Theater Of, By, And For The People
Seattle Rep’s Public Works partners with community-based organizations to invite folks from all walks of life to take classes, attend performances and events, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Through this process strangers become neighbors – creating a region that is welcoming for all.
How it Works
Seattle Rep's Public Works is rooted in the values of equity, imagination, and joy.
EQUITY. Listen fully and do your best to make sure everyone has what they need to show up, feel safe, and succeed.
IMAGINATION. Exercise your creativity not only in what we are making but in how we are making it.
JOY. Enjoy each other and the work. Plant, cultivate, and grow our collective joy.
The program invites a stunning diversity of people to participate in workshops and classes, to attend performances, and to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.
CLASSES. Communities participate in acting classes ranging from improv to spoken word to musical theater and Shakespeare.
CONVERSATION. Together we attend plays, discussions, and social events to deepen our connections.
COLLABORATION. In the summer, we all come together to create a large-scale production that puts our city center stage.
Public Works In Action
Watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring past Public Works productions, workshops, interviews with participants, and more.
A Festival of Personal StoriesWatch
On March 19 and 20, Seattle Rep’s Public Works and Macha Theatre Works partnered on A Festival of Personal Stories. During this two-day event, 10 Public Works participants performed heartfelt, hilarious, and uplifting stories at West of Lenin.
The Winter's Tale TrailerWATCH
Get a sneak peek at Seattle Rep's Public Works' filmed production of The Winter's Tale (Dec. 16-19, 2021).
Twelfth Night TrailerWATCH
The Public Works family came together virtually in December 2020 to present selections of Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub's musical adaptation of Twelfth Night. Relive the joy of the performance's teaser trailer.
The Seed Project Mural RevealWATCH
The Public Works team collected creative community submissions to a shared prompt. Using these as inspiration, scenic artist Ruth Gilmore painted a stunning mural in our building. Watch how this community-inspired art came together.
"I like to try new things"WATCH
“It’s important for seniors to have an emphasis on lifelong learning.” Get a behind-the-scenes look at Seattle Rep's Public Works family through Ballard Senior Center participant Mary Webster’s journey in The Odyssey (2017).
Finding Ways to Be Vulnerable and CreativeWATCH
"It's been pretty spectacular." Watch a new interview following Public Works participant Sean Morrin’s experience in The Odyssey (2017) from rehearsal to performance.
"Encompassing All People"WATCH
Go behind the scenes with Seattle Rep's Public Works and hear from participants about their experiences in the program.
Get to Know the Public Works Community: Ken ParmsWATCH
Hear from Seattle Rep's Public Works participant Ken Parms about his journey through Public Works, and his experience playing the Cyclops in The Odyssey (2017) from costume fittings to performance.
What is Public Works?Watch
Follow the cast and creative team of As You Like It (2019) from rehearsals to performance, and hear from Public Works Director Angie Kamel about the Public Works program.
"An Amazing Journey"Watch
Hear from members of the Public Works family about their favorite memories from the program.
The Making of The OdysseyWatch
Take a look behind the curtain of our inaugural Public Works production, The Odyssey (2017).
Boys & Girls Clubs of King CountyVisit Website
Enabling young people to reach their full potential by emphasizing academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyle.
Byrd Barr PlaceVisit Website
Providing older adults and adults with disabilities with vital resources to help them thrive.
Compass Housing AllianceVisit Website
Builds and provides supportive affordable housing and emergency services to people who are homeless or low-income from Southcenter to Shoreline.
Jubilee Women’s CenterVisit Website
Center supports women experiencing poverty by helping them to build stable and fulfilling futures, one extraordinary woman at a time.
Path with ArtVisit Website
Harnesses the power of creative engagement to support people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and trauma, and in turn, builds community and stability.
ReWA is a non-profit, multi-ethnic organization that promotes inclusion, independence, personal leadership, and strong communities by providing refugee and immigrant women and their families with culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
Seattle Central CollegeVisit Website
Advocates for social change, both on campus and in broader movements, offering short- and long-term certificates, associate and bachelor degrees.
Sound Generations / Ballard NW Senior CenterVisit Website
Provides older adults and adults with disabilities with vital resources to help them thrive. Seattle Rep's Public Works has partnered with the Ballard NW Senior Center for an ongoing class focused on musical theater and performance.
Meet the Public Works Community
Get to know the people behind Seattle Rep's Public Works and our incredible team of Teaching Artists.
Get to know our Public Works family through our monthly #MeetThePWFam series! Keep an eye on our social media platforms and check back here each month to meet one of our Public Works participants.
Meet Dolores Maria Rossman
Which Public Works Shows have you been in?: The Odyssey, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale
Hometown: Missoula, MT
Favorite Snack: Crackers with pesto
Cat or dog: Dog
If your life was a movie, what would it be called?: “Trying to slow down so I can catch up with my life”
Help support this free-to-participate program.
Interested in volunteering? We’re looking for folks who love to build community through the arts.
Public Works Supporters
View our full listing of generous Public Works supporters.
Contact Public Works
Contact the Public Works team for more information.
Check out photos from past Public Works productions, workshops, field trips, rehearsals, and more.
Institutional Support for Public Works Provided by
The Knossos Foundation
Nesholm Family Foundation | Providence
Mid-America Arts Alliance | Treeline Foundation
Fales Foundation Trust | BNSF Railway Foundation | Pagliacci Pizza
Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions | Wyman Youth Trust
Italics denotes in-kind donations