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1112 11th Street NW
Suite 100
Washington DC 20001

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The Essential Theatre is a nonprofit professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience from a first person perspective that explores and celebrates the rich, diverse American cultural landscape.  It is also an objective of the company to produce programs for youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area that promotes interdisciplinary education and positive levels of self esteem.

Institutional 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.

2010 CFC and United Way Designation Numbers

  • United Way 9398

  • CFC/NCA 23538



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Joseph W. Lane as George Parker in The Carer by Alan Hopgood. Appearance courtesy of Actors Equity Association. Photo by Sharon Farmer

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