… A seasonal gift to the community in song, dance, magic, foolery and tradition — The Washington Post
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), May Revels, plus Community Sings, Pub Sings, parades and more. Venues for these and many other productions range from outdoor parks to a 1500-seat theater.
Roberta Gasbarre, Artistic Director
Elizabeth Anne Fulford, Music Director
Andrea Jones Blackford, Director, Washington Revels Jubilee Voices
Michael Matheson, Director, Washington Revels Maritime Voices
Greg Lewis, Executive Director
Patti Knapp, Business & Development Director
Jo Rasi, Marketing & Programs Director
Ross Wixon, Marketing & Programs Coordinator
John Blakeslee, Administrative Assistant
Susan Hall Lewis, Company Manager (volunteer)
Will Wurzel, Director of Information Technology (volunteer)
Board of Directors
William B. Conway, chair
Jim Lazar, treasurer
Candace Davis, secretary
Gary R. Correll
Cynthia Schauer Langstaff
Greg Lewis, ex officio
Washington Revels in the Community
Washington Revels is an active participant in the broader community. In the past, we have partnered with the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution’s Discovery Theater, adapting materials from three of its Christmas Revels 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 a Christmas Revels.
Under our Community Initiative, Washington Revels partnered with school, church and neighborhood groups to produce Revels-style community theater, providing production and directorial support while engaging the people of the partner communities as performers and as part of the production team.
Revels 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.
- Find out about the origins of the Revels.
- Learn more about Revels founder John Meredith Langstaff.
- Revels productions take place all through the year around the country.
Washington Revels Future
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.