News & Announcements

Seattle Rep Announces Next Public Works Seattle Director, Angie Kamel

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced that after an extensive national search, the organization has hired Angie Kamel as the next Public Works Seattle Director. Adapted from the nationally recognized model built by New York City’s prestigious The Public Theater, Public Works Seattle creates theatre of the people, by the people, and for the people of our region, and seeks to engage audiences in new ways by making them creators and not just spectators. Under the direction of founding program director Marya Sea Kaminski, the program kicked off at Seattle Rep in 2016. Kamel will take the lead on the program’s next steps, getting to work this summer on growing community engagement programs, partnerships and more, all set to culminate in a community-wide production of As You Like It in the Bagley Wright Theatre in September 2019. Read more here.

MARCH 2018 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Carlye Teel, Executive Director

February was such a busy month, one thing after another.  Rainbow Bingo was fun and profitable, the fantastic Rummage Sale brought in $3,999 during the 2 days.  Mardi Gras was delightful; Valentine’s a delicious lunch and the party was spirited; and, Chinese New Year was traditional and it was fun to figure out which sign one was born under.  Lots of laughter, good food, and thanks to some of our Asian members for their presentation and yummy traditional buns.

Now we are on to March.  There is a lot going on in March, all our great regular activities, classes, groups, trips, etc. plus our biggest fundraiser of the year.  This event, our $pring for $eniors Dinner and Auction Gala, sets the tone for our fundraising for the year.  If we have a successful evening, the remaining fundraisers for the year will be as we have budgeted.  Otherwise,  future fundraisers will require higher goals.  I know $pring for $eniors will be successful, the best in our history, with your help and support.  We are counting on everybody to be involved and help in some way.  If we all work together we will get it done.  Our goal is to raise $85,000 and to have 200 guest.  Donate an item or cash, or yourself.  Volunteer before, during and after, attend, ask a merchant for a donation.  Thanks for supporting your Center.  Questions? Ask me, Kristina, or a committee member.

It’s been wonderful to hear why people are feeling gratitude/grateful when someone shares at lunch.  Whether it’s for the Center, a new apartment, feeling better, laughter, good food, a friend and so many more reasons there is much to feel good about.  There are lots of smiles around too and remember a smile is good for you and for those your smile touches.  Smiles can also help build a person’s happiness.  Time magazine did an issue on the science of happiness.  “Evidence is growing that the connection between mind and body – between well-being and physical health – is real!  One of the articles talks about Healthy habits for Happiness.  1) Sleep more–people who get adequate sleep are better at achieving emotional well-being.  2) Exercise–physical activity boosts the action of endorphin’s,  they may be natural mood enhancers.  3) Get outside—too much sun isn’t good but getting enough exposure may be important to mental health.  Studies show that sunlight boosts synthesis of serotonin that can help regulate mood. 4) Eat more fish– 26 studies found people who ate the most fish had a 17% lower risk of depression.  5) Stand up straight–people with upright posture were feeling more enthusiastic, excited and strong. 6) Smile—smiles lower heart rates during stress recovery and there is a smaller dip in positive emotions during stressful tasks.

I also want to say thanks to Chef Bob, who resigned and is moving on to new opportunities.  Thanks for
6+ years of delicious food and your help with other Center events.  Everything was delicious but those soups were fantastic.

Let’s make March a great month.  Be happy, smile, support one another and support the Auction.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day—wear green and come to the party on the 17th. Thanks everyone.

Love,

Carlye

Seattle Rep Announces Musical Version of AS YOU LIKE IT

Seattle Rep‘s inaugural Public Works Seattle production ofThe Odyssey in September 2017 invited over 100 community members to be part of a professional theatrical production for the first time. It was reported to be “an experience I will treasure in my theatrical heart for years to come” by Jay Irwin of BroadwayWorld.com and “an open-hearted, energetic, and wonderfully lo-fi show” by Gemma Wilson of City Arts Magazine. It is with great excitement now that the Rep announces its next Public Works Seattle production – coming in September 2019, Seattle Rep will be producing a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, continuing its mission to create theatre of, by, and for the people.

Seattle Rep‘s Public Works Seattle program has continuously engaged in its partnerships with community-based organizations like The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Path With Art, Ballard NW Senior Center and more… Click Here for the Full Article

DECEMBER 2017 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

Carlye Teel, Executive Director

I wish each of you the happiest of Holidays, however you celebrate this month. This has been a good year for the center and I know we will make December a fantastic last month of 2017. We have had a lot to celebrate: good programs, the new and the best of those that continue to meet the needs of you all; our fundraising has been good so far; our volunteers are outstanding and contribute mightily to the center’s success; the health and wellness offerings have been fantastic and meet many differing needs of our participants; the exercise opportunities are varied and provide services that benefit all, in whatever physical situation you are; The Community Dining program provides a delicious and nutritious lunch each weekday and you get to share a meal with friends, new and old; there are continuous opportunities every day to socialize, share ideas, and connect with one another; every day we offer classes to learn and grow to keep our minds engaged and active; And most of all we are so fortunate to have each of you who come to the center and participate. It is you that help make us what we are and I say we are a darn good center. Thank you! And thank you to our great Board and Staff. The Board helps us guide us short and long term and I can’t say enough about Kristina, Carleen, and Bob, they do a terrific job and it has been especially difficult as we have been down a staff person. Thanks everyone!

I want to encourage each of you to join us for our terrific December activities. We have our Breakfast and Book Sale on Saturday, December 2nd, 9am-12pm. Our fantastic Taproot event is on Tuesday, December 5th, please support, this is a wonderful way to start your Holidays and a great gift for your family and friends. Our parties are great fun, come on Friday, December 8th for the Holiday Party, the Holiday Feast on Monday, December 18th with Santa and gifts, the New Year’s Party on Friday, December 29th.

I also urge each of us to take an extra few minutes to be a good friend, give a big smile, listen to someone that wants to talk, donate to your cause, give your friends and family your time. The Holidays are joyous to many but they can also be difficult or sad for some. This is when your time can mean so much to someone else. And isn’t giving of ourselves the most important gift we can give? Thanks.

I also must mention that I hope you will be able to donate, what is comfortable for you, to our year end appeal. We hope to raise $20,000 from participants and the community to finish our year in a positive position. Some donors have stepped up and the first $5,000 donated will be matched by $5,000 and become $10,000. Thanks! It will be great if we can say 100% participated whether you contributed $1 or thousands.

During this busy season please remember to take care of yourselves, exercise, get rest, get out and be with
people, learn and grow, find the positive in life and smile for you and everyone in your life.
Happy Holidays!

Love, Carlye

There Will Be 160 People Performing The Odyssey

The show itself, which Charles Isherwood at The New York Times described as a “brash, funny and heart-stirring” musical that’s “more homage than adaptation” and more populist than classical, is really just the customer-facing product of months of theatrical teaching and training throughout Seattle. For the last year, teaching artists from the Rep have been working closely with five organizations all over town, including Path With Art, The Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Jubilee Women’s Center, Centerstone, and Sound Generations/Ballard NW Senior Center. Read more on The Stranger