Source Festival 10th Anniversary


WASHINGTON, DC – What does CulturalDC’s Source Festival, which has developed and produced over 250 new plays, employed over 1,100 artists from around the country, and hosted over 16,000 audience members do to celebrate its tenth anniversary? Showcase some its best work, of course! This year, we are proud to be producing a revival of the award-winning PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, which premiered at Source Festival in 2013, and six “BEST-OF” 10-Minute Plays as this year’s headliners. From June 9th to July 2nd, 2017, the Festival will also present three Full-Length Play Readings, six NEW 10-Minute Plays and two Artistic Blind Dates.

Helmed by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Source Festival continues to grow its reputation as a premiere launching pad for new work and a proving ground for DC’s emerging theatre artists. The 2017 Festival includes:


PERFECT ARRANGEMENT debuted at Source Festival 2013 and has received the 2014 Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, an off-Broadway production at Primary Stages, and has been nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards’ Best LGBTQ Drama category. The script was published by Samuel French in 2016.

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, directed by Nick Martin
In a Georgetown duplex in 1950, Bob and Millie live next door to Norma and Jim, in what appears to be a perfect arrangement. The twist is that all four are gay and have cultivated fake identities outside of their homes in order to live truthfully inside. The cultural shift of the 1950s brings about a moment of change when their carefully crafted falsehood is thrown into chaos. Topher Payne’s Play (based on the historical events of The Lavender Scare) explores this shifting landscape with humor, energy, farce and surprising honesty.

During the 2017 Festival, producers will collaborate with directors, playwrights and dramaturgs to host 3-day development workshops and public readings of three new Full-Length Plays selected from more than 140 submissions from across the country. Plays in development include:

by Matthew Capodicasa, (Woodward Newman Drama Award Winner)
Directed by Rachael Murray
Two lonely puppeteers meet inside of a monstrous two-person puppet on a film set, and must find a way to connect and bring the character to life over four days of shooting.

by Reina Hardy, (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival TYA Prize Winner)
Directed by Megan Behm
Annie Jump is a teenage science genius living in a small town who meets an intergalactic supercomputer, here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars.

F*ck la vie d’artiste
by Georgette Kelly, (Chicago Writers WorkSpace)
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker
Zenab is a young artist, haunted by the ghost of Vincent van Gogh, who sets out to paint the 2005 race riots in Paris despite her lover’s protests.


Source Festival will produce twelve 10-Minute Plays. Six new plays, chosen from 400 submissions will be performed in repertory with six revivals of some of the best 10-Minute Plays debuted over the last decade. Together, they serve as a sampler of some of the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today.


by Lori Fischer
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A woman (discouraged by recent events) sprains her ankle as she waits for the bus and is helped out by a potential love interest.

by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Jacob Young
Six people grapple with taking chances and making changes while riding a roller coaster.

by Ed Cardona, Jr.
Directed by Jacob Young
Two teammates confront the future existence of their romantic relationship beyond the football field.

by Mark Saunders
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A conspiracy theorist and her daughter wait for the arrival of the woman’s son, a wounded army veteran, who brings home a surprise.

by Jared Strange
Directed by Connor Hogan
The Emperor is determined to face an insurrection au naturale, and it’s up to his wife and adviser to get him under control before he ruins everything.

by John Bavoso
Directed by Connor Hogan
Two strangers. One crowded Metro car. A gallon of milk. What could go wrong?

“BEST-OF…”: Six 10-Minute Plays from the Last Decade

by Gregory Hischak
Directed by Julia Hurley
Artists living under tables. A meal delivery gone wrong. Gentrification to the extreme.

by Patrick Flynn
Directed by [Director TBA]
Kevin and Karen are vexed by their child and their parents through their baby monitor as they try to teach their infant daughter to soothe herself.

by Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by [Director TBA]
When two forces of nature collide, who will be left standing?

by Laura Jacqmin
Directed by Adin Walker
Dad may have more in common with the forest than anyone realized.

by Stephen Lewis
Directed by Adin Walker
Two lonely souls find deceit, Mongolian barbecue, and ballet on an online dating site.

by Alex Dremann
Directed by Julia Hurley
On the cusp of discovering the key to time travel, Jake and Dagney are confronted with their future selves.


