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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

She was a giant. Borrowing from what was said at Lincoln's passing, "Now, he belongs to the ages." Along with her victories for women and equality,...

“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...

A tribute to Brave Spirits as it calls off Shakespeare’s histories...

There are certain theater experiences that you look forward to with extraordinary excitement. Brave Spirits Theatre’s Shakespeare’s Histories 2020 was one of them. To...

Anti-racist theater and the #WeSeeYou movement: A Q&A with Nicole Brewer

I had the chance to attend Nicole Brewer’s Anti-Racist Theatre workshop at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, last year, and it...

Why I am an activist artist, by JChris

As a Latino gay millennial singer-songwriter, I believe I can make a difference. I'm here because I can become one of the reasons why things...

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Elections have consequences. Some elections more than others. With voting participation trending downward over the years, what can be done to awaken folk to...

First live local theater since COVID is a new-normal ‘Next to...

By Steve Quintilian and Julie Lloyd, Encore Theater Company Co-founders As artistic directors and theater managers all over the DMV wrestle with how and when to...

The power of a pause, by Patrick W. Lord

Lights out. Beat. Beat. When the lights go and I’m plunged into darkness, sitting in a theater, my heart always skips a beat, because I know that...

A course at Theater J for theater lovers looks ahead to...

Change is coming. As the DMV theater community is reeling and reckoning with the effects of the coming post-COVID-19 world and as artists of color...

Ignorance of the Black theatrical canon is no excuse, by Courtney...

The authors of the following two op-eds are cofounders of DC’s acclaimed Restoration Stage, Inc., whose focus is “restoring the Black family—one story at...

Can white arts leaders become anti-racist “accomplices”?

Recently, during an interview with Nicole Brewer, founder of Anti-Racist Theatre, I learned about the Arts Administrators of Color Network’s Accomplices Leadership Institute (ALI)....

Playwright Ian August zeros in on ‘Zero,’ from Spooky Action

Interview by Roberta Alves Spooky Action Theater’s New Works in Action play-reading series continues Sunday, August 16, with Ian August's Zero, a dark comedy about three...

Theater and the risk of breath, by Kari Ginsburg

There is a moment in theater that I live for. I’m onstage, responding truthfully in the moment as if for the first time, embodying my...

A quick guide to going live online

  By Violet Brookes The term “new normal” gets thrown around a lot nowadays. And indeed, things are going to be vastly different due to...

Camp Arena Stage—DC’s longest-running daycamp for the arts—goes online

When COVID-19 first struck last winter, most of us in the theater world—audiences as well as those on or off stage—thought the crisis would...

For BIPOC women in theater who have had enuf: A roundtable...

By Thembi Duncan DC Metro Theater Arts has committed to offer our communications channel to help amplify the BIPOC voices (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)...

How Only Make Believe brings theater to kids in hospitals even...

In these days of medically necessary masks and prudent social distancing, let us not forget children in hospitals and care facilities living with chronic...