Updated online performing arts offerings

Having live theater withdrawal? Here's just the ticket for stay-at-home audiences.

During the pandemic, an overwhelming number of arts institutions are regrouping and finding ways to keep going virtually. The following list reflects current online events and activities announced by DMV arts organizations. This list was first published March 17, 2020, and has been continuously updated as information comes in. The most recent update was made at 10 AM on October 16.

1st STAGE: VIRTUAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS, COMMUNITY CONVERSATION SERIES & ONLINE CLASSES
1st Stage will host a brand-new series of Community Conversations: Virtual Roundtable Discussions. In six forums, we’ll get a chance to talk and share questions and thoughts with artists, actors, designers, musicians and directors about experiences they have faced as professional artists. Building on the success of this summer’s Community Conversations, the Virtual Roundtable Discussion will feature conversation between artists who will be speaking with each other on the topic for the first time. These artists are experts in their field, and will shed light on exciting and important topics in the American Theatre including parenting while working in theatre, and reimaging the artistic landscape post COVID-19. Artists participating in the Virtual Roundtable Discussions include Debra Kim Sivigny, Bob Barlett, Ron OJ Parsons, José Carrasquillo, Thembi Duncan, and more. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. All info is available at the 1st Stage website.

About the Virtual Round Table Discussion Series:
~Redefining the Classics – Who and What Defines the Nature of Classical Theatre – October 17, 2020 2:00 PM
~You’re Majoring in What? – The Journey to Become a Theatre Artist Against Your Parents’ Wishes – October 24, 2020 2:00 PM
~Waiting for Life to Begin! – Artists Re-Imagine Their Lives in Theatre Post COVID-19 – October 31, 2020 2:00 PM
~Theatre and Parenting: Raising Theatre Babies – November 7, 2020 2:00 PM
~Music to My Ears – Musical Direction; The Other Sound Designer – November 14, 2020 2:00 PM

1st Stage is also offering courses for children, young adults, and adults, taught by experts in the field. Register on their website.

4615 THEATRE COMPANY: THE 4615 EP SERIES & Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

4615 Theatre company members are also offering a series of live online readings of short-form passion projects. They will hold live readings of plays on 4615’s Facebook page throughout the duration of this quarantine. Their first reading is available on their facebook video page. Check out the 4615 Facebook page for future readings, and please donate on their site.

ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC: STREAMING VIDEO, CLASSES, CAMPS, & Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC hosts Adventure Did What?! on Sunday, October 18 at 2 PM to celebrate all the work developed during COVID – and preview these works that will provide a rich pipeline of productions after the pandemic. As theatres everywhere work toward their eventual return to live theater, Adventure Theatre has been working very hard – developing new musicals, commissioning new plays, and presenting an average of 2 hours of digital presentations a week. This Sunday, ATMTC will celebrate these new stories and new voices by presenting a mix of sneak peaks, creative presentations, and discussions of everything they have developed—including special guest appearances from The Momma Bares, Michael Bobbitt, and talented local writers, creatives, and actors.

ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, Convergence Theatre & ATMTC are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

Adventure Theatre MTC is also streaming an online digital presentation of the script Luchadora by Alvaro Saar Rios. Recipient of the AATE Distinguished Play Award and directed by Adventure Theatre’s Artistic Director, Chil Kong, this presentation is free. For additional information or questions, please e-mail info@adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

ATMTC is also offering online classes. You can find more information on their website. Please consider making a donation.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN COLLECTIVE THEATRE
African-American Collective Theater (ACT) celebrated its 28th Anniversary with the launch of a new website, plus “OUT & ABOUT,” a two-week-long, online festival of LGBTQ+ themed, play readings. Check their website for details.

AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA: ONLINE CONCERTS
The American Pops Orchestra will broadcast three new Main Stage shows and host a virtual outreach tour. They will also host the annual NextGen Competition and Bi-Weekly online programs. Main Stage shows We Are Family, Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, and Drag Out the Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza will each be broadcast live for audiences to safely enjoy. Find out more on their website.

APO also connects through APO UNITED, a series of intimate cyber concerts from past artists, highlights from APO instrumentalists, instructional yoga videos with Dan Carter, and playlists of positivity by Maestro Luke Frazier. Follow @theamericanpops. And please donate to APO here.

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER
ASC is currently presenting socially-distanced outside productions. They will also be available for online viewing in partnership with Marquee TV.

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY: AU ARTS ONLINE
You can find more information about all events on their website.
The Women – October 16 & 17 | online – High-class women engage in intrigues and affairs. Based on the classic stage play.
Films Across Borders: Stories of Hope and Resilience – October 6 – December 2020 | online – Film series showing the challenges humans and wildlife face to survive and triumph in all corners of the world.
Miss You Like Hell – October 29 & 30 | online – A troubled teen travels cross-country with her mother, an undocumented immigrant, in this play by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Quiara Alegria Hudes.
CHOREOLAB – November 13 & 14 | online – A dance concert of fresh new works by emerging choreographers.

AU has also made exhibition catalogs available for two exhibitions, Gods & Monsters and Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art online. They have also made over sixty films available to stream from the DC Environmental Film Festival. Questions? Call (202) 885-ARTS or email auarts at american.edu. To stay up to date on performances and events, join the AU Arts mailing list and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

ARENA STAGE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING & MASTER CLASSES
Arena Stage‘s masterclasses will focus on playwriting, acting, stage management and design. Geared for adults, each class is two to three hours long twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays.  In an intimate setting of no more than 10 – 16 people per class, it is an exciting opportunity for community members to connect with experts in the field to hone their craft or be inspired to learn a new skill. See all the class offerings on the Arena website.

