About Us


History of Studio East
Drama Classes
Theater Camps

Studio East Training for the Performing Arts is proud to be a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing theater arts education and opportunities for children in Kirkland, WA and surrounding communities.

Studio East began as one teen program in 1992, and is now one of the largest children’s theater training programs in the Seattle area.

Between the Studio’s camps and classes and its professional touring arm, StoryBook Theater, Studio East serves over 70,000 people annually.

+ Our Details

Studio East has acomprehensive program ofdrama classes, theater artssummer camps, andMainstage productionsfor children from ages 4 through 19. The organization also offersArtReach, (a 6-week, after-school residency program), and outreachclasses.Part of Studio East’s mission includes a scholarship program to help keep the arts accessible to theater students of all financial backgrounds. Apply for a scholarship here.

Studio East also produces StoryBook Theater, an adult professional touring troupe with performances across the Puget Sound Region. StoryBook Theater is often a child’s first experience with live theater. Visit our website to see if there’s a musical showing near you!

+ Our Vision

All programs at Studio East work to instill in young people the tools to be:

Responsible – Honest, respectful, fair, accountable
Empathetic – Compassionate, aware, sensitive
Successful – Motivated, determined, purposeful
Inclusive – Open-minded, curious, non-judgmental
Leaders – Inspirational, courageous, listener, communicator
Imaginative – Creative, visionary, resourceful, enterprising
Engaging – Interesting, entertaining, personable
Nurturing – Protective, supportive, encouraging
Timely – To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is unacceptable.

+ Our Mission

Studio East provides best-in-class theater education, performance skills and audience opportunities to inspire, train and entertain young people through engagement in the art and craft of theater. Our touring company, StoryBook Theater, introduces young children to live musical theater imbued with positive life lessons. We believe theater is a transformative, cultural force that develops valuable skills children can use throughout their lives, regardless of their eventual chosen vocation.

+ Our Philosophy

Studio East is founded on the belief that the performing arts can make a difference in the lives of our children. Children who learn and practice the discipline, dedication, and teamwork required by the craft of theater develop skills that will be valuable assets throughout their lives, no matter what career they choose to pursue.

+ Our Values

  • We define inclusivity with two words: welcome home. The entire Studio East organization creates and supports an environment that embraces individuals from any background, culture, identity, orientation, or ability and strives to foster a sense of real belonging.
  • Our hearts, minds and doors are open to ALL.
  • We lead from the heart and educate from the head.
  • We believe in every young person’s ability to embrace the highest-quality and socially-relevant theater, believing they can find inside themselves the desire to make a meaningful contribution and achieve their personal best.

+ Our Acknowledgement

Studio East acknowledges that we reside on the traditional lands of the first inhabitants of Seattle: The Coast Salish People which includes, but is not limited to, the Duwamish, Stillaguamish, Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, and Tulalip Tribes. We extend our respects to the Coast Salish Peoples, their Elders – past, present, and emerging – for their wisdom and we acknowledge their everlasting connection to the land, waters, and culture.

Get Involved

Studio East appreciates all levels of involvement in our organization. To find out how you can become involved, give us a call at 425.820.1800.

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Studio East is a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation, registered with the Washington Secretary of State as a charitable organization. Federal tax ID #94-3213270. Your gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law; please consult with your tax professional.

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