Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented 2013 Mayor’s Arts Awards today (Aug. 30). Among the honorees was the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The Tony-Award winning company just finished celebrating its first fifty years with a 2012-2013 season that included new works, old favorites, and a number of sell-out shows.
Founded in 1963, the Rep started after the 1962 World Fair and was the original tenant of the Center’s Playhouse, which later became the home of the Intiman Theatre and will now serve as the Cornish Playhouse.
The Rep built the Bagley Wright Theatre and then expanded it with the Leo K Theatre. This building with two full stages and the company’s administrative offices still serves as its home and is located in the northwest corner of the Seattle Center.
Every year, the Seattle Arts Commission reviews public nominations for the Arts Awards and recommends the final recipients to the Mayor. In 2013, they received more than 600 public nominations, a new record for the number of nominations received.
“This year’s award winners reflect the diversity of our city and the artistic excellence for which we have come to be known,” said McGinn during an announcement of the Awards earlier this summer. “Seattle is a better place for having these excellent organizations and people living and working here.”
The 2013 categories and honorees were Future Focus: 826 Seattle; Cultural Ambassador: Barbara Earl Thomas; Venture Culturalist: Frye Art Museum; Arts as the How: Pongo Teen Writing Project; Raising the Bar: Preston Singletary; and Artistic City: Seattle Repertory Theatre.
The Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony was held on the North Fountain Lawn at the Center as part of the official opening of Bumbershoot 2013.
After the awards ceremony, the School of Rock gave a free performance and a free preview of the Bumbershoot film festival offerings was held at the SIFF Film Center.
The Rep's 51st season opens in September with The Servant of Two Masters.