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.


The 35th Annual NVTA One-Act Play Festival was held at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, Virginia, on July 8, 15 and 16, 2016, with awards presented on Sunday, July 17.

Over these these 35 years, the Festival has continued to provide an opportunity for participating groups to showcase their work.  We are very proud that so many original plays have been produced.  We hope you enjoyed the broad diversity and and talent that this festival brings together for the entertainment of our audience.

As in recent years, each festival production was openly adjudicated by a panel of three persons experienced in the dramatic arts.  This year’s judges were:

  • Sean Baldwin – has been a teaching artist with Chicago’ Urban Gateways, NY’s Solomon Schechter Schools and the Kaufman Center and Montgomery County Public Schools.  Sean’s regional theater work as an Equity actor includes Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre and Arden Theatre Company.  He received a Helen Hayes nomination  for Outstanding Supporting Actor as Charles Guiteau in Signature Theatre’s award-winning Assassins, which won Best Musical.  A graduate of Northwestern University, Sean teaches theater at Washington Latin Public Charter School.
  • Denise Reid Chapa –  is a Regional Supervisor for the School Age Child Care (SACC) program and has produced a SACC Shakespeare Festival in partnership with Wolf Trap and a Short Play Festival for the Fairfax County School Age Child Care Program.  Denise has been a performer, director, stage manager and producer for several northern Virginia community theater groups.  She has also produced and directed productions and performed in the NVTA Play Festival.
  • Ayesis Clay – is an actress, stage manager, teaching artist and proud graduate of North Carolina Central University (Theatre).  She holds her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix.  Ayesis serves as the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and sits on the county’s Theatre Advisory Board, where she has developed curriculum for secondary classrooms.

Here is the schedule of plays performed at the 2016 Festival:

Friday, July 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

  • No Comment, an original comedy by Paige Esterly, performed by The Little Theatre of Alexandria (winner of the LTA National One-Act Play Contest), directed by Roland B.  Gomez.
  • Women and Wallaceby Jonathan Marc Sherman, performed  by Unquiet Theatre, directed by Stella Sklar.

Friday, July 15, beginning at 7 p.m.

  • The Last 21, an orginal dramity by Graham Knight, performed Zemfira Stage, directed by Graham Knight.
  • S.P.A.R., by Stephen Gregg, performed by Zemfira Stage, directed by Trey Krause.

Saturday, July 16, beginning at 1 p.m.

  • Proof, an original drama by Jasmine Michelle, performed by Unquiet Theatre, directed by Jasmine Clark.
  • Penance, an original drama by Chris Ellis, performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre, directed by Christian Ellis.
  • Ethan, an original drama by Aayana Nedd, performed by Castaways Repertory Theatre, directed by Aayana Nedd.

Go to a list of all nominees and award winners.

The 36th NVTA One-Act Festival is planned to be at the James Lee Community Center on weekends, July 7-16, 2017.  Participation is open to community theater groups performing in the Washington Metropolitan Area.