COVID-19 Updates

Good News Friday | June 26, 2020 | 3:00pm

Dear Friends,

We are celebrating the official arrival of summer this week, enjoying the beautiful long days, and feeling thankful that we will be able to offer a number of in-person camps starting July 20th.  Our Education department and teaching artists have been working hard to ensure that we provide a safe place for these activities—reduced group sizes, daily health checks for campers and teachers, extra cleanings daily, masks and social distancing are being observed at all of camps this summer.  Rest assured that we are also focused on providing the same fun, creative, and educational experience as always!  Registration for in-person camps will be open on July 6, so be sure to watch your email for details on all the great offerings!

While the Studio has been closed for an unimaginable 14 weeks, there’s one individual who has continued working on a project that’s been a long time coming, and thanks to our intrepid Technical Director, Erik Eagleson, our beautiful new chairs have been installed.  Thank you, Erik, for singlehandedly bringing this project across the finish line!  If you missed the chance to purchase a chair during the campaign, we have good news—the configuration of the chairs allowed us to fit in a few more and we have room for an additional eight donor plaques.  If you’re interested in naming one of the last few chairs, you can do so here: Name a Seat campaign.        

Many of you joined us at our Virtual Curtains Up for the announcement of our new season, and heard about how we plan to continue offering productions and classes while staying safe and healthy.  We are very excited and before you know it, it’ll be time to launch our new season.  First, we want to take a moment and send out a heartfelt Thank You to everyone who has provided Studio East and StoryBook Theater with additional support this unprecedented year. Whether you chose to name a seat, buy an auction item, donate to the Scholarship Fund, Buy a Ticket to our Future, Give Big, or sponsor a show for next season; your support has kept us afloat both financially and spiritually.  Thank you, Thank you!  We could not do this without you.

With Gratitude,
Angela Gist
Managing Director

A heartfelt Thank You to all of our incredible 2019-20 Studio East Donors – we are so grateful. 

Summer Camp Update | May 19, 2020 | 5:00pm

Dear Studio East Families

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to determine the best path forward for summer programming in light of the pandemic.  In order to stay as current as possible while allowing enough time for preparations, we will be announcing decisions regarding the format of our summer camps in three phases:

Summer Camp June 22 – July 17 

After weighing the timeline data of Washington’s phased re-opening and the available health data of King County and WA State; we have made the decision to transition our summer camps through July 17th to a digital platform. We are planning for YAPI to be a hybrid camp starting online and then meeting in-person starting July 6. Mini YAPI July 13-17 will still be held in-person at Studio East if we are permitted to do so by WA State and King County health guidelines.

Camps scheduled for July 20 – August will be held in-person if we are permitted to do so by WA State and King County health guidelines, if the facilities are available, and if we feel that we can provide a safe environment and experience for our campers and staff. Summer camps that move forward in person will follow all social distancing guidelines as outlined by local and state authorities and the CDC. This will likely include daily screenings of campers at drop-off, additional cleaning procedures, use of face masks, and smaller group sizes at a minimum.

Summer Camp July 20 – July 31

We will announce the format of these camps on June 22.

Summer Camp in August

We will announce the format for these camps on July 6.

Studio East Interactive Online Camps

If you are taking one of our Spring online classes, then you know that summer camps will not be like online school! Online sessions will be highly engaging and interactive while all offline activities will be optional.  All activities will be thematic based on the camp title, and some encourage outside and imaginative play.

  • All camps will utilize a combination of online video conferencing for interactive theater games and rehearsal exercises, and independent at home activities that will be provided for you by the Studio.
  • Students will never be online for more than 90 minutes consecutively, and for no more than 4 total hour per day (fewer for our younger students).

Please head to our website at for more detailed information about your student’s camp including a daily schedule outline.

Camp in a Box (Ages 4yrs – 2nd Grade)

In addition to our online programming, we will also be offering a Camp-In-A-Box option for our Little Players and TaleSpinners programs that will include activities, supplies, and access to pre-recorded experiences that you and your young person can do on your own time at home.

Updated Refund Policy

We understand that choosing the right camp option for your student is a highly personal decision and we support whatever choice you feel is appropriate for your family. We are happy to offer no-hassle refunds from now 3 weeks prior to the first day of your camp if you’d like to withdraw your student.  Prepaid tuition may also be applied to your account as a credit for future use or donated to Studio East.  Please use the following schedule when considering withdrawing or switching camps for your student:

  • If a camp is canceled by Studio East: Full Refund of tuition paid.
  • Withdrawals more than 3 weeks before the first day of camp: Full refund of tuition paid.
  • Withdrawals less than 3 weeks before the start of the program: Refund of tuition paid, less $50.
  • Withdrawals less than 2 weeks before the start of the program: 50% of tuition paid can be refunded or applied as credit.
  • Withdrawals less than 48 hours before the start of the program: no refund and no credit.
  • Switching between programs is allowed up to 3 weeks before the first day of camp at no cost, based on availability.
  • Switching between programs less than 3 weeks before the first day of your camp will result in an Admin Fee of $25.

