Encore Stage & Studio and Nauck Community Services Center Work Together to Enrich the Youth through Theatre in a New Community Partnership

Photo courtesy of NCSC.
Photo courtesy of NCSC.

Arlington, VA –Encore Stage & Studio is pleased to announce their community partnership with the Nauck Community Services Center (NCSC) of the Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation. The partnership provides students of the NCSC SOL tutoring program and other Nauck residents scholarships to participate in Encore Stage & Studio’s educational programs in Shirlington. Encore’s educational programs include holiday mini-camps, spring break camp and summer camps that provide a fun and safe environment for children to explore theatre arts. In partnering with NCSC, Encore Stage & Studio has also provided NCSC students and volunteers the opportunity to experience theatre as an audience member with complimentary tickets to Encore’s season productions at Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre.   

“The Nauck Community Services Center is very excited about our partnership with Encore Stage & Studio,” stated Alexis Williams, NCSC Manager, “Working together we are able to expose children, who might otherwise not have the opportunity, to theater and the world of possibilities it opens.”  Recalling a trip to Encore, Williams says,

“Encore recently invited us to a production of The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes, which I brought 8 of our students to see.  They loved the play and the backstage tour we received and were full of wonder and questions afterwards.  For many, this was their first experience with theater and seeing other children acting showed them that they too could play characters, enter fantasy worlds and make crowds laugh.  We look forward to continuing this partnership and finding ways to bring more experiences to our youth as we build.”  

Both groups are 501c(3) non-profit organizations and have been serving the Arlington Community for many years through their programs. To contribute to this partnership and support these opportunities, donations will be appreciated by visiting www.encorestage.org.

About Nauck Community Services Center: Since 1999, Bonder & Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation (BAJCDC) has worked to improve the lives of citizens residing in the Nauck Community and surrounding areas of Arlington County, Virginia.  The mission of the BAJCDC is to impact the economic and social development of Nauck and surrounding communities.  BAJCDC is a nonprofit organization committed to providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy and vibrant community.

One of BAJCDC’s proudest achievements is its’ Nauck Community Services Center (NCSC), established in 2004. The NCSC is located on the first floor of The Macedonian Apartment Building at 2229 South Shirlington Road.  NCSC provides economic, educational and social services to residents of the Nauck community and surrounding areas.  These services include a weekly food bank, employment assistance, housing support, youth tutoring and reading programs, an annual coat drive and special programs and events to promote nutrition, diabetes awareness, financial management training and more. To learn more about NCSC, visit www.bajdcdc.org.

About Encore Stage & Studio: “Theatre By Kids, For Kids!” Founded in Arlington, Virginia in 1967, Encore Stage & Studio’s mission is to build a lifelong appreciation for live theater by involving young people in all aspects of theater arts –onstage, backstage, in the classroom, and in the audience.


Encore strives to educate and entertain by offering five productions each season that are by and for young people, and through enriching educational programs with qualified, enthusiastic teaching artists. We believe that participating in live theatre builds problem-solving skills, teamwork, creativity, literacy, and self-confidence. We are cultivating the next generation of active and engaged art lovers.


For more information visit www.encorestage.org; (703) 548-1154 | PO Box 969 Arlington, VA 22216



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