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Encore Stage & Studio Makes Theatre Accessible Through its Healthy Play Initiative

(This Community Post was written by Encore Stage & Studio and underwritten by Embracing Arlington Arts.)

Encore Stage & Studio kicked off spring by making theatre more accessible with the expansion of its Healthy Play Initiative (HPI). Since 2016, children have experienced the creative arts with Encore teaching artists while their parents picked up healthy food for their families at the Arlington Food Assistance Center distribution locations. This spring, Encore is collaborating with Arlington Partners for Affordable Housing (APAH) to expand HPI to young residents of affordable housing in Arlington.

“All children deserve to experience the life-changing power of the arts” says Sara Duke, Executive Director. Students enjoy a safe and nurturing environment in HPI classes where they learn new skills in a fun and engaging manner. Children have the opportunity to build their creativity, teamwork and storytelling skills right where they live.

In addition to in-person classes, Encore has created an “Encore On Demand” online series for students ages 3 through 9. The series includes a variety of theatre activities and classes with Encore’s teaching artists including movement, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Encore On Demand allows students to enjoy theatre at home.

To learn more about Encore’s outreach programs, visit

“Theatre by Kids, for Kids!” Founded in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio inspires young people to develop the creativity, empathy and confidence they need to create meaningful connections with peers and have a positive impact in their communities.  

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