“Both of us realized that our business models are strained,” he said. Adventure offered big performances but minimal training, and MTC did the opposite, he said.
Programming will continue as scheduled through the end of August. The plan is for administrative central to be at Adventure’s headquarters in Glen Echo and programming to be based out of MTC’s space in Rockville, with Bobbitt having offices in both locations.
“With staff retreats and a lot of consulting and mini-task forces,” Bobbitt said, he expects to have the logistics sorted out “within six months.”
MTC has 10,000 square feet of studio space and offices in Rockville where kids can take classes and the professional productions can hold rehearsals. Adventure’s performance space in Glen Echo will be the site for those productions (student performances are typically held in rented venues because the casts are too big for Adventure’s space).
The leaders of both organizations are part of the new Adventure Theatre MTC and Bobbitt says he hopes to add more marketing support and possibly a full-time finance manager to the staff. Another big dream: “a program for select students who are diehard and know they want to be professional performers” that would take 100 kids a year.
Talk with Peter Marks
Have you spent many a morning wanting to tell Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks just what you think of his opinions, as you rattle the newspaper over your coffee (or shake your iPad precariously above your cereal bowl) wondering how it’s possible you saw the same show as he did? Tell him face-to-face at Thursday night’s theatreWeek event, sponsored by theatreWashington: “Theatre Critics: It’s Only Their Opinion, What They Do and How They Do It.”
Marks will be on hand, along with Sophie Gilbert, Washingtonian’s associate arts editor, and Ben Freed, DCist’s associate editor, to discuss the basics and process of writing theater reviews. The panel will be moderated by theatreWashington chief executive Linda Levy Grossman. Critics of the critic are invited. Fans, of course, are also welcome.
Thursday at 7 p.m., Helen Hayes Gallery at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.nationaltheatre.org. 212-239-6233