BAT meets the Burien Arts Commission

The Burien Arts Commission has a few new members. A good thing. But they do not know BAT. A bad thing.

So, soon BAT will be introducing itself the Burien Arts Commission. BAT was asked to tell the Commission what BAT does. Here is a brief outline of what BAT does. (Can you think of more?)

Brief History

BAT is getting ready for the 40th consecutive season in what is now called the Burien Parks Annex. Originally this space was offered free to BAT, but when Burien became a City, the City saw the Annex as a profit center and began changing BAT rent. That rent has gone up significantly over the years.

About BAT

BAT has a 94 seat house in the Annex

BAT typically does four main stage shows a season (usually over four weekends). EXAMPLE  HERE are some photos from BAT’s recent seasons!!!

According to the 2017 study by Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, these four shows bring $141,000 to Burien, over and above ticket prices. On average each patron spends $22.70 per person in Burien

70% of BAT audience is from outside Burien. The audience comes from as far away as Vancouver, BC, and Vancouver, WA. The audience is mostly from nearby cities, and the Eastside and Covington areas.

BAT has a list of every restaurant in Burien on BAT’s website with addresses, hours, contact information, and Yelp reviews so partons know where to catch a meal before or after the show. INFO

The first Sunday of every production is $7-Sunday where all tickets are $7. This allows those who cannot otherwise afford to see theater a chance to see BAT productions.

BAT offers 80 seats for free to high school students at the final-full-dress before every show opens.

BAT produces a Summer show (the fifth show of the season) in the parks of local communities. This year in SeaTac, Des Moines, and Normandy Park.

In the Summer BAT typically works with another theater or dance group for short performance in BAT’s theater space. This Summer BAT is co-producing Falling Awake with UMO. TICKETS

Every September BAT holds Gala party and season opener with food from local restaurants, drink, previews from the upcoming season, and a musical guest. It is party not to be missed.

BAT has a free lending library located in Phoenix Tea. BALL (Burien Actors Lending Library) has more than 1,200 books and scripts in it now, and it continues to grow. INFO

BAT has a Script Club where community members read a script and then meet to discuss it. Think book club for scripts. INFO

BAT has a playwriting group, Seattle Playwrights Studio. INFO

BAT is in the second year of offering three scholarships to high school students in the Highline School District. This year each scholarship is $1,000. – INFO

BAT partnered with Frankies B-Town Bistro to provide a dinner and show package. Good food/great theater. INFO

BAT partnered with Pickled & Preserved and Three Trees Books to sell BAT tickets. INFO

BAT gives away BATcoins. These can be redeemed at local businesses. It is BAT’s way of introducing Burien business to its patrons. INFO

BAT decorates the green room for the drag queens as part of Burien Pride.

BAT brings the centerpieces to the Burien Empty Bowls fundraising event.

BAT has a booth at Burien Pride. And BAT has been a sponsor of Burien Pride from the beginning.

BAT has a booth at the Burien Strawberry Days festival.

BAT donates tickets to other nonprofits for their fundraising events.

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