Seattle Theatre Group Announces Return of STG'S NIGHTS AT THE NEPTUNE: A PEOPLE'S THEATRE JOINT, June-Aug 2014

Seattle Theatre Group Announces Return of STG'S NIGHTS AT THE NEPTUNE: A PEOPLE'S THEATRE JOINT, June-Aug 2014

Seattle Theatre Group (STG), the non-profit arts presenters and operators of The Paramount, The Moore, and The Neptune Theatres, is excited to announce the return of STG's Nights at the Neptune: A People's Theatre Joint, a program launched last year to provide a free space for artists and organizations. The program, presented with support by the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and BECU, creates access to performance space, professional theater staff, and new audiences - admitted for free as well, to experience the broad range of skilled artists, emerging projects, and community organizations creating public arts events, chosen for this program.

Each artist program chosen will embrace the exploration of social issues through art and amplify the voice of underrepresented artists and communities in the area, and will address relevant issues that include race, gender inequality, domestic violence, and social justice.

Requests for proposals are now open to artists and organizations interested in participating in this year's program. All performers will be selected this spring by a panel of local arts professionals and community advocates. Special consideration is given to artists whose work deals with issues of race, social justice, youth, or marginalized populations. Interested parties must submit a proposal for consideration by April 25, 2014. For selection criteria and proposal instructions, visit http://www.stgpresents.org/neptune/nights/.

Performances are free and open to the public and will take place in June, July, and August 2014. STG will provide the selected artists and performers with theater staff, technical crew, basic lighting and sound equipment, and marketing and public relations support. 2013 performances included Latino film, at-risk youth playwrights, Tibetan dance, queer comedians, theater, hip-hop, soul, jazz, and more.

Nights at the Neptune returns for a second year after last year's success and the obvious asset the program offers to participants. "Utilizing STG's marketing was a huge benefit for us as it brought in people who were previously unfamiliar with our work," said Robin Campbell, of Splinter Dance Company, from last year's Nights at The Neptune. Andrea Delgado from the Seattle Latino Film Festival who presented a vibrant evening of film and Latin music shared that, "simply by having our name on a marquee brought new audiences, and it showed the public that we are more than films."

"We are very delighted to bring this program back to the community this summer," said Josh LaBelle, STG's Executive Director. Nights at the Neptune is exemplary of the intent of our organization - to make our venues the people's theaters, really allowing the community to have ownership and providing a place where everyone is welcomed. We thank our partners, Department of Neighborhoods and BECU for joining with us to continue to foster the spirit of access and artistic development, and hope to continue the program for many years to come," LaBelle added.

Full performance dates, along with an announcement of the chosen 2014 participants will be made public and posted on the STGpresents.org website in early May.

Seattle Theatre Group's mission is to make diverse performing arts and education an integral part of our region's cultural identity while keeping three historic venues, The Paramount, Moore and Neptune, alive and vibrant. STG presents a range of performances from Broadway, off-Broadway, dance and jazz, to comedy, concerts of all genres, speakers and family shows - at these three iconic theatres in Seattle and venues throughout the Puget Sound region and in Portland, Oregon. STG is the 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization that operates the historic Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle, Washington.

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