Offerings also include weekly discussions entitled Molly’s Salon (with Arena’s Artistic Director Molly Smith), dance workshops with choreographer Parker Esse, and a live stream of the Arena Stage Civil Dialogues. Molly’s Salon will take place each Thursday, and will feature artists and leaders of Arena Stage. These half-hour long weekly conversations will include some of our best thinkers and creative firebrands. Molly will sit down with a variety of artists and leaders to discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future. Additional information regarding the Arena Civil Dialogues will be announced at a later date. More information on these programs and how to watch Molly’s Salon can be found on the Arena website. Please also feel free to donate to the Roaring Back Fund to help Arena recover.

Photo courtesy of Arena Stage.

ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER: ONLINE CLASSES
AAC is offering multiple workshops, classes, and activities for kids on their website.

ARTSCENTRIC: Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

ARTS ON THE HORIZON: CLASSES
Stories Come to Life Class: Superhero City
Has your little one ever wanted to be a superhero? Well, in this weekly class, they can be! Each week we will solve mysteries and create our own superhero adventure! Through the use of music, movement, and creative drama your little one will become the hero of their dreams. A supply kit with required materials will be delivered to you.
Ages 3 to 5 years
Saturdays, October 10 – November 14, 2020
10:00am-10:45am
$70 for the 6 week session
Residences over 15 miles away from Arts on the Horizon may incur a $2-$5 fee for mailing supply kits.

Stories Come to Life Class: Dramatic Designers 101
In this introductory class, your growing artist will create their own props, sets, costumes, and more while learning why each of these backstage roles is important! They will gain inspiration from different stories and will create their own stories with their actor’s tools (body, voice, imagination!). A supply kit with required materials will be delivered to you.
Ages 5 to 7 years
Saturdays, October 10 – November 14, 2020
11:00am-12:00pm
$75 for the 6 week session
Visit artsonthehorizon.org/fall-classes to register.

AVANT BARD: ONLINE READINGS
Avant Bard’s Work From Home events will be streamed live on YouTube, and are entirely free–no login required.

BALTIMORE CENTER STAGE: STREAMING SHOWS
Center Stage is allowing online access to a streaming video of Where We Stand for a pay-what-you-can donation.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: BSO OFFSTAGE
During this time, the BSO has launched BSO OffStage, an online platform to stay connected with audiences through digital content. Most recently, the BSO released a video of the Orchestra virtually performing the final few minutes of Mahler’s Third Symphony. Visit BSOmusic.org/OffStage and the social media platforms of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for more information.

BEST MEDICINE REP: ONLINE CONTENT
Best Medicine Rep is streaming a live reading of Falling off the Edge on Oct 19 at 7 PM. Paul Donnelly’s comedy is directed by Claire Derriennic. A Mormon swimmer, who is afraid of the ocean, meets two recovering alcoholics taking their first sober vacation at a beach resort in Costa Rica. Please email for a link to the performance: bestmedicinerep@gmail.com

Other streaming shows include Stories I May Not Tell, Roaring, and An Independent Claus. You can find all fall season show information on their website.

BMR has also released episodes of I Know Jack, a Zoomedy web series starring Rebecca A. Herron and John Morogiello. They have also brought their 4th Annual New Plays/New Voices Festival to an online platform. This celebration of plays written by Montgomery County Public School students is made possible by a grant from The Nora Roberts Foundation. Performances of all four plays are available on YouTube. Please consider making a donation to Best Medicine Rep online.

BRAVE SOUL COLLECTIVE: VIRTUAL PRODUCTIONS
Brave Soul Collective makes its 2020 return with the premiere of an all new virtual production, Question Marks – which specifically tackles the current state of affairs in the US, with the murders of black people at the hands of police and the overall need to address anti-blackness, systemic racism and police brutality. Join BSC as they unveil this collection of timely, raw, thought-provoking performance pieces which all beg for answers to one piercing, imperative question – HOW DID WE GET HERE? This show is available to stream on their website.

Christian Denice. Photo courtesy of Chamber Dance Project.

CHAMBER DANCE PROJECT: NEW WORKS STREAMING
Chamber Dance Project’s newest film is available to stream on their website. Keep an eye on their website for details, or call 202-499-2297 for more information. Please consider an online donation to Chamber Dance Project.

CITYDANCE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
CityDance has transferred its intensives online. To learn more about CityDance’s online programming, contact Megan Piluk, CityDance Senior Manager of External Relations, at meganpiluk@citydance.net.

THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
GMU’s Center for the Arts has announced plans for its 2020-2021 virtual season. Programming will be added on an ongoing basis and features digital concerts from guest artists, releases of previously recorded content, behind-the-scenes conversations with artists, and more. You can find the full details on their website.

THE CLARICE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER: STREAMING CONTENT
The Clarice will be producing online performances. You can watch online when they are available via their Vimeo site.

CONVERGENCE THEATRE: Q-FEST
Adventure Theatre MTC, ArtsCentric, 4615 Theatre Company, and Convergence Theatre are running the ongoing Quarantine Festival. During this live-streamed play festival, each theater hosts a 90 minute livestream on their Facebook pages, and all donated proceeds during the livestream will go directly to the playwrights. Q-Fest has already had three parts as of September 2020, and the next part will be held on a date TBA.

