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DARK HORSE THEATRE COMPANY

Running our race since 2009.

We offer a wide range of vibrant entertainment to the Northern Virginia and Washington DC. Join us and raise the stakes on your theatre experience.

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  • Calamity: The Show 3/4/23 (Fauquier)
    Sat, Mar 04
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church
    Mar 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church, 6507 Main St, The Plains, VA 20198, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 3/11/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Mar 11
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Mar 11, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 4/8/22 (Herndon)
    Sat, Apr 08
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Apr 08, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 5/6/23 (Fauquier)
    Sat, May 06
    Dark Horse Theatre Company@ Grace Church
    May 06, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company@ Grace Church, 6507 Main St, The Plains, VA 20198, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 5/13/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, May 13
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    May 13, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 6/10/23 (Herndon)
    Jun 10, 7:30 PM
    ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
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  • Calamity: The Show 7/1/23 (Fauquier)
    Sat, Jul 01
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church
    Jul 01, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church, 6507 Main St, The Plains, VA 20198, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 7/8/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Jul 08
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Jul 08, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 8/12/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Aug 12
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Aug 12, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 9/2/23 (Fauquier)
    Sat, Sep 02
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church
    Sep 02, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church, 6507 Main St, The Plains, VA 20198, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 9/9/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Sep 09
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Sep 09, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 10/14/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Oct 14
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Oct 14, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 11/4/23 (Fauquier)
    Sat, Nov 04
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church
    Nov 04, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Co. @ Grace Church, 6507 Main St, The Plains, VA 20198, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 11/11/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Nov 11
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Nov 11, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 12/9/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Dec 09
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Dec 09, 7:30 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 1/7/23 (Herndon)
    Jan 07, 7:30 PM
    ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
  • Calamity: The Show 2/4/23 (Herndon)
    Sat, Feb 04
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon
    Feb 04, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    Dark Horse Theatre Company @ ArtsHerndon, ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St, Herndon, VA 20170, USA
    Improv comedy and classical theatre collide in the wild west town of Scriptless Gulch.
    Share
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MANIFESTO

/ˈdärk ˈˌhôrs/-   a candidate or entrant judged unlikely to succeed. 

MISSION

To make strong choices and have fun doing it.  We strive to produce bold, imaginative, theatre in an accessible way. Being trailblazers by nature, we're not afraid to go off the beaten path. That's why we work on both new and established plays. We pledge to avoid the mundane and think outside of the black box. Dark Horse recruits the most hard working and committed talent, both onstage and off, while welcoming all who are willing to learn. We endeavor to create transformative experiences on both sides of the stage. It is a major priority to keep professional theatre inclusive. We accomplish this by keeping all tickets $20 or less, ensuring free parking at all venues, having handicap accessibility at both of our performance residences, making each production experiential for the audience, holding occasional open rehearsals, and offering Q&A sessions with cast and crew after performances. Join us and raise the stakes on your theatre experience.

HISTORY

Dark Horse Theatre Company, L.L.C. was founded in 2009 out of a mutual compulsion to produce challenging, collaborative, and daring theatrical work. They soon began work on the very first Dark Horse production Oleanna. At this time, the company was in residence at Artistree (later called The Artory) in Herndon, VA teaching classes and rehearsing. DHTC performed regularly at the DC Arts Center in Washington D.C. After many successful productions, the team decided to take a break from performances to regroup and focus mainly on workshops and education. In 2013, the company relocated to Fauquier County, VA. In 2018, Dark Horse began residence at Grace Church in The Plains. Calamity Improv was conceived and cast in August of 2018. In early 2019, we partnered with ArtsHerndon in efforts to share our work with even more Northern Virginia audiences. The company debuted IMPROVICON of Northern Virginia in June of 2019, which is now held bi-annually throughout Northern VA. Dark Horse now produces 3 dual location runs of mainstage shows and 20+ performances of Calamity Improv per season. The company will soon be debuting Rocking Horse Children's Theatre for the littlest residents of Northern Virginia.

PRODUCTION PHILOSOPHY AND HIRING

Dark Horse utilizes a studio theatre philosophy. Meaning, each show is developed under a workshop atmosphere and will evolve from the first rehearsal until closing night. Emphasis is placed on table work in the early stages. Homework and research are done throughout the entire rehearsal process. We have a 120 hour rehearsal period for all mainstage shows to allow time for exploration. We encourage anyone to come audition for productions or to be involved with our group, regardless of experience. 

Dark Horse is an inclusive and approachable professional theatre company. We are always seeking to hire talent onstage and backstage. We do not discriminate in any of our hiring decisions. We ask all who feel compelled to come work with us. Interested in joining our team? Great! Please complete all of the following: Mainstage actors-complete this online form and email your headshot and resume. Improvisers- complete this online form and your headshot and resume. Technicians- email your headshot and resume. Aspiring interns-email a letter of intent. Directors- email this complete form, along with a letter of intent, and your headshot and resume.  Send all emails to darkhorseva@mail.com with your desired role in the subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!

All roles (with the exception of internships and community productions) are compensated by stipend.

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"...Dark Horse creates some of the best theatre in the DC area."

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CONTACT US

In residence at:

Grace in The Plains

6507 Main Street The Plains, VA 20198

and

ArtsHerndon

750 Center Street Herndon, VA 20170

703-537-1071

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