An established cultural institution in the
greater Washington area for over 25 years, Washington Revels is
dedicated to reviving and celebrating cultural traditions -- music,
dance, storytelling, drama and ritual -- that have bound communities
together over the ages and across the globe.
Staged or informal, large or small, Revels celebrations involve
adults and children of all ages, mixing professionals and nonprofessionals.
Audience participation is a hallmark: singing, dancing or becoming
part of the drama, Revels audiences are always an integral part
of the productions. Whether participating in a Revels celebration
from the audience or stage, people invariably leave with smiles
on their faces and joy in their hearts.
Annual events include the professionally staged and directed Christmas
Revels at Lisner Auditorium (drawing over 10,000 attendees each December),
Spring Celebrations, May Revels, Festival Day, Harvest
Barn Dance, Revels’ SunFest and various Community and Pub Sings. Venues for these and many
other productions range from outdoor parks to a 1500-seat theater
William B. Conway, chair | Candace Davis, secretary
Peter Behr; Barry Galef; Robbie McEwen; Madeline Nelson
William L. Ritchie, Jr.; Scott Williams; Terry Winslow; Greg Lewis, ex officio
Washington Revels Directors and Staff:
Greg Lewis, Executive Director [ about
Roberta Gasbarre, Artistic Director [ about
Elizabeth Anne Fulford, Music Director [ about
Andrea Jones Blackford, Director, Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
Michael Matheson, Director, Washington Revels Maritime Voices
Christine Alexander, Volunteer and Education Coordinator
Tad Czyzewski, Business and Development Director
Susan Hall Lewis, Company Manager
Emilie Moore, Staff Assistant
Jo Rasi, Marketing and Development Director
Terry Winslow, Programs Manager
Will Wurzel, Director of Information Technology
REVELS in the COMMUNITY
Washington Revels is an active participant
in the broader community. Partnering with the Library of Congress
and the Smithsonian Institution's Discovery Theater, Revels adapted
materials from three of its Christmas productions into multi-media
programs seen by over 7000 school children. Our annual Outreach
Performance reaches more than 1,200 students, seniors, and others
who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy
of the Christmas Revels. Under our Community Initiative, Revels
partners with school, church and neighborhood groups to produce
Revels-style community theater, with Revels producing and directing
while engaging the people of the partner communities as the performers
and part of the production team.
For more information on these and other programs, visit our Education
and Outreach page.
HISTORY and FUTURE
was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1971 and is now active
in ten cities across the United States. Each city is an independent
nonprofit institution with its own board, office and artistic staff,
and separate finances. An umbrella organization, Revels, Inc., maintains
artistic standards for all cities, researches traditional materials
from many cultures, and assists with scripts and music.
After a quarter-century in the District of Columbia, Washington Revels relocated to new premises in Silver Spring, MD in the summer of 2009. Our new, multi-purpose facility—constructed and rented to us through the extraordinary generosity of benefactor William L. Ritchie, Jr.—has enabled Washington Revels to expand educational programming, staged celebrations, and community involvement for Montgomery County and the entire Washington metropolitan area.
Photo credits: Top photo by Ken Cobb; Second photo by Monica Mohindra