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.
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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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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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.

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Sean Craig is a rising senior at Georgetown University studying theater, music, and English. He is currently serving as the Associate Producer of Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society’s 164th season. He has worked on a variety of shows as a director, designer, writer, and actor. When he’s not in the theater, you can find him playing the tenor saxophone or arguing the artistic merits of professional wrestling.

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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 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 began writing and acting at Tufts University where she juggled a double major in English and Drama, graduating summa cum laude and Phi beta kappa. She then went on to live and work in New York, Boston, London and Minneapolis before settling in the D.C. area. She helped found the Aliance for New Music-Theatre and currently serves as Artistic Director where she has the chance to participate in the development of new works across the spectrum of music-theatre including cabaret, plays with music, musicals, performance art, and opera. In 2014 Susan took her original musical about Vaclav Havel, Vanek Unleashed, to the Prague Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was nominated for best original creation and she was short-listed for Best Actress in the companion one-act, Unveiling. She has just returned from her second year at Prague Fringe where she directed Kafka’s Metamorphosis and saw 17 shows in  8 days.

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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 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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Britt Oliver is an entertainment enthusiast. She enjoys writing, performing, and attending a wide array of shows in DC and beyond. As a budding playwright and poet, she derives inspiration from her urban adventures. Follow the fun on twitter @beingbrittoh.

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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, is a senior writer for DCTS. He is a 2011 Fellow of the National Critics Institute and has written over 500 reviews for DCTS. His first novel, “The Seduction of Braulio Jules” is available on Amazon, and his second, “Capital City,” with Lee Hurwitz, is scheduled for publication by Astor + Blue in November of 2016. More Tim Treanor at TimTreanorAuthor. He lives in a log home in the woods of Southern Maryland with his dear bride, DCTS Editor Lorraine Treanor.

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Jeffrey Walker  has written for DC Theatre Scene since 2012 and 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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