Monthly Curated Plays
Every 4th Thursday at 7:00 PM

At Palace Theatre & Bar

A 21+ establishment
SEATTLE, WA, 98312

Suggested Donation of $10


Welcome to Our Community

Seattle Playwrights Salon strives to provide an inclusive place where every audience member, artist, student, and supporter has the opportunity to support the development of new plays. Through workshops, readings, classes, and special programs, the Salon provides opportunities for emerging and established playwrights to develop their work, expand their professional affiliations, showcase their plays and collaborate with actors, directors, and audiences during the creative process.


  • Champion northwest playwrights and new plays to build upon a living theater that demands new and thought-provoking stories

  • Provide an inclusive space for playwrights to learn, create, and share new work

  • Center our work on reciprocal relationships with community partners

  • Focus on a collaborative process where all artists are respected for their contribution

  • Discover untapped talent and invest in playwrights as artist leaders in all stages of their careers

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Founder & Blog Contributor

Margaret O’Donnell founded the Salon in 2016 with fellow playwright Kate Danley in order to give more play development opportunities to emerging playwrights. She writes to explore individual responsibility for the societies we create, the current of private emotion in public institutions, and the hidden forces shaping our conduct. She began writing plays in 2014 and her play Undocumented was produced in Seattle and Burien in 2016. A subsequent play, Detention Lottery was produced in Seattle in 2018. She is currently at work on a comedy about a church committee tasked with increasing racial diversity in its small congregation.


Managing Director

Ashley Arai enjoys applying her planning and project management skills to the day-to-day operations of the Seattle Playwrights Salon. She is passionate about building a community of playwrights that support one another in their creative endeavors. Her play Two Martinis has been produced in Colorado and Arkansas. She is now working on a comedy about the raucous Vulgarian movement that defined trad climbing in the 1970’s.


Producing Artistic Director

Lauren Fulton joined the Salon in 2018 following a staged reading of her full-length play The Ass of Privilege. She is responsible for producing the monthly play readings and will manage the 2020 season submissions process. Lauren also writes plays, short stories, and the occasional novel; she is currently working on a full-length play about memory and a short play on climate change refugees.

Community Partners

Our programs would not be possible without the generous support of our community partners. A special thanks to Palace Theatre and Art Bar for hosting our monthly staged readings, to Cornish College of the Arts for sponsoring our playwriting masterclasses and to Global Law Advocates for providing rehearsal space.