MISSION


exploring what we are all scratching to understand

scratch

1 : to act on a desire
2 : to scrape together : collect with difficulty
3 : to scrape or dig along a rough surface
4 : to mark or tear the surface of with something sharp or jagged
5 : to write or draw on a surface : scribble, scrawl


RESPONSIBILITY

The Scratch supports artists grappling with diverse and provocative questions—questions that inspire and challenge both artistic forms and the world now.

Founded and lead produced by Andrew Garrett, The Scratch empowers artistic exploration and development by:

  • Facilitating residencies, readings and labs

  • Organizing networking events

  • Commissioning new works

VALUES

“BE KIND - BE BRAVE - BE YOURSELF”

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

  • Upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work–on and off the stage.

REPRESENTATION

  • Supporting projects and artists across different genres and styles as well as at different stages in their development process.

  • Locally sourcing the majority of our pieces and personnel.

HOSPITALITY & RECOGNITION

  • Promoting a culture of engagement and gratitude - a culture in which all are invited, supported, treated with kindness and recognized for their generous contributions.

SCRATCH MODELS

Each scratch–or event–is organized using one of the following models:

ARTIST-BASED

  • A scratch within this model will invest in a group of artists who have a shared experience. The topics that the participating artists are exploring and their shared experience vary.

TOPIC-BASED

  • A scratch within this model will investigate a specific topic that the participating artists are collectively scratching to understand.

THE INAUGURAL SCRATCH

THE SCRATCH:   Seattle Workshop Series
LOCATION:   18th & Union | Seattle, Washington
DATES:   July 30 – August 5, 2018
MODEL:   Artist-Based
SHARED EXPERIENCE:   Pacific Northwest-Based Theatre Artists
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH:   Umbrella Project & The Commonground

THE NEXT SCRATCH

THE SCRATCH:   Seattle Workshop Series
LOCATION:   18th & Union & 12th Ave Arts | Seattle, Washington
DATES:   August 11– 27, 2019
MODEL:   Artist-Based
SHARED EXPERIENCE:   Pacific Northwest-Based Theatre Artists
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH:   Really Really Theatre Group