To develop, produce, and present socially conscious, thought-provoking work that fully engages our community in active dialogue.
A catalyst for innovation and diversity, Theater Alliance is among DC’s pre-eminent theater companies, one that consistently produces thought provoking and socially pertinent work, successfully uniting audiences of all backgrounds through the power of creative presentation and participation.
Theater Alliance was founded in 1993 with the distinct goal of producing work that would illuminate the experiences, philosophies and interests of DC’s diverse populations. That goal was furthered when Theater Alliance moved from its home at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop to become the sole theater-in-residence at the H Street Playhouse.
Each season, we produce three to four plays including world, American and Washington DC premieres. Our productions highlight the eclectic work of renowned playwrights such as Salmon Rushdie, Daniel MacIvor, Toni Morrison, Rebecca Gilman, Adam Bock, Victor Lodato and Seamus Heaney, among others. Theater Alliance has been recognized for its artistry with 61 Helen Hayes Nominations and 13 Helen Hayes Awards.
Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde, Theater Alliance began a new chapter in 2012. Having served as the organization’s Associate Artistic Director in 2005, Mr. Hovde gained strong institutional knowledge. He brought vast artistic experience, creative energy, and a keen business eye with a focus on fiscal health and the growth of the company.
As the resident theater company of the Anacostia Playhouse, since 2013, Theater Alliance is proud to produce professional, award-winning work in the culturally-rich, but resource-poor community of Anacostia. We are dedicated to 1) increasing community members’ exposure to and consumption of theater; 2) using theater as a resource to and platform for celebrating community strengths such as shared cultural assets, vernacular expression of aesthetic, and community history; 3) creating new venues to address issues such as violence, disease, and racism; 4) leveraging theater with other community services to expand the format, number, and diversity of services and opportunities for community members to learn, engage around issues; and 5) utilizing creative arts as a medium towards community-based problem solving. Theater Alliance catalyzes dialogue through post show talkbacks and organizational partnerships to raise awareness about how community members can engage in issues raised from our work.
Through the artistic development process, Theater Alliance supports actors, directors, playwrights, and designers encouraging them to take risks in their approach to storytelling. Our productions range from BLACK NATIVITY, a gospel Christmas celebration that won three Helen Hayes Awards to world premieres like NIGHT FALLS ON THE BLUE PLANET by a DC based playwright, and revivals of classic and important plays like FOR COLORED GIRLS… and WORD BECOMES FLESH. In addition to a regular season of full theatrical productions, Theater Alliance produces a successful reading series, called Hothouse, which provides resources and space to emerging DC-based writers to have their plays recognized and produced. Theater Alliance investment in our artists has resulted in great success, and has been recognized with 13 Helen Hayes Regional Theater Awards and 61 nominations.
Theater Alliance is a member of the League of Washington Theaters, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce), Cultural Tourism DC, and is an Associate Member of The National New Play Network.
Theater Alliance is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.