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About Arena

Putting The American Spirit
In The Spotlight

Arena Stage is alive as a center for American theater in our nation’s capital with productions, diverse and innovative works from around the country and the nurturing of new plays. Our focus is on American artists. We produce and present all that is passionate, exuberant, profound, deep and dangerous in the American spirit. We explore issues from the past, present and future that reflect America’s diversity and challenges. These are voiced through the productions we create, the work we develop, the presentations that move beyond our stages and community and education programs that engage artists, students and audiences.

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Drs. Jaylee & Gilbert Mead had a profound impact on the Washington theater community, and, as impressive patrons of the arts, they empowered a staggering array of theaters and arts organizations. Bountifully generous, the Meads hold a special place of honor at Arena Stage as namesakes of the Mead Center for American Theater which opened its doors October 25, 2010. In addition, Jaylee & Gil were the first contributors to sponsor an entire Arena season. Arena Stage warmly remembers these two devoted benefactors for their giving spirit, boundless devotion and unwavering support for the arts.

Arena Stage mourns the loss of Life Trustee and dear friend Jaylee M. Mead.

NASA Physicist Gilbert D. Mead was a major patron of the Theater.

Drs. Jaylee & Gilbert Mead Drs. Jaylee & Gilbert Mead

Our focus is the Canvas of American Theater

Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley and Robert Spencer in Next to Normal. Photo by Joan Marcus Aaron Tveit, Alice Ripley and Robert Spencer in Next to Normal.

Photo: Joan Marcus

While we will always produce American classics, Arena Stage also premieres new American plays and supports works in progress. After all, being a pioneer involves keeping the American theater movement vital.