A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) is dedicated to producing relevant works on contemporary themes. ACT nurtures new and seasoned artists, collaborates with promising playwrights and local performing artists working in a variety of media, and connects audiences to many stages of the creative process. Founded in 1965, ACT was Seattle's first theatre dedicated to producing contemporary plays - and in this commitment, ACT made a unique and essential contribution to Seattle's theatre scene. ACT is dedicated to the creation of New Works and the development of new art. ACT supports these endeavors, critical to our mission, through commissions for new plays, the production of 49 World Premieres in our history, and supporting young art organizations through professional mentorship in our ACTLab. Additionally, our Young Playwrights Program (YPP) provides arts education for young people and encourages the work of young artists.