History

The Highwood Theatre was founded in 2004 by Kevin Kearney as a student theatre organization based on the principle that "anyone can do theatre." 


During his middle and high school years, Kevin noticed the widening gap between theatre opportunities in schools and the broader interests of students.  The Highwood Theatre was, and continues to be, an accessible venue for all students to participate in productions in the way that works best for them.


Starting out in the basement of Kevin’s parents’ home, The Highwood Theatre's first production, in June 2004, featured three participants and a very small audience.  The Highwood Theatre quickly gained recognition and a following at various schools in the Washington, DC area, and the level of student involvement, number of participants, and the sophistication of each production grew. 

Photo from a rehearsal of Next to Normal in 2012

Photo from a rehearsal of Next to Normal in 2012

In 2011, The Highwood Theatre incorporated as a non-profit organization and moved out of its basement home.  Over the years, The Highwood Theatre has welcomed hundreds of students from dozens of schools in the area.  In Spring 2013, The Highwood Theatre celebrated its 10th Anniversary Season with an incredible Gala, featuring student performances, elaborate catering, and great friends.  


In Fall 2013, The Highwood Theatre embarked on an exciting expansion in an effort to involve more people in more ways to further the development of theatre in the community.  The Organization relocated to downtown Silver Spring and introduced two new branches - Your Theatre and Highwood at School, to complement its successful Students' Theatre.


Now moving into its 16th Season (beginning in Fall 2018), The Highwood Theatre is always planning and considering new ways to create a thriving artistic community and unite people of all ages and backgrounds through the performing arts.

Photo from Highwood's production of Legally Blonde in 2013

Photo from Highwood's production of Legally Blonde in 2013

Past Productions

Season 1

IT; A Play for One and It - June, 2004

Season 2

Island Boys - July, 2005
The Follies at Sidwell - May, 2005
The Follies - April, 2005
Santa x2 North Pole +40 - December, 2004

Season 3

The Great Musical - July, 2006
I Don’t Know Jingle - December, 2005

Season 4

The Highwood Theatre Showcase - June, 2007
How A Lady Fares - December, 2006

Season 5

The Glass Menagerie - July, 2008
Razzle Dazzle - December, 2007

Season 6

The Highwood Theatre Showcase; Celebrating Six Great Seasons at The Highwood Theatre - May, 2009
Mrs. Levi - December, 2008

Season 7

Edges - July, 2010
A Diamond Collection; 60 Years of Best Musicals - March, 2010

Season 8

Rent - March, 2011
Mame - December, 2010

Season 9

A Grand Night for Singing - July, 2012
Crazy Runs in the Family - May, 2012
Black Comedy - May, 2012
Bye Bye Birdie - March, 2012
Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA - December, 2011

Season 10

10th Anniversary Gala and Showcase Celebration - May, 2013
Edges - May 2013
The Man Who Came to Dinner - March, 2013
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe - March, 2013
Proof - March, 2013
Sweeney Todd - December, 2012
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - December, 2012
Next to Normal - November, 2012

Season 11

Crazy Runs in the Family - July-August, 2014
Legally Blonde - July, 2014
Damn Yankees - May, 2014
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown - May, 2014
Everyone's A Critic - May, 2014

Twelfth Night - March, 2014
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson - March, 2014
Stuff Happens - December, 2014

Season 12

No Exit - October, 2014

The Mystery of Edwin Drood - November, 2014

Owls - December, 2014

Other Desert Cities - February, 2015

The Importance of Being Earnest - March, 2015

August: Osage County - March, 2015

Much Ado About Nothing - April, 2015

Company - May, 2015

Only Human: Unity Through Diversity - July, 2015

Nice Work If You Can Get It - July, 2015

Spamalot - July-August, 2015

Season 13

The Requiem - September, 2015

The Long Way Around  - October, 2015

Hairspray - December, 2015

RIOT - February, 2016

Cabaret '67 - March, 2016

Cabaret '98 - March, 2016

Lights, Frenemies, Action - April, 2016

I Am A Camera - April, 2016

You Can't Take It With You - May, 2016

A Night In The Theatre - July, 2016

Musical of Musicals - July, 2016

Sunday In The Park With George - July, 2016

Season 14

'Night, Mother - September - October, 2016

Tick, Tick...Boom! - November, 2016

James And The Giant Peach, Jr. - November, 2016

Thoroughly Modern Millie - December, 2016

Boeing, Boeing - January - February, 2017

All My Sons - February, 2017

Gypsy - March, 2017

Skyler And The Secret - April, 2017

Avenue Q - April, 2017

The Matchmaker - April, 2017

Cabaret '98 - June, 2017

The Robber Bridegroom - July, 2017

Into The Woods - July, 2017

The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 - August, 2017

Season 15

Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike - October, 2017

Follies - November, 2017

School of Rock - December, 2017 

The Dog Must Die - January - February, 2018

The Effect of Gamma Rays On the Man in The Moon Marigolds - February, 2018

Bye Bye Birdie - March, 2018

Sweet Charity - March, 2018

Stars in Peril - March, 2018

SOON - April, 2018

Romeo and Juliet - May, 2018

West Side Story - June, 2018

Godspell - July, 2018

My Fair Lady - July, 2018

Play On - August, 2018