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NOTE: This list of DC and Baltimore area professional theater companies and venues attempts to be as complete as possible.  Major theaters currently presenting full seasons of productions are indicated by larger print. All addresses are in DC unless noted. Please email additions, suggestions or corrections to


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Actors' Theatre of Wash. (Trapier Theater at St. Albans) (202) 319-1919

African Continuum Theatre Company(ACT Co) (202) 529-5763

Arena Stage  1101 6th Street SW (202) 488-3300
Arena is a major regional theater that produces plays and musicals, including both new and old works. It has two main stages, the Kreeger and the Fichandler, and the smaller Old Vat Room which is frequently used by other theater companies.

American Century Theater (703) 553-8782
American Century produces 20th Century works it hopes will not be forgotten. It resides at Gunston Arts Center.

Asian Stories in America (ASIA) Theatre: (703) 418-9702
A new company, ASIA Theatre focuses on Asian American plays and playwrights.

The Center Company 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax (703) 323-7965
The Center Company is the professional theater arm of the JCC of Northern Virginia, where it generally performs.

Center Stage  700 Calvert Street, Baltimore (410) 332-0033
Center Stage is Baltimore's major regional theater,  producing both new and old works of all kinds. It has two main stages: The Pearlstone Theatre and The Head Theatre.

Charter Theatre (301) 215-5988

Church Street Theater  1742 Church Street NW  (202) 265-3748 
Church Street is a venue that regularly provides space to some of DC's up-and-coming theater companies, as well as other producers.

Clark Street Playhouse601 South Clark Street, Arlington (703) 418-4808 
Clark Street is the home of Washington Shakespeare Company, and is occasionally used by other companies as well.

Classika Theatre 4041 South 28th Street, Arlington (703) 824-6200

District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC)  2438 18th Street NW (202) 462-7833
DCAC is a favorite venue of what in NYC would be called "downtown" theater companies.

Everyman Theatre  1727 North Charles Street, Baltimore (410) 752-2208
Everyman is a small Baltimore theater that produces a range of old and relatively new plays.

Folger Shakepeare Library  201 East Capitol Street SE (202) 544-7077
The Folger produces its own plays and also serves as DC home to Aquila Theatre Company and Shenendoah Shakespeare Express. Productions are staged in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

Ford's Theatre  511 10th Street NW (202) 347-4833
This historic landmark produces plays and musicals, many new, that frequently highlight American history and culture and that are generally family friendly.

Fraudulent Productions (202) 728-7548

Gala Hispanic Theatre  1625 Park Road NW (202) 234-7174
All productions are in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.

Gunston Arts Center  2700 South Lang Street, Arlington 
Gunston is home to American Century Theater and Teatro de la Luna.

Horizons Theatre   (703) 243-8550
Horizons produces plays at the Roslyn Spectrum.

Interact Theatre Company (703) 218-6500
Interact produces plays in the Old Vat Room at Arena Stage, among other venues.

International Stanislavsky Theater(301) 946-4963

Keegan Theatre 1500 N. Glebe Road (703) 757-1180
Keegan has its own venue but also stages work in other venues.

Kennedy Center New Hampshire Avenue at Rock Creek Parkway NW (202) 467-4600 
The Kennedy Center has many stages including the Opera House, Eisenhower, Terrace and Lab. It also houses the AFI (American Film Institute) Theater. Currently, ACT Co. also produces on the premises, and starting in 2001, Woolly Mammoth will take up temporary residence while waiting for the construction of its new space to be completed. Most of the Center's own productions are pre- or post-Broadway 

Le Neon Theatre (703) 243-6366

Maryland Ensemble Theatre, 15 W. Patrick St. Frederick MD (301) 694-4744

Morris A. Mechanic Theatre1 North Charles, Baltimore (410) 625-1400
A nice big theater in downtown Baltimore that mostly gets bus and truck tours for short runs.

National Theatre  1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (202) 628-6161
A commercial theater that competes with the Kennedy Center for most pre- and post-Broadway tours, often with long set downs.

Olney Theatre 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney (301) 924-3400
Olney produces a full season of shows, including recent and older favorites.

Open Theatre/TUTA

Rep Stage 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia (410) 964-4900
 Rep Stage performs on two stages: Smith Theatre and Theatre Outback. 

Rosslyn Spectrum 1601 North Kent Street, Arlington 

Round House Theatre 12210 Bushey Drive, Silver Spring (301) 933-1644

The Shakespeare Theatre 450 7th Street NW (202) 393-2700
The best classical theater company in America, The Shakespeare Theatre presents Shakespearean and other classics utilizing prominent guest stars as well as its own excellent resident company of outstanding performers.

Scena Theatre (202) 684-7990

Signature Theatre 3806 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington (703) 820-9771
Best known for its musicals (including rethought flops, revivals and world premieres) that often garner national attention, Signature also has built a fine reputation introducing new plays by both local and national playwrights.

Source Theatre 1835 14th Street NW (202) 462-1073
 Under the leadership of Joe Banno, this theater has again found its footing, presenting a range of traditional and edgy shows in a recently renovated space.

Stanislavsky Theater Studio 

The Studio Theatre 1333 P Street NW (202) 332-3300
The Studio has two main stages: the Mead and the Milton, as well as a SecondStage. It produces an eclectic season concentrating on recent plays that were successful in other cities, a fewwell chosen  revivals and, in its smaller space, an occasional new work.

Studio 1019 1019 Seventh Street NW 

Teatro de la Luna 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington (703) 548-3092 

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) 4400 University Drive, Fairfax 
 (703) 993-8888 
 TFA performs in TheaterSpace at GMU Center for the Arts. 
Theater J 1529 Q Street NW (202) 518-9418

Theater Project  45 West Preston Street, Baltimore (410) 752-8558
This is a nice small space in Baltimore's Mt. Vernon neighborhood that produces lots of edgy theater, including much that is of local origin.

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Trumpet Vine Theater (703) 912-1649
Innovative approaches to familiar classics and contemporary plays with classic themes.

Warehouse Theater1021 Seventh Street NW

Warner Theatre  513 13th Street NW (202) 626-1050
The Warner is a rental theaterused mostly for short run touring productions.

Washington Jewish Theatre 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville (301) 230-3775
Washington Shakespeare Company (703) 418-4808 
Operating out of the Clark Street Playhouse in Arlington, Washington Shakespeare presents full seasons of Shakespearean and other old and new classics.

Washington Stage Guild  (202) 529-2084
Officially homesless at the moment, the Guild has found shelter for its mostly classical productions at Source Theatre.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 1401 Church Street (202) 393-3939
Woolly Mammoth produces often edgy plays, many brand new, including world premieres by well-known playwrights. At the end of 2000, it will vacate its current venue and temporarily take up residence at The Kennedy Center while waiting for construction of its new larger digs (due to be unveiled in 2003).
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