Arena Stage, under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Managing Director Edgar Dobie, is based in Washington, D.C. and is the largest theatre in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights. Founded in 1950 by Zelda Fichandler, Thomas Fichandler, and Edward Mangum, Arena Stage was one of the nation’s original resident theatres and has a distinguished record of leadership and innovation in the field. With the opening of the new Mead Center for American Theater in 2010, Arena Stage will be a leading center for the production, presentation, development, and study of American theatre. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 200,000. More information can be found at ArenaStage.org.