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TPS Center Theatre

Rehearsal Space
The Center Theatre CANNOT be booked through the standard booking system. If you would like to book an event in this space, please use the booking form to do so.

Please note: This venue is in high demand due to two resident companies and Seattle Center events. This venue is most often available for short runs, or summer programming.


The Carleton Playhouse is an ideal venue for full-scale productions with extensive technical capabilities and intimate modified thrust seating.


  • 195 seat modified thrust style theatre with tiered seating
  • Stage dimensions 36’W x 56’D
  • Large lobby with ticket counter/concessions area
  • Lighting/sound booth with windows overlooking the house and stage
  • Full velour drape set and traveler tracks available
  • Upright piano available
  • Two Dressing Rooms (capacity 12 each) plus green room, one with ADA bathroom
  • Technical consultations and support by TPS’s Technical director

Workshop Lighting – available to all rental clients

  • Full room HID work lights
  • Controllable workshop lights consisting house lights and LED flood fixtures

Performance Lighting – available to all Performance and Youth Showcase rental clients

  • ETC Ion lighting console with monitors
  • 120 2.4K dimmers
  • 77 ETC Source Four ellipsoidals
  • 89 Altman 1KAF and Strand 6″ fresnels
  • 16 ETC Source Four Pars
  • 16 par64 cans
  • 24 par38 houselights – controllable from main console.
  • Additional available equipment includes cyc lights and strips, mini-zoom ellipsoidals, 3″ fresnels
  • Extension cables, safety cables, color frames, barn doors, pattern holders

Sound Equipment – available to all Performance and Youth Showcase rental clients

  • Digital mixing console
  • 10 QSC PLX 1802 amplifiers
  • 4 10″ CBR Passive Speakers, 8 Bose 802 speakers, 2 Mackie active sub-woofers, 6 Peavey Impulse II speakers
  • Dual CD player
  • stage/booth monitor system
  • assisted listening system
  • ClearCom intercom
  • Microphones, cable, mic stands, music stands, etc. available

Projection Equipment – available to all rental clients upon request

  • Video projector – rental fee applies
  • Several front and rear projection screen options available at no charge.
  • VGA cable and adapters for most hardware supplied.
  • Renter must provide their own source hardware.

Rental Rates

  • Performance rate:
    • 1-3 performances: $350 per performance 
    • 4+ performances: $300 per performance
    • 8+ performances: $250 per performance
  • Youth Showcase performances: $150 per performance
  • Workshop rate $35 per hour(+$20/hr for use of sound & lighting systems, if needed)
  • Load-in, Non-technical rehearsals: $30 per hour
  • Technical rehearsals: $45 per hour.


The Carleton Playhouse serves as the primary performance venue for resident companies Seattle Shakespeare Company and Book-It Repertory Theatre and is subject to limited availability.

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Contact details
  • facilities@tpsonline.org
  • 206-651-4106

305 Harrison Street
The Armory
4th floor
Seattle WA 98109

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If the space is available your request will land in your shopping cart. Bookings cannot begin after 8pm. Rooms can only be reserved up to 6 months in advance. For reservations outside of the 6 month window, please use the inquiry form. If you plan to sell tickets for your event please use the inquiry form for this space.