CREATIVE CAULDRON: VIRTUAL CLASSES, CAMPS, & CONCERTS
Creative Cauldron continues the 2020 Summer Cabaret and Concert Series, with the addition of a Virtual Series, in an all outdoor format, that mandates the
wearing of masks, and adherence to social distancing protocols. 22 performances are
scheduled, featuring a diverse and talented array of performers and bands. Can’t attend a concert in person? Join them for a virtual viewing party. Virtual Thursdays will continue every Thursday. Performers remaining on the schedule include Alan Naylor in Night at Newcastle (September 25).

For Tickets and further details about the Summer Cabarets and Concerts Series go to
www.creativecauldron.org or by call the box office at 703-436-9948.

CC also has classes for adults and children available online. They are holding virtual camps. You can find more details on their website, and please consider making a donation to Creative Cauldron.

DANCE PLACE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING
Dance Place is offering new programming including a Virtual Presentation Series, Virtual Adult Dance Classes, and Virtual Youth Programming. The Virtual Presentation Series consists of performance events and conversations with artists in Dance Place’s 2019-2020 AMPLIFY Presentation Series whose work has been postponed or cancelled. Each event will be streamed live on the website, where anyone is welcome to join. Virtual Adult Dance Classes bring the dance studio to people’s living rooms. For the duration of Dance Place’s closure, on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, their incredible roster of dance teachers will lead a live streamed dance class on Facebook live. Virtual Youth Programming presents several opportunities for kids and their families to dance together. Each week, two new video classes will be added to the website. These short dance videos will feature teaching artists from Dance Place’s Education team, each teaching different styles of dance for all ages. Along with these kid-specific classes, Dance Place will also be sharing Family Fun classes. Each class will be streamed live on Facebook on Fridays at 11am.

Please consider supporting Dance Place with a donation at their website. Your support will ensure we can continue to offer Dance Place’s delivery of prolific artistic and educational programming that serves 35,000 people each year.

THE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE COMPANY: COLLABORATIVE CLASSROOM
ETC has started Collaborative Classroom, an online learning program for children. ‘Silly Storytellers’ and ‘Around the World’ classes are open for registration now on the ETC site. They are also offering a virtual camp meet n’ greet.

ENCORE STAGE & STUDIO: CHILDREN’S CLASSES
Encore is offering theatre classes for ages 3 through 18 using a combination of live classroom interactions via the Zoom platform and prerecorded instructional videos. Enrollment is available online on the Encore site. Encore’s staff is teleworking diligently to create a welcoming and nurturing virtual space for their students and families. Encore premiered a “Live with Encore” series on Instagram Live to preview their upcoming virtual programs and connect families with teaching artists. Encore is also offering free Parent & Me classes for students ages 6 months – 5 years through its social media platforms.

ENCORE UNIVERSITY: CREATIVITY FOR OLDER ADULTS
Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults over 55, is offering its virtual Encore University.  View the detailed course catalog or register here.

EMBRACING ARLINGTON ARTS: PODCAST INTERVIEWS WITH THEATER LEADERS
Shortly before all this craziness began, Embracing Arlington Arts founder Janet Kopenhaver conducted interviews with five of the region’s top artistic directors: Chil Kong (Adventure Theatre), Molly Smith (Arena Stage), Ryan Rilette (Round House Theatre), Eric Schaeffer (Signature Theatre), and Maria Goyanes (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). The interviews offer insightful glimpses into the work of these artists and their leadership strategies. Available here and on most podcasting services. Please consider making a donation to EAA online.

Photo courtesy of Faction of Fools.

FACTION OF FOOLS THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE EVENTS
Faction of Fools will host A Toast to Foolish Fridays via Facebook Live to kick off a summer chock full of dynamic, short, fun videos released every Friday! Join Faction and Greg Benson, host of Bar None Podcast, as he guides us through how to make the perfect Italian Negroni cocktail, chats about the post World War II resurgence of the Negroni and Commedia dell’Arte, and reveals if you could possibly make a Negroni better than Stanley Tucci. Foolish Fridays are intended to bring a bright spot to the week. Yet we cannot ignore the seriousness of those suffering from racial injustice. In lieu of considering giving to Faction of Fools, we ask that you give to an organization active in the fight for social justice.

Macbeth's weird sisters. Photo courtesy of Folger Theatre.
Macbeth’s weird sisters. Photo courtesy of Folger Theatre.

FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY: STREAMING CONTENT
October features lots of free, virtual theater events, including insightful interviews, amazing play readings, artsy scavenger hunts, and star-studded galas. Plus, theater-goers in some parts of the country can check out in-person experiences and productions. Here’s a look at what the Folger’s theater partners are up to this month. Where to Watch Shakespeare in October

Folger is also hosting ‘Critical Conversations:’
Oct 22, 7:30 PM: Poetry Reading: Toi Derricotte
Oct 28, 5:00 PM: Shakespeare Lightning Round: Ken Ludwig

Folger has compiled this helpful list of all the classic films now available for free on streaming services. They have made a free streaming video of their 2008 production of Macbeth available at the Folger website – please donate if you can. Here’s their newest list of items to stream.

GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON DC
Join GMCDC as they pay tribute to Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim for his 90th birthday with over 20 soloists from the Chorus taking on song selections from his many Broadway musicals, brought to you in your home! Songs include “Losing My Mind,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Marry Me A Little,” “Somewhere,” “Being Alive,” “More,” and “(Not) Getting Married Today.” October 17, 2020 at 7PM ET – FREE for everyone, but registration will be required. Click HERE to register.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY: MASON ARTS AT HOME
GMU’s new online platform Mason Arts at Home offers a diverse array of curated virtual programming. You can find more details on the GMU website.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY DEPT OF PERFORMING ARTS: ONLINE CONTENT
On October 16th at 8, enjoy the opening performance of the Letters & Poems Project, curated by the Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center. This first installment features students, faculty, staff and alumni reading great letters and poems aloud, sourced from nominations. Hybrid in form, this is a moving way to encounter the archives & diversify memory and performance. The October installment features more than 10 students and combines live and video installations. The project responds to community interests, speaking to our souls as well as reflecting on history.

