March 2, 2019

Voices of Now (VON) is a drama and writing program run by Arena Stage, one of the oldest and largest regional theaters in the country. VON devises autobiographical plays with ensembles of middle-school, high school and adult artists. Our plays are fast-paced, collaboratively written and physical. They pose challenging social questions, relevant to the artists and their communities. The plays investigate these questions through the artists’ personal stories.


Originally created to work with one local middle school, the Voices of Now program has expanded to serve hundreds of students in the D.C.-Metro area and beyond. One of the primary goals of the program is to create positive change within the artists’ communities by engaging in dialogue centered on young people’s daily experiences of their world.
Each season, the Voices of Now ensembles present their original plays at the annual Voices of Now Festival in Arena Stage’s Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.