About Us & Company Members
The Company’s Mission
Founded in 2012, the Federal Theatre Project exists to bring no-cost theatre to under-served populations within the Washington, DC area. Our productions focus primarily on American governance; that is to say, the political process within America. We attempt to remove the mystery from politics while engaging younger audiences in the political process.
The Federal Theatre Project is non-partisan in its offerings. We strive to foster a sense of civic engagement, not a particular agenda.
In short, we want to get audience members to think, not tell them what to think!
Goals of the Federal Theatre Project:
· Foster civic engagement in underserved areas of the District.
· Provide no-cost theatre to those who would otherwise not be able to attend
· Promote the existing diversity within the DC theater community.
Often quoted as Vox populi, vox Dei ("The voice of the people [is] the voice of God") this statement is an old proverb erroneously attributed to William of Malmesbury in the twelfth century. William likely pulled this from a letter written by Alcuin to Charlemagne in 798. The full quotation from Alcuin reads: Nec audiendi qui solent dicere, Vox populi, vox Dei, quum tumultuositas vulgi semper insaniae proxima sit. (“And those people should not be listened to who keep saying the voice of the people is the voice of God, since the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness.”)
Nevertheless, “The voice of the people is the voice of God” is a pretty accurate description when talking about American governance. Or should be. The Federal Theatre Project was formed to remind citizens that they do have a voice in government: in fact, we would argue that your voice is the most important voice, because you get to hold your elected officials responsible.
The Federal Theatre Project offers one production per season. In September, we perform a staged reading of the current production at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to Stage Festival. The script is then workshopped and finalized, to be performed at the DC Capital Fringe Festival in July. The production then tours select areas of Washington, DC in the fall, offering free performances to the public.
The Federal Theatre Project is led by the Artistic Director.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors oversee the company’s overall efforts. The Board focuses on fundraising and networking for the company.
Company members are individuals who believe in the mission of the Federal Theatre Project. These could be actors, playwrights, directors, dramaturgs, audience members and/or other interested parties.
Company members assist in marketing, fundraising, conceptualization and administration.