Near West Theatre has a unique identity as a grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving the needs of individuals and our community.
“There is a spiritual dimension to this work. Emotion, creativity, imagination unleashed – the mystery of it all. When we believe in each other and when we raise the stakes, great things happen. All the time.” —Stephanie Morrison Hrbek, founder, NWT
Near West Theatre builds loving relationships and engages diverse people in strengthening their sense of identity, passion, and purpose, individually and in community, through accessible, affordable and transformational theatre arts experiences.
Building personal, professional, and artistic relationships in which mutuality, trust, authenticity, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, growth, and gratitude inspire and motivate committed investment
Fostering an open and affirming environment where every voice has value; acknowledging disabilities and honoring differences in race, culture, economic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, age, skill, mental health, physical ability, experience, education, and size
Creating a culture of equity to identify and remove barriers that may limit participation
Ensuring opportunity for participation for all members of our community no matter their socio-economic status
Striving and learning, diligently; setting goals to consistently exceed expectations in an environment that is respectful and accountable
Producing something new through imaginative skill and an appreciation for the apparent chaos, contradiction, void, and imbalance out of which new things are born
Maintaining best practices as a producing theatre to ensure high quality theatre arts experiences throughout all services
Being vigorous to create a world and community where all voices are valued and welcomed
Facilitating personal and professional growth with unfailing reliability; providing an enduring home away from home, always welcoming at any stage of life and career
NWT will provide inclusive, transformational, mission-rich theatre arts experiences through deep, broad engagement and promotion in the community.
NWT will cultivate a stronger organization by investing in its facility, technology, staffing, and leadership infrastructure
Donations of all sizes create artistic opportunities for hundreds of youth and adults each year.
Become a Volunteer
Near West Theatre was founded on volunteer support, and it sustains us to this day. Discover the ways to get involved.
Every show, every program, every event is made possible by donors like you. Monthly gifts make a sustaining impact!
Our journey started with a big vision and a small seed. Over 43 years later, that vision has transformed thousands of lives and a near west side community.
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