Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Washington Theatre Awards Society

  • Washington, DC
  • www.theatrewashington.org

Mission Statement

theatreWashington is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting, representing, and supporting all segments of Washington’s professional theatre community – theatres, artists, company members, and audiences of all ages.

Main Programs

  1. Education programs
  2. The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership
  3. Annual Presentation of The Helen Hayes Awards
  4. Advocacy
  5. Audience development
Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, DC metropolitan area

ruling year

1984

Principal Officer

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Linda Levy Grossman

Keywords

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theatreWashington, Helen Hayes Awards, theatre, theater, Washington D.C., performing arts, education, awards

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Also Known As

Theatrewashington

EIN

52-1317562

Physical Address

2233 Wisconsin Ave, N.W. Ste 300

Washington, DC 20007

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Theater (A65)

Commemorative Events (A84)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Representing a collective of the Washington area’s 80+ professional theatres – each of whom contributes mightily to the quality of life and our economy in this community – theatreWashington:
invigorates existing audiences to continue their involvement and increase their support;
educates both children and adults with their incomparable lessons that convey the power of theatre and assure audiences of the future;
stimulates new patronage through innovative promotion and marketing efforts to include the reinforcement of the region as a world class theatre destination;
coordinates desperately needed professional development services;
collaborates with all constituents, stakeholders, and partners and encourage similar endeavors among themselves;
advocates on their behalf; and
celebrates their achievements to promote their individual and combined strength.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Education programs

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are no longer the primary tools children need to receive a good education and set them up for success . . . to have a productive and responsible life. Theatre—live theatre, professional theatre, community theatre, academic theatre, EVERY kind of theatre—provides children with insight, perspective, and life lessons that help them address the academic and social challenges they face every day. And theatre does it like nothing else.
theatreWashington is the only organization that makes widespread connections amongst and between area schools, teachers, principals, and the theatres that can uniquely bring those life lessons to children, especially young children and especially in under-served communities.
And here’s how we do it:
The Washington Theatre Legacy Project
Since 1994, The Washington Theatre Legacy Project has been incorporating the benefits of live theatre into the daily lives of children. In DC Public Schools and area Boys and Girls Clubs, we provide three classroom sessions taught during school hours, educators, theatre tickets to a class trip to a live theatrical performance, transportation, resource materials, and teaching tools.
For most children it is their first live theatre experience. For many, it won’t be their last.
The theatreWashington Education Expo
The theatreWashington Education Expo, scheduled to launch in late spring 2012, will connect teachers from throughout the region with more than 90 area education programs provided by Washington professional theatres. Teachers will essentially “shop” for the theatre educational programs that best suit their students’ needs.
Information about theatre education programs will get into the hands of so many more schools that currently don’t even know such opportunities exist. New alliances between teachers, principals, and theatre educators will be forged. Theatre education programming will be more efficiently and appropriately placed. Diverse student populations throughout the region will have the rare opportunity to connect with artists and stories that speak to them specifically. And theatres will then connect with teachers, principals, students and parents in new ways– thus creating younger and more diverse audiences.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 2

The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership

The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership is an annual cultural exchange which, since 2000, has offered Washington area artistic directors the opportunity to explore Canada’s innovative theatrical offerings during a week-long residency. The Canadian Embassy established The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership, which annually invites two Artistic Directors from Washington’s professional theatres, as a result of their long respect for the importance of theatre produced in Washington. theatreWashington facilitates the selection process of Artistic Directors participating in the program. Funding is provided by The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Annual Presentation of The Helen Hayes Awards

One of the country’s most prestigious cultural honors, The Helen Hayes Awards recognize and celebrate artistic achievement, and bring significant local, national, and international recognition to the remarkable artistry on Washington area stages.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Advocacy

