SEASON 2016 - 2017

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CAROLYN GRIFFIN

Carolyn Griffin has been with MetroStage since its founding in 1984 and has produced over 75 mainstage productions, including 3 plays and 7 musicals that were world premieres by Washington area and national playwrights.  She is committed to producing the best contemporary writing and showcasing the best regional acting talent for a broad-based audience from the Washington metropolitan area.

She is the co-founder of the Alexandria Arts Forum which she chaired for five years and has served on many regional panels for area arts commissions.  She has received many awards including the Actors' Center Award of Distinction, the Cultural Affairs Award from the Alexandria Commission for Women and the 2005 ALEX Award.  She was named a Living Legend in Alexandria in 2007.  She is on the Board of The Playwrights Forum and was chosen by the Canadian Embassy and the Helen Hayes Awards to travel to Canada in 2004 as part of the Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership.

She holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Catholic University and an MBA from Georgetown University.  She has four children who live in Washington DC, New York City, Savannah, GA and Alexandria, VA.

 

 

 

A QUICK 5 WITH CAROLYN GRIFFIN

How many years has MetroStage been in existence?

MetroStage was founded in 1984 and I became involved about 5 minutes later. With two graduate degrees (MA in Psychology and an MBA), three children (another was practically born in the lobby 5 years later), and a deep abiding love for theatre, I thought, “Why not try to run a theatre that will never have the resources and staff it needs – but will always strive to produce exquisite, memorable plays and musicals that we call “little gems” with great actors and great music?” Twenty-six years later I am still saying, “Why not?”

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WHY THEATRE MATTERS - NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS

Theatre matters because we are all natural-born story-tellers. Some of us prefer to tell stories, others prefer to hear stories—and the theatre’s stage is the perfect setting for stories—stories that entertain, stories that inspire and touch our hearts, stories that enlighten and encourage a renewed interest, awareness, insight into some aspect of the human condition. The excitement that comes from the success of this experience from the stage is shared by the artist on stage and the patron in the audience. It can be a truly communal experience that resonates long after the final curtain call.

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CAROLYN GRIFFIN RECEIVES HELEN'S STAR

theatreWashington will present Helen’s Star at the Star Gala & Benefit Auction on Friday, October 26, 2012. Just like the Helen Hayes Award, Helen’s Star, is named for the First Lady of the American Theatre and native Washingtonian who epitomized excellence and accomplishment. In that spirit, the evening also serves as an occasion to honor and thank extraordinary individuals who, with their generosity and efforts, have changed the landscape of Washington theatre.

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