An epic story in an intimate space: that is the signature of Constellation, the ensemble-based theatre at Source on 14th Street. Each production lures the audience into a rich visual world through heightened performances, bold design, and live music. Constellation first leaped onto the scene in 2007 and received the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Awards just two years later; it has earned two Helen Hayes Awards for Sound Design since then. This season, it will produce three fully-realized shows, which will be seen by nearly 6,000 people; “pay what you can” performances, free staged readings, and Monday night shows for local artists ensure that the productions are open to all. Dubbed a “Rising Star in the DC Dramatic World” by the Washington Post, Constellation is deeply dedicated to the local community: since its inception, the theatre has worked with 400 artists and many have returned multiple times. Constellation plays have transported audiences to France and Russia, India and China. Don't miss the voyage.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; U Street Corridor

Age Groups Served: Teenagers; Young Adult; Adult; Elderly; Grade 9-12

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

The John Aniello Award For Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Award, 2009
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design, Tom Teasley, 2010
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design, Tom Teasley, 2011
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Costume Design, Kendra Rai, 2012
In 2012, various papers reviewed our productions, some quotes include:
• ”Inventive…Poignant…Riveting”
- The Washingtonian
• “Emotion and laughter in a dazzling spectacle”
- DC Theatre Scene
• “Metamorphoses is flat-out brilliant, knock-your-socks-off theater”
- Show Biz Radio


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Budget (FY2011)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Constellation Theatre Company is: Less than $500k

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