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LOOKING BACK OVER THE PANDEMIC

 

It has been an "interesting" eighteen months here at BAT. There is an understatement.

During the pandemic, the Burien City Council voted to spend $620,000.00 to tear down BAT's home in a four to three vote, even though they had no plans about what to do with the property once BAT's home was gone. The Council members opposed to destroying BAT's home were Pedro Olguin, Nancy Tosta, and Kevin Schilling.

Even as BAT fought on to keep its home, the pandemic hit BAT's on-stage shows. During BAT's The Rocky Horror Show production, the Governor limited seating in live theaters to 50%. Out of our safety concerns for the cast, crew, and audience, we decided to close Rocky early. We closed mid-run after the Sunday matinee. That Monday, the Governor closed down all live theaters. So Rocky was BAT's last show in its old home.

Seeing that we could not be on stage and expecting the pandemic to go on for a while, in May of 2020, BAT turned to the internet. We had heard about a thing called Zoom. We were told it was better than most anything else out there for online meetings. So we decided to perform shows on Zoom.

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Happy Birthday!

 

BAT just turned 41 years old. As we look ahead to our mid-life crisis, it was time to go back to the basics.

BAT’s amazing Board of Trustees joined together to revamp our Mission, Vision, and Value statements. That may sound easy, but it is a lot of work. After input from the public in January, help from a consultant, and 14 drafts, BAT’s new guiding principles were recently adopted.

These tell the world who BAT is, where we hope to go, and what guides us on that journey. Wherever BAT finds a new home, we will bring this energy with us to make that home an extraordinary place for all.BAT logo new

We are very pleased to share our Mission, Vision, and Values with you!

 

MISSION STATEMENT

We welcome and embrace our shared humanity through live theater. We question norms and thrive because of our diversity and energetic commitment to excellence.

 

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Burien Actors Theatre’s Mission

BAT brings together a diverse group of people to share a common experience to build community and sustainable economic growth.

BAT is committed to treating audiences to productions of the highest artistic integrity that excite, engage, and involve both the local and the expanding theatrical communities in the Puget Sound region. See outstanding performances rivaling any live theatre in the Seattle area.  Musicals, drama, and comedy presentations by excellent local performers, directors, and playwrights.

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Seeking Latinx and white actors for moving and funny drama A Good Farmer at Burien Actors Theatre

Burien Actors Theatre (BAT) is seeking Latinx and white actors to play characters aged 30s through 50s in  a drama laced with humor written by Sharyn Rothstein.  GoodFarmer 1stArt 

Synopsis:  A Good Farmer is the story of two women – Bonnie, a farm owner, and Carla, her unlikely best friend, an undocumented Mexican immigrant – fighting to survive in a small New York town divided by America’s immigration battle. Rothstein brings us the very human story behind some of today’s contentious political issues in a play about love, friendship and finding the power to face what separates us. (Act 2 takes place seven years before Acts 1 and 3.)

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