Northwest Asian American Theatre (NWAAT)
Originally founded by a group of Asian American students in 1972 on the University of Washington campus at the school’s Ethnic Cultural Center, Northwest Asian American Theatre became a flagship Asian American theatre company in the Pacific Northwest and the first of its kind in the region. In 1987, after the ensemble students graduated from the University of Washington, NWAAT moved theater operations into an automobile repair shop and converted this garage space into the Theatre Off Jackson, a 140-seat venue that still provides performance space to a rotating number of groups. Bea Kiyohara served as Artistic Director of NWAAT for most of the company’s existence, from 1978 until 1993. NWAAT was celebrated for producing work that connected with a diverse audience and for supporting local APA actors, directors, and playwrights who went on to great success after their time at NWAAT. The Northwest Asian American Theatre closed its doors in 2004.
- Primary Form of Entity: Nonprofit
- Primary Artistic Discipline: Theatre, Folk/Traditional/Heritage arts, Multidisciplinary Arts
- Primary Areas of Activity: Arts in Community/Development, Producer/Creator, Presenter/Distributor, Venue/Facility
Research and Resources
Northwest Asian American Theatre Archives, Archive.org, MIPoPS Collection
Seattle Times Story: Theater Pioneer Ready To Move On(1993)