BAT is looking for additional Trustee

Burien Actors Theatre is looking for additional Trustees.Bat-logo-final-color

BAT is just about to start its 37th season of better live theater. This is a great time to join this local institution. BAT volunteer driven, with a rich history of presenting better live theater to Burien and the greater Puget Sound area. (A substantial portion of BAT’s audience comes from outside of Burien, bringing their tourist dollars into Burien. Over 80 percent of BAT’s audience eats or drinks at a restaurant before or after a performance.)

BAT has been a nonprofit corporation (with both State of Washington Nonprofit status and IRS 501(c)(3) status) for the last 37 years. As a nonprofit, BAT is managed by its Board of Trustees.

After years of valued service one of BAT’s Trustees is stepping down. BAT is looking for a replacement, and to grow its Board of Trustees.

The time commitment of a Trustee is a monthly meeting that lasts a few hours, and participating in sub committees, with approximately the same kind of time commitment.

The key activities of a Trustee are oversight and longterm strategic planning. One of the board’s foremost responsibilities is to secure adequate resources for the organization to fulfill its mission. Here is a list of the top 10 responsibilities of a nonprofit Trustee: (Here is a much more detailed list of duties from a national organization:

The day-to-day operations of the theater are handled by the managing director and artistic director with help from wonderful volunteers.

BAT produces four main stage productions a season, a number of smaller productions and couple of fundraising concerts a year. Plus, it is part of BAT’s mission to promote Burien, and BAT partners with local businesses to increase their exposure.

If you think being a Trustee for BAT is something you would like to do, please reply to BAT will get back to you to answer any questions and see if being a Trustee is a good fit.

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Auditions for Sex With Strangers

Auditions for thoughtful comedy “Sex with Strangers”

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the comedy Sex with Strangers, written by Laura Eason, to be performed from Feb. 10 through March 5, 2017.bat-logo-banner-trans-940x198-300x63

A tour de force for two actors of any race or ethnicity, the play contains one female character, age range 37 to 42, and one male character, age range 26 to 31. Actors do not have to be the ages indicated, but must be able to convincingly portray them.

SYNOPSIS: A provocative look at the complexities of relationship, sex and identity’s and ambition’s dark side–in our digital era. Olivia is a talented old-school writer whose career never took off. Ethan is wildly successful, a young author whose online blogs of his “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. When the two strangers are trapped in a snowed-in retreat, undeniable chemistry ignites.

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The third show of the season

BAT’s 37th season is well underway, at least it is in rehearsals. A few thoughts:

The forth show of the season will be the Bill and Peggy Hunt Playwrights Festival -tickets- BAT’s every-odd-year Statewide playwrighting contest. BAT will produce the two best one-acts and the two best full-length plays submitted to BAT.

The first two plays, The Toxic Avenger -tickets- and The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) -tickets- are plays BAT has been trying to get the rights to for a few years. When the shows became available, it was a no brainier to put them in the season.

But what about the third show of the year, Sex with Strangers? -tickets- Admittedly, it was the last show selected this season. BAT read a number of shows for theScreenshot 8:15:16, 9:27 PM slot. None were right. Then we read Sex with Strangers. It was an instant hit, and it completed the season in the very best way.

Sex with Strangers has two actors and two locations. It is a provocative look at the complexities of relationship, sex and identity. All the twists of the digital age meet love.

Olivia is a talented old-school writer whose career never took off. Ethan is wildly successful, a young author whose blogging of his “sexcapades” are the buzz of the blogosphere. When they find themselves snowed into a cabin together, undeniable chemistry ignites. It is a darkly funny love story for our age. It is just right for BAT’s third show of the season.

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BALL breaks 100

BAT’s BALL breaks 100. BALL (Burien Actors Lending Library), located at BumpeeshootBumbershootStoreFront Books on 152nd in Burien now has over 100 books/scripts waiting to lend.

You can see what is in the library HERE.

BALL is part of BAT’s audience outreach. It’s all about you getting the most out of better live theater. You can checkout any book in BALL. All BAT asks is that you return it when done with it.

BAT will be adding more books and scripts as we have time sharing better live theater wiBAT is always reading scripts, those that are not e-scripts or manuscripts, that due to copyright issues, we cannot share, will make it into BALL!

100 is just the beginning, and you can always check online to see what is in the library!

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29 more or less

Maggie, BAT’s ever-busy managing director, has a birthday before the end of August. What 76692a great reason to fund raise!

Maggie will be, well, “29 more or less” years old. So, BAT asks you to donate $29 more or less in honor of this auspicious day.

To give you even more reason to give, as if you needed any more reasons, every dollar you give will be matched! Doubling you gift!!

Make BAT happy! Make Maggie happy! Donate $29 more or less today! Donate online HERE. Or mail your birthday gift to Maggie at:

PO Box 48121
Burien, WA 98148

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A business model?

I have been involved with non-profits both at my day job and with BAT for many years. Bat-logo-final-colorOne thing about them, and this is more true in the world of theater arts non-profits, non-profits have a very strange business model.

BAT’s fiscal year closed not that long ago. Looking back over the year, I can say BAT is making progress. A closer look, however, shows what a strange business model theater non-profits function under.

