Our Mission: One-of-a-Kind Collaborations

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Did you know that The 5th Avenue Theatre and ACT Theatre share an artistic collaboration unlike any other in the country? For the past seven years, our two cornerstones of Seattle’s cultural landscape have partnered to co-produce one musical each year, including First Date which went straight to Broadway.

The artwork for our co-production of First Date during its run in Seattle before proceeding to Broadway.

Our great collaboration allows us to produce and present intimate musicals in ACT’s 400-seat theater that would not be possible in our 2100-seat theater, and it allows the audiences at ACT to see exciting new material that falls outside the company’s regular programming. Our two theaters are so in sync that we choose the musical together, cast it together, take turns directing, and share costs. In just a few short weeks, this year’s collaboration, Murder for Two—a killer musical comedy murder mystery for two performers that slayed audiences Off-Broadway—will start rehearsals. We’re excited to see what our wonderful Seattle artists are going to do with this zany production.


We have also forged artistic partnerships with local and national theaters and artists. The Secret Garden, playing here at The 5th April 14-May 6, is a co-production with the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Directed by our own Artistic Director David Armstrong, The Secret Garden played in D.C. over the holidays and was so loved by audiences that it was extended a full week and has been announced for a forthcoming Broadway run.

Locally, we have collaborated with Seattle’s celebrated Spectrum Dance Theatre and its renowned Artistic Director Donald Byrd many times. Nationally, we have partnered with Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, the Ordway Theatre in Minnesota and Theatre Under the Stars in Texas, to name a few.


Coming up next: our Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry will depart to direct Beatsville, a new jazz-inspired musicalThis hip co-production with Asolo Theatre Company will entertain audiences in Florida before coming to The 5th in a future season.

We at The 5th are firm believers in artistic collaboration. Collaborations do more than allow us to share resources—they challenge us to stretch ourselves as artists, and to bring fresh content, ideas and perspectives to our audiences.

Find out more about our upcoming productions and collaborations at our website.

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