The Free Theatre was formed in 2018 by a group of dedicated high school seniors with the desire and drive to create a non-profit 501(c)(3), student-run, tuition-free company for students who are passionate about creating theater.

In this company, students are at the helm of the creative process, working onstage, offstage and on the production side (in any area of interest that appeals to them, whether it be direction, music, costumes, PR, choreography, tech, set design, stage management, props, etc.) to help make the shows possible.

The students manage their own productions, with the guidance and support of an Advisory Board of professional theater/music/dance/art mentors and advisors, as well as business and technical professionals. To round out the board, we also consistently recruit and maintain recent alumni of The Free to serve as advocates and advisors.

While the Free Theatre is a peer-to-peer educational program created to foster a community of artists, adult mentorship from at least one professional will be maintained for all rehearsals, master classes, workshops, and performances. The safety, well-being, and consistent guidance of our students is of the utmost importance at the Free Theatre.

Master classes, taught by professionals in their field, and peer-to-peer education both are part of our educational plan.

Application to the company is open to all students in grades 9-12 in the DMV.  Company and casting auditions are held in person in late August and early January. 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].