The Essential Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre dedicated, but not limited to producing theatre reflective of the African-American experience that explores and celebrates America's rich, 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.
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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