Community Engagement

Studio strives to be a good neighbor, to create space for connection, and to foster empathy with our work and among kindred organizations. We partner with other organizations and community groups, working to build relationships that are transformative, not transactional.

Our engagement activities include ongoing partnerships with organizations whose missions align with our own as well as shorter-term activities: ticket donations, discounted space use, and activities around a specific production that speaks directly to an organizations’ work.

Community Partnerships

Studio has developed long-term core partnerships with fellow organizations in Washington, DC whose missions and interests align with Studio’s own efforts to foster a more connected community. We build these relationships over time, co-developing projects and programming that engage each partner and the people they serve.

Partnership activities differ from organization to organization and season to season, but can include space use for events and trainings, ticket donation, artist encounters, and cross-promotion of each other’s work.

Studio has developed core partnerships with:

Show-specific partnerships

At times Studio connects with organizations and community groups around a specific show. Examples include:

Restorative DC

After a performance of Pipeline, members of Restorative DC led a conversation about their work with DC public and charter schools to implement restorative justice practices.

DC SCORES

DC SCORES brought young athletes and poets to a performance of The Wolves in 2018. DC SCORES has since presented its annual showcase of poetry by poet-athletes, Our Words Our Cities, at Studio.

Gallaudet University

Gallaudet University Department of Theatre Arts partnered with Studio and its production of Tribes to support best practices in auditioning and working with Deaf actors, as well as co-developing before- and after-show programming.

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See something in our season that speaks to your organization? Want to connect more robustly with a DC Theatre? Contact community@studiotheatre.org.

Ticket Donation

In addition to more formal community partnerships, Studio Theatre fulfills ticket donation requests made by non-profits. Through ticket donation, we’ve opened our doors to hundreds of schools, community organizations and their constituents, and theatres, sharing Studio’s work with students and audiences across the region. We’ve donated on behalf of the Zimbabwe Education Fund, Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, Greater Washington Urban League, Food and Friends, The American Heart Association, and hundreds more.

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Subsidized Space Use

In line with being a good neighbor, Studio Theatre opens our doors to non-profit community groups and arts organizations, providing free or deeply discounted space for these organizations to use. Studio has offered subsidized space use to the University of Maryland, Theater J, SAG-AFTRA, Fourth Wall Gone, the District Department of Transportation, Americans for the Arts, neighborhood associations, and agencies serving common community needs.

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