CulturalDC'S Source Theatre

CulturalDC purchased the Source Theatre in October 2006 with the vision of redeveloping the theatre’s multi-use performing arts space. Source’s 150-seat black box is vital to the area’s small and medium-sized arts organizations because the space is intimate, flexible, and affordable. Following an extensive $3.5 million renovation begun in early 2008, Source now provides a classroom, rehearsal studio, and administrative space.

Through 2017 it was home to the annual Source Festival, a space for new plays. In addition to the black box, Source houses three resident companies and area performing arts groups that maintain offices on the second floor of the building.

Located at 1835 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Closest Metro Station: U St. (Green/Yellow Line); Street Parking: Yes, paid and unpaid.

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culturaldc programming

S.J. EWING & DANCERS: GALLERY (Upcoming: October 3-5, 2019)

Gallery, created in 2019 for a site-specific presentation at FlashDC, will be redeveloped for Source Theatre.  The work is athletic and virtuosic with a score of house music driving it forward. Performed by a cast of seven female identifying dancers, the work is a study in the strength, resilience, empathy, and stamina of women. With no characters or narrative, the movement is built from internal physical imagery and manipulated and developed into solos, duets, trios, and ensemble work. The piece is about women making, exploring, and creating - and the audience watching and observing that process. For Ewing, this act of seeing art personified through each dancer is similar to the experience of being in a museum and watching and learning as visual and sculptural works come to life; hence the name Gallery.

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David Ngyuen

David Ngyuen

JEFFERSON PINDER: THIS IS NOT A DRILL (PAST)

In the late summer and early fall of 1919, violence and uprising erupted across the United States. Hundreds of Black lives were lost in the midst of a transitory period of unrest and hostility that was named The Red Summer. For summer 2019, Pinder embarked on a classic American journey: a road trip to visit major sites of The Red Summer.

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CULTURALDC’S SOURCE FESTIVAL (PAST)

Starting in 2008, CulturalDC produced the award-winning Source Festival, which served as a vehicle for launching new plays and fostering the careers of emerging artists. After a decade-long run, CulturalDC brought the Festival to a close in 2017.

Everyone at CulturalDC is grateful to the 1,500+ artists that made Source Festival possible for the last decade. We are eager to see what grows from the roots we help plant in the Nation’s Capital and across the country.

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RESIDENT COMPANIES

Creative community and collaboration are crucial assets for emerging arts organizations and small businesses. As part of the residency program at a CulturalDC venue, companies learn from, and work alongside, their peers, unlocking ideas and creative potential. The organizations below base their operations at Source as part of the Source Residency program operated by CulturalDC.

 

CONSTELLATION THEATRE COMPANY

Constellation Theatre Company is dedicated to creating theatre that is epic, expansive and essential. Visionary, expressive design and elevated language are combined with heightened physical movement and ensemble acting techniques. Like bright lights in the dark sky, Constellation illuminates the human experience in ways that are powerful, dynamic and relevant today. 

WEBSITE

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THE IN SERIES

The In Series has over a 25-year history of offering a unique and eclectic blend of theatre, opera, cabaret, poetry, performance art and chamber music. Each season The In Series showcases Spanish and Latin-American culture and the In Series is the only music organization in the region that annually produces zarzuela, or Latino light opera. 

WEBSITE

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WASHINGTON IMPROV THEATER

Since its re-founding in 1998, Washington Improv Theater (WIT) has been the fountainhead of a growing improvisational theater scene in the nation’s capital. WIT’s mission is to unleash the creative power of improv in DC and to engage audiences with performances that exhilarate and inspire. The revolution will be improvised. 

WEBSITE

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RENTALS

Please note there is a 3 hour minimum.

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Black Box Theater

120 seat, (57'x34')

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Rehearsal Hall

(22'x34')

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Classroom

(19'x23')