Masterclasses will focus on playwriting, acting, stage management and design. Geared for adults, each class is two to three hours long twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays. In an intimate setting of no more than 10-16 people per class, it is an exciting opportunity for community members to connect with experts in the field to hone their craft or be inspired to learn a new skill.  Due to the overwhelming demand, we are requesting that students sign up for only one masterclass each.

If you would like to be put on the waitlist for one of the masterclasses, please email your name, phone number, and the class you would like to be waitlisted for to Olivia Jones at

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August 12 and 14 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Costume Design and Technology: The Business of “the Business” with Joseph Salasovich

August 19 and 21 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Playwriting Inspiration: Honing in on your voice with Karen Zacarías

August 26 and 28 from 5 – 7 p.m
Directing Snapshot with Seema Sueko

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Molly's Salon

A weekly Salon featuring artists and leaders of Arena Stage.

These half-hour-long weekly conversations will include some of our best thinkers and creative firebrands. Molly will sit down with a variety of artists and leaders to discuss new ideas they are excited about and glimmers of hope for the future.

Molly Salon's are from 7-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 13
Sheldon Epps, director
Leah C. Gardiner, director
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director
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Thursday, August 20
Octavio Solis, playwright, Power Play commissioned writer
Tazewell Thompson, director and playwright
Najma Roberts, Democracy Fund
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Thursday, August 27
Khaled Nobawy, actor, Arena’s Camp David
Michael Edwards, Artistic Director, Asolo Repertory Theatre
Jackie Reyes-Yanes, Director of the Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
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Thursday, September 3
Idris Goodwin, playwright and Power Play Commissioned Writer
Phillipa Hughes, Social Sculptor and Cultural Strategist
Jocelyn Clarke, dramaturg
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Molly's Salon: Sean Malarkey, Deborah Nash and Lance Pennington
Molly's Salon: Kate Baldwin, Jamil Jude and David Inoue
Molly's Salon: Robert Barry Fleming, Nathan Alan Davis and Kathleen Turner
Molly's Salon: E. Faye Butler, Theresa Rebeck and Timothy Douglas
Molly's Salon: Lawrence Wright, Phylicia Rashad and Robert Lynch
Molly's Salon: Carey Perloff, Nehal Joshi and Georgia Stitt
Molly's Salon: Wendy C. Goldberg and Robert Raben
Molly's Salon: Peter DuBois
Molly's Salon: Stephanie Ybarra, C. Brian Williams and Mark Clements
Molly's Salon featuring Daniel J. Maldonado, Erin Weaver and Joe Montoya
Molly's Salon: Lauren Yee, Kirk Johnson and Anita Maynard-Losh
Molly's Salon featuring Jenn Sheetz, Africa Shimizu Banks and Mary McBride
Molly's Salon: Craig Lucas, Ken MacDonald and Maria Manuela Goyanes
Molly's Salon: Phil Laduca, Camille Busette and Nicholas Rodriguez
Molly's Salon featuring Jackie Maxwell, Steve Moore and Edgar Dobie
Molly's Salon featuring Charles Randolph-Wright, Karen Zacarías and Seema Sueko
Molly's Salon featuring Parker Esse, Joseph P. Salasovich and Edward Gero

Broadway Dance Class

Choreographer Parker Esse (Anything GoesNewsies) returns with energizing workouts and Broadway musical theater dance combination classes.

Classes are from 6-7 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18
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Civil Dialogues

Arena Stage hosts community conversations that provide an opportunity for members of the Washington, D.C., community to engage in civil discourse about social and political issues, and will demonstrate — with the goal — that people of diverse viewpoints can have fruitful dialogues with one another. 

The Civil Dialogues are from 4-5:30 p.m.

August 17
Reaching the Other: How to dialogue with those with whom we differ greatly
Dr. Lara Brown, Director of GW Graduate School of Political Management
Camille Busette, Director of the Brookings Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative and a senior fellow in Governance Studies
Professor Cynthia Miller-Idriss, Professor of Education and Sociology at American University and Director of the Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)
Brette Steele, Director of Prevention and National Security at the McCain Institute International Leadership
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September 21
Suffer the Children: Child Care and Schools if COVID-19 Persists

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October 19
The First Hundred Days: Under Biden, Trump, or Biden and a GOP-controlled Senate 
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Arena Civil Dialogues: Health Care Rationing and End of Life Decisions: Who and How?
Arena Civil Dialogues - Is China the new enemy? Confront or Cooperate?
Arena Civil Dialogues: Politics in the COVID-19 Age
Arena Civil Dialogues: Campaign Finance