Encouraging people to explore Seattle's nationally acclaimed theater scene, Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) organizes an annual Live Theatre Week. In October 2007, 2,100 patrons took advantage of free tickets to see 60 shows presented by 53 area theater companies. Seventy-eight percent of those using the free tickets attended shows by theater groups they had never seen before, and 70 percent identified themselves as infrequent theater attendees. In addition, more than 750 people attended 30 special events, many of which offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of theater production.
Founded in 1997, TPS is a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the performing arts in the Puget Sound region. It has a membership of more than 1,500 individuals and more than 140 organizations—including theaters large and small. TPS raises the visibility of the region's theater and supports theater professionals through audition listings, message boards and access to rehearsal and performance space.