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 [...]

Gavin Reub wants to put Gamer Culture (and sub-culture) Front and Center: Umbrella Project in conversation with director of Annex Theatre’s PUNY HUMANS.

Gavin Reub, director of Puny Humans opening tonight at Annex Theatre, takes us deeper into gamer culture, Comic-Con, and the best way to unwind after journeying into the world Bret Fetzer & Keiko Green have created.​NE: As dramaturgs, we always start with: Why this play now? What are Seattle audiences going to connect to in this [...]