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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.

Geographic areas served: Arlington, VA

Programs: “Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, our mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience. Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching classes and workshops with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. Encore Stage & Studio is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to all of its programs. We believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Encore has been a wonderful part of our family's experience over many years. When my first daughter was a preschooler, we started attending Encore theater performances (called The Children's Theater at that time). Fifteen years later, she's in college, and I still enjoy my relationship with Encore, as my other two children are currently benefiting from their activities here. It has been the best single place for all three of my kids - and all three of my kids are very different from one another. A remarkable degree of responsibility is given to kids both on the stage and behind the scenes. My kids have friends they've made at Encore who are different ages and genders and who attend schools in other counties. They always feel downhearted when a show ends, but they keep up to date with the new friends they've made, and time and again, they have ended up working on another show with them. The shows are appropriate, clever and FUN. The atmosphere is enriching, encouraging and appealing. Thank you, thank you Encore!

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.