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Olney Theatre Center


From student matinees to post-show discussions, Olney Theatre Center’s educational programming strives to nurture and develop students, artists, administrators and audience members.

National Players

Hailed as America’s longest running classical touring company, the National Players not only introduce audiences to great works of dramatic literature, they also provide company members with an exemplary lesson in collaboration and teamwork. National Players not only play multiple roles onstage, but also serve as managers, teaching artists, and technicians during their tour.

Click here to visit the National Players' website.

Student Matinees

Nothing compares to the experience of live theatre. Our student matinees provide educators an opportunity to provide that experience to their students, and open discussions ranging from the performing arts to in-depth pre-show and post-show classroom discussions.

Click here for a list of upcoming Student Matinees. And click here for parental guidance.

In-School Workshops

Engage your students and develop their cognitive and creative skills by bringing one of our five in-school workshops, or design your own workshop. Workshops are accessible to students in every school district in Maryland.

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Arts Integration Program

We strive to unleash the creative potential in all our artists, and through our collaborative playwriting program, area students become artists with us and perform on our stage! Our teaching artists partner with local schools to help students do what so many other kids have never done - write and perform in an original play.

To learn more about this program, click here.

Free Summer Shakespeare

Each year the National Players perform outside for free on the Root Family Stage, bringing free Shakespeare under the stars to Olney audiences every summer. On September 2 & 3, 2017, National Players will perform Othello on the Root Familly Stage.

Post-Show Discussions

Take a peak behind-the-scenes, or dive into the topics explored in the show you just saw with our post-show discussions.

Click here for a list of upcoming Post-Show Discussions.


Our year-long apprenticeship program provides technicians, artists and arts administrators valuable real world experience and prepares them to go on to a career in the theatre arts.

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