The children served by OMB face diverse 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 theatre. OMB creates and performs interactive theatre for children in hospitals, care facilities, and special education programs. 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, an interactive closed-circuit TV program for kids who cannot leave their hospital beds, and virtual programming (developed during the pandemic) for children who need it – all free of charge. OMB brings the magic of imaginative play into kids' lives.
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
- Disabled Students in NE Washington Witness the Power of Make Believe
Thu Jun 1 2017, NBC4 News
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- Imagination Heals
Tue Mar 15 2016, The Daily Do Good
- Only Make Believe in DC
Wed Apr 15 2015, Fox 5 News
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