Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts
Federal Way, Washington, is a bustling city where businesses and
residents alike enjoy many amenities for a beneficial and satisfying
lifestyle. With nearly 90,000 citizens and encompassing many ethnicities, Federal
a major Puget Sound city, home to
prominent regional, national, and international businesses.
But not to a dedicated performing arts center!
Nowhere in Federal Way is there a theatre large enough in which the many
local performing arts groups can perform, nor where businesses can hold a
conference, large meeting,
seminar, or special event. Major touring cultural or educational groups cannot
stop here because the only available facility large enough is a school
cafeteria with a stage that seats 400...on folding chairs. The beautiful
Knutzen Family Theatre,
unfortunately, only seats 234. Considerably smaller cities around Federal Way
all have auditoriums that seat 800 to 1100, which all-too-often host sold-out
performances of Federal Way-based talent and groups.
The Federal Way Coalition of the Performing Arts (FWCPA)
was organized in 1989 to promote and raise funds toward a
large performing arts center in Federal Way. Two
representatives from each performing arts group in Federal
Way serve on the Board of Directors. The FWCPA is a
registered, non-profit 501(c)3 organization whose
contributions are tax-deductible.
The Coalition has been active in urging city officials to
take on such a project, and in December, 2010, the former Toys R Us site off
320th Street was chosen. Utilizing an over-$5 million award the city
received from the state for this project, the City Council voted to purchase
the site, which is located just north of the Transit Center and has a
spectacular view of Mt. Rainier.
Please look around our website and familiarize yourself with our objective.
Then, explore our members' listings and sites,
and see what's happening with the arts in Federal Way!