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Our Mission

Arts are for everyone ... and everyone learns through the arts!

InterAct Story Theatre creates performances and arts learning opportunities for all ages in:

 

Drama and Theatre

 

Applied Theatre

 

Playwriting and Devising

 

Improv for Actors

 

Music

 

Creative Opera

 

Dance

 

Creative Movement

 

Media Arts and Technology

 

Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Arts

InterAct Story Theatre is a multidisciplinary arts-in-education organization and touring theatre for young audiences. Since our founding in 1981, we have been dedicated to providing quality performances, arts-infused workshops and artist-in-residency programs for students, teachers and families throughout our region and across the country. As experts in arts education and arts integration, InterAct is committed to producing arts programs with artistic integrity and  direct relevance to the educational objectives of the schools and community organizations we serve.  Our merry band of performers and teaching artists weave their artistry in theatre and drama, music, dance, creative opera and filmmaking with content curricula for students and teachers of all ages.  

Our mission is to bring arts-based learning experiences to everyone, especially to those communities that are chronically underserved due to economic, social, and geographic constraints.  We believe that every kid, every grown-up, everywhere deserves great theatre, whether or not you can get to a theatre building. We believe that everyone, everywhere can learn and grow through artistic creation and exploration.  And we believe that the arts help foster communication and understanding in our communities, because the arts help us express our ideas, our hopes, our emotions and our experiences when words alone are not enough. Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts! 

Diversity ✴︎ Equity ✴︎ Accessibility ✴︎ Inclusion

We are a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and strongly align with AATE's Equity and Inclusion Statement: We believe in equity, justice, and inclusion for all. We believe our work is stronger by the many voices, perspectives, and experiences we bring to the organization and the field. We will actively welcome and include all people regardless of race, socioeconomic class, color, national origin, religion, diverse perspectives, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, neurological or physical ability, veteran status, legal status, or education level.

As a company dedicated to creating arts and arts learning opportunities for all and motivated by the belief that Arts are for everyone and everyone learns through the arts, the goals of DEIA are near and dear to our hearts.  We have been actively implementing our DEIA action plan, which we consider to be a living, evolving part of our mission. We are inspired by the work and transparency of so many in our field, and will be posting here and on our home page more information soon!

 

InterAct Story Theatre Company Members

Marshal Bailey

Teaching & Performing Artist

Lenore Blank Kelner

Founder

Drama, Creative Drama

Ali Oliver-Krueger

Executive Artistic Director

Drama, Music, Opera, Storytelling, Puppetry

Tom Teasley

Teaching & Performing Artist

World Music, Drumming

Jordan Brown

Performing Artist

Kelly King

Teaching & Performing Artist

Dance

Pete Oliver-Krueger

CTO / Technical Director

Theatrical & Product Design, Multimedia Design

Khaleshia Thorpe-Price

Stories on Stage

Drama

Tina Canady

Teaching & Performing Artist

Drama

Nancy Krebs

Teaching & Performing Artist

Music

Penny Russell

Teaching & Performing Artist

Puppetry

Emily Townsend

Artistic Administrator and Literary Manager

Creative Drama, Dramaturgy, Devising

Hannah Fogler

Teaching & Performing Artist

Marian Licha

Teaching & Performing Artist

Drama, Storytelling

Ashton Schaffer

Teaching & Performing Artist

Drama

Erica Washington

Teaching & Performing Artist

Noa Gelb

Teaching & Performing Artist

Anabel Milton

Teaching & Performing Artist

Drama

Evan Simon

Performing Artist

Steve Wolf

Design & Publications Manager

Drama, Visual Arts

Our work at InterAct—on stage, in the community, in the classroom, and behind the scenes, are driven by these core values: 

  • Arts are for everyone, and everyone learns through the arts

  • People above things

  • Be open, be transparent, be inclusive

  • Compassion and respect above all

Our Core Values

Humans treating Humans like Humans

Since 1981, InterAct Story Theatre has brought a wide variety of educational, interactive performances, plays, and assembly programs to schools, libraries, and community venues, all throughout the area, delighting children, families, and educators alike. All of our programs are available for evening or weekend events and family audiences. InterAct Story Theatre performances can be adapted for a wide variety of venues, including libraries, museums, community centers, arts centers and festivals. Please contact us for more information!


InterAct Story Theatre’s programs are made possible through generous support by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC.org), the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and the support of many wonderful partners, funders, advocates, and individuals. Thank you for your support! 

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Wheaton, MD 20902, United States

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