Theater Northwest

Tacoma Arts Live’s regional theater program builds community through our season of live, youth and adult professional theater. We believe in the intrinsic value of creativity and pay all artists for their services. This allows us to attract some of the Pacific Northwest’s best talent to create performances that include and honor all cultures. Our work aspires to refresh audiences by connecting them to a sense of empathy, challenging their complacency, and inspiring them to live with joy and thoughtful inquiry.

Theater Northwest is a community of theater artists – actors, directors, playwrights, theorists, and designers – who unleash their creative talents to share work exploring our shared human condition. This creation is also a refinement of craft, with each new production illuminating a journey through laughter, tears, heartache, and joy. 


Previously known as Tacoma Arts Live’s Regional Theater Program, the company has produced more than 25 shows since its beginnings in 2009. Past works include diverse offerings August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, TRIBES by Nina Raine, Grounded by George Brant, and two original works, Baldwin vs Buckley scripted by Brett Carr, and STILL, devised by a team lead by Michael Kula and Maria-Tania Bandes Becerra Weingarden, both UW Tacoma faculty.  


All stage work is performed by employees that are represented by IATSE, Local #15

The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (2023)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (2023)

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis (2023)

Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi (2022)

Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz (2022)

Grounded by George Brant (2022)

TRIBES by Nina Raine (2021)

Oleanna by David Mamet “(2020)

Art by Yasmina Reza (2019)

Shakespeare in Love by Lee Hall (2019)

Vanya, Sonja, Masha, and Spike by Christopher Durang (2018)

Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr. (2018)

Ain’t Misbehavin’ by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby Jr. (2015)

My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner (2011)

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels by Jeffrey Lane (2010)

The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge by Larry Larsen and Levi Lee (2009)

Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (2009)

Educating Rita by Willy Russell (2009)

Final Toast by Michele Miller (2009)

Baldwin vs Buckley adapted by Brett Carr (2023)

Still: A Poetic Journey of Two Women devised by Michael Kula and Maria-Tania Bandes Becerra Weingarden, both University of Washington Tacoma faculty.  (2023)

The Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson 2012

The Pittsburgh Cycle (all 10 plays) by August Wilson (2008-2013)

Double Shot Theater Festival (short play creation and production in 48 hours; annually for 5 years: 2012 – 2017) produced by creative ensembles

Voices of the City (2008-2010) Monologue creation project with wildly diverse voices; produced by creative ensembles

Where Blooming Flowers Meet the Sky by Darryin B. Cunningham (2023)

Eleven Days in the Life of Dr. King created by Lucas Smiraldo and co-written with Charhys Bailey and Antonio Edwards (2011)

Ruby Bridges by April Nyquist, Katie Lappier, and Lucas Smiraldo (2013)

Nihonjin Face by Janet Hayakawa and Teresita Martinez (2017)

Get on the Bus by Milo Mowery (2016)

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