About Us: “Theatre By Kids, For Kids”
Kids Come First. Children are at the heart of our mission, and we believe they have a vital role to play in the larger artistic community. Encore empowers, respects, and mentors children, offering them opportunities for artistic expression and growth in a safe and nurturing environment.
We Expect Excellence. We are professionals onstage and off. Encore acts with integrity and produces quality productions and classes. We expect 110% from everyone, every time. We teach our participants the life skills they need to succeed as citizens.
We Encourage Inclusiveness. We value unique perspectives and believe that an artistic community is enhanced through diversity of all types. Encore is a safe place where children can express themselves.
We Connect Communities. We are a hub of excitement with the goal of connecting our participants and our audiences with the community at large. Alliances with other organizations strengthen the fabric of our community.
Education Empowers. Theatre is the medium we use to foster creativity and promote reading and critical thinking. We believe our classes and productions complement and enrich in-school learning.
We Build Leaders. We know that leadership makes a difference. We give our participants the poise and confidence to develop as leaders, while encouraging peer mentorship and teamwork.
In conjunction with, and as a foundation for, our on-stage productions, Encore offers a year-round series of theater classes, workshops, and summer camps. Stage Door, Scenes for Tweens, and It’s Elementary. Literacy and playwriting have become an important focus within our educational programming through Encores Play-Ground for middle school students.
In addition, we have recently started a number of creative programs designed to expand our reach in the community and our offerings for our students. These include the Musical Theatre Intensive, for singers in the 8th grade and older; the Encore Traveling Theatre Club, through which Encore participants attend plays at other theaters in the area, including Arena Stage, The Roundhouse Theatre, and Signature Theatre; and Evenings with the Pros, in which Encore participants take acting workshops from local professional actors.
As an organization, Encore is vital and growing. We hired an Executive Director in 2010, a Marketing Manager in 2011 and Programs Manager in 2012. We recently transitioned to an online ticket purchasing system. We are currently participating in Arlington Economic Developments non-profit capacity building grant program this season and we were selected as a featured non-profit in the 2010-2011 and 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. We have also been accepted as part of the Federal governments Combined Federal Campaign.
Our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan
Special thanks to Our-Task Inc. and Tania Eldin for the video.