Theatre Washington is an alliance of theatre organizations, theatre-makers, and theatre supporters that promotes and nurtures a creative, equitable, healthy, and diverse regional theatre community.


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Throughout the region, Theatre Washington convenes theater artists, administrators, and technicians to create a community that values and reflects its diversity, learns from its history, and recognizes the role of the arts and the artist in realizing a just and equitable society.
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GALA Hispanic Theatre

Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Theatre Washington supports the Washington, DC-area’s professional theatre community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen the theatrical workforce, support institutional growth and advancement, and cultivate collective action. Theatre Washington’s core programs include: the Helen Hayes Awards, Theatre Week, Theatre Summit, Theatre Work, and the Taking Care Fund.

Mission & Values

Theatre Washington is engaged in an ongoing process to examine our workplace values, evaluate how our institution has operated to support structural racism and how to end those practices, and reimagine how we’re working with partner organizations to create an anti-racist and anti-oppressive community.

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Farah Lawal Harris and Jojo Ruf at the 2020 Theatre Summit
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Our Story

As theatre in the Washington, DC-area has developed over decades, so have we – growing from an awards program to a service and partnership organization. 

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Fostering a collaborative environment where all voices are welcomed and heard is central to our work. Theatre Washington’s leadership is driven by our values – collaboration, empathy, and equity.

Who’s Who at Theatre Washington?

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Victor Shargai at the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards
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Give to Theatre Washington

Your contribution sustains our work to strengthen the Washington, DC-area theatrical workforce, facilitate collaboration among theatre-makers, and celebrate extraordinary achievements in our community.

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2020 Helen Hayes Awards Nominations Ceremony
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We’d love to hear from you!

We welcome your thoughts, feedback, ideas, and input.