Now in its 35th season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is, according to the Washington Post, 'the hottest theatre company in town." At its award-winning, 265-seat venue in the heart of bustling Penn Quarter, Woolly is the epicenter for challenging new theater, with world premieres making up nearly half of its productions. Works from some of the most original and exciting American playwrights make for a stunning lineup: MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House and Dead Man’s Cell Phone), Bruce Norris ( Clybourne Park, 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and, more recently, Aaron Posner (Stupid F##king Bird, 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play), Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Zombie: The American), and Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns). With over 200 Helen Hayes nominations under its belt – and 35 wins – Woolly has developed a national reputation as the most innovative theatre in America for its work in developing, producing, and promoting challenging and provocative new plays. You can help this daring company continue to "defy convention."

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Penn Quarter

Age Groups Served: Not age related

Population(s) Served: All

Schools They Work In: University of Maryland, Towson University, George Mason University

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 99545

Awards & Recognition

May 2005, after more than four years of performing in other venues and a hugely successful capital campaign, Woolly Mammoth opened the doors of its first permanent home — a 265-seat, courtyard-style theater in the heart of downtown Washington, DC, where the company pursues its long-range vision of becoming the epicenter of challenging new theater in America.

Woolly Mammoth has received over 181 Helen Hayes Award nominations 30 Helen Hayes Awards, including six Charles MacArthur Awards for Outstanding New Play.

The Outside Woolly program has been honored with the Washington Post Award for Outstanding Community Service.

Woolly Mammoth has twice received the Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence and the theatre was awarded a 2005 Otto Réné Castillo Award for Political Theatre.

Woolly is now in its 32nd season as one of DC's most popular theaters. Instead of looking back on our many achievements during this time, Woolly is instead using this time to look forward to the next 30 years, and looking for ways to improve this already nationally celebrated theater company.


  • Review of Mike Daisey's "The Last Cargo Cult" at Woolly Mammoth
    Sat Jan 16 2010, The Washington Post  

  • An Officer and a Thespian
    Thu Apr 9 2009  
    Antebellum is a story that moves across continents and genders, from World War II to a cinematic memory of the American Civil War.

  • Strange Brew: ANTEBELLUM at Woolly Mammoth
    Wed Apr 8 2009  
    As someone who's spent long hours contemplating real-world parallels for movie plots-I Am Legend, say, as a metaphor for the war on terror-I'm surprised at my own surprise at the central conceit in Robert O'Hara's Hollywood/Holocaust mashup, Antebellum. For the first hour or so, I must've looked as startled as the evening's Southern belle does when she first hears a knock at her door.

  • Antebellum Review by Tim Treanor
    Tue Apr 7 2009  
    Playwright Robert O'Hara's Insurrection: Holding History was one of the most intriguing and provocative shows we saw last year. Can Woolly Mammoth's production of his new work, Antebellum, hold a candle to it? A candle? My God! It can hold the whole burning city of Atlanta to it!

  • At Woolly, A Match Made in 'Hell'
    Sat Feb 7 2009  
    Misery clearly loves company in the Polish castle of Myslotch. Intense mutual disgust, in fact, is what draws into passionate contact a discontented young woman and the cranky tennis teacher who's come to the unhappy estate to coach her, in Pig Iron Theatre Company's inventively physical "Hell Meets Henry Halfway."

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Budget (FY2014)

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