All refunds will be issued by check. If you wish to cancel your student’s registration, please fill out our Summer Camp Refund Request Form.

We want to thank you for supporting Studio East through this trying time. We hope to see you in person soon!

Corey Dunne

Education Director

Good News Friday | April 24, 2020 | 5:00pm

Friends of Studio East

We hope this edition of Good News Friday finds you healthy and happy.  We feel fortunate to be able to reflect on many silver linings this week and want to share them with our family. Please take care and do let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you during this time.

Remote Learning Success

In the last four weeks we have received almost 800 registrations for our free workshops and tuition-based classes!  Our intrepid teaching artists continue to raise the bar and deliver online experiences that are fun, interactive, and educational.

We are hearing very positive feedback from families and students who are taking the classes and enjoying these opportunities to connect and stay active while we all continue to Stay Home, Stay Healthy.

Building on this initial success, our Education Team has launched the next roster of classes available thru June: Remote Learning

Studio East is committed to providing Access to All particularly during these financially challenging times.  If you would like to request assistance, please contact our registrar:

Summer and Fall Programming

We are looking toward summer and fall and considering what kinds of classes we’ll be able to offer and whether we’ll be able to move forward with rehearsals and performances.  First and always, the safety of our students, patrons and staff is our priority.  We anticipate that we will be allowed to gather in very small groups at some point this summer.  Keeping with the current schedule, we will likely have a combination of on-line sessions and in-person camps that will follow all public health guidelines and you can expect that we will have additional safety measures in place to protect all participants.

More information will be available soon as we learn more about the guidelines that will be issued by the state and locally.  We also want to hear from you about what your expectations and needs will be when we are able to come together again.  Watch your e-mail and social media for the surveys we’ll be sending out in May.

Community Support

Due to the on-going impact of the pandemic, Studio East is facing its biggest fundraising goal in it’s 27-year existence.  We know that our earned income will continue to decline at least until 2021 and therefore your support and contributions are more important than ever.  We are so appreciative of the myriad of ways everyone has been answering this call to action.  170 Tickets to Our Future adorn our lobby walls and many people are making donations when they register for classes.  Thank you!

Yesterday we launched our GiveBig campaign which will culminate on May 6th and thanks to a generous donor the first $10,000 in gifts will be matched 100%!  At the close of the Ticket to Our Future and GiveBig campaigns we will be recognizing all of the donors who have supported us this year and who have helped to ensure The Show Will Go On.

Today we’d like to honor a special group of donors who have made early, significant gifts to ensure that we will be able to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you!

Adam and Maura Barr
Amy and Bob Maher
Annette Bovey
Courtney and Fred Romano
Dennis & Deborah DeYoung
Dianna Caley
Eric and Julie Trott
Infinity Marketing Group
Jeremy Pollard
Jim and Becky Henchman
John and Beth Schleck
Karen and Tom Getzinger
Kerry O`Keefe
Kirkland Small Business Relief Fund
Kristy Hewitt
Kyle and Cindy Kruse
Lara and Sean Nolan
Liberty Mutual Relief Grant
Lily and Lucien LaMotte
Lisa and Wayne Cranston
Lois Gelman
Lynn and David Chesnut
Mark and Amy Eisenmann
Michael and Cari Schutzler
Michael and Lindsay Raymond
Natalie Barney
Nathan Sult and Beth Tarter
OMG! Ontra Marketing Group
Roberta Byker and Kim Miner
Robin and Will Ludlam
Silvija and Greg Coulter
Sue and Chris Caile
Susan Bardsley and Stephen Price

*Please contact for any additions or corrections.

Good News Friday | April 10, 2020 | 3:00pm

Annie Auditions

Today’s edition begins with a look at the connection and training that is happening virtually with Studio East.  We were excited to receive 72 video submissions for our Annie auditions!  Show Director, Sam Pettit and Music Director, Rebecca Herivel, are viewing the videos and will be providing feedback to each person who auditioned.  Although this is very time-consuming, we remain committed to supporting each child and helping them to grow and develop through this process. We will begin making casting calls the week of April 20th.

Earlier in March we made the decision to postpone the opening of Annie to June 5 due to the mandatory Stay at Home order that will impact rehearsals and possibly performance dates.  We will announce any additional changes to the show dates as soon as we receive more information from Governor Inslee and King County Public Health.

Happy Hour with Studio East’s Fierce Angels

Lani, Sue, and Marty will be hosting a Studio East Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30pm.  Adults (21 and over) are invited to join our fabulous hosts to sip, share, and be merry!  Use this video link to connect with us: Studio East – Happy Hour 

Thank You to all of our Patrons, Friends, and Families!

We are receiving support daily, in all the ways that support is needed right now: ideas, encouragement, donations, advice, and appreciation for our work– it all makes a huge difference as we continue to navigate a future that is being re-defined.  We are here for you as well, and together we will not only survive, but THRIVE!

Today we celebrate the 53 individuals and families who have helped decorate the Studio East lobby walls with a Ticket to Our Future. Thank you!

