Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization in 2012. The combined entity is called Adventure Theatre MTC. Located in Glen Echo Park (Glen Echo, MD) and The Wintergreen Plaza (Rockville, MD), Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC) cultivates new generations of artists and life-long audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and experiences and by providing young people the highest quality training in musical theater and theater.
The ATMTC Academy offerings complement the National & State Fine Arts Standards of Learning, providing a challenging outlet for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful performers - including self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving, and self-confidence. ATMTC Academy Alumni have numerous Broadway, national tour, TV and film credits. ATMTC fosters collaborations and partnerships with local and national arts, humanities and civic organizations. These collaborations, which have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally, help to ensure that all of our programming is diverse, affordable and accessible. Adventure Theatre MTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
ATMTC believes in the power of theater to transform young people’s lives. A child’s involvement in the theater is linked to:
Programming Reach: approx. 75,000 children, parents, and teachers annually
ATMTC produces several professional productions for children and their families annually. These productions are enhanced by on-line study guides, interactive playbills, book clubs, post-show discussions, "meet-the-artists" events and other outreach/promotional tie-ins. These productions are aimed at integrating drama, literature, language arts and the National & State Fine Arts Standards of Learning into the thrill of seeing a memorable theatrical production. Several ATMTC artists have gone on to successful careers in national, international and Broadway theaters. Alumni, like actor Brad Oscar (The Producers) and playwright Dick Scanlon (Thoroughly Modern Millie) have earned Tony Award nominations. Visit Our Alumni for other examples.
Local, National and International Touring – ATMTC’s In School Players tours to schools, libraries and other venues, locally, nationally and internationally, presenting performances for children and their families. This traveling troupe was launched in 1969 as a result of a request by the Director of Language Arts for the District of Columbia Public Schools. The In-School Players has performed at places such as The Cultural Development Corporation and the Smithsonian’s Institution. In 2011, In-School Players traveled to Singapore and Malaysia to perform Just a Dream to over 14,000 students, sponsored by the Tony-winning Singapore Repertory Theatre. Other shows have included, Clara Barton: The Courage With-In, and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
New Play Development, ATMTC presents stage adaptations of popular children’s literature and stories. We are committed to the presentation and development of quality new work for young people and families. Recent plays developed by ATMCT include Ken Ludwig’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff, Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow, Mirandy And Brother Wind, by Patricia McKissack, and The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
Community Engagement - ATMTC’s community-engagement program is committed to using theater as a way to engage and give back to the community. Through various partnerships, ATMTC extends the experience of seeing a production by teaching young audience members and students about philanthropy, volunteerism and model citizenship. Past community-engagement projects include:
Outreach - ATMTC reaches into the community, making its programs accessible, affordable and inclusive to diverse community members through partnerships with other community and arts organizations.
Pre-Professional Training - ATMTC offers musical theater training for students ages 6 to l8 wishing to explore a career in the performing arts. Our offerings include: Seasonal workshops, camps, outreach programs and on-site/off-site classes primarily in singing, dancing and acting, but may include movement, stage combat, mime, design, technical theater, mask work and other forms of the dramatic/theatrical arts. Each offering complements the State and National Fine Arts Standards of Learning. ATMTC Academy Alumni have numerous Broadway, national tour, TV and film credits and have continued their training at many of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the country. Visit ATMTC's Academy page for more information.
Creative Drama Education - ATMTC offers creative drama courses for students ages 1 to 5 exploring the theatrical/dramatic arts. Each offering complements the State and National Fine Arts Standards of Learning. The program seeks to promote the development of social skills, cognitive skills, self-confidence, communication, cooperation, discipline and pride in each and every child. Visit Preschool Playlabs for more information.
Student Productions, Showcases, Ensembles and Recitals – ATMTC offers students the experience of performing in fully produced student productions, ensemble showcases and recitals. These programs intensive performance and training opportunities provided by these programs are for exceptionally motivated and talented musical theater students. Student productions and the Pre-Professional Program of the ATMTC Academy complement the National and State Fine Arts Standards of Learning, providing challenging outlets for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful performers - including self-discipline, teamwork, problem solving, and self-confidence. Visit Student Productions for more information.
School Residencies – ATMTC offers residencies to benefit youth in after-school and school –time satellite arts programs. Students learn the creative process, teamwork and communication skills in an arts educational format taught by professional theater artists. A semester’s work culminates in the creation and performance based on the group’s shared life experiences.
Musical Theatre Master Classes - The ATMTC Musical Theater Master Class series gives students an opportunity to polish their repertoire of songs with top-flight individuals from Broadway and Regional Theatre. Students competitively audition for an opportunity to perform and work with the master teacher in a public forum. Visit the ATMTC Academy for more information.
For more than half a century, ATMTC, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization listed under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS, has helped to foster a love for the theater among generations of artists and audiences. With ticket sales and tuition fees covering only a small portion of our annual budgeted income, ATMTC’s productions and programs ONLY exist through the generous support of our individual, foundation, corporate and government sponsors. Call 301.634.2270 to make a donation to these wonderful programs! Visit Support ATMTC for more information.