, Riverview Learning Center

“Life is Numbers” by Lauren Novac, Seattle Girls' School

“You Will Be Found” by Maintain Sone, Shorecrest High School

“Take Flight" by Ethan Rodriguez, Cheyenne Beaston, Rebekah Jay, & Madison Zoutte, Skykomish School 

“Isolation” by Moon Santos, Summit Public Schools: Sierra

“Swelled Chamber” by Heidy Chavez, Toppenish High School

“Just Give Me Some Space” by Alex Thresher, Truman High School

“Found” by Hope Russell, Wahkiakum High School 

“I Feel Empty” by Sophia Ray, Washington High School

“Give Yourself Time To Grow- Self Acceptance is a Process” by Savanah Perez, Washtucna High School

"Feeling Lonely" by Kadence Schrier, Auburn Valley YMCA

“I Will Be There” Kaia Rubin, Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue


Broadway at Kent

This program takes place at either Kent Senior Center (600 East Smith Street; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 253.856.5164) or Kent Library (212 2nd Avenue N; 253.859.3330).

STG's Broadway at Kent is a workshop program in partnership with the Kent Senior Center, Kent Library and Seattle Theatre Group. Dancers of all skill levels and ages are invited to take classes inspired by Broadway shows being presented at The Paramount Theatre.  These classes are not taught by a company member but they will be taught by Nikki Long.

This season's remaining Broadway at Kent sessions:

  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory - July 21, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm at Kent Library


Nikki Long is a California native who has lived and danced all over the country and the world. She is a mother of two, a professional dancer, a professional photographer, a Pilates instructor & assists in the casting of Aladdin on Broadway & its touring companies. She is an original cast member and dance captain for Aladdin on Broadway. She was formerly a cast member of Disney's The Lion King on Broadway and in its 1st National Tour, Monty Python's Spamalot 1st National Tour (original cast), and a Radio City Rockette in NYC. Her regional theater credits include Elf, Cinderella, Catch Me If You Can, On The Town, White Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mame. She is a former dancer for Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, and Monica. Other highlights include performances on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View, The American Music Awards, The Image Awards, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, 106 & Park, Nightline and various music videos and commercials. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University with a double major in Spanish and Dance, and has a minor in International Business.



Beyond the Curtain is an educational program inspired by the power that the arts have to conjure our imaginations. These pre-show discussions explore topics and themes related to select Broadway and STG performing arts season performances. Knowledgeable guest speakers conduct thought-provoking conversation that expands and deepens your experience of the performance. Invitations are reserved for select DonorsSubscribers, and Paramount Club members. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about this program. 

Programs and speakers for this season will include:



Topic: Breaking away from abusive relationships
Sophia Stephens is a freelance writer, journalist, speaker, educator and advocate based in Seattle. She/they work with a variety of local/national organizations including The Stranger, Everyday Feminism, Kids & Race, the International Examiner, Distinction Music Management, and Northwest Asian Weekly, with featured writings in the Washington Post and HuffPo (Huffington Post). Sophia’s work primarily engages with issues of radical intersectional social justice, politics, and popular culture, and strives to cover stories of the human experience with an informed, compassionate voice. The evening’s talk will feature anecdotes and perspectives from Sophia’s experiences with emotional abuse, and from the lives of domestic violence survivors that they have loved, supported, guided, and learned from on their shared journey. If interested in connecting, you can find Sophia on Instagram and Twitter: @sophia_akiko

On Your Feet

Topic: The Transformation of Cuba (Rise of Fidel Castro)
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a Cuban-born, self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals, General Mills among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, two 4Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant. Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.

Disney’s The Lion King

Topic: Touring with Disney’s the Lion King
NIKKI LONG is a California native but has lived and danced all over the country and in other parts of the world.  She is a mother of two, a professional dancer, a professional photographer, a Pilates instructor & assists in the casting of Aladdin on Broadway & its touring companies.  She is an original cast member and dance captain for Aladdin on Broadway.  She was formerly a cast member of Disney’s The Lion King Broadway and 1st National Tour, Monty Python’s Spamalot 1st National Tour (original cast), and a Radio City Rockette in NYC. Her regional theatre credits include Elf, Cinderella, Catch Me If You Can, On The Town, White Christmas, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mame.  She is a former dancer for Gloria Estefan, Toni Braxton, and Monica.  Other highlights include performances on The Tony Awards, Good Morning America, The View, The American Music Awards, The Image Awards, The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, 106 & Park, Nightline and various music videos and commercials. She has a B.A. from Santa Clara University double majoring in Spanish and Dance, and has a minor in International Business.  

