Book-It Repertory Theathre
Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded 26 years ago as an artists’ collective, adapting short stories for performance and touring them throughout the Northwest. Today, with over 100 world-premiere adaptations of full-length novels to its credit – many of which have garnered rave reviews and gone on to subsequent productions all over the country – Book-It is widely respected for the consistent artistic excellence of its work.
Beyond the respect the company has enjoyed, the Company is the recipient of many awards honoring their work. Book-It is the winner of the 2012 Governor’ s Arts Award and a 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award. In 2008, The Seattle Times honored Co-Artistic Directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt with an Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius award describing Book-It as a “Seattle treasure.” Co-Artistic Director Jane Jones, was honored with a Brava Award from the Women’s University Club of Seattle for her outstanding contributions to the community.
Book-It was invited to become a member of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Partners in Education program, and received funding from the national grant program MetLife/TCG Aha! Think-It! Do-It! to investigate the impact of its mission and the intersections between its work and literacy.
Book-It Repertory Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read. Book-It Repertory Theatre’s vision is to be a nationally-known theatre arts center where Book-It’s partnership of theatre, literature and education nourishes literacy and the artistic vitality of the community.
Book-It creates world-premiere adaptations of classic and contemporary literature for the stage, preserving the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production. This technique was developed over the last 28 years and continues to be developed by Book-It artists led by Founding Co-Artistic Directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt. Performing books instead of plays allows the Book-It theatre experience to spark the audience’s interest in reading and to challenge the audience to participate by using their imaginations. Book-It’s unique style of acting and adapting books is trademarked, known as the Book-It Style®.