Theatre is a gymnasium for stretching and exercising our powers of imagination. Whether sitting in an audience, engaging in rigorous training, or complementing classroom learning, the unique ability of theatre to inspire and transform individuals — of all ages — is indisputable.
For some, a theatrical performance conveys familiar stories and themes in a uniquely empathetic way and for others, theatre effectively frames those stories in a way they in which they can be better understood. For children, theatre stimulates responsibility, communication skills, critical thinking, problem solving, decision-making, collaboration, discernment, engagement, powers of observation, confidence, movement, trust, and focus — not to mention enhanced aptitude in language arts, history, science, and mathematics. And most of all, theatre — like nothing else — is a conduit to explore what it is that makes us human.
At theatreWashington, we know lives are changed through theatre. As the definitive authority for information about theatre education in the region, we work ardently to bring the joys of the theatre experience to all people. The Education Expo connects area theatre education programs with youth that need them most, and helps individuals connect with new opportunities for engagement through theatre. A collection of online tools provides resources to parents and teachers. The grandFriends Club facilitates an engaging theatre-going experience across generations.
But moreover, whether a child aspires to be an actor or a lawyer, a designer or a doctor, a technician or a skilled laborer, the priceless lessons learned from the theatre are universally applicable. Theatre training fosters practical life lessons, building essential skills for both on and off stage. theatreWashington creates opportunities for all people to connect, transform, and evolve through theatre.
Representative programs include:
An interactive, comprehensive, online directory of classes, workshops, camps, after-school programs, residencies, and seminars—for children and adults.
theatreWashington Education Expo
A centralized forum for the region’s many theatre education programs to connect directly with public school educators and parents so they may identify and implement programming that best suits their students’ needs and curricula.
An intergenerational program for grandparents and grandfriends alike to share theatre with the young people in their lives by utilizing online tools to help select productions, resources for before and after the show, and a host of other customized benefits that facilitate the gift of theatregoing.
The Washington Theatre Legacy Project
A landmark program that, since 1994, has provided the tools, resources, and opportunities to incorporate theatre into the daily lives of area children, enriching, connecting, and strengthening the future generation of our community.