Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Arts and Education Program is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages to read. The program tours a diverse range of stories to schools, libraries, and community venues throughout Washington State; conducts long-term residencies in schools; offers teacher professional development; and presents low-cost student matinées of Book-It’s main stage shows. All our work is adapted in the unique Book-It Style™, where the narrative is brought to life by the characters in the story.

Book-It closely aligns its performances, programs, and learning materials with research-based reading instruction. The purpose is to engage students in literacy objectives and hands-on activities that support the comprehensions of both fiction and non-fiction. When students learn using the Book-It Style, they connect with books on multiple levels – they ask questions, dialogue with others, and make meaning out of what they read, see, and hear – all while being “up on their feet.”

Our mission is to provide an interactive relationship between youth and literature through diverse theatrical productions and educational programs that promote the joy of reading, enhance student and teacher learning, and inspire the imagination.

Book-It Repertory Theatre is part of The Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program. Among 14 Partnership Teams from Across the Nation, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and South Kitsap School District #402 represent the Puget Sound Area. 


Original adaptations of stories for children, young adults, and adults alike. Actors and arts educators perform stories in the unique Book-It Style™, which preserves the narrative text as it is spoken, not by a single “narrator” but as dialogue by the characters in the production and uses simple staging to challenge viewers’ imaginations.

A Touring Package:

  • Includes a performance (24-45 minutes long), book, study guide, and workshop
  • Can tour to schools, libraries, and community venues
  • Can accommodate audiences ranging in size from 10-500 in gyms, classrooms, and auditoriums

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We open our exclusive touring shows up to the general public with one Family Fun Day for each show in the Center Theatre. Each Family Fun Day features an all-ages book fair and performance with crafts and workshops relating to each show. It’s a fun, interactive and engaging morning for the whole family. For more information…


Book-It Repertory Theatre’s mainstage productions are available to schools through low-cost student matinées. Experience unique theatrical productions that promote the joy of reading, embrace diversity, enhance learning, and inspire the imagination. Tickets to student matinée performances of Book-It’s mainstage productions are available for only $10 per student. For more information…


A Book-It residency is a long-term customized program designed with classroom teachers to address specific curricula, academic standards, and students’ needs. All residencies feature professionally-trained Book-It teaching artists, a touring story production, and culminate in a final student performance in the Book-It Style™. For more information…


A collaboration between four area theatres, Bringing Theatre into the Classroom (BTiC) is a five-day intensive summer workshop that creates an engaging and fun learning community among teachers and teaching artists to integrate drama into all curriculum areas to make subjects come alive. Our professional development program works with your school to help teachers use the Book-It Style™ to bring everyday curriculum to life. We offer workshops for 10-20 participants for three hour sessions or longer and provide clock hours-a perfect workshop for an in-service day! For more information…

2015-16 Brochure

For more information, to book your touring story, or to receive a brochure, call 206.428.6319 or email education@book-it.org