In 2008, a group of educators, artists, and actors lobbied to change the outdated ordinances that had made Fairfax County a cultural desert. Tysons Corner’s first and only performing arts organization – 1st Stage – was born out of that effort. Each season, 120 performances engage 10,000 audience members in an intimate, 110-seat venue where modern plays, written and performed by people from diverse backgrounds, engage and excite audiences, and spark important conversations. Educational events feature local experts who connect the productions’ themes (social justice, religion, education) with issues currently affecting the Fairfax community and the nation. Young theater professionals get a head-start on their careers through fellowships in areas like artistic leadership, stage management, and arts administration, while events throughout the year, including orchestra concerts, youth theater, and visual arts exhibitions, further expand the community’s access to the arts. Winner of numerous Helen Hayes Awards, this cultural hub has paved the way for creativity in Fairfax County: let’s ensure that it continues to flourish.
Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County
Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; Tysons
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: All
Awards & Recognition
Recipient of American Theater Wing's 2015 "National Theater Company" Award
Named "One of America's most impressive smaller regional companies" by the Wall Street Journal (September 2016)
Winner of several Helen Hayes Awards including 2016 award for "Best Supporting Actress"
Winner 2016 Broadway World Award for "Best Director"
Washington Post referred to 1st Stage as "the small troupe at Tysons that’s building a reputation for thoughtful work" in September, 2016
All of 1st Stage's 2015 plays were chosen as part of DC METRO THEATER ARTS' "Best Plays in Professional Theater"
OLD WICKE SONGS was chosen as one of the top ten shows of 2015 by DC THEATRE SCENE
HARVEY was chosen as one of the best plays of 2015 by BROADWAY WORLD
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