Theater is for everyone – of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. And no one understands this better than Encore Stage & Studio. A regional children’s theatre with a strong educational mission, Encore has produced 188 full-scale, professional plays for over 270,000 audience members – and every role, from leading player to ensemble, has been held by an actor under the age of 18. A summer musical welcomes high school and college performers, many of whom are itching to return to their artistic home at Encore. Unique among children’s theatres, Encore recognizes that not all kids love the spotlight – so technical crew positions are held by youngsters who receive expert training in props, lighting, effects, and stage management. Year-round classes and a summer drama program help kids hone their onstage and backstage skills, and older, experienced students can apply for highly-coveted internships. For more than 45 years, Encore has brought together children of all ages, and from all neighborhoods, through their shared love of live theater. For that, they deserve a long ovation.

Headquarters: VA-Arlington County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: We work in the following Arlington County Public Schools:; Arlington Science Focus School; Jamestown Elementary School; Kenmore Middle School; Nottingham Elementary School; Taylor Elementary School; Thomas Jefferson Middle School; Tuckahoe Elementary School

Awards & Recognition

2007 - Elizabeth Campbell Award for Outstanding Community Arts Organization


  • Encore Stage & Studio Announces Their Selection For 2014/2015 Catalogue For Philanthropy
    Fri Jun 20 2014, Alexandria News  
    This award reflects Encore 's status as a highly effective local nonprofit, working to build a life-long appreciation for live theatre.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Encore Stage & Studio is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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