Christopher Rocco, Mark Alford and Alayna Chamberland in The Credeaux Canvas at TAO

Theater Artists Olympia

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO, pronounced “dao”) has been committed to making accessible, underrepresented, and “untamed” theater for the Olympia and greater Thurston County community since 2003. TAO is operated and maintained solely by a volunteer Board of Directors and staff dedicated to the company’s mission and vision to produce great theater. TAO’s avant-garde productions include lauded interpretations of everything from Shakespeare to adaptations of Quentin Tarantino films to cutting-edge original scripts.

In 2014, TAO inherited stewardship of The Midnight Sun Performance Space, an established institution in downtown Olympia and one of the only dedicated all-ages venues in the area. The Midnight Sun was created in 1993 by a group of artists interested in creating a performance space in downtown Olympia. They transformed the former IT (Olympia Inner-City) bus office into a small black-box theater, which was subsequently managed by a series of theater groups. The Sun now plays host to rock concerts, The Lord Franzannian Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show, TAO’s Improbable Peck of Plays series or original one-acts, and numerous performance groups from all over the region.

2016-2017 Season

Improbable Peck of Plays Five, Oct. 14-22
The Physician in Spite of Himself, Dec. 2-17

What: Theater Artists Olympia

Where: State Theater, 113 Columbia St. NW, Olympia

How much: $10-$15

Get tickets: 360-292-5179 / Artful

Articles about Theater Artists Olympia

The Midnight Sun Performance Space

A Farewell to the Sun

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS After 24 years filled with performances of all kinds —...

Dennis Rolly, photo by Scot Whitney

Dennis Rolly: Larger Than Life

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS When not appearing on area stages, Dennis Rolly can be found...

Dana Winter, Heather Christopher, Meghan Goodman, Samantha Chandler and Katelyn Hoffman in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

REVIEW: 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at TAO

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Theater Artists Olympia’s 5 Lesbians Eating...

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (not pictured)

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at the Midnight Sun

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS The next production from Theater Artists Olympia is...

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress at Harlequin Productions

Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe: Born for the Stage

by Kelli Samson for OLY ARTS With her jazzy voice, inflamed red hair and that mischievous...

Pug Bujeaud

Pug Bujeaud: Superwoman

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS For many people, theater is a way of life. For...

Heather and Michael Christopher

Heather and Michael Christopher: Together in Theater

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Heather and Michael Christopher are a power couple in the...

1984

REVIEW: 1984 at TAO

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS The setting is bleak, harsh, cold. Everything...

The Multitalented Kate Ayers

by Christina Butcher for OLY ARTS The Olympia theater scene is no stranger to the idea of...

Mark Alford, Xander Layden and Morgan Picton in TAO's 1984

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Is Today

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Just two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Pug...

Jesse Morrow as Nell Gwyn in Playhouse Creatures

REVIEW: Playhouse Creatures

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Playhouse Creatures by April de Angelis is a...

The Mousetrap, cast photo by Geana Henkes

The Mousetrap at Standing Room Only

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS No spoilers! Yelm’s Standing Room Only theater production...

Dana Winter, Lanita Grice, Heather Christopher, Kate Ayers and Jesse Morrow in Playhouse Creatures

TAO Welcomes Playhouse Creatures

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Most theater fans are aware women were banned from the...

Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself

REVIEW: The Physician in Spite of Himself

THEATER REVIEW by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS Once again Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) has...

Jess Allan and Robert McConkey in The Physician in Spite of Himself

TAO Visits The Physician in Spite of Himself

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS In December, when most theaters are doing holiday shows,...

"Lord Franzannian," photo by Heather Schofner

Lord Franzannian’s Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Veteran vaudevillian Lord Franzannian is back in town....

Ryan Holmberg

A Pirate Play by Bryan Willis

by Molly Gilmore for OLY ARTS Bryan Willis’ I Love You, Flavilla–playing for one...

An Improbable Peck of Plays

An Improbable Peck of Plays 5

by Jonah Barrett for OLY ARTS An Improbable Peck of Plays turns five this year, presented...

Debbie Barho Sampson and Ryan Holmberg in TAO's An Improbable Peck of Plays

A Helping Hand to Theater Artists Olympia

As OLY ARTS reported in August, Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) is in dire need of monetary...

Words, Words, Words: Science Fiction

Words, Words, Words Goes Back to the Future

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) will present an evening of science fiction in the Midnight...

Scott Douglas and supporters in TAO's Seven Ways to Get There

Fall Shows From Theater Artists Olympia

by Christian Carvajal for OLY ARTS Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) has announced its fall...

Stephen King

Words, Words, Words (Contemporary Horror) from TAO

Theater Artists Olympia (TAO) presents The Midnight Sun’s semi-monthly aural...

Christopher Rocco, Mark Alford and Alayna Chamberland in The Credeaux Canvas at TAO

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