The children served by Only Make Believe face different challenges – some are chronically ill or struggling with psychiatric disorders; others have physical or developmental disabilities; most spend a large portion of their childhoods isolated from their communities. But all can benefit from the therapeutic power of theater. Only Make Believe creates and performs interactive theater for children in hospitals, care facilities, and special education programs, bringing the magic of imaginative play into their lives. With the help of local professional actors, children take part in original plays, dressing up and becoming the stars of the show. Each performance is tailored to suit the children’s needs – including sensory modifications for children with disabilities, and an interactive closed-circuit TV program for kids who cannot leave their hospital beds – and all are free of charge. Nurturing children’s imaginations helps them to learn, and to heal. You can play a role.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 5
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 7; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Fairfax County; Anacostia; Brookland; Maryland; Virginia
Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Men/Boys; Women/Girls
Schools They Work In: St. Coletta of Greater Washington; River Terrace Education Campus
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Awards & Recognition
2017 DC Mayor's Arts Awards Finalist - Excellence in Performing Arts
Catalogue for Philanthropy (2017)
National Endowment for the Arts - ArtWorks Award 2016
- $3 million or higher
- The current budget for Only Make Believe is: $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
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