Advocacy Ensemble

The Voices of Now Advocacy Ensemble is made up of participants in their teens and twenties from the Metro D.C. area that collaborate to create an original, autobiographical play that focuses on a specific issue facing their community. The Advocacy Ensemble play is presented at Arena Stage as part of the Voices of Now Festival, and throughout the community as a tool for creating dialogue around social issues. Past partner organizations for this ensemble have included D.C. Child and Family Services, First Star Academy, Georgetown University, Howard University, Metro Teen AIDS, Next Step Public Charter School and Promising Futures. 

Participants explore the program through free workshops in the fall that culminate in an audition in December. Artists and activists ages 14 and up are encouraged to register for the FREE Advocacy Ensemble workshops this fall!

For more information, please contact Mauricio Pita, Community Programs Manager at


Classes are held in the beautiful Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Rehearsals are held in the classroom and the final showcase is held in the 200-seat Kogod Cradle.

Watch the 2019 performance