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DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #1: Special Awards

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The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts is honored to announce that their 2015 Special Awards have been awarded to:

ARI ROTH AND MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY OF DC

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Mosaic Theater Company of DC's Founding Artistic Director Ari Roth. Photo by Fern Seiden.

Mosaic Theater Company of DC’s Founding Artistic Director Ari Roth. Photo by Fern Seiden.

Mazel Tov to Ari Roth and Mosaic Theater Company of DC for launching a brand-new major company within barely a year, for announcing what may be the most ambitiously substantive and politically pertinent season ever seen in this area, and for kicking it off with a world-premiere production that DCMTA’s reviewer called “epic and mesmerizing.”

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The DC Metro Area’s Children’s Theatres

A big thank you to all the children’s theatres in the MD, VA, and DC area that entertained and inspired young theatre goers and their families in 2015.

Adventure Theatre MTC

Black Rock Center for the Arts

Charm City Players

The Children’s Playhouse of Maryland

Children’s Theatre of Annapolis

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts

Creative Cauldron

Discovery Theater

Educational Theatre Company

Encore Stage & Studio

Imagination Stage

InterAct Story Theatre

Kennedy Center’s Performances for Young Audiences

Maryland Ensemble Theatre

Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Pied Piper Theatre

Pumpkin Theatre

The Puppet Company

Riverside Center Dinner Theater’s Children’s Theater

Roanoke Children’s Theatre

Saturday Morning at The National

Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn

Way Off Broadway

Wolf Trap’s Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods

And here are our 2015 DCMTA Honorees:

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #6: Best Children’s/Family Productions.

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This is the 4rd straight year that we have honored Don Michael Mendoza and Regie Cabico’s La-Ti-Do. Now performing at Bistro Bistro – 1727 Connecticut Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC – in Dupont Circle on their usual Monday nights, La-Ti-Do continues to offer a place for local talent to strut their stuff at La-Ti-Do’s weekly cabaret performances of music and spoken word. It’s the place be on Monday nights to see the abundance of talent that fills our local stages and music venues. Because of La-Ti-Do, dozens of talented artists have found a home where they can share their talent with all of us.

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TRAINING SCHOOLS/PROGRAMS:

Act Two at Levine, Arts Collective@HCC, Lumina Studio Theatre, The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Theatre Lab School of The Dramatic Arts, and Young Artists of America are training  actors, singers, musicians, and the stars of the future. The staff of DCMetroTheaterArts would like to honor their work and their dedication to their students and to the arts in 2015.

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Lumina Studio Theatre

The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (Celebrating 40 Years!)

Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

Young Artists of America at Strathmore

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VAGABOND PLAYERS

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The Vagabond Players are located at 806 South Broadway, in Fells Point, in Baltimore, MD 21231. For more information, call (410) 563-9135, or check out their 100th season schedule on their website. And a special congrats to Tim and Carol Evans!

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WOLF PACK THEATRE COMPANY

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Wolf Pack Theatre Company and founder William Leary knows how to give back and to help others. Their productions of A Christmas Carol raised money for hypothermia program for the homeless and Masquerade raised money for programs for suicide prevention.
In his review of Wolf Pack Theatre Company’s A Christmas Carol, Michael Poandl said it well:
The message of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic has always been one of generosity and kindness, but writer and Director William Leary uses this production to push a message of social justice that isn’t always apparent in a more traditional staging. But this Christmas Carol is about more than a message on stage. Wolf Pack Theatre Company has partnered with Community Crisis Services Inc. and St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church to contribute directly to services for the homeless in Prince George’s County. In a time when the arts in general, and theatre in particular, may seem isolated from the realities of everyday life, Wolf Pack is doing the best work that the arts can do – giving back to the community. In a holiday season too often inundated with iPhones and turkeys and family stress, it is refreshing to be reminded of those less fortunate. As the Ghost of Christmas Past (Casey Hobart) reminds Scrooge, we all have the power to make choices to help others. And that may be the best Christmas present of all.
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The Women’s Voices Theater Festivals seven originating theaters* for inspiring audiences and theater professionals alike to “pay attention to the ladies” (as Abigail Adams famously urged her husband) and to take concrete steps to remedy an inequity that diminishes all of theater as art and action.

R to L: Artistic and Managing Directors of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: Meridith Burkus, Edgar Dobie, Michael Kahn, Paul R. Tetreault, Molly Smith, Ryan Rilette, Eric Schaeffer, Howard Shalwitz, and Meghan Pressman.

R to L: Artistic and Managing Directors of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival: Meridith Burkus, Edgar Dobie, Michael Kahn, Paul R. Tetreault, Molly Smith, Ryan Rilette, Eric Schaeffer, Howard Shalwitz, and Meghan Pressman.

*Arena Stage (Artistic Director Molly Smith), Ford’s Theatre (Artisitic Director Paul R. Tetreault), Round House Theatre (Producing Artistic Director Ryan Rilette), Shakespeare Theatre Company (Artistic Director Michael Kahn), Signature Theatre (Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer), Studio Theatre (Artistic Director David Muse), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz).

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download (8) Here are DCMetroTheaterArts Special Awards of 2013.

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 Here are DCMetroTheaterArts Special Awards of 2014.

LINKS:

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #1: Special Awards.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #2: Best Musicals in Professional Theatres.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #3: Best Musicals in Community Theatres.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #4: Best Plays in Professional Theaters

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #5: Best Plays in Community Theatres.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 #6: Best Children’s/Family Productions.

DCMetroTheaterArts’ Best of 2015 Honors Begins Tomorrow-A Look Back at the 2014 Honorees.

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Note: DCMTA writers were allowed to honor shows we did not review which they saw.

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