Attend a performance at Forum Theatre and get ready to be part of the conversation. Serving nearly 6,000 patrons each year, this Helen Hayes award-winning theater strives not only to tell stories that inspire discussion, but to invite audiences into the creative process itself. Dynamic performances tap into the social, political, and ethical questions of contemporary life. Showcasing a diversity of voices is more than just a notion: policies ensure that each season includes women playwrights, writers of color, and multi-ethnic casts. And to make sure that high-quality theater is financially accessible to all, 51% of tickets are reserved for Pay What You Want walk-up sales. Families and school groups take advantage of matinees at convenient afternoon hours, and every performance is followed by OpenForum, a post-show discussion led by trained facilitators who help connect the play’s themes to our everyday lives – complete with take-away “action steps” to deepen community engagement. Forum Theatre is, as Broadway World put it, “a shining example of what’s right with DC theatre today.”
Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County
Age Groups Served: Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
2016-2019 Fund for Diversity (Weissberg Foundation)
2014-2015 American Theatre Wing
- Around the world in several plays: Embassies get bitten by the theater bug
Thu Sep 15 2016, Washington Post
All the world may be a stage, but the saying rings especially true for Washington theaters that persuade embassies to sponsor shows.
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- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for Forum Theatre is: Less than $500k
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