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George Mason University to center Black voices in artist-activist conversations

As the DC-area theater community reckons with and takes steps to combat racism through open, heartfelt conversations and real-world actions to bring forth equity,...

Tiny chamber concert series strikes audience gold in crisis

When Ellen Hwangbo launched a chamber concert series in November 2019 that included a venue just a stone’s throw from the White House, little...

Why Shaw’s wit is a perfect fit for Washington Stage Guild...

In mid-March DC-area theaters went dark and theatergoers’ calendars emptied of live shows to take in—but light and sound and performances are coming into...

Patrons pining for in-person performance are now finding it by the...

We thought the days of drive-in movie theaters, with patrons braving the weather for the sake of a good time, were a thing of...

How the Kennedy Center is keeping live performance alive (cautiously)

Update November 18, 2020: COVID cancelations to cost Kennedy Center over $80 million  Scheduled performances through April 25 are off; Broadway musical tours are...

Felicia Curry and Adam Immerwahr to co-teach Black and Jewish plays...

In these tumultuous times, theatermakers and theatergoers have been working to share a long-time common goal: to reflect upon and engage with the human...

Next Ice Age dancers carve out haunting moves

Looking for something really cool to do this Halloween weekend? Check out The Next Ice Age (NIA), an amazing ice dancing troupe that will...

Theater will have to be less racist to survive: A Q&A...

Although Shakespeare Theatre Company's acclaimed The Amen Corner had to shut down in March before its run was done, the production proved fortuitous for...

E. Faye Butler speaks out on playing Fannie Lou Hamer right...

"Nobody’s free until everybody’s free." —Fannie Lou Hamer Anyone who has ever seen E. Faye Butler perform knows that they are witnessing something truly extraordinary. A...

Why Bob Bartlett is putting on his new play in his...

It was a few weeks ago; an unexpected FB post from playwright Bob Bartlett caught my attention. He was posting a teaser about his newest...

Artists Who Inspire! #6: Kathleen Akerley

Welcome to the sixth installment of Artists Who Inspire! During the continuing shutdown of live theater, DCMTA will use this space to lift up...

Lights to go on again at GALA Hispanic Theatre with classic...

Now in its 45th season, GALA Hispanic Theatre has always been cutting edge. From its founding in 1976, GALA (Grupo de Artistas LatinoAmericanos) has been...

I have never been comfortable in theater, by Artemis Montague

I have never been comfortable in theater. Not safe. Not “safer.” Just completely unwelcomed. We are in a global pandemic. There is movement building on...

A preshow chat with Felicia Curry and Naomi Jacobson, cohosts of...

Screens will be lighting up all over Metro DC as theater lovers, supporters, and luminaries gather online for the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards Friday,...

Reginald Douglas and David Muse on how Studio Theatre is “doing...

The ground feels as if American theater might actually be shifting in the direction of change for Blacks, Indigenous people, and People of Color....

Can laughter be lethal?: Dr. Linsey Marr on aerosol transmission of...

I first learned of Dr. Linsey Marr when I read a startling opinion piece that appeared in the New York Times July 30: As...

The future of opera in the time of pandemic: A Q&A...

I spoke with Adam Turner, Artistic Director of the Virginia Opera, on Tuesday, September 15, about how a regional opera company weathers COVID and...

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, by Edward Gero

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~W. Shakespeare She was a giant. Borrowing from what was said at Lincoln's passing, "Now, he belongs to...

“What this March means to me at this moment in America”:...

Studio Theatre commissioned seven Black artists who have appeared on its stages to create artistic responses to their experience at the Commitment March on...

Arena Stage docudrama makes case for making DC ‘The 51st State’

In our current political and cultural stressful times, how can theater make a difference, not just to those who are in-person patrons but to...