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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

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1645 Trap Rd Vienna VA 22182 USA

Mission:

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts presents and creates excellent and innovative performing arts programs for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of diverse audiences and participants.

Programs:

The filene center at wolf trap is the only national park dedicated to presenting the performing arts. From late may to early september more than 366,000 patrons at 70 performances were in attendance at shows that included musical theater, symphony & film, dance, opera, pop, rock and more with an average ticket price of $44. The filene center has the second largest theatrical stage in the country; seats 7,028, nearly 4,000 of which are covered with open sides and views of the tall trees and rolling hills in the park. The remainder of the seating is uncovered on a sloping lawn where patrons can bring picnics to enjoy before & during performances. The barns at wolf trap presented 82 performances from october to early may at our 382 seat indoor venue. Almost 28,000 tickets were issued to see legendary artists and exciting up-and-coming talents in a diverse array of musical genres with an average ticket price of $35. The theater was built from two restored 18th century barns and was a gift from our founder, catherine filene shouse.

each year, wolf trap education delivers high quality arts-learning experiences to more than 75,000 children and adults, locally, nationally, and internationally. At the heart of wolf trap's education outreach for more than three decades, the wolf trap institute for early learning through the arts (institute) is recognized nationally as a model for incorporating the performing arts into preschool and kindergarten curricula. The institute provides direct services to children between the ages of three months and 6 years and multiplies its impact through professional development for early childhood educators, parents, and caregivers. The institute seeks to address two primary concerns: (1) the school readiness of children who live in economically disadvantaged circumstances; and (2) access to effective professional development for teachers who work with these children. By integrating arts strategies into early childhood standards-based instruction, the institute enhances children's cognitive, physical, and social/emotional development, as well as literacy, science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) skills development. Each summer, wolf trap education serves nearly 20,000 children, parents, and other caregivers through wolf trap children's theatre-in-the-woods. Building on four decades as a beloved community institution, this program comprises seven weeks of performances with musicians, actors, and dancers at an outdoor venue situated in the woods near the filene center at wolf trap national park for the performing arts. This unique, family-friendly venue offers the perfect environment for lively adventures in music, dance, theater, and puppetry. Wolf trapeducation also manages the organization's internship program, a highly competitive program consistently ranked among the nation's best. Each year approximately 43 full- and part-time internships provide students and recent graduates with invaluable hands-on experience and connections in the administrative side of the arts. In addition to the internship program, wolf trap education oversees one year-long fellowship that is offered to a youngprofessional of color who has completed at least one year of graduate study or recently graduated with a master's in the arts or a related discipline. Wolf trap education annually acknowledges and awards the work and achievements of six outstanding performing arts teachers from school districts in the dc/md/va metro area through grants for high school performing arts teachers. At the center for education at wolf trap and on the filene center stage, wolf trap education offers field trip performances, classes, and master classes serving all ages that encourage lifelong learning through thearts.

the wolf trap opera company, created in 1971, is a highly regarded residence program for opera singers in transitions: our primary tier of filene young artists are established singers on the verge of professional careers; studio artists are talented student singers considering a career in the field. The company offers an opportunity for our nation's most talented young performers to experience the demands of a professional career in the performing arts. The company presents highly acclaimed performances at both the filene center and the barns. In 2014, the company selected 17 filene young artists (representing eight states and five foreign countries) who then performed in 10 barns performances (2 different operas and 1 recital) and 1 filene center staged concert opera with the national symphony orchestra. The 15 studio artists performed small roles and in the chorus of wtoc productions. Alumni of the company have gone on to careers performing with some of the leading opera companies in the world.

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Reviews for Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I learned of Wolf Trap after two of my daughters moved from Iowa to Virginia. It is a beautiful place to enjoy the arts. One of my daughters volunteers at Wolf Trap regularly and loves the variety of performances. I was privileged to get to see the final showing of "Peter Pan" and absolutely loved it. I always await the season's offerings to plan a trip to VA around the performances. Thank you, Wolf Trap staff

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my attendance at a performance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't know of any,

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My seat was near the stage and I could actually see some of the performer's facial expressions but I think any seat would be good

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very courteous to me

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

probably run efficiently for several years.

Ways to make it better...

only if the temperature would have been about 10 degrees cooler.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably funding it in this tight economy

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is a great venue for the performing arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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10 people found this review helpful

Wolf Trap has been a part of my life for over 35 years, providing entertainment and great experiences as a young single in D.C., young married couple, parents of children enjoying theater in the woods and birthday parties, and an empty-nester now with more free time for summers at Wolf Trap. I love the variety of artists and seating. Some shows are best lounging on the lawn and some sitting properly in a seat. We are so lucky to have Wolf Trap and all that it offers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing children to experience the arts in an open air setting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the variety of entertainment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

mentor young artists and give them great performing experiences.

