Mission and Values - DC Metro Theater Arts
DC Metro Theater Arts is the most comprehensive source for performing arts coverage in Washington, DC. Featuring engaging reviews, artist interviews, news, show schedules and ticket discounts, we provide everything you need to be a savvy theatergoer in Washington, D.C. and the Greater Washington area. DC.
• We are currently assigning fully vaccinated writers to review selected live performances. We’re also looking at a selection of locally generated virtual performances that will remain available online for at least four viewings.
• We maintain a bulletin board of online offerings from local cinemas.
At DCMTA, we recognize the power of the performing arts to enrich lives and advance civic discourse. We also recognize that Washington, DC, is more than the political capital of the country: over the past few decades, the DC region has become a performing arts capital, a region that incubates new work, provides residents with a rich variety of theater experiences and offers more weeks of work for actors than any US city outside of New York (which we also cover), Chicago or Los Angeles.
In this spirit, we:
- Provide in-depth, in-depth coverage of the region’s performing arts scene that mainstream publications cannot offer.
- To provide the Washington, DC region with a professional quality art publication commensurate with the caliber of art produced in the region.
- Highlight the work of artists from all backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations, and recognize that the vitality of DC Theater is powered by the diversity of artists within its ranks.
Since its founding, DC Metro Theater Arts has intentionally covered the work of Black, Indigenous and Artists of Color (BIPOC). We recognize our moral and ethical obligation as a historically white performing arts platform to do so. But we know we have to do better. We recognize that the cultural context reflected in our coverage needs to better reflect the diversity of the DC region. To that end, and in response to the “Dear White American Theater” petition inspired by #BlackLivesMatter, we pledge to:
- We will consciously seek out and welcome writers of color who wish to contribute their views to the site.
- We will proactively offer our communication channel to help amplify the voices of BIPOC who are now leading the way into the future of American theater.
Through reviews, news, and interviews, DCMTA covers professional, independent, college, and community productions within a 30-mile radius of Washington, D.C. We also cover some major productions and events beyond that radius that are noteworthy or interesting for our readers. We maintain a dedicated reviewer in New York to bring our readers news of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway events.
We prepare our review schedule a month before the show opens, and we often depend on companies to send us press invitations to review. To request coverage or story ideas, please use our contact page or email the following staff members:
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
DCMTA invites members of the arts community to contribute articles. If you have a topic you are passionate about, please contact [email protected] for potential publication. Examples of past articles include this essay on the playwriting process by playwright Normal Yeung, and this article on stage paper burning in hamilton by prop designer Jay Duckworth.
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