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Mission: Community engagement at OTC engages communities that surround us, specifically those that haven’t historically felt represented or welcome at OTC. 

Vision: We aim to achieve a symbiotic relationship that leads to sustainable outcomes through the arts that have arrived via equitable decision-making processes, while deepening relationships and trust between OTC and communities. In the end, we’ve created a healthier civic community that is anti-racist, where everybody feels welcome, vested in and represented at OTC.

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Upcoming Events

  • Kwanzaa Celebration

    December 26, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    The Sandy Spring Slave Museum, in conjunction with American University, will be showcasing the Humanities Truck outside of the theatre on Sunday, December 26th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The truck will showcase a visual slide presentation of the history of Kwanzaa along with memorabilia, activities, museum membership information, and a chance for any patron who wants to share their own Oral History of Kwanzaa celebration memories and/or growing up in the Sandy Spring community. 

Past Events


Friday, October 1, 6:00 - 7:15 pm

Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Over the past decade, more and more institutions have chosen to recognize and respect the Indigenous Peoples who serve as traditional stewards of the land they now occupy through a formal Land Acknowledgement. While a Land Acknowledgement is only a small step in healing centuries-old wounds, it demonstrates the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

Watch the video of this event.



Saturday, October 9, 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Larissa FastHorse’s The Thanksgiving Play reminds us that celebrating Thanksgiving without understanding the violent history beneath it amounts to a second erasure of this country’s Indigenous Peoples. Maryland’s rich and complex Indigenous history encompasses many tribal nations whose names - Assateague, Piscataway, Nanticoke, and more - are all we know of them. Join us for a special Behind-the-Scenes event with E. Keith Colston, Administrative Director of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs, to learn about the history of the land that became the State of Maryland on July 4, 1776.  

Watch the video of this event.

Beauty and the Body

Monday, November 8,  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
A virtual conversation

Casting Directors weigh in about what makes a body “beautiful” on stage and screen. Guests include Vickie Thomas from Vickie Thomas Casting (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Detroit, Hidden Figures), Geoff Josselson and Katja Zarolinski from JZ Casting (Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theater), and Jenna Duncan (OTC’s Associate Artistic & Casting Director, and freelance DMV casting director for many others).

Opening Night Dialogue

Thursday, November 11, 5:00pm
$10/Free for members
Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Tony-nominee and the director of our production, discusses the play, the process, and her career with Artistic Director Jason Loewith.

Beauty and the Beast Backstage

Saturday, November 13, at 5:00 pm
$10/Free for members
Step onto our stage for a sneak peek of how we make magic roses, dancing candlesticks, and bring the Beast to life!

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