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Director Nicole Watson gives notes to the cast at a rehearsal of Round House Theatre’s “School Girls: Or The African Mean Girls Play. Photo by Anu Dev for DC Theater Arts
Director Nicole Watson gives notes to the cast at a rehearsal of Round House Theatre’s “School Girls: Or The African Mean Girls Play. Photo by Anu Dev for DC Theater Arts.


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DCTA Publisher Nicole Hertvik moderating a 2022 Theatre Washington panel discussion on Theater Leadership with Artistic Directors.

Advocating for the Region’s Robust Theater Community

Editor and Publisher Nicole Hertvik is regularly invited by organizations including WAMU, the Smithsonian, Theatre Washington, The Kennedy Center, and Embracing Arlington Arts to spread the word about DC’s robust theater scene to the general public.

Training a New Generation of Art Journalists

DC Theater Arts regularly partners with organizations including Day Eight and Jose Solis’ BIPOC Critics Lab to train up-and-coming writers.

Guests enjoying trivia at a 2019 Tony Awards Watch Party. Photo by Malcolm Barnes for DCTA.


DC Theater Arts hosts events in the community, bringing people together around the art form we love. Examples include Tony Awards Watch Parties and Hamilton Sing-Alongs at the Kennedy Center and the Kentlands Arts Barn.


DC Theater Arts engages in investigative journalism that digs deep into major issues impacting the community like the financial impacts of Covid on the theater industry or the mistreatment of theater professionals.

Shakespeare Theatre Company staff outside the Michael R. Klein Theatre in June 2020 at an #OpenYourLobby event turning DC theater lobbies into feeding stations for Black Lives Matter protesters. Photo by Malcolm Lewis Barnes for DCTA.


DC Theater Arts was the only publication to follow the theater industry deeply during the 18-month Covid closures, quickly pivoting to cover virtual productions and writing about the wider social issues impacting the local theater community during that unprecedented time.