Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program kicked off with a series of workshops with theatre professionals, equity training and a Seattle scavenger hunt. See them perform at our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7. RSVP Here.

By Emily Van Loan
Emerging Artist Production Assistant

“The only tool you need is a curious mind,” Valerie Curtis-Newton encouraged this year’s emerging artists on the second to last day of their first week in the program.

The first week of the Intiman Emerging Artist Program is accurately referred to as an intensive. In the first five days, 27 artists spent 55 hours in 12 workshops and meetings covering topics of racial equity, storytelling, viewpoints, teamwork and much more.

Former emerging artists returned to lead workshops; Alice Gosti, Jéhan Òsanyin and Erin Murray came to share, teach, listen and create — all to prepare this year’s artists for their next 6 weeks.

Day 1 was focused on getting to know each other and getting to know the city, playing games and participating in a scavenger hunt around the Seattle Center campus.



After that, each day’s goal was to bring the artists closer to each other and closer to their art; to make them think about the ways we make art and what we are trying to say as artists.

With this seemingly daunting task set before them, Sheila Daniels reminds the artists to “dare to suck” and to “trust not knowing.”

Moving forward, all 27 artists will check back in as one group occasionally for more workshops, but they will spend a lot of their time now rehearsing for the showcase.

On the last day of their week-long intensive the artists got to sit down with some of the cast and creative team behind Stick Fly and actor G. Valmont Thomas left the artists with this: “Theatre, for me, has always been more than an art form, it’s about life.”

Emerging Artist Showcase: Am I Allowed to Be Here?
Seattle Repertory Theatre | FREE
Friday August 5 at 7:30 pm
Saturday August 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday August 7 at 1 pm


Intiman Theatre is proud to welcome 27 artists to our 2016 Emerging Artist Program. We selected this incredible group of talented theatre artists from a pool of more than 200 applicants. Over the next six weeks they will learn new skills, connect with local artists and create a showcase production to share with industry professionals and the general public:

Each performance features two plays by Adrienne Kennedy:
The Owl Answers
A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White

And introducing
Black Super Hero Magic Mama
by Emerging Artist Inda Craig-Galván