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Monday, August 20, 2012

In More Significant Theater News: Who Will Hold the Lease to the Playhouse Formerly Known as Intiman?

Posted by on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Intiman, which lived for several decades in a large theater at Seattle Center (that is technically owned by the public), collapsed last year. This year, it revived with a summer festival. But at this point, Intiman cannot afford to keep its year-round lease on the space (aka "the Playhouse"), so Seattle Center sent out a request for proposal (RFP) for somebody else to be a master leaseholder.

So far, according to people involved with the process, there have been two bidders allowed to move forward: Cornish College of the Arts and Theater Puget Sound (TPS).

Both meet with the review panel tomorrow morning to pitch their cases. Both organizations want other organizations—Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Theater, etc.—to rent the Playhouse space and put on work. And both would make room for Intiman to continue producing there.

The big difference? Cornish would sometimes use the space for educational purposes including theater, music, art exhibitions in the lobbies, etc., while TPS would be a more dedicated pipeline for getting Seattle companies on the big Playhouse stage.

If you have strong feelings about this TPS/Cornish lease situation, you can email the RFP panel here.

 

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Mullin 1
As much as I thought the Theater Week ads were unforgivable: http://www.paulmullin.org/just-wrought/2…

I have to go with TPS for this. Let's invest fully in actually producing Seattle theatre. Theatre Arts education is a much more questionable good.
Posted by Mullin http://www.paulmullin.org on August 20, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
MrBaker 2
Which one can actually pay their bills?

Seattle Center borrowed $3 million dollars from the city general fund largely because the non-profits have not paid their bills.

They are looking at losing money again next year.

The $1.5 million dollars Nick Licata took from the Sonics settlement to fund infrastructure in the "Theater District" has returned unpaid bills.
Enough, go with the one with the money, please, thanks.
Posted by MrBaker http://manywordsforrain.blogspot.com/ on August 20, 2012 at 10:20 PM · Report this
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There is another big difference, regarding money, in fact: Cornish is proposing scaling up to a flat-fee rental rate of $5,000 per month (which seems like a screaming deal, doesn't it? Anyone just wanna live there and call it performance art?) while TPS is proposing a revenue-sharing agreement. This is what they do with the Center spaces they manage now, and they claim to have exceeded the revenue goals the Center had for them.
Posted by MvB on August 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Rik Deskin, Actor 4
TPS would be the better solution for the theatre ecology. And I'm a Cornish Alum.
Posted by Rik Deskin, Actor on August 21, 2012 at 12:08 PM · Report this

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