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Arena Stage Community Engagement

Our programs educate students in the classroom, bring cutting-edge workshops to community organizations, invite younger, more diverse audiences to our theaters and train future artists and educators. As the community engages in Arena, we engage in the community.

Join us for four nights of new plays written and performed by 11 ensembles from the D.C. Metro area. More than 100 artists, ages 11 to 25, will raise important questions they have about their communities through an evening of original, autobiographical theater. This year's plays examine topics including education equality, sex trafficking in the D.C. Metro area, mental health, school culture, the experience of moving to the U.S. from another country and the questions that emerge when grieving a loss.

All performances will be held in the Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Admission is FREE; reservations required. Call the Arena Stage Box Office at 202-488-3300 or click below.

Voices of Now is made possible by support from Pitts Family Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Hattie M. Strong Foundation, Harman Family Foundation, Virginia Department of Education, GEICO, Rockwell Collins, Mark & Carol Hyman Fund, Friends of Southwest D.C. and Toni A. Ritzenberg. Additional support for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.

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Voices of Now Festival Schedule

Wednesday 5/13 @ 7:30 PM
BALANCING ACT
by the Key Middle School Ensemble
GROWING ROOTS/CULTIVANDO RAÍCES
by the Key World Ensemble
UNDERCURRENT
by the Mentor Ensemble
Thursday 5/14 @ 7:30 PM
SAFETY NET
by the Glasgow Middle School Ensemble
HONOR CODE
by the Jefferson Middle School Ensemble
UNDERCURRENT
by the Mentor Ensemble
Friday 5/15 @ 7:30 PM
PUSH & PULL
by the Burke School Ensemble
BREAKTHROUGH
by the Robinson Secondary School Ensemble
MEMORY LOSS
by the Wendt Center Ensemble
Saturday 5/16 @ 7:30 PM
THE SPACE BETWEEN
by the Mead Ensemble
COST OF LIVING
by the Advocacy Ensemble
D.C. TRAFFIC
by the FAIR Girls Ensemble

VOICES OF NOW

An after-school drama program in which students gain physical discipline, writing and performance skills.

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Moving Stories

Bring stories to life! Explore a children’s book through creative drama, enhancing reading and comprehension.

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Workshops & Residencies

Learn and create with Arena Stage. Tailored for all ages and built to fit your needs.

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Arena Stage's Community Engagement efforts are generously sponsored by Pitts Family Foundation; DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Paul M. Angell Family Foundation; AT&T; Hattie M. Strong Foundation; Harman Family Foundation; Virginia Department of Education; Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; The JBG Companies; Alice Shaver Foundation; Robert & Natalie Mandel Family Fund; Dimick Foundation; GEICO; Rockwell Collins; Corina Higginson Trust; Nora Roberts Foundation; Venable Foundation; Toni A. Ritzenberg; Friends of Southwest D.C.; Anthony Lucas-Spindletop Foundation; Mark and Carol Hyman Fund; Edington, Peel & Associates; Jean Schiro-Zavela and Vance Zavela; and Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Inc. Additional support for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.