Dear Evan Hansen

Topic: Discussing the effects of anxiety disorders
Daniela Ferdico  is a Neuropsychologist who specializes in Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism & ADHD, as well as accompanying anxiety and mood disorders in children and teens. She runs a Neurodevelopmental Clinic in Bellevue Washington and has two amazing children, including her son who is on the Autism Spectrum.   Dr. Ferdico is lucky to combine her personal and clinical experiences with Autism & sensory difficulties with her lifelong experience in theater and music.


Topic: Ms. Maki will be moderating a discussion with a guest artist.
Kathleen Maki's spirit for Broadway began when she attended the First National Tour of CATS at what is now the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin. She began her career as an arts marketer and educator for various regional theatre companies including Intiman Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Clarence Brown Theatre. Recognized as a business development leader within the Broadway industry, Kathleen chairs and serves on national steering committees, and is a keynote speaker at conferences. Originally from Wisconsin, Kathleen graduated from Illinois State University with a M.F.A in Directing and from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Theatre.

School of Rock

Topic:  Ms. Phillips will be moderating a discussion with a guest artist.
Vivian Phillips is seasoned broadcast and communications professional.  She most recently served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Seattle Theatre Group, and completed 3-terms of leadership as chair of the Seattle Arts Commission.  Featured by the Seattle Times as a notable leader in Seattle’s arts community, Vivian also served as Director of Communications for Seattle Mayor Paul Schell and has been recipient of Telly and Emmy awards for her broadcast communications excellence.  She regularly moderates live conversations and lists among the most notable – Ta-Nehesi Coates, Harry Belafonte, Magic Johnson, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler, Terry McMillan, Congressman John Lewis, Jesmyn Ward, and the parents of Trayvon Martin, as well as the mother of Michael Brown. 


Topic: Page to Stage
John Jacobsen is a 2014 Emmy Award winning director and also the 2015 winner of Freehold Theatre’s prestigious Honored Artist Award; he is a principle partner at the production company MogaJacobsen and is the host and producer of the Emmy Award winning national television show on PBS, The Artist Toolbox. He directed the feature film Around the Fire (starring Tara Reid and Devon Sawa), which premiered at The Seattle International Film Festival and was nominated for The Best Independent Filmmaker’s Award, and which won Best Film at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy. John has written and sold numerous screenplays, won writing awards and competitions, been produced, and is having a book published of his work in the late Winter of 2015. He has also produced features, including the Columbia/Tri-Star picture Nervous Ticks starring Bill Pullman and Peter Boyle and his other production credits include the HBO movie of the week, Danger of Love with Richard Lewis, John Frankenheimer's 52 Pick Up, written by Elmore Leonard, with Roy Scheider and Ann Margret, and The Assassin with Charles Bronson. Several short films he produced won awards including the Aspen Film Festival and the gold, silver, and bronze awards at the Houston international Film Festival and featured talent such as Sandra Bullock and Sally Kirkland. He directed the films ARTHUR and SPINNING, and served as the Creative Consultant on many films, recently on IFILM THAT and THE GIFT, supervising everything creative from script to casting to planning the shots to final cut. He has directed over thirty stage productions regionally and in New York, working with such talents as Bill Pullman, Eli Wallach, Linda Hunt, John Shea, Marcia Gay Harden, Peter Boyle, Scott Bakula, Yeardley Smith, and Jill Eikenberry. He has directed commercials (including Blue Cross Blue Shield, American Heart Association, Microsoft, United Airlines, San Diego Zoo, the Nature Conservatory, etc…), documentaries and corporate videos, and worked as an assistant on Broadway musicals to the legendary director, Hal Prince. He directed and produced the Tribute to Katherine Dunham on CBS's Emmy Award-winning Kennedy Center Honors and worked with the Academy Award-winning documentary maker, Charles Guggenheim. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of TheFilmSchool and served as its President since its inception in 2003 until 2013. He was the Vice President of the ACT Theatre, one of the country’s leading regional theatres, and is on the Advisory Board of The New Century Theatre Company. He is a script doctor, mentors directors and writers on their feature film and television projects, and is on the faculties of the Professional Acting Theatre Program at the University of Washington's School of Drama and Freehold Theatre, and teaches master classes in acting (film and stage), directing (film and stage) and writing all around the country at such fine institutions as Seattle University, UCLA, Cornish College, Seattle Central Community College, and TheFilmSchool which he co-founded and was the Executive Director for ten years. He also speaks all over the country on the importance of STORY in branding and motivating and consults with numerous creative agencies. He is a Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute (AFI), a member of the honor society, Omnicron Delta Kappa, has won numerous writing and directing awards, has won several awards for his photography, and won the Big Brother of the Year Award. See his website at

