Book-It Repertory Theatre was founded by a group of theatre artists who love to read and are passionate about literacy.Recognizing the immense wealth of story, character and language that exists in classic and contemporary literature, these artists wanted to create opportunities for audiences and fellow artists to experience theatre through imaginative stagings of written narrative. By creating theatre exclusively from literature, Book-It strives to inspire the love of reading through a live, communal experience. From its early beginnings as a collective of artists experimenting in a workshop setting, to its current day as one of Seattle’s most thriving, unique theatres with over 1,300 subscribers, Book-It’s main purpose has always been to bring literature to life on stage, and inspire people to read.
Book-It believes that great books make great theatre. Witnessing compelling theatrical adaptations of its diverse culture’s most significant stories gives individuals the tools to engage imaginatively, creatively, and with empathy with the world around them, which lays the foundation for a healthy, happy, and compassionate community.
Book-It has collaborated with a wide variety of community organizations. It tours stories to Seattle Public and King County Libraries for Read Aloud and Teen Read months. It has produced at venues that include ACT Theatre, INTIMAN Theatre, Seattle Art Museum, KUOW 94.9 FM, Town Hall, Center Theatre, Dahlia Lounge, Freehold, North Seattle Community College, Cornish College for the Arts, Northwest Asian American Theatre, Hugo House, On the Boards, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Book-It’s work has been seen in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Albuquerque, Colorado, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City. Its educational outreach programs tour productions state-wide and also offer long-term residencies at public schools throughout King County. It has an ongoing partnership with Seattle Rep, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Shakespeare Company to provide teacher training and bring theatre into the classroom (BTiC: Bringing Theatre into the Classroom).
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