Welcome to Only Make Believe in Washington D.C. We launched Only Make Believe in Washington D.C. in 2012. Our locally based company of 11 actors performs interactive shows in hospitals, care facilities and special education classrooms in the D.C. area with children who may not have the opportunity to experience live theater.

Our six-week series of interactive performances introduces children living with chronic illnesses and disabilities to the world of live theater. The children become the stars of the show as every one of our performances is designed to include the audience in the storytelling process. The OMB shows use the power of ‘make believe’ to fill the facilities with song, dance, movement and laughter, inspiring learning, joy & fun.

Only Make Believe currently works in Children's National Medical Center, The HSC Pediatric Center with its Kids in Action Program, Jill's House, St. Coletta of Greater Washington, The Children's Inn at The National Institutes of Health, and River Terrace Education Campus. Our goal is to serve as many children as possible in the D.C. metropolitan area.  Recently our work at The HSC Pediatric Center with its Kids in Action program was highlighted by My Fox DC.  Get a front row seat to one of our shows by watching the clip.

Donations can be made on the Donate page.  If you would like to learn more about volunteering with us in Washington, getting your company involved or becoming a Only Make Believe Ambassador in Washington D.C. please contact our Regional Director Tamela Aldridge at taldridge@onlymakebelieve.org.

Our program is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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