GREENBELT ARTS CENTER: ONLINE CONTENT
GAC presents a workshop reading of The Quadroon and the Dove, a new work by Charlene A. Donaghy, in two live online performances Saturday, October 24 at 6pm & Sunday, October 25 at 6pm. This play is in preparation for its Off-Broadway debut, and the live performances will be offered free, but they will not be recorded for future viewing.In 1840s New Orleans, Clarice, a free woman of color mistress to Lucien, a wealthy French Creole, obsesses and schemes to have Lucien bound to her alone, in a life away from repressive laws and intruding paramours. As the Quadroon Ball approaches, she sees her life spinning out of control as Lucien’s desires for new love and family intertwine with a growing slave uprising. To register to attend a performance, please fill out the form at this link and the Zoom information will be emailed to you.
GROUNDWATER ARTS
Groundwater Arts & No Dream Deferred (NOLA) present THIS IS NOT A DRILL: Theatre and A Climate-Just Future on October 20 at 6:30 PM. What is the connection between the climate crisis and uprisings for racial justice? What does decolonizing have to do with climate change? What would it mean to have hope for the future despite all the challenges we face? And how do you implement this work in your theatre-making today? In this interactive workshop, we’ll look at a future that is already climate-just, and rehearse simulations that adapt ways of creating, producing, and imagining theatre. Participants will leave with strategies and actions to implement in at least one new-to-you way of working in alignment with the principles of a Green New Theatre. Together we’ll build confidence around what we can do individually and collectively to create a just future.

The workshop is continuing a conversation presented by theatreWashington’s Theatre Summit and with support by Chelsea Thaler, DC-local theatre and environmental artist and activist–a convening of local professional theatre leadership–in January 2019. The workshop will be facilitated via Zoom. Registration is now open on Eventbrite, and tickets are Pay What You Will. The true cost of the workshop is $200 per participant. Registration is limited to 60 participants. Theatre-makers, including artists and administrators, who reside in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, LA are highly encouraged to attend.

HAPPENSTANCE THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theatre are posting a series of comedic videos featuring the characters Diz and Izzy on their website and their Facebook page. Jaster and Mandell’s sense of humor and whimsy is the perfect balm for shaken nerves. Check them out and have a laugh!

IMAGINATION STAGE: VIRTUAL PROGRAMMING & CLASSES
Imagination Stage is offering classes online with a full selection of creative and interactive experiences. Families interested in registering can learn more and sign up online at imaginationstage.org or by contacting the Registrar at registration@imaginationstage.org.

They are also streaming their production of Blue (ages 1-5) for any sized donation. You also can find Imagination Stage Brain Breaks on their Facebook live, a Build Your Own Castle Model video on their site, and Imagination Challenges on their Facebook Watch page. Please consider making a donation to help keep these programs going.

THE IN SERIES: ONLINE OFFERINGS
INSeries is also doing what they can to bring lively entertainment and activities from their stable of incredible artists. Offerings feature digital opera, including their season opener Butterfly, now available. You can request access via a form online. They also recently released Here Be Sirens – request access via a form here. They have also launched Cocktail Concerts. Hosted and curated by the performers themselves, they celebrate the power of music and the arts to transcend circumstances and unite creators and audiences in spite of distance. Be delighted and comforted by favorite tunes old and new right from the home of your favorite artists. In addition, The INSeries blog has new podcasts coming out all the time. Access the newest episode on their website. As Rigoletto was unable to move forward, the cast has made videos available in order to raise funds. You can view “Quarantetto” or “Send In the Clowns” online now. If you can, please consider making a donation to the Rigoletto Artist Compensation Fund online.

JANE FRANKLIN DANCE: STREAMING PERFORMANCES & CLASSES
Jane Franklin Dance Presents Forty+ Fall Project 2 with Choreographer Kelsey Rohr Wednesdays Oct 28 – Dec 9, 2020; 3 – 4 PM. This production project is $100 and offered through weekly sessions on Zoom (with outdoor or in-person meetings as conditions allow). Forty+ is frequently seen in concerts presented by Jane Franklin Dance and for organizations serving older adults. This project culminates with a virtual broadcast in December and will be performed live in January 2021. The project is open to people of all physical facilities.  No previous performance experience is necessary.

In virtual day camps, students can explore movement and art, words and imagination..  Students receive art project packets with print-outs, instructions and some supplies. They will share and collaborate on movement using Zoom break-out rooms. Students will receive a Vimeo link to view a past performance and draw inspiration. In the tradition of in-person Summer Camps, we will show our work at the end of the day. Scholarships are available. Teens ages 13-14 may enroll as Counselor-in-Training students. Location: Virtual on Zoom
Dates and Times: 9 am – 11:45 am
Nov 3 (Election Day) – Splatter (instructor Jane Franklin)
Emotions are associated with color in this spoken word and movement adventure through sadness blue, bright and shiny happiness, angry red, gray shadows, calm green.

Nov 11 (Veteran’s Day) – Why Do Cicadas Scream?
(instructors Kelsey Rohr, Jane Franklin)
Excitement is as easy as the wave of a wand. Explore the cicada life cycle and themes of transformation and change through movement and art.

