Pre-Professional Ensemble

The Voices of Now Pre-Professional Ensemble is made up of emerging artists and young professionals from local universities and the D.C. Metro area. The Pre-Professional Ensemble explores issues and questions relevant to their respective communities. In addition to creating a Voices of Now play or film, artists set the foundation for their careers as theater professionals by connecting with other theater artists and developing a relationship with a major regional theater.

VON Pre-Professional Ensemble meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30pm-8:30pm at Arena Stage.

Pre-Professional Ensemble artists will:

  • Jump start their career as a theater artist.
  • Build a relationship with a two-time TONY award winning regional theater.
  • Devise an autobiographical, ensemble-based, physical play to be performed at the annual Voices of Now Festival at Arena Stage.
  • Make their own work!

Participation is the Pre-Professional Ensemble is completely tuition-free.

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Emma Busch
Laila Gallant
Marselina (Vanessa) Lopez
Liv Meredith Maris
Rashaud Matthews
Ezra Morrow
Iara Rogers Benchoam
Sabrina Zillinger