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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

A seaonal gift to the community in  song, dance, magic, foolery and tradition - The Washington Post

Board of Directors:
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

The Revels at Johnson Middle School, photo by Mary Eugenia MeyerRevels 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

 
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  Updated: April 18, 2014