Kid’s classes still available:
Splatter-Emotions & Color – Ages 6 – 11 (instructor Carly Johnson)
Mondays, Oct 19 – Nov 16 – 3 pm – 3:55 pm $60
Here Comes the Parade – Ages 7 – 12 (instructor Kelsey Rohr)
Fridays, Oct 23 – Nov 20 – 4 pm – 4:55 pm $60
Tuition: $60 per class series. For Scholarship information or to enroll
https://www.janefranklin.com/classes or call 703.933.1111

Jane Franklin Dance also has performances available on Demand. Stop by the website for shows from Capital Fringe, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, spoken word, and visual art collaborations, as well as lively family-friendly performances.

JFD has also launched the “Keep Artists Employed” Artist Support Fund to help offset the loss of income due to cancelled rehearsals, residencies, after school programs, projects and performances. 100% of the proceeds goes directly to artists.

JOE’S MOVEMENT EMPORIUM: VIRTUAL CLASSES
Joe’s has online classes available in yoga, tap, and belly dance. You can find out info about all classes on their website.

KEEGAN THEATRE: BOILER ROOM SERIES LIVE & PLAY-RAH-KA OFFERINGS

Keegan hosts a virtual performance series, BRS LIVE. Their brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA (PRK), also has online opportunities for young people of all ages to be creative and have fun with theatre and storytelling from home! VIEW ALL OFFERINGS

PRK has always been rooted in helping young people discover their authentic voices and express themselves creatively. During this period of quarantine and isolation from friends and arts influences, PRK seeks to provide opportunities for young people to use their imagination, practice creative play, and create a world with friends across the digital sphere. LEARN MORE ABOUT PRK

If you have questions about Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA or any of these online opportunities, please email playrahka@keegantheatre.com

THE KENNEDY CENTER: KENNEDY CENTER AT HOME
Audiences can discover a wide range of at-home programming through the Kennedy Center at Home website. Arts Across America, a collaboration with arts organizations from coast to coast, the series will present 20 weeks of free, online programming available on Facebook Live, YouTube, and on their website, five days a week at 4 p.m. ET.

New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Mo Willems has filmed 15 episodes of LUNCH DOODLES, available on the Mo Willems page of the Kennedy Center website.

Digital Stage brings you extraordinary performances from the Kennedy Center’s stages and beyond, with new releases daily. Millennium Stage lives on with online encore performances – an archive of hundreds of past performances can be accessed through the Kennedy Center website. And for the millions of students, parents, and teachers looking for ways to learn and grow at home, Kennedy Center Education offers informative and engaging Digital Learning resources.

Couch Concerts help inspire, uplift, heal, and bring the performing arts from the homes of artists into homes across the country and around the world during these difficult times. For 23 years, Millennium Stage has brought free performances to audiences in person at the Center and virtually through a livestream. The Kennedy Center will now stream concerts direct from artists’ homes on the Kennedy Center website at 4 p.m. ET every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while the Center remains closed, due to COVID-19.

To access the livestream or for more information and the latest Couch Concerts schedule, visit the Couch Concerts page of the Kennedy Center website.

MARYLAND ENSEMBLE THEATRE: SCRIPT VAULT AND MET VAULT
MET is offering access to a database of scripts from past productions, along with an opportunity to rent videos from their vault.

MISSING LINK: IMMERSIVE THEATER PODCAST
Missing Link presents Between Acts, an immersive theater podcast. Each episode sets the stage for your imagination to freely venture through the works of newfound playwrights—from dramas to comedies and everything in-between. The show was launched today with the release of two episodes; subsequent episodes will be released on a bi-weekly basis.

As part of the launch of this first-of-its-kind podcast, Missing Link will host two live theatre events, Between Acts LIVE, where attendees join the cast and crew to go behind the scenes of the making of two podcast episodes. The event will be held Tuesday, October 20, and Thursday, October 22, at 8 p.m. at the Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA).

MONUMENTAL THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
Monumental will share ‘Monumental Memories’ on their YouTube page – including various content from previous productions.

MOSAIC THEATER COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
Mosaic has announced their production of Dear Mapel by award-winning, DC-based, multidisciplinary artist Psalmayene 24. The show is Psalm’s very personal new play about growing up in Brooklyn, losing his virginity, and reconnecting with loved ones who’ve passed. Combining live performance with multi-cam video production, this workshop breaks out of the confines of Zoom we’ve become so accustomed to and drops audiences into a rich, theatrical world. Directed by Natsu Onoda Power with procussion by Jabari Exum, this FREE, ticketed event premieres via live stream on October 26 at 7:30pm and is available for viewing through October 31.

They have also launched Mosaic Alive, a virtual public programming platform where homebound community members can engage with Mosaic artists, scholars, and local thinkers on Mondays and Fridays. Together, you’ll explore themes, topics, and literature related to Mosaic’s upcoming Season 6 – via engaging conversations and in-depth discussions. You can find more details on the Mosaic Alive website.

NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE: ONLINE CONCERTS
NCE is offering a preview of their postponed concert Vivaldi: The Remarkable Four Seasons online on YouTube.

NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC: MUSICAL NOTES ONLINE
In the weeks to come, National Philharmonic will post short pieces recorded by its musicians on social media. The program “Musical Notes” taps into cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s call that musicians – of all levels – around the world join him in offering “Songs of Comfort”. View Musical Notes here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube.

