Actors' Theatre of Washington
ATW is a theatre company dedicated to the advancement of theatre arts in DC and to increasing social awareness of the Gay and Lesbian experience through though-provoking productions. Performing at various locations across the District, ATW's shows include everything from reinterpretations of Shakespearean classics to completely new works.
African Continuum Theatre Company (ACT Co)
ACT Co is a professional theater company whose mission is to illuminate the human condition through producing and presenting professional theatrical productions. ACT Co productions reflects an aesthetic rooted in the African and African-American experience while striving for broad audience appeal and revealing the interconnectedness of all humanity. Their productions can be seen on stages across the city, including the Kennedy Center and the H Street Playhouse.
Capital Renaissance Theatre
Capital Renaissance Theatre is a non-profit organization that supports a professional theatre company and produces works that dramatize and enrich the Black experience. You can be a patron of one of CRT's four yearly shows (performed at different playhouses around the city), or you can get more involved by volunteering, participating in their theatre arts intership program, auditioning for a show, or submitting your own original play.
Chevy Chase Players
The Chevy Chase Players are a local theater group that puts on several musicals each season. They are neighborhood based and perform in the Chevy Chase Community Center. The Players have been around since 1963, but we'll give them credit for being more established if they can find the list of their productions from the 1950s.
The Washington Improv Theater (WIT) is dedicated to advancing spontaneous theater as an art form that unleashes creative genius, through performances and a comprehensive training program. They not only perform live but also offer films and workshops.
GALA Hispanic Theatre
The GALA Hispanic Theatre is DC's bilingual theater company dedicated to promoting a variety of Hispanic performance arts, from classical to contemporary. GALA has been in the District since 1976 and relocated to the Tivoli Theater in Columbia Heights at the beginning of 2005. The gorgeous historic ceiling of the theater beautifully complements the on stage productions.
H Street Playhouse
This small black-box theater is home to its resident theater group the Theater Alliance. In addition, performances by ACTCo, Capital Renaissance Theatre, Phoenix Theatre Company, and other local theater groups occur here throughout the year. The building itself has undergone a variety of changes and uses, starting as an automobile showroom in 1929. Just before becoming the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street was known as the popular French's Restaurant.
First opened in 1922, the Theatre was described in a 1924 article in the Washington Afro-American as “perhaps the largest and finest for colored people exclusively anywhere in the United States.” Restored to its original 1920s splendor through collaborative efforts of public and private organizations and individuals, it is currently cared for and maintained by the U Street Theatre Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 organization. The Theatre showcases a variety of community talent and arts.
Serenity Players is a nonprofit, community based organization dedicated to bridging today's societal gaps through total self-expression, dramatic art, and cultural heritage. The innovative and growing African-American theatrical arts company maintains its home in Washington, DC's Ward 7.
Sol & Soul
Sol & Soul uses the power of art and the creative process to transform lives, create community, and build a more just society. The nonprofit brings together professional artists from all disciplines with activists, community organizations, schools, and individuals from varying ages and backgrounds to produce creative works with a social conscience. Reflection, dialogue, debate and learning on the part of artists and audiences have always been are an integral part of Sol & Soul activities and programs. Their performances range from poetry to monologues to scenes to music.
Takoma Theatre Arts Project
The Takoma Theatre is a beautiful building, built in 1924 as a movie theater. The group now offers tours and hosts a variety of theater and dance events by local groups. Takoma Theatre is a volunteer organization that is run by Historic Takoma, a group seeking to preserve the heritage of Takoma, DC and Takoma Park, MD.
The Catalyst Theater Company
The Catalyst Theater Company, a project of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, produces plays that capture a moment of great change in teh culture in which they were written.
The Studio Theatre
The boldly lit Studio Theatre building paved the way for the recent revival of the Logan Circle area when founder Joy Zinoman moved her stage there in 1993. The converted warehouse holds two 200-seat theatres, offices, and classrooms, and plans are in the works for expanding the Studio Theatre into the two adjoining buildings. Besides showing consistently well-reviewed mainstage plays and musicals, Studio Theatre's Secondstage shows offer patrons a glimpse of DC's up and coming talent, and the Acting Conservatory trains actors of all ages in theatre arts.
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Warehouse Theater (and Next Door)
This converted storefront in rapidly changing Mt. Vernon, brings together acting, art, and food. Offering basic sandwiches, baked goods, and drinks, the space includes enough tables and chairs to relax for a while in the quiet artsy space. The room showcases local art, but feels a little less like a gallery and more like a lobby for the primary part of the Warehouse -- the small theater with top quality productions. The neighboring performance space, aptly named the Warehouse Next Door, is a great place for poetry and music. Sometimes entertaining, sometimes disruptive, the sounds of the Juste Lounge seep through the wall. These two spaces are a welcome addition for the independent, creative residents of DC.
Warner Theatre has a long history in the District, opening first as the Earle movie theater in 1924. In the decades that have followed, the theater has hosted movies, dance, and concerts. Currently, Warner presents mostly national performers, although some local groups (such as the Washington Ballet) also appear regularly. The fully restored interior of Warner is a gorgeous example of 1920s grandeur.
Washington Stage Guild
The Washington Stage Guild was founded in 1986 by a company of D.C. area actors, artisans, and administrators dedicated to producing a distinctive repertory of theatrical work in a congenial and supportive atmosphere. Specializing in neglected classics, foreign plays unfamiliar in America, and new works of outstanding merit, the company has gained international acclaim for its literate and lively presentations.