Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

— Albert Einstein

theater simple
We build from the imagination up.
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed theater simple began with the aim of stripping the theatrical experience down to its elemental parts:
          ~ the imagination of the actor and audience,
          ~ the playwright's words,
          ~ and the ensemble's vision.

Our goal is to impact everyday creativity by interacting within various communities (teaching, collaborating, and conversing) and by linking ideas and art. 
We aim to create works that inspire and challenge artists and audiences.
"ever-ingenious... intriguingly ambitious, physical, and brainy"     Edmonton Journal


Robin in Wonderland - theater simple-devised Make-A-Wish Adventure 2011

Founded in Seattle, USA in 1990, theater simple has built an international reputation for producing provocative, innovative, entertaining and frequently “impossible” theatrical experiences. In over 27 years of touring and producing, theater simpletons have produced over 1100 performances of over 48 plays in four countries on three continents.
In a theater, through a park, or across the internet, we work out of the box and around the world.
Thinking globally, and acting locally –
we make theater. Simple.

~ THE FEVER is currently booking dates and salons in Canada, Montana and Seattle!! MORE info e: Llysa (at) theatersimple dot org!
~ A ZOMBIE ODYSSEY  will be part of XFest in Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in September, and the Twin Cities Horror Festival in Minneapolis in October!  (more details soon! Still bookig linking dates!) (Meanwhile, simpleton and zombie wrangler Ricky Coates is  touring Tesla Ex Machina  on the North American fringe circuit this summer!)


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various living room, halls and gathering places

a series of intimate salon performances in various non-traditional settings, looking at this play and it's various messages with an eye to holding further conversations about how we even BEGIN to talk about the personal and political in this fraught political season

Annual OYSTER BBQ FUNdraiser!

Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, 4103 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

It's NEARLY HERE! After a one-year skip (due to hot-weather - icky oysters!!!) The ANNUAL theater simple OYSTER BBQ and FUNdrai$er is baaack! To the ever-popular location of Jefferson Park's Lawn Bowling Club, on Beacon Hill in Seattle.

THEME: Retro future tourists! Pink flamingos and variations on Hawaiian shirts - we dare you!

We supply the oysters, and the grills and the million-dollar sunset view over Seattle west to the Olympics... You, our friends and cheerleaders, come with your fave party offering, and some $ for the piggybank to help our yearly funding! (Suggested donation - $25/pp-$2000!! C'mon!)

There will be special guests! There will be lawn bowling instruction for all ages! There will be smack talk between those who bocce and those who bowl! And we'll all eat ourselves silly, talk about inspiring art, and be inspired by the artful view of the city that we call 'home'.

See you soon!

photo: Cheryl Marland


Western Arts Alliance Conference

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Los Angeles, CA

Llysa will be in LA with the scoop on theater simple's touring options and availability.


MASTER CLASSES in original work creation - SIUE XFEST

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Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

theater simpletons (and instigators) Llysa Holland, Andrew Litzky and Ricky Coates teach 4 days of classes with varied techniques and tactics on creating original work, from the first exercises to the nuts and bolts of touring and producing YOUR own work. MAKE YOUR SHOW, THEN TAKE IT ON THE ROAD.


Arts MidWest Booking Conference

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Milwaukee, WI

theater simple artistic instigator Llysa Holland will be in Milwaukee (first time ever!) at the Arts MidWest conference!! Come by to say hi, book a show and give her hot tips on yummy things to eat and drink!

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We wouldn't be what we are without the community and support provided by Shunpike, 4Culture, and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.  You can support us with donations via Shunpike:

ON THE WEB:  Park Bench Podcasts!  theater simple's PARK BENCH -
  • We went to England, and talked with longtime friends and artists well in the groove about creation, community and WHY do we do this?  Here's what we learned... in Devon and London
  • ALSO -We have posted the fascinating set of interviews we did around memories folks have of the historic theaters in Tacoma, WA. Give it a listen and let us know your thoughts. Have you a place like this where you live? Is there a creative place for your community and what form does it take?
We wouldn't be what we are without the community and support provided by 4Culture, Shunpike and the Network of Ensemble Theaters.

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