NEW ORCHESTRA OF WASHINGTON: ONLINE OFFERINGS
NOW will produce a new array of content, designed to foster empathy, explore intellect, build friendships, and create the version of society that we want to live in, even when we are apart. Offerings include artist music recommendations, artist spotlights, guided meditations, and living room concerts as well as streamed archived shows. Check it out on their website, and please consider making a donation.

NEXTSTOP THEATRE COMPANY: DIGITAL MATINEES
NextStop will produce Digital Matinees every Saturday at 2 PM, where they will share fun and exciting updates, interview artists, and answer questions on all things NextStop. Each episode will be approximately 15-20 minutes long. Look for the link in a future post on our Facebook page, join their email list, or watch their site for details.

OLNEY THEATRE CENTER: STREAMING CONTENT
Olney Theatre Center is hosting a virtual social justice arts festival called Just Arts: A Celebration of Art & Activism, amplifying the voices of BIPOC artists and activists on in October. Each Friday evening, they will delve more deeply into a particular pillar of social justice—equity, participation, rights, and access—through performances and conversations with artists and activists. This 4-week series is curated by four DMV-arts leaders Chil Kong (Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC), Kevin McAllister (actor and Artistic Director of ArtsCentric, Inc), Nicole A. Watson (Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre), and Elena Velasco (Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre).

OPERA NOVA: ONLINE CONCERTS
Opera Nova is now streaming the concert Celebrating African-American Opera Singers: Past and Present online on YouTube.

PEACE MOUNTAIN THEATRE COMPANY: READINGS
To stay up-to-date on the latest PMTC activities, check out Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s website, Facebook and YouTube.

PIPELINE PLAYWRIGHTS: READINGS
In Pipeline Playwrights are holding virtual readings that actors will read, then they will be recorded for viewing on YouTube. You can find more info on their website.

Monday, October 19 – A Christmas for Carol by Raechel Patrese
A worried mother will do anything in hopes that her children can live harmoniously for the holidays.

Monday, October 26 – Time Stops by Marketa Seliyah Nicholson
Sometimes in life there are moments when time stops and those moments change your life forever.

Monday, November 16 – Someplace Better by Jean Koppen
Driven from their home country by disease and political unrest, a couple journeys hoping to find someplace better.

Tuesday, December 8 – Love & Laughter Holiday Party featuring two short plays

The Turkey That Ate Thanksgiving by Nicole Burton
Mishaps and hilarity are key ingredients in this turkey dinner for fifty.
And back from Fringe 2019 by popular demand–

The Christmas Card by Crystal Adaway
At a festive girls’ night, life imitates art, or is it the other way ’round?

All events begin at 7:15.
Register to attend: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeDp0lyHl3BgzKqNy2-lMtPPaykk_L3s62_RG3tAIIWldUHwg/viewform

Pointless Theatre streams ‘King Ubu’ free for a limited time.

POINTLESS THEATRE: ONLINE CONTENT
Along with spreading positivity and quarantine tips through their email list and Instagram, Pointless is releasing a new free show from the archives every other Thursday on their Vimeo page. Their most recent offering is King Ubu – a new translation of Ubu Roi, a play that has been sticking its tongue out at politics, war, and theatre orthodoxy since its premiere in 1896. Hilarious, violent, and absurd, King Ubu promises audiences lowbrow humor, ludicrous language, and full-bore puppet carnage all wrapped up into a funhouse take on Macbeth and the classical tragedy. You can watch here.

They are also offering Canterbury. In this delightfully raunchy puppet adaptation of Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, a handful of medieval drunkards share their wild and wonderful tales of the Middle Ages, accompanied by live musicians. Come raise a glass in the name of promiscuity, puppets and pints. You can find more info on PT’s Vimeo site.

PROLOGUE THEATRE: READINGS
You can find all Prologue’s offerings on their website.

The cast of Round House Theatre's 'Homebound.' Photo courtesy of Round House Theatre.
The cast of Round House Theatre’s ‘Homebound.’ Photo courtesy of Round House Theatre.

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE: ROUND HOUSE AT YOUR HOUSE
RHT has launched Round House at Your House, a new slate of free digital programming  that includes weekly livestreamed interviews with celebrated playwrights, Theatre Education Challenges for three different age groups, and cocktail-making classes from Round House’s Fourth Wall Bar & Café.

They have also brought together DC-area playwrights, actors, and designers for Homebound, an original webseries that explores life under Stay-at-Home orders in the Nation’s Capital. The ten-episode series is available to stream on their YouTube channel. Please consider making a donation to Round House Theatre online. 

SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY: ONLINE CONTENT
A video of Emma Rice’s musical treat Romantics Anonymous is available to STC subscribers, donors, and paying audience members. More details are available on the STC site.

STC Teaching Artists have adapted their fall curriculum to reach students in an online format with 12-16 students. In the belief that theatre provides an essential place for creativity, learning, and human connection, STC is offering Classes online at a reduced rate of $149. Further tuition assistance is available.

Shakespeare Hour LIVE is an online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg will examine the world of Shakespeare by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon which speak to each other thematically, dramaturgically, and historically. Special guests and friends of the STC extended family will also drop by.

SIGNATURE THEATRE: SIGWORKS & THE SIGNATURE SHOW
Signature presents SigWorks: Monday Night Play Readings, an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV and regional playwrights. Performances include SigWorks: The Story of Walter on December 7, SigWorks: One-Shot on February 8, 2021, and SigWorks: Light on April 5, 2021. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. To learn about other SigWorks programs, visit their website.

