The Thoreau Theatre program provides the development of crucial life skills, ways to create bridges to other subject disciplines and cultures, and opportunities for personal and academic growth. Through creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, students will develop as goal-directed and resilient individuals, ethical citizens, and ultimately theatre artists.

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Voices of Now

What is Voices of Now?
Voices of Now is an acting, writing, devising program for young artists provided by Arena Stage, D.C.’s oldest, largest producing theater. Voices of Now artists learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression, and collaboration, by taking a series of four workshops in the fall. Participants who attend all four workshops are eligible to audition for the exclusive Voices of Now Thoreau Ensemble, which meets from January through May at Thoreau Middle School. Ensemble members work with professional actors and directors to study acting and to write an original play performed at Arena Stage.

When is Voices of Now?
Rehearsals will be held after-school, from 2:30-4:30 pm.

Please see the schedule below.

We are so excited to be releasing casting for the 2019-2020 Voices of Now Ensemble
The artistic team from Arena Stage was with everyone’s audition. Everyone
was well prepared. We could tell that everyone took the auditions seriously. Thank you so much for that.

Please review the VON Schedule above. If you have any conflicts with rehearsals or performances - please contact Alan Gonzalez Bisnes as soon as possible at agonzalezbisnes@arenastage.org

or (202) 554-9066 ext 5063


The International Thespian Honor Society

Accepting new members!


The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a worldwide Honors Society for Theatre students. Thoreau’s Thespian Society Troupe works to plan activities for the department, such as fundraising opportunities, community service projects, and fun theatre department events.


Any 7th and 8th grade Thoreau students may join the Thespians at any time throughout the year- All you need to do is start coming to the meetings and events and start earning points!

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