1st Stage

1524 SPRING HILL ROAD | TYSONS, VA 22102 | (703) 854-1856

1st Stage demonstrates that great art and culture are the heart and soul of vibrant communities. Our not-for-profit professional theatre produces thought-provoking performances that rival the best anywhere. Our intimate setting creates a connection between audiences and artists that unleashes the full power of theatre to excite and engage. We deliver support and resources to the region’s most talented artists to do their very best work.

History

A group of educators, artists, and actors came together in 2008 under the leadership of Mark Krikstan, founding Artistic Director, to create an organization that would bridge educational and professional theatre. In just seven years, 1st Stage has grown from a grass roots collective of local artists to an award-winning institution with national recognition. The hard work and dedication of 1st Stage’s founding Artistic Director and artists paved the way for the hiring of current Artistic Director Alex Levy in September of 2014. Alex comes to 1st Stage with extensive artistic and managing experience in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

1st Stage exists in a truly unique place both physically and geographically. The Tysons Corner area continues to rapidly develop and 1st Stage has been and will continue to be a part of this growth. Located outside the Beltway and several miles from downtown Washington, DC, 1st Stage brings vibrant, compelling, and relevant work to Northern Virginia. The Spring Hill Business Center (the building 1st Stages calls home) is not what some might imagine when picturing a theater in the mind’s eye. However, through the dedicated work of the founding artists, some 20+ volunteers, the architecture firm Butz-Wilbern, and general contractor M. Raina 6,500 square feet of flex office space was converted into a fabulously intimate and wholly unique 110 seat theater, office, and library. With productions ranging from Shakespeare to world premieres and from dramas to musicals, 1st Stage continues to offer compelling stories and intimate experiences to our audiences.

The 1st Stage Founding Artists are:

Lucas Beck, Deb Crerie, Jane Kalbfeld, Nathaniel Krause, Mark Krikstan, Alex Mandell, Peter Van Valkenburg, David Winkler, and Cheryl Patton Wu.

1st Stage Awards and Recognition:

AWARDS

2015 National Theatre Company Grant from The American Theatre Wing, Founder of the Tony Awards

2016 Helen Hayes Awards:
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for Doubt, Lolita Marie

2015 Helen Hayes Awards:
Outstanding Director of a Musical for Bat Boy: The Musical, Steven Royal
The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for One Man, Two Guvnors, Doug Wilder

2015 Broadway World Washington, DC Awards:
Best Director of a Play for The Good Counselor, Alex Levy

2014 Helen Hayes Awards:
Outstanding Sound Design for Never the Sinner, Eric Shimelonis

2010 Helen Hayes Awards:
John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre

NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for When the Rain Stops Falling, Kari Ginsburg
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play for Broadway Bound, Teresa Castracane
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for Floyd Collins, Maggie Donnelly
Outstanding Set Design for Proof, Kathryn Kawecki
-2017 Helen Hayes Awards-

4 Nominations for Old Wicked Songs
1 Nomination for Doubt
1 Nomination for The Good Counselor
-2016 Helen Hayes Awards-

6 Nominations for Bat Boy: The Musical
3 Nominations for One Man, Two Guvnors
-2015 Helen Hayes Awards-

4 Nominations for Never The Sinner
-2014 Helen Hayes Awards-

Outstanding Lead Actress, Side Man, Lee Mikeska Gardner
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Suite Surrender!, Bradley Foster Smith
-2013 Helen Hayes Awards-

 

Board of Directors

  • Martha B. McGrane
    President
  • Lynne B. Silverstein
    Vice President
  • Howard J. Forman
    Treasurer
  • Thomas G. Goodwin
    Secretar
  • Stephen E. Bacher
  • Janice Bigelow
  • Jacqueline A. Cookston
  • Robbie Hayes
  • Barry J. Holt
  • Robyn A. Lady
  • Douglas C. Lovejoy
  • Judith O. Mueller
  • Raymond A. Saulino
  • Jack Wilbern

Ex Officio:

  • Alex Levy
    Artistic/Managing Director

Press Production Photos

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  • (l to r) Edward Christian, Marquis D. Gibson, Elizabeth Pierotti, Laura Artesi, and Lolita Marie in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • Elizabeth Pierotti in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • Elizabeth Pierotti in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • (l to r) Lolita Marie and Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • (l to r) Elizabeth Pierotti and Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • (l to r) Elizabeth Pierotti and Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • (l to r) Audrey Bertaux and Elizabeth Pierotti in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • (l to r) Marquis D. Gibson, Lolita Marie, and Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.
  • Audrey Bertaux in "Well" at 1st Stage. The show runs through April 23, 2017 in Tysons Corner. Photo by Teresa Castracane.

1st Stage Production History

  • 2016-2017 Season Lobby Hero Broadway Bound Trevor Well Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • 2015-2016 Season Now Comes the Night Harvey When the Rain Stops Falling Proof Floyd Collins
  • 2014-2015 Season Take Me Out One Man, Two Guvnors Doubt, a Parable Old Wicked Songs The Good Counselor
  • 2013-2014 Season The Pitman Painters Noises Off Souvenir The Cripple of Inishmann Bat Boy: The Musical
  • 2012-2013 Season Suite Surrender Altar Boyz Italian American Reconciliation Never the Sinner Blithe Spirit
  • 2011-2012 Season Don't Dress for Dinner The How and the Why Parfumerie Side Man Flora the Red Menace Three Bears
  • 2010-2011 Season Mauritus Holiday Mousetrap Fuddy Meers The Glass Menagerie By Jeeves Jack and the Bean-Stalk
  • 2009-2010 Season The Game of Love and Chance Three Days of Rain The Prisoner of Zenda By the Bog of Cats Humble Boy The Last Five Years Suburban Motel
  • 2008-2009 Season The Suicide Red Herring The Violet Hour Shakespeare's R&J