Theatre Week
Kickoff Party 2019

Saturday, September 7, 11am - 4pm

Arena Stage - 1101 6th Street SW
Celebration of Washington theatre with FREE food, drinks, & entertainment!

Theatre Week Kickoff Party 2019

Saturday, September 7

11am - 4pm

Arena Stage - 1101 6th Street SW
Celebration of Washington theatre with FREE food, drinks, & entertainment!


Join theatre makers from across the DMV for an afternoon of performances, demonstrations, conversations and giveaways at Arena Stage on the SW Waterfront. Come talk to a designer or director, learn about your favorite company’s upcoming productions, and maybe even discover a theatre you didn’t know anything about! Giveaways, meet-and-greets with representatives from companies large and small, and performances are all on the menu at this rousing celebration of the 2019-2020 theatre season. It’s all free and open to theater lovers and newcomers alike.


Special Panel Conversation: 11am-12pm
The Kickoff Party will begin with a special panel conversation - The Future of Washington Theatre. Peter Marks, Washington Post Theater Critic, will speak to three new artistic directors - Maria Goyanes of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Raymond Caldwell of Theater Alliance, and Chil Kong of Adventure Theatre MTC - about stepping into their roles at the helm of established Washington theatres, their vision for moving these institutions forward, and engaging their communities. Coffee and a light breakfast will be available before the conversation.

Children’s Area: Programming in a special area from 12-4pm for children ages 3-12 and adults. Featuring classes and workshops from Adventure Theatre MTC and Levine Music Theatre.

Performance Room: Entertainment from 12:30-4pm

12:30 - FELICIA CURRY, a Helen Hayes Award recipient currently appearing in Mosaic Theater Company of DC’s Fabulation Or, The Re-Education of Undine, performs songs from her past and present. She will next be seen as Dr. Martha Livingstone in Factory 449’s Agnes of God this October.

12:45 - WOOD VAN METER, a Helen Hayes Award nominee for his work as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Toby’s Dinner Theatre, most recently seen at NextStop Theatre Company in Singin’ in the Rain, performs musical theatre selections.

1:00 - MONIQUE MIDGETTE, a three-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, frequent Broadway performer, and currently director of Beehive at NextStop Theatre Company, performs songs from her extensive repertoire of Broadway and classic musical theatre.

1:15 - CREATIVE CAULDRON, a Helen Hayes Award nominated theatre company specializing in world premiere musicals, led by Helen Hayes Award recipient Stephen Gregory Smith and Helen Hayes Award nominee Matt Conor, performs songs from past and upcoming productions.

1:30 - THE AMERICAN POPS ORCHESTRA, an innovative group of artists dedicated to reinvigorating the vast, rich repertoire of American music, performs selections from their upcoming September concert, Coat of Many Colors: The Music of Dolly Parton.

1:45 - RAYANNE GONZALES, a Helen Hayes Award recipient most recently seen in Olney Theatre Center’s Matilda, performs musical-based selections. She will next be seen as The Ghost of Christmas Present in Ford’s Theatre’s annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

2:00 - CASEY KALEBA, a Helen Hayes Award nominated fight director specializing in stage combat training and choreography for professional theatres, academic productions, and educational programs, leads a 30 minute stage combat & fight choreography demonstration for beginners of all ages.

2:30 - GREG WATKINS, a singer, pianist, musical director, composer and arranger, recently seen in Arena Stage's a cappella musical, Jubilee, and currently appearing as Professor Callahan in Keegan Theatre’s Legally Blonde, performs songs from a Gospel-inspired repertoire.

2:45 - SYNETIC THEATRE, a movement-based theatre company that has received 34 Helen Hayes Awards and a staggering 134 nominations, performs scenes from their remount of The Tempest, another in the company’s growing repertoire of wordless Shakespeare productions.

3:00 - LADY DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI, a Helen Hayes Award nominated choreographer, playwright, performer, and one of the leading advocates for trans and nonbinary artists, performs a scene from her self-penned Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem.

3:15 - HASANI ALLEN, a Helen Hayes Award recipient for his work as The Scarecrow in The Wiz and most recently seen as The Prince in Into The Woods, both at Ford’s Theatre, performs songs from past and upcoming shows.

3:45 - MONUMENTAL THEATRE COMPANY, recipient of the John Aniello Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, will perform, “The Smartphone Hour” from their recent hit production of Be More Chill and “Make a Move” from the upcoming new musical, Montgomery.

Participating organizations include:

  • 1st Stage
  • 4615 Theatre Company
  • Adventure Theatre MTC
  • Ally Theatre Company
  • American Pops
  • Annapolis Shakespeare Company
  • Arena Stage
  • Best Medicine Rep
  • Brave Spirits Theatre
  • Constellation Theatre Company
  • Creative Cauldron
  • DC Actors for Animals
  • DC Metro Theatre Arts
  • DC Theatre Scene
  • Flying V
  • Folger Theatre
  • Ford's Theatre
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program
  • Levine Music Theatre
  • Monumental Theatre Company
  • Mosaic Theater Company of DC
  • National Theatre
  • Nu Sass Productions
  • Peter's Alley Theatre Productions
  • Pointless Theatre
  • Prologue Theatre
  • Rep Stage
  • Rorschach Theatre
  • Round House Theatre
  • ShakespeareTheatre Company
  • Signature Theatre
  • Solas Nua
  • Studio Theatre
  • Synetic Theater
  • The Actors' Center
  • The Edge of the Universe Players 2
  • The Essential Theatre
  • The In Series
  • The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics
  • The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
  • The Theatre Lab Inc
  • The Welders
  • Theater Alliance
  • Theater J
  • Theatre Prometheus
  • TodayTix
  • Washington City Paper
  • Washington Stage Guild
  • We Happy Few
  • Woolly Mammoth Theatre
  • Young Playwrights' Theater

Food and drinks provided by: Anxo Cidery, DC Brau, Shake Shack, Turkish Coffee Lady, Tony & Joe's Seafood, and Honest Tea