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OUR Monthly NewsLetter - September 2023

What’s Ahead for Alliance for New Music-Theatre in our 2023-24 Season?

Alliance for New Music-Theatre steps up its activities this season in anticipation of celebrating in 2024 our 30-Year Anniversary of our humble beginnings as a workshop for local artists to advance their collaborative capacities in permutations and experimentations in the hyphenated art forms of music-theatre.


         Ukrainian Plays Readings  

              Alliance for New Music-Theatre        

Joins The Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings Project

Featuring Music by Ken Burns’ collaborator Pianist Jacqueline Schwab

   Directed by Susan Galbraith and Matty Griffiths     

The Ukrainian Play Reading Project Lives On - To Support Our Ukrainian Friends!


We have two Readings in September.

Wednesday, Sept 20 at 7:30 p.m.                         &                          Thursday, Sept 21 at 7:00 p.m.

at The Lyceum in Old Town, Alexandria                                            at the Kay Spiritual Life Center

                                                                                                                                   on the campus of American University**

We urge you to come to these unique events to support Ukrainian Artists.

                                 To register for these Readings and to DONATE, go to our Ukrainian Plays Reading webpage.

                    (*Also of interest is an Art Exhibit of Photographs

of rural Ukraine before the war by Czech Photographers

In Partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.)

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You’d have to live under a rock to have missed news of Prigozhin’s "untimely?" death in a plane crash along with some of his Wagner Associates. And the war wages on in Ukraine.


You may not have heard that Victoria Amelina, one of Ukraine’s most celebrated young poets, was a recent casualty of Putin’s war of aggression. To remember her, we will include a reading of one of her most powerful poems in our upcoming Ukrainian Play Readings. The exquisite actress “Ginger” Bognar, who recently arrived in DC and has joined our company this year, will interpret the poet’s words and you will see how admirably it links to our interwoven evening of short plays we’ve selected from the commissioned plays by our partners at the Center for International Theatre Development.

You will also want to catch the other members of this fine cast, Lise Bruneau, Michael Kevin Darnall, Karina Hilliard, Matty Griffiths, and the up and coming talent Jakob Szász. Pianist Jacqueline Schwab and Andrew Simpson on accordion will enthrall and break open hearts in this work.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be moved and to stand in solidarity with Ukraine and support the courageous artists who continue to voice the pain, rage and resilience of its people.

​In this project, Alliance for New Music-Theatre joins in solidarity with Phil Arnoult’s Center for International Theatre Development (CITD), which commissioned a host of plays since Putin’s army invaded Ukraine for their Ukrainian Hope Initiative, and John Freedman, a translator and friend of so many of the country’s leading theatre artists. We applaud their efforts to support playwrights in war-torn Ukraine.


Donations are strongly encouraged, and all proceeds will go through CITD to support Ukrainian theatre artists directly.

All readings will include a post-show conversation to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle more than a year into this war of Russian aggression and keep our Ukrainian friends and allies in our hearts.

To learn more about the project, including how you can support Ukrainian artists and to host an additional Ukrainian Play Readings event, go to Ukrainian Plays Reading (


Our Coro Starts up Again in September

Our Youth Chorus - Coro - starts up a new year, and we are excited to accept new members into this growing fun and talented group. Students will have new opportunities to sing in Spanish and English in recitals and pop-up community events and along the way. They learn basic music theory and elements of choral singing, making new friends and having fun. Maestro Leo Herrera continues to lead weekly after school classes on Mondays 5-6:15 p.m. in the heart of Columbia Heights’ Latino neighborhood.

We are especially looking for Middle and High School students, but we will consider accepting interested and promising 4th and 5th graders.

New this year, we are offering a special ongoing workshop to our older students that combines singing with journaling, improvisation, and dramatic writing to support student creative expressions we are calling “The Fairy Tale Princess Project.”

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For all our coro students, we are launching a program to underwrite a fellowship opportunity so that our students can join our special subscription series of Live & About, where our audience members go out and about together to take in monthly performances around the DMV, savoring opera, musicals, cabarets, dramas with music, and mixed-media productions from the rich wealth of companies offered in our community.

To register, go to our web page HERE, and registration materials are in Spanish and English.


If you need more information in Spanish, contact us at and we will get back to you.


For more information on how you can underwrite a student and to register a young singer in our FREE coro program, contact us at


Alliance for New Music-Theatre Announces A New Partnership with THEARC


ANMT joins THEARC as its Theatre-in-Residence in a Bridges-Across-the-River partnership. The company will offer student and family workshops, engage the community in conversation, and develop productions of original works of music-theatre on issues of special relevance to the neighborhood.

Stay tuned for upcoming project announcements, including expansion of two of our Short Gems, featuring painters, Jacob Lawrence and Man Ray, that were created as digital works for The Phillips Collection’s Hundredth Anniversary during Covid while the city was still under lockdown . The expanded miniatures will be re-imagined as multi-media works integrating live performances with digital technology. We are excited we will be collaborating with The Phillips Collection, an anchor tenant at THEARC, and THEARC’s Technical Production Interns.


We also look forward to working with composer Ronald “Trey” Walton III in developing a new opera, which builds as Part II of our Black Georgetown Cemeteries Project we created in 2022. The new work will enlarge the scope of the story and focus on two important events in the history of African Americans and the city that even today few know about: DC Emancipation and the first national vote cast by African American which happened in our city.ation and the first national vote cast by African American which happened in our city.




Ukrainian Plays Reading

- Wednesday, Sept  20  @ 7:30 pm at The Lyceum in Alexandria, VA

- Thursday, September 21 at 7 pm at the Kay Spiritual Life Center at American U


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