Broadway Bound’s History
Broadway Bound Children’s Theater was founded in 1996 by Jimmy Nixon, a performer in Hollywood and New York City, who appeared in over 100 plays and musicals both on and off Broadway. He is currently the Executive Artistic Director. This 501(c)(3) performing arts organization’s focus is staging live theater musicals performed by children and teens, ages 5-18. Broadway Bound also offers ongoing enrichment programs including dance lessons, voice coaching, and summer camps. It is located in Seattle and draws participants from the greater Seattle area. In the 2008-2009 season, the organization staged six productions for a total of 53 performances, with over 430 student participants, to a total audience of over 13,000.
Professional theatres throughout the city (i.e., ACT, Moore Theatre, Paramount and Broadway Performance Hall) are utilized for student performances. Productions are staged by professional directors, choreographers and music directors from the Seattle theatrical community and beyond, and are completely realized with professional scenery, costumes, sound, lighting, musicians and backstage support. Enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of theatre production. Recent shows in 2009 included “13 the Musical,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella”. The organization also participates in many performing arts events throughout the city as a community citizen in which no compensation is received. In the past student actors have performed at the Alliance for Education Black and Orange Ball, the Freemont Fair, the Seattle Rotary Club, the SPS Back to School Rally, at the State Capitol in Olympia, and Winterfest at the Seattle Center.
The area and population served by all of Broadway Bound’s programs is the greater Seattle area with the majority of students coming from within Seattle city limits. The population served includes not only the 5-18 year old participants but all the community members such as senior groups, elementary, middle and high school classes, after school clubs, summer youth groups, and non-profit agencies serving children and teens, who
attend a show to enjoy live musical theater.