The Artistic Blind Dates program brings together seven artists of varying disciplines to create two dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. The 2017 ABD teams include, among others, a film artist, a Hip-Hop artist, and two movement artists. Audiences get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work. Audiences will engage in discussions about the artists’ creative process following each presentation.

Created and performed by Meredith Barnes, Mark Platenberg, and Chelsea Thaler
Through movement, music, and innovative storytelling, three interdisciplinary artists use action and reveries to investigate human revelation, and what it means to stand at the precipice of a shift in one’s own point of view.

Created and performed by Kylos Brannon, Jennifer Clements, Tracey Erbacher, and Dwayne Winslow
When the smallest morsels of life inspire endless space for transformation, no object or experience can be considered mundane. Through a journey of words, music, and images, audiences and artists come together for a responsive performance event that looks beyond the surface and into the unseen. Dive in as we explore tensions between the known and the unknown, our willingness to be transformed, and the messy, powerful, resonant layers of meaning too often overlooked.


Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival brings together artists from across the nation to present new works—Full-Length Plays,10-Minute Plays and Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 10th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for rising talents and established artists, directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play SPLINTERS, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (Source Festival 2013) won 2013 Steinberg Award and was recently produced offBroadway at Primary Stages. COLLAPSING SILENCE, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. Nathan Alan Davis’ DONTRELL WHO KISSED THE SEA and Steve Yockey’s THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER, both produced as Source Festival 2014, have gone to the National New Play Neworks’ Rolling World Premiere Program. Davis also won a Steinberg Citation from the American Critic Theatre Association for DONTRELL.

Source Festival is produced by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Associate Producer Lee Cromwell and Assistant Producers Sharon King, James Rogers, and Patrick Gallagher Landes

Major support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, AT&T, Washington Gas, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Susan and Dixon Butler Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Stephen Stein and VOA Associates.


CulturalDC’s 19-year history demonstrates a commitment to creating space for artists. Whether by providing subsidized studio or live-work housing (Brookland Artist Lofts, Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market) or free/subsidized performance space in our theaters, gallery and performance spaces, or by working with the city and developers to preserve arts spaces under threat (Source, Atlas). CulturalDC remains committed to its mission of supporting artists, and arts organizations. “We make space for art.”

Follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC and Source Festival @SourceFestDC on social media for updates!

SOURCE FESTIVAL is presented by CulturalDC
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Email: plandes@culturaldc.org

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Designing the Future City Panel at VISIONDC

CulturalDC is proud to announce the Designing the Future City panel as a part of VISIONDC, Arts and Innovation Summit on April 24. At this session, local and national visionaries will collaborate across creative fields and discuss how to drive economic development, address social inclusion, and encourage cultural accessibility in a rapidly changing cityscape.

Presenters at the Designing the Future City panel include:

  • Isabel Castilla, Principal of the James Corner Field Operations. As an architect and landscape architect, Castilla has directed major projects such as Section 3 of the New York High Line, Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road District, and the ICEBERGS installation at the National Building Museum.
  • Demian Costa, Managing Partner for Sagamore Ventures. With Sagamore Ventures, the venture investment arm of Plank Industries, Costa works on projects concerning venture, private equity, entrepreneurship, and innovation growth in Baltimore and beyond.
  • Marina Martins, Co-founder and CEO of Pigmental Studios. In 2016, Martins moved her animation studio, Pigmental, to Galludet University’s Washington campus. The artists at Pigmental Studios have worked on films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and Birdman.
  • Avery Ash, Autonomous Vehicle Market Strategist for INRIX. At INRIX, a global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement, Ash leads the company’s DC engagement for innovative transportation technology.
  • Kevin Roberts, VP of Development for Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. With over 16 years of real estate experience, Roberts leads a range of development projects involving acquisitions, project visioning, entitlements, design, commercial leasing, construction and more.

VISIONDC is open to the public and will feature visionary conversations, site-specific installations, and performances by over 20 local artists. It will be held at the iconic Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tickets can be purchased for the summit until April 20 at visiondc.org. Discount early bird tickets, ranging from $15 to $45, will be sold until March 24.  

About CulturalDC

CulturalDC has an 18-year history of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, D.C., area. CulturalDC has brokered more than 250,000 square feet of artist space, including the Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 30,000 audience members and participants who patronize local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy.

