Serving the Pacific Northwest Since 1893.
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 15 fields the best technical talent in the Puget Sound area – no one matches the knowledge and experience of our Technicians and Artisans. We can do it all – lights, sound, rigging, scenery, audio/visual and more. Whatever your production needs might be, however big or small, nobody can make your dreams come true better than the dedicated professional stage employees of IATSE Local 15.
From staging very large International Conferences or Touring Acts to small Business Presentations or Club Events, we can help. We’ve been behind the scenes each day and night, making stage magic happen for over a hundred years.
To fulfill your event or venue staffing needs, contact our Stage Business Representative Andrea A. Friedland to discuss your needs, and how we can help you succeed. For film projectionists and technicians, contact Projectionist Vice President Larry Price.
Local 15 works hard to make your production the best it can be. We welcome you to the Pacific Northwest and to our web site. Please explore these pages to find out more about us, our history, and our capabilities.
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IATSE Local 15 is the Western Washington Local of The International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists And Allied Crafts Of The United States, Its Territories And Canada, organized in the crafts of Stage and Projection. We are affiliated with the AFL-CIO, Canadian Labour Congress, Washington State, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom County Labor Councils. Local 15 was granted a charter in Seattle in 1894, the 15th local in the nation.
Our geographic jurisdiction is generally defined as Western Washington state. It specifically includes the metropolitan Seattle area and all territory extending northward to the U.S./Canadian Border, westward to the Pacific Ocean, east and southward to a point halfway between Seattle and the nearest affiliated local union with like craft jurisdiction, Portland and Spokane. Our craft jurisdiction is Stage, Audio-Visual and Projection in the Entertainment, Corporate Meeting, Trade Show and Film Exhibition industries. Our workers are talented builders, riggers, electricians, sound engineers, projectionists and technicians.
We hold about a dozen theatrical contracts thoughout Western Washington including the 5th Avenue Theatre, the Paramount Theatre, Seattle Opera, Pacific NW Ballet, Benaroya Hall and Seattle Symphony, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Pantages & Rialto Theatres in Tacoma and Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham. In addition to our stage contracts, we work at the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Center, and Chateau St. Michelle Winery on concerts and festivals. We also do corporate events and convention work at the Washington State Convention Center and various other venues in the Northwest.
General Membership meetings are usually held on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Seattle Labor Temple, Hall 6. These are Members-only meetings, though twice a year an open meeting is held (usually January and July) in which all workers on the Dispatch list are welcome to attend.
Click HERE to find out more about joining Local 15.
Click HERE to learn more about our Health and Welfare benefits and policies.
Click HERE to read a short article on the early History of Local 15.