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About Delaware Theatre Company
Founded in 1979, Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) is the state's largest professional theatre. Recognized as a cornerstone in the Brandywine Valley's rich cultural landscape, DTC has produced more than 150 plays for over one million residents and visitors to its community. For the past 24 years, DTC has been a pioneer in the revitalization of Wilmington's beautiful Christina Riverfront and remains an important piece in the development of Wilmington's cultural district.
DTC produces five professional theatrical productions each season along with an array of meaningful education and outreach programs. DTC's mainstage programming has explored the entire canon of American and world theatre, from 20th century classics like The Piano Lesson by August Wilson, Private Lives by Noël Coward and Our Town by Thornton Wilder to contemporary plays like Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, Proof by David Auburn and Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin. DTC has produced original productions from the works of William Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Moliére as well as world premieres by emerging playwrights including Kevin Ramsey, Aaron Posner, and Tazwell Thompson. DTC's artistic programming has been awarded 12 Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.
Delaware Theatre Company's nationally recognized education programs reach out to all sectors of the community. The popular Theatre in the Schools student matinee program provides meaningful arts access and enrichment opportunities to middle and high school students from a four-state radius and includes a performance of a DTC production, classroom visits by DTC teaching artists, post-performance conversations with members of the cast and an original standards-based study guide called Insights, which gives teachers pertinent background information on the play, the playwright, and the DTC production, as well as teachable moments from within the script.
For the past twenty years, DTC has been a leader in access to the arts for youth at risk. The cornerstone of these offerings is the Totally Awesome Players, a program for individuals with developmental disabilities ranging from mild retardation to Down's syndrome and autism. This program, which uses theatre games, group activities and exercises to help participants with verbal, listening, and socialization skills has been the recipient on national recognition for excellence in community service. A similar program, the Pro-Actors was launched in 2007, and provides unprecedented socialization opportunities for children with disabilities on the autism spectrum. DTC is also well known for its 13-year partnership with the Ferris School, a level five maximum-security prison for incarcerated teen boys. DTC education staff and actors participate in residencies at Ferris School, which includes work in drama, movement, visual arts, music and spoken word/poetry.