About us

We believe in the power of live theatrical storytelling.  We exist to support the community of playmakers which presents those stories and to help build engaged and informed audiences in this, one of the busiest hubs for theatre in America.

In 2005, Ronnie Ruff created DC Theatre Reviews.  The site was focused on the emerging theatre companies whose productions received little media attention. In October, 2007, we incorporated as DC Theatre Scene, our new name recognizing that we moved beyond reviews into features, news, and opinion columns.

Today, DC Theatre Scene goes where you go – whether it is to a theatre in the DC area, Baltimore or New York, to a festival, to the movies or to your digital screen. We make ticket buying simple through our partnership with TheatreinDC. We present the Gary Lee Maker Audience Award, the only one of its kind in the country, which honors the absolutely essential ingredient of any performance – the audience.

Questions? Concerns? Compliments? We’d love to hear from you.
Email us or call 301 638-1137.

Regular contributors to DC Theatre Scene
(Click on their names to view their DCTS archive)

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Lorraine Treanor, Publisher and Editor

As editor for DCTS, Lorraine Treanor has the best job in town, and makes it all happen from a log house in Waldorf, MD. She attended Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, intending to become a producer. She produced plays and concerts in her hometown of Chicago, and two Capital Fringe shows. Her daughter, Nina Norris, is an artist working in Chicago. Life’s a blast because she shares it with her husband, writer Tim Treanor.

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Brett Steven Abelman is a local playwright whose work has been seen at Rorschach Klecksography, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, eXtreme eXchange, in self-productions at Fringe and more, and who co-moderates the DC-Area Playwrights Group. He is also a writer who has reviewed for dcist and City Paper prior to DCTS, and who maintains a personal blog at babelwright.wordpress.com. He also writes fiction and stories in other formats. He has worked backstage at Constellation frequently, has acted with Zemfira Stage, Landless and others, and is generally a theatre lover and fan of stories and words.

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Sarah Ameigh is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she studied sociology, advertising, and theatre. After graduation she back-packed across Australia, and moved to DC where she now works in non-profit advocacy. She loves theatre, writing, music, and buys entirely too many books.

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Travis Andrews is a Washington, D.C.-via-NOLA-based writer who has written for Salon, The Washingtonian, OffBeat Magazine and reported for several newspapers throughout his native Louisiana. He spends his time as a contributing editor for NBC’s DVICE, a science and tech blog, and writing about the arts. His love of the arts comes from his New Orleans heritage. His love of science is fairly mysterious. Though he’s pretended otherwise since before time, his favorite food is the French Fry. It’s time the truth came out. For more about Travis M. Andrews, go to www.travismandrews.com. Or follow the Metairie native on Twitter @MetairiesFinest.

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Richard Barry. I’m doing the twenty something thing in DC enjoying live entertainment, food and writing about it when I find the time.

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Jayne Blanchard has been a critic covering DC theater for the past 10 years, most recently for the Washington Times. Prior to that, she was a theater critic in the Twin Cities and a movie reviewer in the Washington area. A proud resident of Baltimore, she now reviews Baltimore productions for DCTS as well.

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Jon Boughtin is a seasoned press flack and political hack who recently set aside the rigors of Capitol Hill to make his millions as a freelance writer and real estate agent.  Shrewd!  Jon is a proud theater fiance who learned the ins-and-outs of DC theater through his fiance and local actor, Heather.  Now hooked, Jon is thrilled to spend another summer under DC’s hottest tent.  When not writing, parenting or hawking homes, Jon can be found on the ultimate frisbee field attempting to defy the aging process.  Jon is a native Upstate New Yorker and longtime Tennessean with a BS from Vanderbilt University.

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Jennifer Clements received her MFA in creative writing from George Mason University. A writer of prose and plays, her plays have produced at Capital Repertory Theatre (Albany, NY), Creative Cauldron (Falls Church, VA), Marist College, and elsewhere. Jennifer currently writes book reviews for As It Ought to Be and serves as fiction editor for ink&coda. Visit her website for more information.

