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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 taught by local STG artists and not by a company member from the show.

Join us for our 2019-20 Broadway at Kent workshops! Broadway @ Kent Workshop Leaders (PDF)

MISS SAIGON at Kent Senior Center

  • Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Taught by Adriana Hernandez


  • Friday, December 13th, 2019 from 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Taught by Gaynell Walker and QuiQui Dominguez

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at Kent Senior Center

  • Friday, December 20th, 2019 from 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • Taught by Adriana Hernandez and Faith Howes

Disney’s Frozen at Kent Library

  • Sunday, January 26th, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Taught by Faith Howes and Aishé Keita


  • Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Taught by Anuhea Brown

THE BOOK OF MORMON at Kent Library

  • Sunday, April 19th, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Taught by Adrián Neri Reyes and Brad Walker

ANASTASIA at Kent Library

  • Saturday, May 16th, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Taught by Samantha Canela and Rachel McKinney

MEAN GIRLS at Kent Library

  • Sunday, July 26th, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:30pm
  • Taught by Faith Howes and Ayanna Omar



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 from this past season included:



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 Adam McDonald, Music Director from WICKED

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..


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..


Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Melodic Caring Project (MCP) joined forces to provide a program that serves families and patients from the comfort of their hospital room or home. This program helps provide access to families in need.

STG/MCP in Hospitals provides the following:

  • A livestream backstage tour hosted by a Broadway cast member. Patients get to see: set, props, costumes and other magical bits from a Broadway show.
  • Patients are visited by cast members from a Broadway touring show to their hospital and in some cases, to their hospital room (arranged by STG/MCP and hospital)
  • Patients and family members who are able to engage are invited to a sing-a-long at their hospital with the cast from a Broadway show.
  • Families and patients able to attend are invited to a Broadway performance at no cost.
  • Families and patients are provided with swag from a Broadway show.


2017-18        STG/MCP in Hospitals with Disney’s Aladdin

2018-19        STG/MCP in Hospitals with Disney’s The Lion King – video coming soon

2019-2020       STG/MCP in Hospitals with Disney’s Frozen – Program Confirmed


(War Horse)

Through a grant received by the Broadway League in 2013, Power of Horses programing was created. Watch all three episodes below!


WAR HORSE - Part 2

WAR HORSE - Part 3



STG presented Hamilton and provided two student matinee performances for Title I high school students on March 8 & 14, 2018. Students who attended paid $10 and worked on educational materials. Read more about EDUHAM in The Seattle Times and in Seattle Magazine!


(Digital Education Program: Power to Inspire)

STG launched a new initiative in partnership with the show Dear Evan Hansen called “The Digital Education Program (DEP): Power to Inspire.” Schools from Washington attended a student matinee performance on January 24, 2019. Students paid $10. Each student had to complete an educational art project. To see projects, click here (PDF). Read more about Dear Evan Hansen in a story from KOMO news.


STG presented a sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King on January 5, 2019. Sensory-friendly performances are designed in a supportive and judgement free environment for families. Learn more about sensory-friendly performances here.


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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