You can also catch up with talented artists in The Signature Show, a new half-hour digital experience hosted by Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. The first episode features special guest artist performances and interviews, favorite memories from Signature’s past, an original music and tap performance, and a tribute to composer Darius Smith with a song from U.G.L.Y., his musical developed in the SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab. Watch for a new show every other Thursday on their YouTube channel. Please consider making an online donation to Signature.

SOLAS NUA: ONLINE CONTENT
Solas Nua’s events are all listed on their website. Please consider making a donation.

SPOOKY ACTION THEATER: READINGS
Spooky Action’s offerings are available on their website.

STEP AFRIKA!: ONLINE OFFERINGS
Step Afrika! will be offering online shows and panels. You can find more info on their website.

STRATHMORE: ONLINE PROGRAMS
From weekly live streamed music concerts and family jam sessions to virtual book clubs and art gallery tours, Strathmore has transitioned to find ways to connect audiences with the arts and with each other online. Live from the Mansion is a virtual concert series that brings inspiring music and insightful conversation together in the Mansion at Strathmore. Each week, host Christylez Bacon joins us for performances in a variety of genres and helps us get to know some of the best artists from the DC area—all from Strathmore’s renowned Artist in Residence program. Tune into Strathmore’s Facebook page Wednesdays at 7:30pm to catch the premiere of each episode. For more info on all programs, please visit the Strathmore website or their facebook page.

STUDIO ACTING CONSERVATORY
Studio Acting Conservatory offers online classes. This semester features classes on Irish playwrights and new workshops on the art of drag, executive public speaking, foundations of musical theater, self-taping for auditions, and devising theater today. Follow this link for info on Classes.

STUDIO THEATRE: PSALM’S SALONS, ONLINE OFFERINGS & CLASSES
Studio brings back Psalm’s Salons on October 22 at 5 PM. The conversation features Mildren Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp, founders of pioneering New York theatre company UNIVERSES. Committed to equity and inclusivity, the group combines multidisciplinary artforms with politics and powerful narratives to elevate BIPOC artists and stories, while addressing charged issues through performance. Now in their 25th year of living the mantra “The Revolution is LIVE and ONSTAGE,” Mildred and Steven will speak with emcee Psalmayene 24 about what that means in this political moment, what’s changed in theatre, what still needs reform, and where we go from here. All streaming offerings are available on Studio TheatreFacebook and YouTube pages.

The Breath Project—a new theatrical initiative formed by Artistic Director and Co-Founder Gamal Abdel Chasten and Co-Founder Marieke Gaboury in response to the current global spotlight on racial injustice against Black people—announced the lineup for the inaugural The Breath Project Virtual Festival being held on Saturday, October 24 (2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET) and Sunday, October 25 (5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET). In partnership with Studio Theatre and 23 other theatre companies across the country, the free festival will feature 24 world premiere works created by multidisciplinary theatre artists of color that are all 8 minutes and 46 seconds in length. In the wake of the death of George Floyd, the 8 minutes and 46 second time frame has become a symbol for the racial injustice faced by countless members of the Black community across the United States. To RSVP for The Breath Project Virtual Festival, visit tinyurl.com/tbp-festival-2020. More information is available at thebreathproject2020.com.

SYNETIC THEATER: ONLINE PRODUCTIONS
All Synetic productions can be found on the Synetic site.

THEATER J: ONLINE CLASSES & READINGS
Theater J is offering a variety of online classes taught by awesome Theater J artists. Classes start on staggered dates. Check out all the offerings on their website.

Yiddish Theater Lab is Theater J’s on-going initiative dedicated to preserving and reviving the forgotten literature of the Yiddish Theater. Join them as directors and playwrights uncover and re-interpret nearly-forgotten Yiddish classics in new English language readings, workshops, commissions, and eventually productions. See their website for details.

TOO MUCH DAMN THEATER: ONLINE READINGS
All online offerings are available on their facebook page.

TRANSFORMATION THEATRE: ONLINE READINGS
All information about their readings is available on the Transformation Theatre website.

TWO STRIKES THEATER COLLECTIVE
Two Strikes, in collaboration with Strand Theater Company, will produce a virtual play writing festival, focused on the voices of Black womxn. Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism. Though Black Lives Matter was founded by three Black women, the movement (much like liberation movements before it) has historically erased and undervalued Black womxn. Join them for the virtual presentation, comprising 10 original 10-minute plays selected by a collective panel of readers out of 42 submissions by Black womxn playwrights from 12 states. Live interactive Q&A with the playwrights will follow the performances. When: October 17, 2020 7pm, Admission: Free, donations are encouraged.
A viewing link will be provided following the ticket purchase. Get tickets here.

Festival Finalists:
“Black in the Box” by Lisa Whittington (Powder Springs, GA)
“Each One, Teach One” by Naelis Ervin (Waldorf, MD)
“Georgia Rose” by Onyekachi Iwu (Garfield, NJ)
“How to Make Banana Pudding” by Faye McCray (Columbia, MD)
“My Voice” by Celeste Campbell (Stone Mountain, GA)
“Solving for Y” by Robin Turner (Norcross, GA)
“Tea Spilling” by Victoria Palmer (Washington, DC)
“Texturism: a Manageable Lie” by Lauren Davis (Sparks, MD)
“The Middle Pillar” by Boneza Valdez Hanchock (Woodbridge, VA)
“Waste of a Good Wig” by Lisa Hill-Corley (Fairfax, VA)
Directors: Tristeza Duncan, Aladrian C. Wetzel, Des’ree Brown, Christen Cromwell and Shayla Simmons

URBANARIAS: STREAMING SHOWS
UrbanArias is producing their next collaborative project at 8 PM on October 16. They have partnered with eight other American opera companies to create a newly-commissioned operatic video series, Tales From a Safe Distance, inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron. Each company is contributing one chapter, just as the people quarantined in Boccaccio’s tale each tell one story. For their chapter, UrbanArias commissioned director/librettist John de los Santos (Service Provider) and composer Marc Migó to write The Roost, a sexy comedy about expecting parents in lock-down. All info is available on the website.