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John Dellaporta is a DC-based actor, singer, and guy who “moves well”. Onstage credits have included performances at Adventure Theatre, the Olney Theatre Center, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Washington Savoyards, where he now also serves as a senior staff member. John intermittently posts television recaps and thought pieces on his blog, johndellaporta.blogspot.com.

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Ben Demers, a Baltimore native, has been a theater enthusiast since a young age. He studied drama and voice at Vassar College, performing in numerous plays, musicals, and operas. By day, he is a legal assistant in a DC law firm, and in his spare time, he enjoys debating the artistic merits of horror movies, tearing up the dance floor, and performing music on guitar and piano. He is thrilled to experience all the dynamic, exciting theater that DC has to offer.

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Mark Dewey writes about theater in Washington and the Shenandoah Valley. He earned his MFA in writing at The University of Virginia many years ago, and he’s been teaching at The Potomac School ever since. He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association, and he lives with his wife in the woods near Snickers Gap, on the western slope of the Blue Ridge.

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Rebecca Evans is a D.C. metro area writer and activist. She currently works at a non-profit in Old Town Alexandria focused on cancer prevention and early detection. She also works as a freelance writer and social media specialist. She studied classical voice and opera before making the shift to communications. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys reading, watching classic films and listening to bluegrass. Learn more on her Website

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Susan Galbraith is a playwright, librettist, director and actor in theatre. Currently, she serves as President of Alliance for New Music-Theatre.

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Brad Hathaway, Theatre Shelf columnist – Brad covered theater throughout the Washington area for over a decade. He is best known locally for his work as the editor and reviewer for Potomac Stages from 2001 to 2010. Among the publications that have featured his writing are The Hill Rag, the Connection Newspapers of Northern Virginia, Show Music Magazine and The Sondheim Review. As a member of the American Theater Critics Association, he hosted their 2008 annual conference in Washington and currently serves on that association’s executive committee. Brad received a League of Washington Theatres’ Offstage Honors Award for contributions to the Washington DC theater community. He and his wife Teddie live on a houseboat in Sausalito CA.

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Christopher Henley began acting (1979) and directing (1980) around DC with Source Theatre Company. He was a founding Ensemble Member at WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company); was its Artistic Director for more than 16 years; and continues as its Artistic Director Emeritus and as a member of the Acting Company. Other theatres at which he has worked include SCENA Theatre (founding company member), Longacre Lea Productions, Folger Theatre, The American Century Theater, Quotidian Theatre Company, and Ambassador Theatre, in addition to several companies no longer functioning, such as Cherry Red Productions, Spheres Theatre Company, and Moving Target Theatre.

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Debbie Minter Jackson  is a writer and has been a performer in musical theater for 30+ years. Originally from Chicago, she has performed throughout the Washington, D.C. area including the Kennedy Center in productions with the legendary Mike Malone. Her scripts have been commissioned and produced by Source Theater, throughout Washington, D.C. and New York, and she is a member of Footlights and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. By day she happily works in a federal public health agency as a Senior Program Analyst.

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Alan Katz is dramaturg, critic, epicure, and occasional director in the DC area. Alan has worked for a number of theaters and playwrights around the DC area including WSC Avant Bard, The Inkwell, the Folger Theater, and now with We Happy Few. He specializes in new play and adaptation dramaturgy, but he also reads Ancient Greek and works with Shakespeare every day as a librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Alan helped create the BFA in Dramaturgy option at Carnegie Mellon and holds his MA in Theater History from Catholic University. He also excels at being a translator, poet, dog whisperer, house manager, Magic: the Gathering player, and he does the best roast chicken you’ve ever had in your life. Reach him at http://www.alanjaykatz.com or @dcdramaturg on Twitter.

