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Olney Theatre Center

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd.
Olney, Maryland 20832

301.924.4485 ext. 116
Toll-Free 866.682.7529

National Players Calendar


 Tours & Booking

National Players carries its own sets, costumes, and sound. Our sleek and flexible scenery is designed to adapt to even the most unique spaces. Performance fees are all-inclusive. There are no hidden costs for lodging, mileage, or meals.

As additional benefits to your engagement, we include at no extra charge:

Question & Answer Sessions
A question-and-answer session immediately following the performance with the Players, in which audience members are invited to discuss the production they have just seen and ask questions about life as a professional in the arts. Q&A sessions must be scheduled in advance.

Study Guides
Detailed study guides are available for each National Players production. Study guides include play synopses and character descriptions, information on the playwright and themes of the play, and an array of discussion topics, exercises, and pre- and post-show activities that may be used in the classroom. Designed to relate to classroom curricula, study guide activities are closely aligned to Maryland State Core Learning Goals in English and Maryland Essential Learner Outcomes for the Fine Arts: Theatre.

Workshops are a unique way to bring actors and audience members together before or after a performance. Developed by Olney Theatre Institute’s Director of Education, our workshops are designed to enrich students’ theatre-going experience by providing a context for the production and introducing them to a variety of performance skills. Workshops are conducted by members of the company who, in addition to being expert performers, are also rigorously trained young, teaching artists.

Our energetic and interactive workshops are most successful in smaller groups of approximately 20-40 students, but can be adapted to serve up to 140 students. Though most workshops last approximately 45 minutes, they can be accommodated to your time schedule. Workshop fees vary depending on the length and number of participants.

Workshop topics

Shakespeare: The Actor’s Journey
This engaging workshop illuminates the journey the actor must take to bring Shakespeare’s words to life. Using scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare, students explore and personalize Shakespeare’s language, characters, and situations.

A dynamic and interactive playwriting workshop that introduces the basics of dramatic structure and involves students in the creative process. Through a series of exercises and improvisations, the students write monologues and short scenes that are then brought to life by the actors in the company. Especially useful as a pre-show workshop, PowerPlay provides students with an introduction to the actors, gets them excited about the show they are about to see and puts them in touch with their creativity.

Acting & Improvisation
The Players lead students through a brief series of exercises and improvisational games to warm-up the body, voice, imagination and intellect, followed by an introduction to scene study.

Stage Combat
A workshop in the rudiments of illusion and the methods of creating believable, safe stage fighting. Players demonstrate the methods of hand-to-hand stage combat and teach students the basic moves: stage slaps and punches, falling, and hair-pulling.

Create Your Own Workshop
With advanced notice, National Players is available to design and teach workshops tailored to your specific

For more information on booking a National Players show or workshop please email or call:
Kevin Hasser
301.924.4485 x116


Maryland State Arts CouncilMD State Department of Education

All programs at Olney Theatre Center are made possible by support from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County; the Maryland State Department of Education; and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.