Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, Humanities Washington, HumanLinks Foundation, Harvest Foundation, School's Out Washington, City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, The Seattle Foundation, The D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust, and individual contributors for their support of our Programs.

Copyright 2014 ~ Jack Straw Productions
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105



Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Hypnagogic Jerk
A multi-media installation by Rachel Green and Seth Sexton

March 31 - May 30, 2014

Artists present in the gallery Monday - Thursday, 11am - 3pm

Artist events: May 21, 28, and 30, 6-9pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Hypnagogic Jerk is a multi-media look at the processes involved in falling asleep. Artists Rachel Green and Seth Sexton are exploring the mind's submission to the process of sleep and the physical body's resistance to it. They are also exploring the realm of consciousness, the realm of dreams, and the interpretation of reality. Green and Sexton use movement to express the ways that these realms interact with each other in the moments before sleep paralysis. The gallery installation will include guest artists, live performances, and an original sound score written by Salo.

See our New Media Gallery page for more information.




Jack Straw Writers Program

The Jack Straw May Reading Series
Three nights hosted by curator Felicia Gonzalez

Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle
$5 suggested donation

Celebrate the arrival of spring in Seattle with the 18th annual Jack Straw May Reading Series. 2014 program curator Felicia Gonzalez will host three readings at Jack Straw Productions that will feature new work by the 2014 Jack Straw Writers.

Friday, May 2, 7:00pm
Claudia Castro Luna, John Mullen, Anastacia Tolbert, and Jane Wong

Friday, May 9, 7:00pm
Laurel Albina, Loreen Lilyn Lee, Susan V. Meyers, and Gigi Rosenberg

Friday, May 16, 7:00pm
Margot Kahn, Michelle Peñaloza, Raúl Sánchez, and Kristen Millares Young




Jack Straw Artist Project

Songs of Our Families
World premiere of This Baba, a film by Bogdan Darev, and a concert by Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir

Presented by the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center Of Seattle
and Jack Straw Cultural Center.

Saturday, May 10, 3pm - 5pm
Carco Theatre, 1717 SE Maple Valley Highway, Renton
Tickets: $15 / children and seniors free

The first half of this concert features Jack Straw resident artists Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women's Choir and friends presenting songs they learned from family and friends, beloved songs and folklore enactments in the culmination of the Songs of Our Families Bulgarian Heritage Project.

The second half of the event consists of the world premiere of This Baba / This Grandma, a film by Bogdan Darev. This Baba is the story of Bulgarian Voices singer Penka Encheva, who was an extraordinary traditional singer as a young woman in her native country of Bulgaria.

Hear a song from the Penka Encheva and Friends CD, produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program, at our Artist of the Week podcast.



Jack Straw Artist Project

Tina Hoggatt: Story Chairs

Jack Straw Cultural Center
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Tina Hoggatt. Click here to download the interview.

See Art Zone with Nancy Guppy's piece on Story Chairs!

Story Chairs, a temporary audio installation by Jack Straw Resident Artist Tina Hoggatt featuring the work of over 30 writers and musicians, is now installed in Jack Straw's new lobby.


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Artist of the Week Podcast

Every two weeks we will make a new audio piece created through tour artist residencies available for free download. This week's artist: Penka Encheva and Friends

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Seattle World School: Poetry Moments /
Health Talk

Jack Straw produced two projects working with students at the Seattle World School: A book and recordings of original poetry in collaboration with the Vietnamese Friendship Association, and a series of PSAs about healthy behaviors in collaboration with the Refugee Women's Alliance.


These podcasts feature interviews and readings by Jack Straw Writers such as Michael Spence, Merna Ann Hecht, and Wendy Call. Click here to listen.

Special Projects

Jack Straw Productions works with various organizations and communities to create oral histories, museum audio guides, and neighborhood audio tours. Click here to learn more.