Signature Theatre

EIN: 62-1417785

Mission Statement

Signature Theatre broadens and brightens the region’s cultural landscape with bold productions of challenging new and established works and engaging education and outreach programs.

Program Summary

The Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre is widely recognized as the premiere venue in the Washington region to see musical theater, especially new musicals, and is renowned for producing large-scale musical productions, often with full orchestras, in its intimate theaters, giving audiences a unique experience that they can’t have anywhere else. 

The Theatre serves as a cultural anchor of its northern Virginia neighborhood, and is a major source of employment and revenue generation for the local community, providing more than 600 jobs and presenting more than 800 performances annually, including a full season of musicals and plays, Cabaret series, new work programming, bi-monthly YouTube series, complementary discussion nights, artist Q&A events, seminars, and classes.  

As producers of high-quality art, Signature provides access to its artists through its arts education and training programs. Serving approximately 7,000 middle and high school students annually from two-dozen schools across the region, the Theatre offers a wide range of free and tuition-based programs, including its flagship Signature in the Schools program, Education Residencies in local schools, and its artist training programs, such as Overtures and Stage One musical theater training, and Signature Conservatory for serious teen actors. 

Impact Statement

Signature’s programming impacts more than 100,000 patrons annually, including more than 7,000 students and young people. 

What ways can the public get involved?

Signature Theatre has a dedicated group of nearly 400 volunteers. They perform some of the most integral jobs in the Theatre on a show-by-show basis including greeting patrons, collecting tickets, and directing patrons to their seats. For more information, please visit

How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

Your gift supports Signature’s productions and arts education programs, including our more than 600 artists, musicians, and craftspeople, and our more than 800 events annually. 

A photo from Signature's recent production of Ragtime.
Photo Credit: Daniel Rader

Information provided March 2024