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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June 24 and 26 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Playwriting: Nut and Bolts with Craig Lucas

July 8 and 10 from 5 – 7 p.m.
From Page to Stage with Arena Stage Properties Director Jenn Sheetz

July 15 and 17 from 5 – 8 p.m.
ZOOM-o-logues: Acting for the Virtual Space with Edward Gero

July 22 and 24 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Stage Management: Behind the Scenes with Kurt Hall

July 29 from 5 – 7 p.m. & July 31 from 5 – 8 p.m.
Playwriting: Dialogue with Eduardo Machado

August 5 and 7 from 6 – 7 p.m.
Costume Design: The Journey of a Designer with Alejo Vietti

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, June 4 
Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Director, Baltimore Center Stage
C. Brian Williams, Founder and Executive Director, Step Afrika!
Mark Clements, Artistic Director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater
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Thursday, June 11
Molly will host a one-on-one interview with Huntington Theatre’s Artistic Director Peter Dubois
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Thursday, June 18
Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director, National Playwright’s Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
Robert Raben, President and Founder, The Raben Group
Andy Shallal, activist, Founder and CEO, Busboys and Poets
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Thursday, June 25
Carey Perloff, Director, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Nehal Joshi, Actor, Disgraced
Georgia Stitt, Composer, Snow Child
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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, June 9
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Tuesday, June 23
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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.

Monday, June 22
Is China the new enemy? Confront or Cooperate?

Dialogue Starters:
Elbridge Colby, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, 2017-2018, Principal and Co-Founder of The Marathon Initiative
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, adjunct professor at the Institute of World Politics
Rachel Esplin Odell, Member of the MIT Security Studies Program, International Security Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 
Stephen Wertheim, Deputy Director of Research and Policy at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Research Scholar at Columbia University
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July 20
Health Care Rationing and End of Life Decisons: Who and How?
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Arena Civil Dialogues: Politics in the COVID-19 Age
Arena Civil Dialogues: Campaign Finance