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Rosalind Lacy, who hails from Los Angeles, has enjoyed writing for DCTheatreScene since 2006. A 20-year journalism veteran, with newspapers such as the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, the Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania, the Suburban Newspapers of Northern New Jersey, Rosalind won a MD-DC press award for the Montgomery Journal in 1999. Since Rosalind’s heady days training and performing professionally in summer stock out of New York City, Rosalind has taught drama in high school, directed and acted in community theaters, and is the proud mother of three young adults. Still an avid theater nut, Rosalind is a former board member of www.Footlightsdc.org, and an aficionada of Spanish theater history.

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Keith Loria is a freelance writer and theatre lover who has written about everything from business to sports to real estate with a lot of entertainment writing thrown into the mix. Recent notable theatre interviews include legendary actor Ben Vereen, Broadway make-up artist Angelina Avallone and the extraordinary Idina Menzel. When not writing, Keith can be found playing with his daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.

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Roy Maurer, a former U.S. Marine, and filmmaker/screenwriter, switched to journalism in 2003. He has covered theatre in Los Angeles, Bloomington, Indiana,(where he co-founded a weekly arts publication and added political reporting to his roster) and here in DC for NBC Washington. He is an editor/reporter covering occupational safety, health and security issues for HR News.

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Ryan Maxwell is a freelance theatre director and photographer based in Washington, DC. He has directed for the Inkwell, the Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, Adventure Theatre MTC, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston.  His photography has been featured in shows with the EMP Collective, the Fridge DC, FotoDC, DCist Exposed, and InstantDC.  Ryan is a proud member of Young Playwrights’ Theater’s company of artists, Flying V Theatre, InstantDC, and PinkySwear Production’s associates program. He will be doing photo coverage for DCTS. 

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Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occassional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except “Game of Thrones” because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled–such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.

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Steven McKnight is a member of the DCTS Board of Directors. Steven is a recovering lawyer who now works in a lobbying firm and enjoys the drama of political theatre on both sides of the aisle. He admires authors, actors, athletes, teachers, and chefs, and has dabbled in all of those roles with mixed (and occasionally hilarious) results.

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Richard Seff, NY Theatre Buzz columnist. Broadway performer, agent, playwright, librettist, columnist and now Richard Seff has published his first novel, TAKE A GIANT STEP. He’s also written the book to SHINE! The Horatio Alger Musical which was a triple prize winner at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Each year, Actors Equity recognizes the year’s most outstanding supporting player with, appropriately enough, the Richard Seff Award. He is a member of the Outer Critics Circle.

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Ryan Taylor is Artistic Director of The Washington Rogues. Along with four Capital Fringe shows for the Rogues, Ryan has produced and directed for companies including Arena Stage, Rorschach, The Source Festival, Solas Nua, and most recently the DC Queer Theater Festival. Along with previous assignments for DCTS, Ryan has also done some feature writin’ and reviewin’ for the Washington City Paper, and once portrayed the embodiment of Reverend Run’s Twitter account in a Washington Post web-series.

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Tim Treanor, Senior Writer, member, DCTS Board of Directors. Since 2005, Tim has written over 400 reviews and numerous articles for DCTS. He has been a member of the American Theater Critics Association since 2009 and sits on its Executive and New Plays committees. He is also a fellow of the National Critics Institute, run by the O’Neill Theater Center. His play Dracula . A Love Story will appear in the 2014 Capital Fringe. His novel, The Seduction of Braulio Jules, was recently published. By day he is a trial lawyer for the Federal government. He lives with his dear bride, Lorraine, in a log house in the woods of Southern Maryland.

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Jeffrey Walker  is proud to be a contributor to DC Theatre Scene and BroadwayWorld’s DC region. He also writes ‘Stage Views,’ a column for the theatre reviews and views for a weekly newspaper. When not writing about the theatre, he teaches theatre arts in Northern Virginia and lives with his wife and sons safely below the Beltway. Follow him on Twitter: @jeffwalker66.

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