A unique fusion of professional bilingual theater, youth development, and community development in the transitioning neighborhood of Columbia Heights, GALA mounts a wide range of works by artists from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US. Early in the pandemic, it recorded video interviews with actors, directors, playwrights, and Latinx arts leaders to share with patrons. Its summer youth program offered a hybrid of virtual work and small, in-person groups in a controlled setting. Many of GALA's young people live in small apartments with multiple generations and need their time at the theater where mentoring and creative learning is offered in the (safe and healthy) Paso Nuevo program. When the season opens, with hygiene measures and social distancing in place (274 seats reduced to 70), GALA will face a major challenge that a caring community's generosity can help to address.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 1; Columbia Heights

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   23,000
  • Number of people (clients, students, seniors, youth, etc) served annually by our arts outreach programming:   23,000
  • Artists employed by us annually:   190
  • Performances/exhibits/art classes, etc. offered annually:   110
  • Community financial impact annually:   100,000

Awards & Recognition

2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Arts Program Award
2014 Visionary Award to Hugo and Rebecca Medrano


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Budget (FY2021)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for GALA Hispanic Theatre is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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