The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival has served as the unofficial launching pad for the Seattle’s summer outdoor theater season since 2001.

The 2023 Festival has left the park! And was very successful.  Although it was a bit leaner than in past years. The pandemic hit theater companies hard, and there are simply fewer companies offering touring shows this summer. And of course, all companies are ready to accept donations.

Volunteer Park has a new amphitheater! This project has been in the works for several years, and was finished just in time for Last year’s Festival!.

Volunteer Park is located at 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 – directions and more information about Volunteer Park  

Companies and shows that appeared in the 2023 festival

GREENSTAGE  Romeo and Juliet • Henry VI, part 1 

GREENSTAGE BACKYARD BARD   Comedy of Errors • Cymbeline 

WOODEN O   The Tempest

DACHA THEATRE  Sometimes we’re in it, Sometimes you are! — an interactive fairytale workshop 

CSZ SEATTLE  Sound & Fury: An Improvised Shakespearience



LAST LEAF PRODUCTIONS  The Taming of the Shrew


The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival began in 2001 when GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O joined forces to bring a full weekend of live theatre to Volunteer Park in Seattle. Since then the festival has grown to include up to three stages and eighteen performances from several local theater companies. All in two days in one park… AND IT’S FREE!

Stage Locations