In the heart of bustling Columbia Heights lies the National Center for Latino Performing Arts, GALA Hispanic Theatre. A unique fusion of theater, youth development, and community development in a transitioning Washington, DC neighborhood, GALA mounts classical, modern, contemporary, and new works, including musical and dance theater pieces, by artists from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US. Its children’s theatre produces bilingual musicals that enrich family life while reinforcing Hispanic language and culture for young audience members; its matinee performances and post-show education programs draw over 8,000 students every year; and Paso Nuevo (New Step), its signature outreach initiative, engages at-risk Latino and multicultural youth in a bilingual program that exposes them to the rich literary and theatrical traditions of their heritage while giving them the chance to create and perform their own work on a professional stage. In 2012, Paso Nuevo was the recipient of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Award – quite an honor. A gift to GALA gives artistic voice to a new generation of Washingtonians!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Columbia Heights

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   23,000
  • Number of people (clients, students, seniors, youth, etc) served annually by our arts outreach programming:   23,000
  • Artists employed by us annually:   190
  • Performances/exhibits/art classes, etc. offered annually:   110
  • Community financial impact annually:   100,000

Awards & Recognition

2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Arts Program Award
2014 Visionary Award to Hugo and Rebecca Medrano


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Budget (FY2015)

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

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