An arts education program and theatre company that puts the process of creating theatre in the hands of young people, Encore has produced more than 245 shows since 1967 where every stage role and crew position is filled by a young person. Serving more than 15,000 children and adults annually through their theatre programming, Encore showcases an unparalleled commitment to youth leadership and artistic excellence while breaking down barriers by charging no fees to participate in their mainstage productions. Kids hone their skills in year-round classes, summer camp, and roles as technical or front-of-house crew, while older students hold coveted internships. Through Flip the Script, students conduct research and engage with local community members to bring underrepresented stories to the stage, sparking dialogue in post-show talkbacks. Leadership, creativity, teamwork, and amplifying diverse perspectives are all part of the creative process.

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 (FY2023)

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

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