For more information on CulturalDC, visit culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on VISIONDC and all of its projects.  #WeMakeSpaceForArt

General: 202.315.1305  • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: kristi@culturaldc.org

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001

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CulturalDC is hiring a Development Associate

Development Associate                                                     Job Announcement     

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, “makes space for art” by providing affordable, accessible space and artistic programming for artists, arts organizations and audiences at our two locations and by spearheading creative placemaking initiatives (e.g. artist studios, public art) in local area communities.  We create opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, real estate developers, and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area.  This position calls for an outstanding professional with a proven track record in fundraising and grants management.

Reporting to the Major Gifts Officer, the full-time position of Development Associate will help create and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy that will achieve annual contributed income revenue targets from foundations, government and corporate sources, increase the organization’s revenue streams and donor support, and build greater brand awareness of CulturalDC’s mission and impact.

The Development Associate will:

  • Support Foundations, Government and Corporate sources of fundraising
  • Maintain on-going relationships with Foundation and Government donors and prospects
  • Develop and track proposals and reports for all foundation, government and corporate fundraising


  • Develop detailed and competitive written proposals, reports and project budgets for foundation, government and corporate fundraising grants
  • Ensure compliance with foundation and government funding regulations
  • Assist in the preparation of fundraising reports (including financial) and records of fundraising achievements for Executive Director, Board and external stakeholders.
  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Using Raiser’s Edge Database:
    • Maintain foundation, government, corporation and individual donor files.
    • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
    • Maintain and update RE database records.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Major Gifts Officer

Board Support and Advocacy

  • Work with the Major Gifts Officer and key volunteer leadership to develop advocacy strategies for local and federal government officials and agencies.

Leadership and General Management

  • Participate in the annual budget planning process to ensure that Government and Foundation fundraising strategies and goals align with the overall budget and programmatic needs.
  • Stay current with developments and trends in the industry and those affecting the organization and its constituents.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Major Gift Officer and staff to achieve integrated communications that consistently promote a dynamic brand image and attract support for CulturalDC.

Preparation and Knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Demonstrated experience in foundation, government and or corporate fundraising desired.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of development experience that includes grant and proposal writing experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Raiser’s Edge Database management experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Salary: Commensurate with experience

How to apply:
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
P 202.315.1327

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.


CulturalDC is Hiring a Communications Manager

Communications Manager                                                          Job Announcement

CulturalDC, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area, is accepting applications for the position of Communications Manager.

This position requires experience in communications, marketing and public relations, branding, planning and implementation of short and long term strategies, audience development, and the integration of fundraising and marketing to reach organizational goals. This position requires high level strategic marketing planning, as well as day to day operational work. This position reports to the Deputy Director and, in collaboration with the CulturalDC staff, will develop and execute CulturalDC marketing plans with strategies and tactics to support the organization’s development and program/services goals.



  • Serve as the brand master for CulturalDC’s organizational identity and visual brand; centralize internal and external communications.
  • Implement CulturalDC’s Communications Strategy and Plan.
  • Manage marketing and publicity for CulturalDC events including exhibitions, theatre performances, additional programming and events.
  • Implement email marketing and social media campaigns to ensure effective messaging.
  • Work with program staff to develop messaging, timelines, annual marketing and communications plan and budgets and create audience development and ticketing strategies.
  • Create and/or manage all CulturalDC print and electronic materials including website, media releases, invitations, programs, annual reports and e-newsletters.
  • Liaise with media; develop and administer organization’s media contacts and coverage and other external listservs.
  • Liaise with the PR and Marketing committee of the Board of Directors and volunteers.
  • Supervise the work of an intern and/or Fellow.
  • Perform grant writing and reporting as needed.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or Communications.
  • Three to five years’ experience in arts marketing, communications and/or public relations preferred.
  • Outstanding writing and oral skills with a strong design sensibility.
  • Experience with both digital and print-based marketing.
  • Experience tracking and analyzing the efficacy of websites, emails and web-based marketing efforts, including Google Analytics and tracking URLs over social media.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, PowerPoint, desktop and Internet publishing software, including HTML, Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
  • Knowledge of Raiser’s Edge1 a plus.
  • Attention to detail and ability to organize and manage multiple tasks on an ongoing basis.
  • Knowledge of contemporary visual and/or performing art, particularly in the DC area.
  • Collegial working style and ability to work well in a team environment. Calm approach in pressure situations.
  • Comfortable with deadline-driven responsibilities and the capacity to handle multiple priorities at one time.
  • Has established relationships with print and digital media outlets.
  • Ability to participate in evening/weekend events.


