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Cause Area

  • Arts & Culture
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


1231B GOOD HOPE RD SEWASHINGTON, DC 20020 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Essential Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience that explores and celebrates America's rich, diverse cultural landscape. Paramount to the company’s mission is the implementation of programs for youth in Washington , DC 's metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self esteem. Founded in 1989, the company hosts a play development program, The Essential Theatre’s New Play Reading Series, the Children’s Program in Public Schools and the Women’s Works Program. The company also maintains a relationship with area Social Services programs in an effort to provide job training opportunities.


Professional theatre company; develops new plays, offers public engagement and community-based cultural enrichment programs for Washington, DC, Metropolitan area youth that promotes interdisciplinary education.


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