Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities.
A professional, award-winning regional theater, Olney Theatre Center operates under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract, one of only three theaters in the country to operate under such a contract.
In addition to its Subscription Season, which emphasizes 20th-century American classics, new works, area premieres, reinterpretations of classics and musical theater, Olney Theatre Center offers a wide range of programs and affiliations including: National Players, America's longest running classical touring company; an annual Summer Shakespeare Festival; Post-Show Discussions; and In-School Workshops.
Olney Theatre Center's mission is to create professional theater productions and other programs that nurture artists, students, technicians, administrators and audience members; and to develop each individual's creative potential using the skills and imaginative possibilities of theater and the performing arts.
Artistic Objective: Present premieres of new plays and revivals of classical theater that resonate in a contemporary context.
Educational Objective: Integrate the artistic programs and the creative process into schools' core curricula for systemic and sustained impact on the learning process.
Cultural Objective: Expand the participation of community residents in the theater's artistic work and to explore diversity in the content, style and form of its programs.