• Adventure Theatre MTC presents "Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Art for Children & Families" on June 7, 2020 (2-6pm). This is a celebration of the African-American experience with readings of family-friendly poetry and/or stories, followed by honest discussions about race, racism, how to express yourself, love, bullying, and pain. 2-2:40pm Storytime for Kindergarten and 1st Grades; 3-3:40pm Storytime for 2nd and 3rd Grades; 4-4:40pm Storytime for 4th and 5th Grades; 5-5:45pm Reflections and discussions with a guest host, Christina Conolly, Psy.D, NCSP, is the Director for Psychological Services with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD. Adventure Theatre believes these discussions are more important than ever during this tumultuous time in our nation's history.

  • Virtual camps are starting at theaters across our area and anyone still looking for programs for youngsters can find out who's offering what at the "Summer Theater Camps" section of our At Home page on theatrewashington.org including Arena Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Round House, Synetic Theater, Arts on the Horizon, ETC Educational Theatre Company and others.

  • Galvanize DC and Actors Arena hold the "Making Space to Breathe/Gathering to Grieve" vigil, which was postponed from June 1, will take place on Mon, June 8, at 7pm outside Arena Stage (6th & Maine Ave, SW, Waterfront Metro). Participants are being encouraged to socially distance, wear masks, and to wear black or signs of mourning. "There has been an overwhelming need and want to gather (taking COVID precautions) to express our feelings around the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other Black people. We've got to put this feeling somewhere. As artists, we hold up a bright light for the world to look closely at itself. And oftentimes, it doesn't like what it sees but still we continue to hold that light up. It's necessary.

  • A couple of offerings for budding playwrights of all ages. First, The Welders partner with Young Playwrights Theater for "The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting' - a virtual playwriting workshop for adults interested in learning and practicing the art of playwriting. Deadline to register is June 9, $300 (tuition assistance avail). Second, Young Playwrights' Theater offers "Young Playwrights in Progress," an opportunity for young and/or early-career DC-area playwrights to engage in a script-development and workshop reading process of original, not-yet-produced, one-act or full-length plays. Two playwrights selected & will receive a small stipend for their participation. Free, apply by June 30. Be no younger than 14 yrs by Sept. 5, and no older than 24 yrs by May 4, 2021.

  • Young Playwrights' Theater's May 30 live-streamed event is now available for viewing on YouTube Live and Facebook - "Tell It Forward - The Power of Stories to Shape Our Future" is an evening of inspirational writing from YPT’s young playwrights, words from our supporters and friends, and the premiere of our 25th Anniversary documentary short. This event is free, and all are encouraged to make a donation in support of YPT. Leading up to the big day, we will be raising a goal of $10,000 to support our programs and operations in this unprecedented time.

  • The Madloba Physical Theater Conference presented by Synetic Theater (Opening remarks: May 25, Conference: May 26-extended to June 1!) will convene physical theater artists, designers, and administrators in a pay-what-you-will virtual conference in the Spring of 2020. Programming includes artist and designer workshops, panel discussions for artistic leaders, and access to globally-sourced technique-driven classes and information sessions, including interactive workshops with Synetic co-Founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili among other industry leaders. Madloba is Georgian for “Thank You”.


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