Ways to make it better...

leaving the parking lot went faster.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding and weather.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thanks to Ms. Shouse and the staff that continues to make Wolf Trap what it is.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The breathtaking venue, diverse performance selection and overall experience is what keeps me coming back (driving over 3 hours) each time! The added bonus of the community give back only makes Wolf Trap all the more special to me. There is no other place like it in the Metro D.C/Maryland/Virginia area, a true gem.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the benefits of their outreach

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the outreach in to the community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the diverse nature of the mission, vision and values

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, courteous and very helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

further their mission of implementing the arts into the community

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

budget cuts and funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Wolf Trap is a vital member of the arts community in the Washington area and we consider ourselves particularly lucky to live to close to it (we are in Reston). I can't remember a summer when we haven't attended wonderful programs at the Filene Center and, year round, at the Barns. But Wolf Trap does more than put on really cool shows that expand our artistic horizons--and are just plain delightful. It's a learning resource for the whole community. My ten-month-old granddaughter and my daughter are currently enrolled in the "baby arts" program, a really innovative idea designed to introduce babies to different facets of the performing arts, like clapping and shaking rattles to music. Our lives would be poorer without Wolf Trap. I can't say enough about it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the amazing performers we've had a chance to see and the wonderful performances that we've attended. It's world class, like having Broadway five minutes away!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

marvelous people. Some of them are my friends and neighbors.

Ways to make it better...

the parking lot weren't quite so crowded.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Wolf Trap rocks. From its stellar performing arts spaces -- both the Filene Center and the Barns -- to its arts education -- it offers outstanding entertainment and growth. I've seen first hand how their arts program connects with disadvantaged youth. Their programs with local teachers provide needed support, resulting in unique activites geared toward students in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

smart, capable, focused, ready to serve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Because of Wolf Trap's easy accessibility, low prices, and enormous spectrum of artistic presentations, our lives have been enriched far beyond what a middle class family might have expected. My family has been attending Wolf Trap presentations ever since it opened, and our appreciation of the arts has expanded enormously as a result. I had never seen a live ballet performance until, in the 1970s, Wolf Trap's advertising circulars persuaded me to attend not one but three different performances, along with unforgettable performances by Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and other iconic performers. We have been able to repeat these experiences every summer, plus orchestral, operatic, and musical theater performances that would be beyond our reach if we lived anywhere else. Checking off our choices for each summer is now an annual rite not unlike composing a Christmas wish list. Lately we have discovered The Barns' year-round menu of outstanding but normally inaccessible specialty performers like Cherish the Ladies. As an amateur performer myself, I have been impressed by WT's education and outreach programs, particularly the summer programs that introduce teens to opera and the outdoor children's shows that pack in pre-school and elementary school kids from the area's daycare centers and summer camps. That program alone deserves the support of area taxpayers and donors, because we all benefit when those around us are acquainted with the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing Mark Jaster to children's audiences.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to make selecting programs and buying tickets even easier.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the absolutely outstanding breadth of the presentations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

driving aged people like me up the hill from the parking lot.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I don't know enough about the organization's needs to speak to this, but one obvious thing would be to enhance outreach activities to children and young people.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more seats.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'm not aware of any large challenges other than funding; I fear that the recession will force curtailment of its programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm empressed by Wolf Trap's commitment to environmental improvement.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I attend Wolf Trap for the performances in the Barns and at the Filene Center. It is a great facility especially in the Summer on the lawns beneath the evening sky sharing a picnic with friends. What many people don't know about is the wonderful work Wolf Trap does in the early childhood arena, both in the US and internationally, and support of the arts. There should be "Wolf Traps" in every state.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performance and arts education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do what I could to provide more government funding

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendly nature of all those who attend.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

polite and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand early childhood education.

Ways to make it better...

the Metro stopped at Wolf Trap.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

transport and access by road.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the Center for Education is wonderful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Wolf Trap is the greatest place to see a show. I grew up in the area and have always loved going to a show early and picnicking on the lawn. They have a great variety of shows and ticket prices are affordable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand it's work with early arts education

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Wolf Trap is by far one of the best venues (both large and small-they have 2!) around. I've never had a bad experience and they make a conscious effort to make sure of that. Even during sold-out shows, it's not too crowded, you can bring your own food/drink, parking is free, and ticket prices, even for the best seats, are cheaper than simple lawn tickets at some other venues. The Barns (their indoor venue) is great too. It's small (about 350 seats) and has amazing acoustics, which is great for the kind of acts they bring there (local bands, folk music, classical, etc.). Go Wolf Trap!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending concerts and being employed at the organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their wide array of programs offered to the public.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, polite, professional.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I love the fact that this organization keeps the performing arts affordable. Ticket prices are very reasonable AND you can bring in your own food and beverages for a picnic during the summer performances at the Filene Center. Knowing that the cost of tickets goes to support the Foundations's excellent education programs for our community's most at-risk kids is gratifying.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it arts education programming to reach even more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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