About ATMTC

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.

 

Philosophy

ATMTC believes in the power of theater to transform young people’s lives.  A child’s involvement in the theater is linked to:

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Higher academic performance

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Increased involvement with school programs

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Lower dropout rates

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Increased community service involvement

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Increased self-esteem; and

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Positive group relationships.

 

 

Programming Reach: approx. 75,000 children, parents, and teachers annually
School-Aged Audience: approx. 66,000 students and teachers annually
Artists: approx. 200 annually
Academy: over 3,000 registrations annually
Outreach Programs: approx. 30,000 students and educators reached through drama workshops, residencies, touring productions and off-site classes annually.

 

Children's Theater

Professional Productions

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.  Visit Scripts for more information.

 

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:

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Go, Dog. Go! - Dog Adoption Day, in partnership with the Montgomery County Humane Society

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You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown - blanket making, in partnership with Project Linus Blanket

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Frosty the Snowman - a hat-and-mitten drive, in partnership with A Wider Circle

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Harold and the Purple Crayon – a crayon recycling project, in partnership with several schools, restaurants and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health

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Strega Nona - a food drive, in partnership with a local chapter of Manna Food

 

 

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.

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Offers reduced tickets to nearly 5,000 D.C. public, private, charter and Maryland Title One school students

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Offers Autism/Sensory-Friendly performances

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Collaborates with MCPS to present its American History through musical theater programs to fifth graders in underserved communities

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Partners with Interages, to provide a theater component for their Intergenerational Bridges Program

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Hosts “Celebrate-Adoption” weekends, in partnership with several adoption agencies; support, and education organizations, and brings adoptive families to the theatre

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Partners with The Children's Inn at NIH

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Partners with Rainbow Families DC, to bring children from LGBT families to the theater; and,

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Provides a needs-based scholarship programs

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Donates nearly 200 tickets each year to PTA’s, schools, and other charitable organizations for their auctions and fundraisers.

 

 

ATMTC Academy

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 ensembles 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.

 

Internship Program - AT/MTC offers professional internships, and opportunities for area college and high school students to earn Student Service Learning Hours. Visit Work With Us for more information.

 

Recent Accomplishments

 

2014

 

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ATMTC transfers its award winning production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds to Off-Broadway’s New Victory Theatre on 42nd Street. National publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Hollywood Reporter, Buzz Feed, NPR, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone featured the production.

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ATMTC launches its first National Tour. Five Little Monkeys (commissioned and premiered in 2012 at ATMTC) goes to twenty-eight (28) cities in eleven (11) states performing for more than 35,000 patrons.

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ATMTC’s 10 Minute Anti-Bullying Middle School Playwriting Competition is emulated by Theatre For Young Audiences, USA and American Alliance for Theatre and Education in a National Competition.

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ATMTC’s Student Ensembles Perform for the Community Foundations for the National Capital Region’s 40th Anniversary, Holy Cross Hospital’s 50th Anniversary Gala and the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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ATMTC Student Ensembles celebrates its 30th Anniversary year.

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ATMTC was named the Large Non-Profit Award Recipient of the 2014 Making a Difference Award from the Non-Profit Village.

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ATMTC’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt receives a full scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program.

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ATMTC Academy launches its Pre-Professional Program.

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ATMTC premieres a new play by Broadway’s Ken Ludwig – Tiny Tim’s A Christmas Carl.

2013

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ATMTC premiere’s BIG NATE based on the comic strip by Lincoln Pierce and THREE LITTLE BIRDS based on the music by reggae artist Bob Marley. This is ATMTC’s 13th and 14th World Premiere since 2009.

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ATMTC Academy Scholarships nearly $25,000 for its inaugural Summer Training Program.

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Diane Hamilton and Barry Hamilton, longtime ATMTC Artist retire.

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ATMTC Student Ensembles perform at DAR Constitution Hall, The Reagan Building, Newseum, Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Children’s Inn at NIH.

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ATMTC Student Ensembles celebrates its 30th Anniversary year.

2012

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American Theatre Magazine features Just a Dream: The Green Play in its April 2012 issue

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Adventure Theatre and Musical Theater Center merge to form one entity called Adventure Theatre MTC (ATMTC).

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ATMTC receives thirteen (13) Helen Hayes Award Nominations – nine (9) for A Year with Frog and Toad (9), Charlotte’s Web (2), Mirandy and Brother Wind (1) and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (1).

 

2011

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ATMTC’s Ensembles perform on The Millennium Stage, of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts.

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ATMTC receives the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences, If You Give a Pig A Pancake and receives two (2) additional nominations for If You Give a Pig a Pancake and The Red Balloon.

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ATMTC’s Ensembles perform in three (3) youth festivals in Ireland on goodwill tour and cultural exchange.

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ATMTC’s In-School Players travels to Singapore and Malaysia to perform Just a Dream to over 14,000 students.  This is Adventure Theatre MTC’s first international partnership, sponsored by the Tony Wining Singapore Repertory Theatre.

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ATMTC named the 14th Most Exceptional Place to Work in the State of Maryland by The Gazette of Politics and Business – Exceptional 53.

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ATMTC’s Autism/Sensory-Friendly Performances are emulated in Broadway’s The Lion King.  With ATMTC’s help, this is the first ever Broadway performance to be adjust for children with autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and other sensory issues.


           
2010

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ATMTC, as Lead Partner with two other nonprofit organizations: Project Change and Conflict Resolution, receives a two (2) year $150,000 grant from the Trawick Foundation for a performance arts camp for at-risk middle school students.

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ATMTC’s production of If You Give a Pig a Pancake was featured in American Theatre Magazine.

With the support of The National Endowment for the Arts, ATMTC presents a Student Production of The Stephen Schwartz Project, a musical revue of the Broadway and the Academy Award-winning composer. 

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ATMTC’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael J. Bobbitt receives the County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts - Emerging Leader.

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ATMTC partners with Montgomery College to co-produce, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf, featuring the work of Tony-winning artists John Rando and Michael Rupert.

 

Visit our Awards & Nominations or Mission & History for a full listing of our accomplishments, history and awards.

 

Support Us

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.


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