Ticket sales, bar and concession profits made up about 70% of BAT’s income. Donations and grants made up about 30% of BAT’s income. That means BAT is below the national average, because BAT earned too much money from what is called earned income (ticket sales, bar and concession profits).

In 2000, the last date for which I found statistics, nationwide, theaters had about 49% earned income, 40% of income came from donors and 11% came from government support.

dollar-signNearly 24,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations filed tax returns circa 2000. These organizations reported revenues in excess of $23 billion, of which roughly $11.5 billion (49 percent) derived from earned income, close to $9.4 billion (nearly 40 percent) came from private donors, and over $2.6 billion (11 percent) came from government support.

LINK to report

With BAT’s 94 seats, the difference between 30% of BAT’s income coming from donations and grants and the national average of 51% coming from donations and grants is the difference between having one or more paid staff. BAT currently does not have any paid staff.

Many have trouble understanding a theater’s business model. Even a few of BAT’s past Trustees struggled with it.

In a nut shell, here is the business model: Open a business where your products produce just under half of what it takes to sustain the business, and then ask others give you money to meet your budget. The money they give you is not a loan. It is a gift. And, you fully expect to stay in business longterm with that model. (So far, BAT has survived 37 years on this model.)

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SPS Showcase – 2016


The Seattle Playwrights Studio is please to present its 2016 Showcase! New works from their ingenious minds!

Tickets are just $10 – get tickets ONLINE HERE or email at

Show dates and times:

Friday – August 19 at 7:30 pm

Saturday – August 20 at 7:30 pm

Sunday – August 21 at 2:00 pm



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Audition for The Ulitimate Christmas Show (abridged)

Auditions for comedy “The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)”

Burien Actors Theatre announces auditions for the comedy The Ultimate Christmas Show cropped-Bat-logo-final-color.png(abridged), written by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, to be performed from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18.

The play calls for a strong ensemble of just three actors: two roles can be either female or male, and one role is male. Actors age 18 and older of all races, ethnicities and body types are invited to audition. Actors must be able to sing.

SYNOPSIS: It’s the Annual Holiday extravaganza at St. Everybody’s Non-Denominational Universalist Church. But bad weather has barred the scheduled acts from arriving. So three church members have to perform the entire pageant themselves. This irreverent trip through the holidays promises a good time gift-wrapped in song, parody, an elf ballet, and delightfully twisted holiday cheer. If you liked The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), you’ll love this show!

Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Nov. 25 through Dec. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin in mid-October.

The director is Marc “Mok” Moser.

$100 stipend provided.

Auditions are Saturday, July 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Saturday, Aug. 6 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Please prepare two contrasting contemporary comedic monologues totaling no more than 3 minutes. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please make audition appointment:, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. Look HERE for directions.

Character Descriptions/Requirements

Seeking actors ages 18 and older of all races, ethnicities and body types to audition for all three roles. Actors must be able to sing.

Reed: Male. All races and ethnicities. Type A personality. Trying to stay focused on the real meaning of Christmas.

Austin or Ashley: Male or female. All races and ethnicities. Open and light-hearted. Loves Christmas.

Matt or Marta: Male or female. All races and ethncities. Youngest of the three. Plays guitar, ukelele and/or keyboards. Christmas equals presents.


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The Dark Meat by Turbo Turkey – Press release

Laugh, tremble with horror-comedy Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat

Tickets a mere $10 get them ONLINE HERE!

Get set for spine-tingling laughs with Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat, four horror-comedy turkey-web-artshorts from the demented minds of Turbo Turkey. The show perform at Burien Actors Theatre July 29 through Aug. 6.


Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat features four one-act plays written by members of the Turbo Turkey improv and sketch comedy troupe, and premiering at Burien Actors Theatre.

A young man brings his girlfriend home to meet his parents in the unusual guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner scenario Guess Who We’re Having for Dinner, written by Diana Martin. In Dinner at ‘Ate,’ written by Anna Richardson, a zombie in denial of her identity struggles to have a normal dinner party in the midst of the apocalypse.

When a stuffed toy otter comes to life and becomes a young girl’s best friend in Jenny, written by Adam Hegg, murder and mayhem ensue and little is what it seems. Revenge gets serious during a reunion of family and friends in RSVP to R.I.P, written by Josh Rodriguez.

Presented by Turbo Turkey in association with Burien Actors Theatre, Turbo Turkey: The Dark Meat is suitable for ages 13 and up due to occasional strong language and some acts of violence.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m. All performances are at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave. S.W. in Burien.

Tickets are just $10. For tickets or other information, go online to or call 206-242-5180.


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Pre-season musings – #BATBurien

Two things happened in one day that got me thinking. First, I saw an article on small theater and how it is small theaters that keep American theater alive.568150

The thrust of the article was that for American theater to be vibrant, small theater must do more than the tried-and-true. It must take risks. To take risks, small theaters must be supported through donations and grants. (That is surely the case with BAT.)

Then, I saw an ask (request for donations) by what I thought was a fairly small theater group asking for $250,000 by end of June. At first, I thought that was a lot, but was it really?

These two different things got me thinking. BAT’s annual budget is a smudge under $100,000. To grow as a theater, that budget must grow too. Right now, we just get by, and have no paid help or staff. (Of course we could cut back on the production quality and do only successful Broadway shows or tried-and-true mega hits, and get by on less that way, but is that what you really want?)

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