Mission + Vision
The West Side Show Room makes room for everyone to participate in the transformative art of theater.
The West Side Show Room imagines a future where experiencing the arts inspires everyone in its community toward greatness.
The West Side Show Room wants everyone in its community to have the opportunity to experience and participate in high quality live performance, regardless of age, skin tone, cultural background, physical ability, mental ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, body type, economic status, or education level.
The West Side Show Room strives to continually and transparently improve its productions and programs to ensure artistic, operational, and fiscal quality.
The West Side Show Room believes that an engaged and educated public are critical to transforming its community and the world.
The West Side Show Room will sustain its mission by fostering long-term relationships with artists and community organizations that share the goal of removing barriers to audience and artist participation in the performing arts.
In works where identifying characteristics are not specified or central to the artist’s intent, any actor (regardless of age, skin tone, gender, body type, or physical ability) should be able to play any role. Whenever appropriate, The West Side Show Room seeks to cast outside the norm in order to challenge traditional notions of who can be involved in theater.
The West Side Show Room presents plays that are wildly entertaining, but never allow the audience to withdraw into complacency. Whether the work is old/new, dramatic/comedic, realistic/absurd, The West Side Show Room's performances are up-close, immersive, risky, confrontational, and challenge the audience to expand their view of the world.
Space = Power
Maintaining its own black box performance space gives The West Side Show Room the freedom to present any artistic work, in any configuration, without limit or fear of censorship.
The West Side Show Room's first sets were made out of cardboard as both a way to save money, and as an aesthetic choice. We hold cardboard up as an emblem symbolic of creative constraint: the concept that artists make the strongest choices when their options are limited.