Voices of Now is a devised theater program that allows ensembles of artists the opportunity to create and perform autobiographical theater that explore social, cultural and emotional issues. The collaboratively written shows are fast-paced, physical theater pieces, which combine poetry, movement, music, dialogue and storytelling. Artists learn the value of full participation, discipline and collaboration. Now in its tenth year, Voices of Now has impacted the lives of thousands of young people and tens of thousands of engaged theatergoers.
take the stage
Learn more about local Voices of Now ensembles and Voices of Now ensembles around the world.
Become a Voices of Now artist
Actors' Tools Workshops
To qualify to be a Voices of Now ensemble member, artists participate in a series of workshops introducing them to the actor's tools: movement, vocal expression, teamwork and creative writing. Upon completion, participating artists are eligible to audition to be cast in a Voices of Now ensemble.
Create an Ensemble
Groups of 8-20 artists create an original play to be performed in their own community and at Arena Stage as a part of the Voices of Now Festival. Rehearsals may be held at school, in an organization's private space and/or at Arena Stage.
Voices of Now: Meet the Artists
Voices of Now is available to middle, high school and community groups of eight or more. Group leaders and performers can learn more by contacting
Community Engagement Partnerships Manager Raymond Caldwell
Voices of Now is made possible by support from AT&T, Share Fund, Friends of Southwest DC, GEICO, the Mark & Carol Hyman Fund and Toni R. Ritzenberg. Additional support for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of State.