About Olympic Theatre Arts Center Building
History: In 1929 the cornerstone of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, now Olympic Theatre Arts Center, was laid on Sequim Avenue with seven of the congregation’s families mortgaging their homes and farms to finance the construction. In 1968, the name of the church was changed to Trinity United Methodist Church. The congregation continued to grow and in the 1980s made the decision to build a larger church on Blake Avenue. The Sequim Avenue building was sold to the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, which operated there for ten years. Olympic Theatre Arts is now the proud steward of this historic facility—completing a massive renovation and addition project in 2010, in order to transform its use into a performing arts and community center.
Main Stage: The Elaine and Bob Caldwell Main Stage has a large stage with intimate, raked house seating for 160 patrons, a light booth, scene shop and dressing room. In recognition of their dedication to the completion of the OTA Center project, the Main Stage venue has been named the “Elaine and Robert Caldwell Main Stage.”
Gathering Hall: The Gathering Hall is a flexible open space. It was originally the sanctuary of the church and makes a natural stage setting for some of OTA’s second stage performances and dinner theatre presentations. The vaulted ceilings and high arched windows make it a lovely setting for private parties or fundraising events. During OTA’s Main Stage productions it is used as a pre-function and intermission assembly area for gathering with fellow patrons while enjoying assorted concessions. The renovation of the Gathering Hall was made possible in great part by the Rotary Clubs of Sequim which donated much in-kind labor to complete the project.
Catering Kitchen: Located next to the Gathering Hall, OTA boasts a full catering kitchen, making it possible to offer food service facilities for private parties, dinner theater, and other community events. OTA hosts events for members throughout the year as well as those honoring OTA volunteers. Having a catering kitchen allows more creativity in food service—making any of these events that much more special.
Green Room: This 280 square-foot room located up a short flight of steps and immediately adjacent to the Main Stage dressing room is a comfortable space for the cast and crew to convene during a show. It has abundant natural light, a fireplace, and flexible furnishings—also making it a good space for meetings of up to twenty, or other small gatherings.