Olney Theatre Center

Located just north of Washington, D.C. in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round that enrich, nurture and challenge a broad range of artists, audiences and students. One of two state theaters of Maryland, OTC is situated on 14acre in the heart of the Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle." Its main stage seats 429 patrons, with a small theatre lab added in 1999.As of May 2016, Olney Theatre Center has won 18 Helen Hayes Awards since the award's founding in 1985, and received 146 nominations. It one of only two theaters in the country to operate under an Actors' Equity Association Council of Stock Theaters (COST) contract.History1938 Olney Theatre is founded by Steve Cochran on the site of a former roller skating rink .1940 C. Y. Stephens, an owner of High's Dairy Stores, purchases property and remodels to become better suited for theater.1942 Under C. Y. Stephen’s ownership and Steve Cochran’s management, Olney Theatre opens for business. It closes two days later due to gasoline rationing.1946 Olney Theater reopens under the joint management of Glenn Taylor, Redge Allen, and Evelyn Freyman. It presented summer theater where shows featured well-known stars such as Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Tallulah Bankhead, and Helen Hayes. The theater was a five-show summer stock theater on the straw-hat circuit, along with 238 other theaters around the country.


2001 Olney Sandy Spring Rd
Olney, MD


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