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 those small stage theatre companies whose productions received little media attention. In October, 2007, we incorporated as DC Theatre Scene, Inc, our new name recognizing that we had 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. And every year, 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.
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Regular contributors to DC Theatre Scene
(Click on their names to view their DCTS archive)

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 theatre 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.

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.

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.

Jennifer Clements 2014 Fringe
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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Daron Christopher is a communications consultant, writer, and recovering political junkie. A native of Pittsburgh who has called DC home for 4 years, he served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde and studied Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ben Demers is a DC-based communications professional, writer, and DCTS Board Member. As a digital media strategist by day, he relishes the transportive experience of live theater and still gets chills when the lights dim before each show. He performed music and theater productions extensively in high school & college and joins in short plays, open mic nights, and the occasional karaoke binge when he can. He received an MA in Public Relations from Georgetown and a BA from Vassar College. 

Susan Galbraith 2014 Fringe
Susan Galbraith received a BA in English and Drama from Tufts University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi beta kappa. Settling in Minneapolis for a time, she earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota, founded a theatre company, Performers Ensemble, and also collaborated with Prince on writing songs and the first draft of Purple Rain. Susan was part of the acting company at Boston Shakespeare Company under Peter Sellars. Since 1991, she has made D.C. her home where she has enjoyed the opportunity to write plays, direct, act, and produce. She helped co-found Alliance for New Music-Theatre and collaborated on original works across disciplines, styles, and cultural expressions of music-theatre. She is proud to be a reviewer for DCTheatreScene and help advance the conversation about theatre in this area of such rich cultural diversity.

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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Mark Horowitz is a Senior Music Specialist at the Library of Congress, and the author of the book “Sondheim on Music.” He has taught the history of musical theater at Georgetown and Catholic universities, and was the consulting editor for “The Sondheim Review.”

Debbie Minter Jackson is a writer and has performed in musical theater for decades.  Originally from Chicago, she has hit stages throughout the Midwest and the  Washington, D.C. area including the Kennedy Center in productions with the legendary Mike Malone. Her scripts have been commissioned and produced by the old Source Theater and festivals in New York.  She is a member of the play reading and discussion group Footlights and the Black Women Playwrights’ Group.  By day she happily works in a federal public health agency as a Senior Program Analyst and is in blissful partnership with her Bill.  .

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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 AlanJayKatz.com or @dcdramaturg on Twitter.
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Jill Kyle-Keith, age unknown, is the longtime owner and Queen of Beale Street Puppets in Baltimore, Maryland. Bravely hanging on to the idea that vaudeville will someday return and this Internet thing is just a fad, she has foolishly made her living in live entertainment for over thirty years. The end result is that she has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of live shows over the years, has performed at Edinburgh Fringe and Capital Fringe, and now feels qualified to offer her unasked-for opinions to an unsuspecting public.

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.

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.

jonathan mandell bio
Jonathan Mandell is a third-generation New York City journalist and a digital native, who has written about the theater for a range of publications, including Playbill, American Theatre Magazine, the New York Times, Newsday, Backstage, NPR.com and CNN.com. He holds a BA from Yale and an MA from Columbia University, and has taught at the Columbia School of Journalism and New York University. He blogs at http://www.NewYorkTheater.me and Tweets as @NewYorkTheater.

Jessica Pearson is a DC area director, playwright, actor and mercenary drama teacher. She has a B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America and is the Co-Artistic Captain of The HoboJungle Theater Company. Her non-theatrical pursuits include knitting, jewelry making, the watching of 1950’s panel shows and listening to pretentious sub-genres of semi-popular music.

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.

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.

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.

Rachel Pendergrass is a writer, performer, and the host of the Solve for X Science Variety Show, an internationally touring show that teams up science, comedy, and the arts. She has written for numerous publications as a science writer, journalist, and humorist, including McSweeneys, HowStuffWorks, TEDx, Eater DC, and more. She has performed on numerous stages around her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as on the traveling storytelling shows RISK! and StoryCollider. Find her on twitter as @sharkespearean, or at www.rkpendergrass.com.

ryan taylor bio2
Ryan S. Taylor Ryan S. Taylor is a stage director and producer based in Washington, DC.  Directing credits include The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Young Playwrights Theatre, The Source Festival, Capital Fringe, Rorschach Theatre, Journeymen Theater Ensemble, DC Queer Theater Festival, and the Flashpoint Mead Theater Lab, among others. Ryan is also Founding Artistic Director of The Washington Rogues, for which he has directed six productions, including three world premieres. Assisting credits include Rorschach Theater and Forum Theater & Dance. Ryan is a two-time recipient of Cultural DC’s Flashpoint Mead Theater Lab grant and is a current DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities artist fellow. Website: www.ryanstaylor.com. On twitter @RSTstatusreport

Tim Treanor 2014 Fringe
Tim Treanor, is a senior writer for DC Theatre Scene. He is a 2011 Fellow of the National Critics Institute and has written over 600 reviews for DCTS. His novel, “Capital City,” with Lee Hurwitz, is scheduled for publication by Astor + Blue in November of 2016. He lives in a log home in the woods of Southern Maryland with his dear bride, DCTS Editor Lorraine Treanor. For more on Tim Treanor, go to timtreanorauthor.com.

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Jeffrey Walker  has written for DC Theatre Scene since 2012, turning in nearly 150 reviews or features – and counting. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association. He appreciates the opportunity to write about the rich variety of theatre in the DC-MD-VA area. Jeff lives safely below the Beltway where he is a theatre educator, novice playwright, husband and father. He is also an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, classics, operettas, and contemporary works. He is a graduate of Roanoke College. Follow him on Twitter: @jeffwalker66


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