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MISSION

Olney Theatre Center for the Arts produces, presents and tours extraordinary performances for a diversity of audiences, and educates and inspires the next generation of theater-makers.

 

VISION

We strive every day to unleash the creative potential of our artists and audiences, and in so doing, become a nationally-prominent destination for the most impactful theater performance and education.

 

VALUES

WE DEMAND ARTISTIC RIGOR AND PROFESSIONALISM IN EACH WORK WE PRODUCE AND PRESENT.

  • We see artistic value at every step along the continuum from entertainment to education.

  • We believe challenging ourselves is essential to provide our artists and audiences with the highest quality experience.

  • We believe artistic risk leads to personal growth for our staff, for our artists, our students and for our patrons.  

WE BELIEVE A STRONG INSTITUTION ENABLES ARTISTIC RISK.

  • We believe a strong institution requires fiscal responsibility, strategy in planning, and diligence in execution in every department and with every constituency.

  • We believe that fostering creative thinking among our Board, staff and artists leads to innovation.

  • We believe every department of a strong arts institution nurtures and cares for its artists, providing them with an essential foundation for growth.  

WE BELIEVE OUR THEATER AND OUR COMMUNITY ARE MADE STRONGER BY AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.

  • We believe our theater should serve as a model for justice and fairness by providing equal access and opportunity to every individual.   

  • We believe successful artistry requires participation from a diversity of individuals and a diversity of thought.

  • We believe inclusion drives innovation.

  • Pursuing these values requires a collaborative, ongoing process of reflection, training, and application on both an individual and institutional level.

WE BELIEVE ARTS EDUCATION PLAYS AN ESSENTIAL ROLE IN OUR NATION’S CULTURAL HEALTH.

  • We believe education and artistry are intertwined.

  • We believe in modeling professionalism as we practice it.

  • We believe the artistic experience must be contextualized for its audience and its makers.

  • We believe the field progresses via mentorship.  

  • We believe that providing the tools for artistic creation and collaboration to learners of all ages inspires innovation.

WE BELIEVE OLNEY THEATRE CENTER PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN THE CULTURAL FABRIC OF OUR COMMUNITY.

  • We believe our community is made of multiple audiences, and that each of those audiences deserves high quality theater.

  • We believe our work should be accessible to everyone in our community.

  • We believe the people in our audience are partners, not just patrons.  

  • We believe good artistry enlivens its community by encouraging creative professionals to live and work there.

  • We believe great theater contributes to civic vitality and a healthy economic environment.

  • We believe in serving as responsible stewards of the property and legacy entrusted to us by our community.

WE BELIEVE THE ESSENCE OF GOOD ARTISTRY IS COLLABORATION.

  • Collaboration and partnership are hallmarks of both our work onstage and the way we work offstage.

  • Transparency in all facets of management encourages strong collaboration and risk-taking.

  • We believe participation in the arts – as creators, as audiences, and as students - teaches collaboration, the importance of a nuanced view of the world, and self-reliance.

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