About the Festival

NVTA was founded in 1980 to further communications, involvement and support among community theatres, as well as increasing community interest and awareness of theatre activity in the Northern Virginia and Metropolitan area.

To this end, it has helped foster among the member groups the sharing of ideas and personnel, as well as assisting in making known the availability of costumes, properties, and set-pieces which could be shared, thus lowering the ever-increasing costs of producing plays and musicals.

Specifically, the NVTA sponsors the annual Northern Virginia One Act Play Festival in June and produces calendars each year, giving pertinent information and production schedules of all member groups.

In 1993, in order to include groups from all the surrounding metropolitan area as full members, the name Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance was changed to NVTA.

NVTA also sponsors an annual scholarship competition open to local talented high school seniors pursuing the performing arts.