2016 Production Submissions Now Open!

Seattle Experimental Theater is pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for our 2016 season. We are seeking submissions from experienced directors for both scripted and improvised productions.

Submission Instructions

All proposals begin with an email submission using this proposal form:
SET Proposal Form [DOC]

Once completed, email the form – along with your theatrical/directorial resume, and the script if relevant – to us at SeattleExperimental@gmail.com.

  • Submissions will be accepted until 12:01 AM on June 1, 2015.
  • Each submission will be reviewed by Seattle Experimental Theater staff.
  • We will contact you if your proposal is selected for further consideration.
  • The next step for selected proposals will be an interview in person or by phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When will the shows be produced? We are still finalizing our bookings for 2016, and expect that some of our choices will be influenced by the results of this search. However, SET has traditionally produced shows in January, May, and September/October, with occasional shows at other points within the year.
  2. Where will the shows be produced? One of the benefits of being an independent theatre company is that we have the flexibility to pursue the right venues for each production. While our 2016 schedule is not finalized, our most successful venues have included Theatre Off Jackson, the Ballard Underground, the Jewel Box Theatre, and occasionally the Pocket Theatre.
  3. Are directors or writers compensated?SET believes strongly in compensating artists for their work, and to that end each show compensates participants with a percentage of profits, with the percentage varying depending on each show’s number of participants and other factors.

About Seattle Experimental Theater

SET will celebrate the fourth anniversary of our debut production in June 2015. SET has been producing hit improvised plays since their inception, with a broad repetoire including “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “The Doctor”, “The Wolf and the Witch”, “Wedding Horror Stories”, and “The Journal”. Their shows have appeared at myriad venues in Seattle, including Theatre Off Jackson, The Ballard Underground, The Jewel Box, Eclectic Theater, Redmond Acts Out! and the Emerald City ComicCon. SET has also hosted staged readings including “Two Gentleman of Lebowski” and continues to seek groundbreaking ideas, both improvised and scripted, for future development.

Valentine’s Day Card 2015

Lines too long at the drugstore? Run this through your replicator (or “printer” if you prefer) and express your love like James T. Kirk might – at the last minute, and in direct violation of Starfleet regulations.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us!

Let's Violate the Prime Directive Together! (Printable on 4x6 paper or larger.)

Let’s Violate the Prime Directive Together! (Printable on 4×6 paper or larger.)

The Examiner interviews “Where No Man…” cast

Rosemary Jones with the Seattle branch of the Examiner took some time this holiday season to interview two of our original “Where No Man Has Gone Before” cast members. Nicholas Schell and Cheryl Platz reminisce about favorite suggestions, venues, and life in a Starfleet uniform.

What’s the easiest or hardest part of playing those iconic 1960s characters?
Platz: There’s very little easy about the Original Series uniforms, actually. It’s amazing how short those skirts were, even then! The official term for TOS female crew uniforms was “skant,” which is oddly appropriate. But I’m strangely proud to wear the crew uniform.

Schell: The captain’s log at the beginning of most episodes. It’s difficult not to plan when you know you are going to make the first offer. I have to concentrate on clearing my mind and just start talking. Since that is Kirk’s MO in a nutshell, everything after that point is easier.

Platz: The most challenging part of these performances is combining the suggestions with all that we know about how our characters and their peers acted in the existing series. As much as possible, we try to honor the canon, watching and re-watching episodes to keep our memories fresh. In this set of performances, I’m playing the helmswoman, so I’ve been watching any episode I can find to study Sulu’s technique and vocabulary.

To read the whole article on examiner.com, click here.

“Where No Man Has Gone Before” will be performing their hit improvised Star Trek parody at Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle Thursday Jan 8 (Tonight!) through Sunday January 11, 2015. Tickets are $15 online or $18 at the door (if available.) To buy tickets, click here.

Sarah Shay opens for “Where No Man” on Jan 9

We’re pleased to announce that Sarah Shay, who entertained audiences of “The Doctor” last year, will be opening for the Friday, January 9th performance of “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Sarah Shay is a writer, musician, and girl-about-town from Seattle who plays ukulele songs that are usually nerdy but sometimes sad. Due to an arm injury, she will be joined by her brother and bandmate Aaron J. Shay for a special duo performance!

This special musical treat will only occur prior to the January 9th show, but tickets to all 4 performances are available at Brown Paper Tickets for $15 – click here for tickets.

We’re a Seattle PI Pick for January 2015

Congratulations to the cast and crew of our improvised Star Trek parody Where No Man Has Gone Before for making the top of the Seattle Post Intelligencer’s list of “What to Do in Seattle – January 2015.” It’s a rare treat to be mentioned in the same list as Cirque du Soleil!

Where No Man Has Gone Before will perform at Theatre Off Jackson from January 8 – 11, 2015. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets for just $15.