All Episodes premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT/ 7:00 p.m. CDT on the listed dates.
Each premiere will be followed by an interactive livestream conversation with the creators and artists.
Episode 2: Prompted by Appetite – Premieres October 16, 2020
“Dinner 4 3” – “The Roost”
Episode 3: So Noble a Heart – Premieres October 23, 2020
“Orsa Ibernata” – “Seven Spells” – “The Sky Where You Are”
Episode 4: The Bolts of Fortune – Premieres October 30, 2020
“Sourdough: Rise Up” – “Corsair” – “The Happy Hour”

They are also offering free livestreams of their previous operas. You can view more details on the UrbanArias site.

WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER: ONLINE SHOWS AND CLASSES 
WIT is providing live streamed videos of their improv shows on their site. You can also check their Classes page for updated online offerings.

The Broken Bones is Washington Improv Theater’s featured ensemble. Based on your gnarly injury story, watch a new online improv show every Thursday at 6pm. We’ve all been hurt, perhaps by a hidden patch of ice, a sick collision while scoring the winning goal, or a very public breakup at your 28th birthday party. The Broken Bones will perform an improvised comedy show based on your gnarliest injury —and we will all heal together through comedy. Share your gnarly injury story via message on Facebook or Instagram @brokenbonesdc – To support Washington Improv Theater please donate at witddc.org/give

WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS: CONCERTS & HOME DELIVERY PLUS 
Washington Performing Arts has announced Home Delivery Plus, a new online series of performances and companion experiences beginning in early 2021. Home Delivery Plus offers a variety of paid/ticketed digital packages that feature international, national, and local artists streamed in live or newly recorded performances; companion educational resources and activities; and “backstage” experiences offering a window into the artistic process. Prompted by this time of coronavirus, the series is nevertheless designed with the digital future of the performing arts in mind—as a complement to (not a replacement for) traditional live, in-person performance. At such point in the series as local health authorities and venue hosts judge it is safe for live audiences to gather for physically distanced performances, patrons may be welcomed to purchase separate tickets to attend in person, even as the digital programming continues. Find out more on the WPA website.

WASHINGTON REVELS: ONLINE CONTENT
Washington Revels’ programming is available on their website. Events also include the monthly Community Sing on the 21st of every month. These online programs will continue until it is safe to gather in person again. Participation is free, and more details are at www.RevelsDC.org.

WE HAPPY FEW: STREAMING PERFORMANCES & AUDIO DRAMA
We Happy Few branches into the resurgent Radio Play art form with new and reimagined adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe. Mounting fresh versions of The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tell-Tale Heart, and introducing new story The Premature Burial, WHF brings Halloween tradition to the comfort of the home.

A Midnight Dreary Audio Drama will be divided in two parts. The first installment, The Masque of the Red Death and The Cask of Amontillado, explores the thin veneer of civilization concealing humanity’s innate brutality, and the decadent and depraved depths lurking behind it. The second installment, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Premature Burial, delves quite literally into the twin fears of being found and being lost, of always being observed and of disappearing from view. In addition to the recordings, they will offer an optional “extras” box containing atmospheric, historic, and story-specific elements delivered right to the listener’s door. The extras are designed to heighten the home theatrical experience and encourage listeners to enjoy this event with family, roommates, or quarantine buddies. Check their website for all the info.

WHF is also releasing several recordings of their shows, including 2019’s Treasure Island, now available on their website for a small donation.

THE WELDERS: ONLINE OFFERINGS AND WORKSHOPS
Keep in touch with The Welders on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

The cast of Rossini’s ‘The Touchstone.’ Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

WOLF TRAP: VIRTUAL OFFERINGS 
Wolf Trap is offering local students a chance to have their turn in the spotlight with Wolf Trap Virtual Stage. In addition, Wolf Trap Opera has launched a new streaming platform that includes a video of their 2017 production of Rossini’s The Touchstone, a 2019 version of Ariadne auf Naxos, and an audio recording of the 2018 performance of Bernstein’s Songfest in collaboration with the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, and their friends at Naxos. Please consider making a donation to Wolf Trap.

WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY: PRODUCTIONS, PLAY AT HOME & ONLINE CLASSES
Woolly Mammoth wants you to explore new forms of theatre with Woolly On Demand, starting with their first non-traditional theater production on Oct 1. Telephonic Literary Union’s Human Resources is an intimate audio anthology for remote times. Telephonic Literary Union makes stories for very small audiences using phones, thoughtfully curated environments, and the theater of the mind. This fall, TLU re-purposes the customer service hotline for stranger, more tender use in Human Resources, an intimate audio anthology for remote times. To file a claim or plan your escape, dial 800.804.1573. Featuring new works by Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung and Zeniba Now, wherever you’re calling from, Human Resources is here for you.

WM is also participating in Play At Home, a play writing initiative providing free scripts for at-home reading. You can find more details on their website.

WMTC has also created a unique offering of online classes that foster learning, enhance existing abilities, and most importantly, activate joy. Register here.

YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ THEATER: VIRTUAL EVENTS & CLASSES
Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts online events and classes – all details are available online.

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