Arena Stage Announces Partnership with Georgetown Theater

Arena Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Director Stephen Richard, and the Georgetown Theater Program have developed a partnership to enrich the future of American theater through collaboratively hosting artists and developmental play workshops, involving Arena artists as faculty, and providing mentoring for students in professional settings as well as in community outreach programs. The partnership involves students in all stages of the creative process and helps to shape the theater field for 21st century futures. 
"Theater is a craft about mentorship - since its inception, the know-how of theater has been passed down in creative partnerships," said Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith.

In the fall of 2006, Arena and Georgetown, along with the Tectonic Theater Project, successfully produced a two-week workshop for playwright Moisés Kaufman's new script, 33 Variations. The workshop concluded with two sold-out staged readings that were open to the public. Georgetown will also host a panel discussion entitled "21st Century Issues in Playwriting," featuring members of Arena's Writers Council and commissioned playwrights Nilo Cruz, David Henry Hwang, Charles Randolph-Wright and Karen Zacarias on December 5, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gonda Theatre on the Georgetown University Campus.

Arena Stage has a long history of building strong relationships with colleges and universities through its internship and fellowship programs, student ambassadors and critics programs, and active attendance by students from across the metro area. In addition to the partnership with the Georgetown Theater Program, Arena Stage also enjoys partnerships with Virginia Tech and Howard University.

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