Salary: Commensurate with experience

How to apply:
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to:
916 G Street NW
Washington, DC  20001
P 202.315.1327

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.




April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CulturalDC, Washington’s leading arts place-maker and presenter, will host VISIONDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit. The event will provide an opportunity for artists, real estate developers, policymakers, business leaders and the public to consider the creative trajectory of growth in the District.

Featuring Washington’s first ever ART TANK, an initiative inspired by ABC’s popular television show, “Shark Tank,” VISIONDC promises urban development in real time as a group of investors judge concepts for groundbreaking arts projects. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to watch as winning concepts are funded ON THE SPOT.

“The inaugural ART TANK competition epitomizes Washington’s ongoing dedication to art and urban investment,” says CulturalDC Board Member and President of Urban Atlantic Development, Vicki Davis. “With ART TANK, VISIONDC delivers revolutionary exposure to upcoming trends in the metropolitan landscape.”

At the summit, nationally recognized entrepreneurs, artists and commercial developers will explore:

  • Gentrification in Washington’s neighborhoods and strategies that are being considered to foster equitable growth;
  • How creative thinking can be employed to address challenges and drive economic development while considering social issues in urban areas; and
  • How crowdsourcing can be used to invest in developing creative communities in Washington.

VISIONDC is open to the public and will feature visionary conversations, site-specific installations, and performances by over 20 local artists. It will be held at the iconic Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Tickets can be purchased at visiondc.org. Discount early bird tickets, ranging from $15 to $45, will be sold until March 24.

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WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Source Festival is pleased to announce the 20 Full-Length Plays that have been selected as finalists for its tenth season! The scripts were vetted by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick. Over the past ten years, the Festival has developed and produced work that is innovative in its structure and content and has pushed the boundaries of traditional theatricality.

These 20 scripts, narrowed from a submission pool of over 130 plays, represent some of the freshest, most compelling plays being written in America. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December. The Festival runs from June 9 through July 2 and will also feature 12 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates.

A full list of the plays, including playwright bios, is available here.


(((POSITION FILLED))) Arts Management Fellow

CulturalDC is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 (as the CulturalDC), that makes space for art through its programs and services. CulturalDC’s mission is to encourage artistic innovation connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the District of Columbia and neighboring urban communities. We are a catalyst to and a resource for emerging arts organizations, providing them with a wide range of programs and services that support emerging artists’ ability to live and work in the city. Our work brings audiences access to affordable, innovative visual and performing art. We also provide services to developers in their creative space-making initiatives. Flashpoint, our downtown arts incubator, offers affordable space for arts presentations and mentors up-and-coming artists and organizations through residency, gallery and theatre lab programs. Source Theatre, located in the 14th Street arts corridor, is a multi-user performing arts venue equipped with administrative, rehearsal and performance spaces for resident companies and other performing arts groups in the DC area.


The position of Arts Management Fellow offers the opportunity to work for and gain experience with an established arts service organization in the DC area. The position requires 20 hours/week, including some Saturdays and evenings for special events. The Arts Management Fellow will have the opportunity to work with CulturalDC’s Staff on day to day operations and events. The position will receive a unique opportunity to learn about the wide variety of programs and services that CulturalDC offers to area artists and arts organizations.



  • Support Executive Director
  • Work on special arts projects with Program Managers;
  • Conduct research and compile data
  • Reception – manage reception area, greet visitors/guests/vendors



  • College senior, graduate student or recent graduate preferred
  • Knowledge in contemporary art; performing arts; arts administration and programming
  • Experience with Social Media, Web Tools and Microsoft Office Suite of tools
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Individual must be comfortable working in a cooperative environment that represents a broad range of artistic, cultural and social points of view
  • Availability for flexible work schedule, including evening events and Saturdays.

This is paid position with a monthly stipend ranging between $800-1,200 per month based on experience and availability.


How To Apply:

To apply, submit a resume with cover letter by NOVEMBER 30 to:

Attn: Development Fellow