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  • EIN 23-7311352
  • 703-548-1154
  • 125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington VA 22216 USA

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Our mission is to build life-long appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts — onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.

Programs: Encore Stage & Studio was incorporated as The Children’s Theatre of Arlington in 1967. To date, we have produced over 175 shows. Last season, over 200 young people participated as cast or crew members and almost 9,000 people enjoyed Encore’s performances.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Thomas.B

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working at Encore Stage and Studio 2.5 years ago, when I started I was not in a great place however encore is such a great environment that it brought me out of that and is now the most important part of my life. Aside from this I have learned a huge amount about theater, leadership, and carpentry. Skills which I use all the time out out side encore. I cannot properly express how good encore is in almost every way.

Susan184

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Encore Stage and Studio has been the most wonderful place for me and my family to spend a few years working in theatre together with other families and theatre-lovers. The work is remarkably creative and professional. Gratefully, Susan

Client Served

Rating: 5

Participating in Encore shows taught me how to work in a team and speak in public. It also inspired my interest in theater. I am grateful for all the lessons learned and memories created!

Carmen L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I performed in my first show with encore when I was nine. It was an awesome experience! I have seen many shows at encore over the years. Everyone is so nice and it's a great organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My teenage twin daughters have been involved with Encore since their elementary school days. Their Encore experience has taught them invaluable lifelong skills, such as teamwork, resilience, poise and resourcefulness. I joined the board of directors because I saw first-hand what this powerful community theatre organization can do for kids in building their confidence, meeting new friends, and introducing them to the performing arts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watched a performance for the first time last year and it was darling! The theater was packed and I was impressed by the professionalism of the cast and crew. Looking forward to another great show

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's fun to see the students enjoy the programs and shows that this organization provides for the community! I started volunteering for Encore last year and I can see why the staff members are so dedicated. They truly believe in the organization and making sure that students have an outlet of the arts.

Ashby R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Encore is an amazing organization. My first contact with Encore was through attending shows in which my students were performing. I saw these students grow with their continued interactions with Encore. Both in front of the stage and behind the stage Encore offers opportunities for young people to be involved with theater in real, meaningful ways. I have enjoyed taking my own daughter to shows and she has now had the opportunity to attend the camps. As a board member I feel privileged to be involved with an organization that infuses theater into the lives of youth and the larger community.

Jerry15

Board Member

Rating: 5

I got involved with Encore a few years ago, after my daughter was cast in a show. Now I am the President of the Board of Directors. To me, Encore is an amazing organization. On the one hand, it is a children's theater. But on the other, perhaps less visible, side, it is really a laboratory where young people learn leadership, responsibility, teamwork, accountability, poise, thinking on their feet, and how to develop others. I have never seen a place with groups of young people working together quite like this: they are mixed gender and range in age from 9 to 18. Schools are segregated by age. Sports are segregated by skill and/or age and usually by gender. But here, they are all working together and the older kids - the teens - take care of and nurture and guide and support the younger ones - who are usually in elementary school. I have never encountered anything like it before and its really remarkable to watch.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first exposure to Encore was as a parent, bringing my very young children to many shows. It was the perfect introduction to theater for them, and always a special outing for all of us. (Even better because the shows were 10 minutes from home, with very reasonable ticket prices and free parking!) I was always amazed by the professionalism of the young casts, the fabulous sets and costumes, and the obvious commitment to creating a positive experience for all involved. Once my children were a bit older and I was better positioned to indulge my longtime passion for musical theater, I won roles in two of Encore's summer productions (in 2010 and 2012). I was fortunate to get to know Encore even better from an insider's perspective, and Encore now holds a very special place in my heart. What a joy to be part of a thriving community theater experience once again, after so many years! I was always particularly happy when busloads of audience members arrived from local senior citizen centers (they actually got all the jokes in "Anything Goes"), or when little kids were excited to meet us "real actors" in the lobby after a show. And wow, what a fabulous summer experience for high school and college kids. I feel quite fortunate to have worked with so many talented young people. And now I have come full circle...one of my children will soon audition for an Encore show herself!