About iDiOM Theater

iDiOM THEATER is the Hardest Working Theater in the Known World, offering a stunning array of original, world-premiere theater, and taking risks that few other theaters are willing to take.

iDiOM believes in theater that is daring, vital, innovative, irreverent, and evolving. We write and create new shows specifically for our stage; almost every production in our season is a world premiere. iDiOM’s productions are written, directed, and performed by accomplished artists who live in or have deep ties to Bellingham, and we cultivate new talent by giving up-and-comers a place to hone their skills.

Our History

iDiOM Theater was founded by Glenn Hergenhahn in the fall of 2001. The inaugural season opened with his play Boy Genius, and included over twenty other new works.

Season Two debuted several formats that would become iDiOM signatures – the five-episode Serial Play, 48-Hr Theater Festivals, playwright invitationals, and midnight cabarets.

By 2009, literally hundreds of artists had collaborated on hundreds of plays, enjoyed by thousands of people. That year, iDiOM Theater reorganized as a nonprofit organization, with the ambitious goal of paying its writers, directors and actors.

Sylvia Center for the Arts

In February 2016, after months of work behind-the-scenes, we announced that the 2015/16 Season would be our last in the little Cornwall Avenue space where we begun and have lived for 14 years.

Our organization has changed its name to Sylvia Center for the Arts, and our mission has expanded to include creating and running a new performing arts center in downtown Bellingham which will provide affordable, accessible space to Whatcom County’s many brilliant performing arts organizations, while continuing to run our own (slightly scaled-back) annual season of shows under the iDiOM Theater banner.

Learn more about the Sylvia Center project >

As ever, we are dedicated to discovery and thrilled to share the journey with the fine folks of Bellingham. Because, frankly…

Our life support = You