About The 5th

Our Mission

To nurture, advance and preserve all aspects of America’s great original art form: the musical.


The 5th Avenue Theatre Today

The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of America's leading musical theater companies. We enrich the community we love with the art form we love—giving the Pacific Northwest a front-row seat to original powerhouse productions that go on to light up marquees and audiences all the way to Broadway. From the page to the stage, we bring passion and epic scale to every musical we create. With big talent. Bigger-than-life productions. And did we mention dazzle? As a nonprofit theatre company and our region's largest performing arts employer, we spread the joy of great musicals with people of all ages across our region and state.

Each year, we reach more than 75,000 young people through our nationally acclaimed education programs. Programs designed to develop new musicals ensure that the next generation of great musicals will be there to tell the stories that captivate tomorrow's audiences. On the national stage, we are a leading voice for the power of this American art form to lift the human spirit

Meet The 5th Avenue Theatre's Executive team.


Saving the Building & Founding the Company

When The 5th Avenue Theatre was forced to close its doors in 1978, 43 local companies and community leaders joined forces to save the glorious, historical building. In 1979, this visionary group formed the non-profit 5th Avenue Theatre Association, and raised $2.6 million for renovations.

Following a spectacular $2.6-million renovation, the theatre re-opened in 1980, more beautiful than ever and emerged as Seattle’s premier home for touring Broadway shows

In 1989, with the generous assistance of company sponsors, The 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company was established. The new non-profit company expanded its mission to include not only presenting touring shows but producing top quality musical theater productions of its own.

The 5th Avenue Founders

We offer our gratitude and heartfelt thanks for the commitment and vision of our founders who were responsible for the 1979 renovation and who made saving The 5th Avenue Theatre a reality:

  • Airborne Freight Corporation
  • ALPAC - Pepsi-Cola /Seven-Up
  • Morris and Joan Alhadeff
  • Longacres Race Track
  • American Building Maintenance Industries
  • The Boeing Company
  • Burlington Northern, Inc.
  • Crescent Foods
  • James R. Ellis
  • First Interstate Bank of Washington
  • John Fluke Manufacturing Company, Inc.
  • Frederick and Nelson
  • Item House
  • Dr. Solomon Katz
  • King Broadcasting Company
  • KIRO Radio and TV
  • KOMO Radio and Television
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Old National Bank of Washington
  • Overall Laundry Services, Inc.
  • PACCAR Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest Bank of Washington
  • Pacific Northwest Bell
  • Pay ’N Save Drugstores
  • Peoples National Bank of Washington
  • Physio-Control Corporation
  • Rainier National Bank of Washington
  • SAFECO Corporation
  • Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
  • Schoenfeld Industries, Inc.
  • Shuck’s Auto Supply, Inc.
  • Seattle-First National Bank
  • The Seattle Times
  • Simpson Timber Company
  • Skinner Corporation
  • UNICO Properties, Inc.
  • Unigard Insurance Group
  • United Airlines
  • Western International Hotels
  • Univar Corporation
  • Urban Investment & Development Co. /Four Seasons Hotels
  • Washington Energy Company
  • Washington Mutual Savings Bank Foundation
  • Weisfield’s, Inc.
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation

Musical Theatre Company Sponsors

We also offer our sincere appreciation to the following company sponsors who were responsible for the 1989 establishment of the Musical Theatre Company:

  • American Building Maintenance Company
  • The Boeing Company
  • First Interstate Bank of Washington N.A.
  • Fisher Communications
  • John Fluke Mfg. Co., Inc.
  • Joshua Green Foundation
  • KIRO, Inc.
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Puget Sound Bancorp
  • Faye and Herman Sarkowsky
  • Seafirst Bank
  • The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • Security Pacific Bank Washington
  • Skinner Corporation
  • Samuel and Althea Stroum
  • UNICO Properties
  • Univar/VWR Foundation
  • US West
  • Washington Energy Company
  • Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation

Historic Theatre District

The Seattle Downtown Historic Theatre District is one of the premier collections of operating, historic theatres’ in the United States with over 1,000 live performances every year.  The 5th Avenue Theatre is one of five theatres that was constructed between 1907 and 1928. Through the years, all have served as important cultural landmarks and venues for artistic expression. They have hosted entertainers and dignitaries from around the world and today serve as one the most premiere collections of fully operating, historic theaters in the United States.  To learn more, please click HERE


The 5th Avenue Theatre Association Board of Directors

Stephen P. Reynolds, Chairman

              Community Leader

Bonnie Towne, President

            Community Leader

Margaret C. Inouye, Secretary

             K & L Gates

Sterling Wilson, Treasurer


Wanda J. Herndon, Immediate Past Chairman

             W Communications

Kenny Alhadeff

              Elttaes Enterprises

Ann Ardizzone

               Alaska Airlines

Clodagh Ash

             Community Leader

Les Biller

             Biller Family Foundation

Sharon Gantz Bloome

             Community Leader

Robert R. Braun, Jr.

             Braun Consulting Group

Debbie Brown

             Four Seasons

Margaret Clapp

             Community Leader

Barbara L. Crowe

             Community Leader 

Larry Estrada

             Goldman Sachs

Cyrus Habib

               State of Washington

Randy Hodgins

              University of Washington

Patrick F. Kennedy

              Hawthorn Retirement

SaSa Kirkpatrick

              Community Leader

Elizabeth Lund


Richard Meadows


John Oppenheimer

              Columbia Hospitality

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins

             College Success Foundation

Anthony Repanich

             FI Partners

Norman B. Rice

             Community Leader

Heather Sullivan McKay

             Community Leader

Emory Thomas, Jr.

             Puget Sound Business Journal

Eric Trott

              Premera Blue Cross

Marka Waechter

              Seattle Hospitality Group

Tom Walsh

             Community Leader

Eileen Glasser Wesley

             Community Leader

Kenneth Willman

             Russell Investments


Current Season

2017/18 Season – Mainstage

Something Rotten! – Sept 12-Oct 1, 2017

Ragtime – Oct 13-Nov 5, 2017

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn – Nov 24-Dec 31, 2017

Mamma Mia! – Feb 2-25, 2018

Ride the Cyclone – Mar 10-May 20, 2018 * A Co-Production performed at ACT Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate – April 6-29, 2018 *Produced as part of the Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare citywide festival

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – June 1-24, 2018 


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