A Look Back: Playwrights and Workshops

As new play dramaturgs, playwrights are the center of our world. We founded Umbrella Project in order to be better advocates for playwrights in rehearsal rooms and in our artistic communities. We're working to build clearer pathways to other theatre communities for the great new plays that are developed in Seattle. We’ve had the good [...]

A Look Back: Projects & Programs Locally

Making Seattle a destination for new work starts in Seattle. As Umbrella Project grows our national network and works to build a stronger bridge from Seattle to the national conversation, our first commitment is still to the vibrant, messy, ambitious, and bold community of our rainy city. We began building our local network by seeking [...]

A Look Back: Knocking Bird Premiere 

Knocking Bird trailer, produced in partnership with Mighty Tripod Productions. ​​This time last years, we jumped in with both feet. At the same time that we were running our Kickstarter campaign, we were already putting our plan into action with the world premiere of Emily Conbere’s play Knocking Bird. Conbere’s play, and it’s long and [...]

A Look Back: Our Kickstarter Campaign

​One year ago we were in the midst of our Kickstarter campaign, a whirlwind crowdfunding effort to raise $20K in 30 short days. We were pretty overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the all the normal stresses of crowdfunding, sure, but even more overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of our theatre community near and far. Within the first [...]

Humana Interviews: Umbrella Project Executive Director, Norah Elges, interviews triumphant playwright — and Seattle Cheerleader — Steven Dietz

Umbrella Project Executive Director, Norah Elges, interviews triumphant playwright -- and Seattle Cheerleader -- Steven Dietz This is the first blog post from our Humana Interviews series. In April 2016, Umbrella Project went to the Humana Festival of new plays in Louisville, KY. There, we conducted interviews with some of the theatre artists that we [...]