Feasts of language, wit, and insight – that’s what you will find at the Washington Stage Guild. Winner of numerous Helen Hayes Awards, the Guild presents plays that others overlook: neglected classics, lesser known works of famous playwrights, unfamiliar foreign plays, and new works of merit. Drawing from such notables as Oscar Wilde, T S Eliot, and George Bernard Shaw, the Guild takes a fresh look at works that the Washington Post calls "the sort of literate, witty, cynical plays that nobody else bothers with." Casting is color-blind, gender-blind, and indifferent to physical disability or appearance. Ticket prices are among the least expensive in town, encouraging the broadest spectrum of patrons. Complimentary tickets are available to student theatergoers, and previews are “pay what you can”– so no one need miss out. An ongoing series of performances at the National Portrait Gallery is free to the public, and an Educational Outreach Program brings free theater to area schools. Now launching its 30th season, the Guild continues to offer "smart theatre for a smart town" - a winning combination!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 2; Downtown

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

2006 Theatre Lobby/Mary Goldwater Award
2002 Helen Hayes Award Nomination
1994 Mayor's Arts Awards Nomination for Outstanding Emerging Artists
1988 Business Volunteers for the Arts Recognition Award, and many others


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for The Washington Stage Guild is: Less than $500k

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