The region’s theatre community needs a strong, effective advocate. In 2009 and 2010, when our community was faced with a proposed sales tax on tickets to arts events in the District of Columbia, our organization organized and ran two successful campaigns that demonstrated that such proposals were misguided and not economically sound as perhaps envisioned.
Building on that need to have a unified voice for Washington area theatre, theatreWashington—now an established vocal and influential advocate—will both proactively and reactively represent the interests of Washington theatres and audiences.
Further, theatreWashington will connect prospective funders and community leaders with Washington theatres to help generate high-level financial, individual, and institutional support.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 5

Audience development

theatreWashington builds audiences
 
 From the District to Shirlington, from Bethesda to Tyson’s Corner, from the route 29 and route 50 corridors, the Washington region is home to nearly 80 professional theatres and thousands of theatre professionals that produce work of the finest quality and fuel the economy of the nation’s capital.
theatreWashington wants YOU to experience the joy, the laughter, the tears, the torments, the whole range of what it is to be human, that can be found only in a Washington theatre and provided by our amazing artists.
theatreWashington wants everyone who lives in our region to go to the theatre.
theatreWashington wants family and business travelers to go to the theatre—and just like they would before going to New York or Chicago—to know about the full spectrum of what’s playing in our nearly 80 theatres.
To make that happen, theatreWashington works year round to build audiences for all Washington area theatres by:
producing a wide array of audience development programs designed to support theatres’ own audience-building initiatives
assisting area audiences to become lifelong Washington area theatergoers
promoting, marketing, and strengthening Washington theatre as an unparalleled arts destination to attract audiences to our theatres from across town, throughout the country, and around the world
the theatrewashington.org Show Selector(http://theatrewashington.org/find-a-show)
The abundance of Washington theatre—more than 400 productions performed each year plus 200 readings, at over 80 theatres—provides a wealth of opportunities for audiences, as well as some difficult decision making. theatrewashington.org’s specially-designed Show Selector helps audiences make choices that are most appropriate to their tastes, their pricing preferences, their location, who they're bringing with them, their accessibility issues, and the full theatre experience they are seeking. theatrewashington.org is also populated with lots of original content(http://theatrewashington.org/features-and-news) , covering the who’s who and what’s what of Washington area theatre.
Helen Hayes Recommended
A marketing initiative for Washington area theatres to help promote performances while they are still in production—based on the opinions of Helen Hayes judges but long before the annual nominations and awards are announced.
The Washington Theatre Guide
The most comprehensive guide to Washington theatre, this FREE year-long directory details theatre information, theatre festivals, complete seasons, as well as nearby restaurants, parking, public transportation, affiliate organizations, and a handy neighborhood guide. Click here to receive your copy of the 2011-2012 Washington Theatre Guide(mailtinfo@theatrewashington.org?&subject=Please%20Send%20Me%20a%20Theatre%20Guide&) .
TixCertificates(http://theatrewashington.org/content/tixcertificates-give-gift-live-theatre)
Flexible and affordable gift certificates, valid at a wide variety of Washington area professional theatres. TixCertificates are the perfect gift for anyone you’d like to introduce—or re-introduce—to the priceless experience of live theatre. TixCertificates can be purchased by clicking here(http://www.washingtontheatretixcertificates.org/purchase.html) .
Washington Collaborative Audience Database
A. master patron database comprised of data from participating theatres and arts organizations, so theatres may better understand their audiences and the Washington area theatre audiences as a whole. The database allows theatres to promote their productions more effectively, to examine consumer behavior through comparative market analysis, and to maximize resources and minimize duplication. theatreWashington is proud to be the Washington area Community Partner for this program, created by TRG Arts.
Intrinsic Impact Study
An unprecedented project to provide a valuable tool for theatre companies to measure and increase their impact on audiences and demonstrate the power of their work to funders, donors, and public officials. theatreWashington is proud to be the administrator of the Intrinsic Impact Study for Washington area theatres. The national study is facilitated by Theatre Bay Area and commissioned from the renowned national research firm Wolf Brown with principle sponsorship from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, along with many local funders.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

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District of Columbia

Washington, DC metropolitan area

Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

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Operations

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The Washington Theatre Awards Society

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Linda Levy Grossman

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Victor Shargai

President, Victor Shargai and Associates

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