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Topic: The Life of Roald Dahl, writer of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Martha Brockenbrough is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults, including Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated and highly accessible story of the founding father’s extraordinary life.  Her novel The Game of Love and Death won a Washington State Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. A former journalist, she founded National Grammar Day and teaches in the MFA program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  


Photo with Faith Seetoo, Associate Conductor of the North American Tour of Aladdin

Beyond the Pit provides an opportunity for young musicians ages 14-20 of all skill levels to observe a free professional Broadway orchestra rehearsal at The Paramount Theatre. Jack Klitzman, STG’s Music Director for Broadway, provides music education background as local musicians work with touring show musicians to prepare for the upcoming show. To learn more about Beyond the Pit events, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Beyond The Pit with WICKED
Tuesday, June 11
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Paramount Lobby

Register for the program now! (Please note: this program is at capacity. If you register, your name will be placed on the waitlist).

We will have books for the following instruments at this session:

Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Recorder, Penny Whistle, Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn, French Horn, Keyboards, Double Bass, Electric Bass, Percussion.

If you don’t play any of the instruments listed, you are still welcome to attend!


School or community groups attending a Broadway performance can request a behind the scenes tour or a talkback with the cast by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Broadway League’s National Education and Engagement program presented ten national organizations with grants to help them develop and maintain programming associated with Touring Broadway productions. Seattle Theatre Group was one of 10 ten recipients to receive the grant for a collaboration with Melodic Caring Project (MCP) and Disney Theatrical Group. STG in Hospitals featuring Disney’s Aladdin implemented access and inclusion that served children in hospitals. During September and October of 2017, the project engaged up to 200 children and their families who suffer from serious medical conditions. This unique program combined direct engagement with a sing-a-long, live streaming technology of a backstage tour, cast visit by Genie and Jasmine to Children’s Hospital, and viewing of a live production of Aladdin, plus a talkback at the Paramount Theatre.  

Video from STG in Hospitals can be viewed here.

STG also received a Broadway League grant in 2013 for the Power of Horses series connecting to War Horse. Watch all three episodes below!


WAR HORSE - Part 2

WAR HORSE - Part 3

Hamilton poster

Thank you to all of the schools who participated in EDUHAM!

• Two matinee performances were presented at the Paramount Theatre: March 8 and March 14, 2018.
• HAMILTON Education Program (EDUHAM) served Title I Schools students studying American History.
• The program involved the students learning about Alexander Hamilton in their classrooms; creating their own artistic work with selected schools performing on the Paramount stage in front of their peers, Q&A with the cast and seeing the full production of HAMILTON.
• Each student paid $10 towards their ticket - the rest was underwritten from Pivotal Ventures, Schultz Family Foundation & Google.
• Seattle Theatre Group helped some King County schools financially with student tickets and/or bus transportation.
• Seattle Theatre Group was proud to have made this national education program happen in partnership with HAMILTON, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and funders from Pivotal Ventures, Schultz Family Foundation & Google.

March 8th:
• 39 schools in attendance at The Paramount Theatre
• ALL schools in audience were from WA state

March 14th:
• 37 schools in attendance at The Paramount Theatre
• Schools came from Portland, OR & WA state

Read more about EDUHAM in The Seattle Times and in Seattle Magazine!


Want to customize a theatre workshop or residency at your school for one of the Broadway shows? Looking for an assembly? STG can provide one or multiple visits.


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