Welcome to Open Circle Theatre

“He drew a circle to shut us out
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout;
But love and I had the wit to win,
We drew a Circle that took him in.”

Edwin Markham
Three quarter image of a smiling black man sitting on a stool

Congratulations to OCT Alumn Warren (Wawa) Snipe – Performing the National Anthem and Dancing at the SUPER BOWL!!


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Promoting employment in the arts for people with disabilities
and a more accessible community for all.
We stand, sit or crawl with Black Lives Matter


Woolly Mammoth Presents Open Circle's Reading of Teenage Dick by Mike Lew Directed by Monique Holt
Featuring: Suzanne Richard*, Susan Lynskey*, Christopher Imbrosciano*, Autumn Seavey-Hicks, Katrina Clark, Carl Williams, Thomas Dellamonica*, Neil Sprouse and (Stage Manager) Seth Betzler*
*Member of Actors’ Equity

Thanks to everyone who made it to this virtual benefit and made it a great success.

If you were able to make it but not able to donate or you weren’t able to make it but still want to donate…

To make all tax deductible donations that will be distributed to the cast, stage manager, crew and Open Circle to help us weather this time of hardship until we can all be together in the theatres again.

The CARES ACT 2020 established a universal provision that allows you to deduct up to $300 as an above-the-line contribution.  Any individual who does not elect to itemize their 2020 deductions may take advantage of this opportunity to redeem from your gift.


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OCT Shows and Events

Open Circle Theatre (OCT) is Washington DC’s first professional theatre dedicated to producing professional productions that integrate the considerable talents of artists with disabilities. OCT was formed by a group of people with and without disabilities, who possess professional theater experience, love of the theater, and a commitment to full access for all persons in every opportunity our community has to offer.

Paula Sweeney – Doretha Dixon – Monica Lijewski –
Dr. Kathryn T. Farley – Timothy Zimmerman

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Contact Us

Open Circle Theatre
(Office) 500 King Farm Blvd., #102
Rockville, MD 20850
Voice: 240/683-8934

Email: info@opencircletheatre.org


Open Circle Theatre acknowledges it has benefited from the historically centered focus of the disability rights community, the theater community, and the imbalance of influence accompanying that privilege. Here, and in all our work, we reaffirm our commitment to Anti-racist practices and policies. We join others around the world in strongly supporting the Black Lives Matter Movement and will strengthen our organization with members who bring lived experience of being, D/disabled, D/deaf, BIPOC, Women, and those who are LGBTQIAplus.

We at Open Circle are committed to Disability justice and to a vibrant, radically-inclusive inter-sectional space.


Open Circle acknowledges this theater and its theater spaces stand on occupied, unceded territory: the ancestral homeland of the NACOTCHTANK, whose descendants belong to the Piscataway peoples.