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Who We Are!

The Free Theatre is a non-profit 501(c)3, student-run, tuition-free company for students in 9th-12th grade who are passionate about creating theater. Through our mentorship and advisory program, students are trained to be leaders in the creative and production processes, taking on the positions of Director, Music Director, Choreographer, and Stage Manager, and Crew/Design Leads for our full-scale musical productions. Students are supported by a team of mentors, working professionals in DC/MD/VA theatre, who serve as resources and advisors throughout the year. 






We are thrilled to announce our January 2023 production of “Footloose!” will be at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown, MD!

Auditions will be held at BlackRock on August 28th!



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All rehearsals for “Footloose” will be held at BlackRock on Sundays starting Sept 18th, 12:30-5:30pm.

Creative and designer teams are in the process of being selected and will be announced here on August 15th!

“Footloose” is a stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.

The Free Theatre Non-Discrimination Policy:  The Free Theatre shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, color, background, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, physical, mental or sensory disability, matriculation, socio-economic status, political or religious opinion, or affiliation in any of its policies, procedures or practices.



as of 08/01/2022

We are currently planning on running indoor rehearsals with masks required, and are always prepared to adjust our expectations and practices. Everyone in our spaces is required to present proof of vaccination. 



As an actively antiracist organization, we are condemning, speaking up, and taking action against systemic racist practices and microaggressions in theatre and in the greater community.

* We are committed to diverse, color-conscious casting, and expansive hiring of BIPOC designers, board members and staff.

* We are learning from BIPOC leaders in the community about ways we can effectively usher change into our lives and communities.

* We are retooling our programs to engage in the work that needs to be done to amplify BIPOC voices and those of other marginalized communities.

* We are striving to be leaders in active antiracism, and we welcome and encourage your engagement.

* We have formed an internal committee to actively focus on becoming an antiracist theater company. BIPOC are represented and amplified in the fiber of our organization.





The Free Theatre is funded in part by generous contributions from:

The Nora Roberts Foundation

Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County,        Maryland State Arts Council, and                                                    United Healthcare.