The longest-running professional theatre for children and families in the DC region, Adventure Theatre has begun a brand new act: in 2012, it merged with Musical Theater Center, uniting award-winning children’s productions with high-quality musical theater education. Today, ATMTC enthralls 75,000 young people (and parents), cultivating the next generation of artists and life-long audience members. From Winnie the Pooh to A Little House Christmas, classic stories come to life on the Adventure MTC stage. After the show, audiences can peer behind the curtain during “meet the artists” events and post-show conversations. ATMTC Academy offers voice and dance classes, fully-realized productions (performed exclusively by youth actors), and student ensembles that tour the region. Thanks to a need-based scholarship program, classes are open and accessible to all. An active outreach program offers free and discounted tickets, free touring productions, in-school arts residency programs, and autism and sensory-friendly performances for children with disabilities. Theater is a great adventure, one that welcomes children of all backgrounds and interests. You can bring up the lights.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; ATMTC operates in two locations - Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, MD and Wintergreen Plaza in Rockville, MD. In addition, ATMTC reaches the greater DC community with in-school residencies, touring productions and community outreach efforts.

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

2012 Helen Hayes Awards - Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences (Charlotte's Web), Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Michael Baron, A year with Frog & Toad), 12 total HHA nominations;
ATMTC named the 14th Most Exceptional Place to Work in the State of Maryland by The Gazette of Politics and Business – Exceptional 53;
ATMTC’s Ensembles perform on The Millennium Stage, of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts;
2011 Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences (If You give a Pig a Pancake);
ATMTC’s In-School Players travels to Singapore and Malaysia to perform Just a Dream to over 14,000 students. This is Adventure Theatre MTC’s first international partnership, sponsored by the Tony-Winning Singapore Repertory Theatre;
ATMTC’s Ensembles perform in three (3) youth festivals in Ireland on goodwill tour and cultural exchange.
ATMTC, as Lead Partner with two other nonprofit organizations: Project Change and Conflict Resolution, receives a two (2) year $150,000 grant from the Trawick Foundation for a performance arts camp for at-risk middle school students.


Budget (FY2012)

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

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