Seattle Rep PONCHO Forum Renovation 2018
Client:Seattle Rep
Project Category:Resident Professional Theatres
Completion Year:2018
Location:Seattle, Washington
Capacity:133 seats
Seattle Repertory Theatre completed its first capital project in more than two decades with the renovation of the PONCHO Forum. This black-box space is in daily use for a variety of mission-driven activities from mainstage rehearsals and new play readings to youth arts education workshops, public programs, and community engagement initiatives like Public Works Seattle. Renovating the PONCHO Forum allows the Rep, its community partners, and other arts organizations in Seattle to make greater use of this space, increasing the quality and range of programs mounted there.

With no significant updates since its construction in 1983, the PONCHO Forum had been woefully outdated. Now, the venue has entered the 21st century with state-of-the-art new theatrical sound and lighting systems, and audiovisual capabilities to ensure artists have the tools that they need to create theatre of the highest caliber. For audiences and patrons, there is a new flexible, telescopic seating unit and a gorgeous window that opens up the artistic process to observers outside.