Rob & Zane Bardsley
The Simons Family
The Kaniganti & Mulupuru Family
The Webb Family
Molly Reed
The Jernigan Family
Jeremy Pollard
The Solem-David Family
Melissa and Andrew Glynn
The McMurdie Family
The Maher Family
The Olfert Family
Branda Andrade
DeYoung Family
The Riter Family
Gloria Brockman
Lani Brockman & Marty Eagleson
The Sipila Family
The Leste Family
The Triplett Family
The Gilliam Family
The Ingalls Family
Mindy & David Landsman
Adrian Colville’s Family
The Sprunger Family
Natalie Barney
The Paull Family
The Kaulfus Family
The Tilson Family
Dr. Alice Ormsby
Silvija & Greg Coulter
Kim Maguire
The McDaniel Family
Darlene and Steve Pollard
Todd & Erin Carter
The Baldwin-McCurdy Family
Emma & Theodore Squires
Lauren Peltier
The Sutton Family
The Pozen Family
The Bovey Family
Pam Hynes
The Chaplin Family
The Hardwick Family
The Hughes Family
Susan Bardsley
The Breiding Family
The Henchman Family
The Dion Family
Lizzy Snyder & Sophie Snyder
The Clark Family
The Bobrov Family

*Please contact for any additions or corrections.

Friday, April 3, 2020 | 12:30pm

Dear Studio East Family,

During these weeks of isolation I find myself focusing more on the things that ultimately mean the most: friends, family, and joy.  Through all of the grief and uncertainty, I find that these things ground me and help me to continue facing the challenges that each day brings with a glimpse of optimism.

I am fortunate to be surrounded by like-minded souls at Studio East.  The unity of our staff, board, and artists has been reinforced by the responsiveness of our community.  We are so appreciative of the outpouring of support we have received from you and I wanted to take a moment and share some of the good news that you have helped to create.


Our education department, led by Corey Dunne, has been working endless hours along with our teaching artists to pivot to an online format and create a spring class schedule with really great offerings.  We’ve received 95 registrations in our first week! 


Help is on the way with the new CARES act stimulus package!  We are grateful to all of the representatives and senators who worked diligently to include small businesses and nonprofits in this bill.  We are submitting our loan application to the SBA along with millions of others and hoping for the best.  We know that even with approval for the maximum amount of benefits, the relief package alone will not be enough to pull us through to the other side of the pandemic, but it will definitely play a large role in our recovery.


Because the need is so great, you will see us continue to offer opportunities to help support us financially.  This week we opened a new campaign called, Ticket to Our Future.  Already, 68 tickets have been claimed!  This campaign will continue for a few more weeks and when we can once again gather at the studio; the lobby walls adorned with donor tickets will be a beautiful demonstration of love and support.

This makes me so proud, knowing that our entire community has come together even in dealing with probably the biggest challenges of our generation. Thank you!

These collective efforts allow us to continue serving our mission throughout the pandemic.  Please know that Studio East is committed to keep doing what we do best through our love of theater; connecting people and helping them find the joy that is needed always, and especially now.

Be safe and well,

Angela Gist, Managing Director

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 4:30pm

How Bad Is It?

This has been the most frequent question asked of us lately.  Not knowing when the COVID-19 crisis is going to be under control and when the restrictions will be lifted—this “not knowing” has made it incredibly difficult to answer this simple question with any degree of certainty.  We know these are uncertain times for each of you as well, and Studio East is committed to full transparency as we work through this crisis together.

The developments of the past two weeks are unprecedented.  The remaining season of StoryBook Theater has been cancelled.  We have ceased rehearsals for Sweeney Todd and The Bully Plays and postponed those productions.  Our production of Annie has been postponed as well.  We have discontinued classes, ArtReach productions, and Outreach programming in the schools.

What is certain at this moment is that we will have a $350,000 revenue loss.  As we continue to understand the true impact of the virus; we are anticipating that the total budget shortfall will be $750,000.

Resiliency is Job One!

The Studio East staff, teaching artists, production teams, and board have responded like the rock stars they are by attending hours of emergency meetings and engaging in creative problem solving to figure out how to adapt to the current reality.  In the days to come, you will hear more about what we’re putting together to continue serving our community using a host of virtual platforms.

The Path Forward

We are continuing registration for our Summer Camps and Online sales will open soon for the 2020/21 Season of StoryBook Theater.  Purchase with confidence!  “No hassle refunds” will be available if the outbreak causes cancellations into the summer and fall.

Many of you have paid for tickets or tuition for shows that have been cancelled or postponed.  We encourage you to consider converting your payment to a donation. For those of you who wish to pursue options outside of a donation, we will be sending an email on Monday to accommodate those transactions.

Your Support Today Ensures Our Future

While we are making every effort possible to keep our doors open, we recognize that this crisis is impacting not only our Studio East Family, but our Nation and the World.  Very soon we will need to make some incredibly hard decisions.  We want to thank every member of our family, for all the ways you have supported us through the years.  At this time, we are asking you to take a moment and make a donation of any amount—to ensure the Future of Studio East.

We are all in this together, and together, we will not only survive but THRIVE.