Arts Theater Obit
posted by June 18 at 9:45 AMon
Northwest Actors Studio: born in 1978, died 2007.
Phone’s disconnected, lease is up, the stuff’s almost all moved out.
The theater (probably best-known for Carlotta’s Late Night Wing-Ding) had been struggling for years and was seriously behind on its rent—more than just a few months, according to property manager Anne Michaelson, who has a long-term lease for the building (and owns significant properties in the Pike/Pine corridor, like the Wildrose and Sweat Box Yoga buildings).
Even Backstage Thrift, the second-hand store started to help save NWAS, has gone under.
Michaleson and the building owner are trying to find NWAS founder and director Ann Graham a little place to set up shop and keep up her acting school. But NWAS at 1100 East Pike Street is finished.
“In the spirit of our neighborhood culture, I’d like to get another theater in the second floor,” Michaelson said. She’s already talking to a few applicants including some (ahem) who might or might not be moving out of CHAC and who applied for, but didn’t get, one of the two two-year theater residencies Hugo House just handed out. (Those went to SiS, which does the Sex in Seattle serial soaps and NextStage, a new company.)
Hurrah to Michaelson and the building’s owner for having the (what’s the right word? guts? loyalty? temerity?) to try and get another theater in there.