About Us

History

Founded in 1986 by a professional company of theatre artists dedicated to producing literate, challenging works in a collegial and supportive atmosphere, the Stage Guild quickly established itself as an indispensable component of the D.C. area theatre scene; recognized as early as the end of the first season (1987) by The Washington Post –

“Like the goddess Athena, The Washington Stage Guild sprang forth fully armed this year.”

Having since attracted international attention for its distinctive plays and strong ensemble, the company was more recently praised as the Post added,

“In 23 years, the Stage Guild staged more than 80 productions in five different homes, a remarkable track record for a company that has never had its own theatre. And it earned intense devotion…”

The company’s acclaimed repertoire of neglected classics, unfamiliar works by familiar playwrights, and stimulating new plays from around the world is presented in a style that is the Guild’s own—direct and clear, with a strong commitment to adhering to the author’s intent.

 

The company operates under a Small Professional Theatre Contract with Actors’ Equity Association and as part of its artistic mission, the Washington Stage Guild has been a leading local proponent of non-traditional casting.


The Stage Guild’s participation in CultureCapital.com is provided through a partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. It is a member of the League of Washington Theatres.

Our Mission

The Washington Stage Guild (incorporated as Theatre Downtown, Inc.) produces eloquent plays of idea and argument, passion and wit – plays from all periods of world drama enacted by a classical ensemble with a contemporary sensibility – smart plays for a smart town!
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