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Organization Mission

The diverse cultural landscape. Paramount to the company’s mission is the implementation of programs for youth in Washington, DC's metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self esteem. Founded in 1989, the company hosts a play development program, The Essential Theatre’s New Play Reading Series, the Children’s Program in Public Schools and the Women’s Works Program.  The company also maintains a relationship with area Social Services programs in an effort to provide job training opportunities.

Instutitional Objectives:

To create new theatre audiences

To find, encourage and train new talent

To produce theatre entertainment with unique appeal

To provide all people in our community an outlet for creative expression

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"African Folktales," Performed as part of Young Audience' Program in select schools in southeast Washington, DC throughout June 2017 Photo by Sharon C. Farmer

Made possible by Support from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts