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About us

Our Mission

The Reston Community Players (RCP) is committed to excellence in community theater for Reston, Virginia and Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

RCP has a two-fold mission:

  • Entertain, engage, educate and challenge the citizens of Reston and surrounding communities by staging excellent, professional quality theatrical productions for the audiences we serve.

  • Create a safe, positive theatre community culture that demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion by welcoming those with new, creative ideas as well as all who want to practice the wide variety of theater disciplines.

Our Vision

As a result of the incredible passion, talent, generosity and dedication of our volunteers, RCP has become an integral part of our community. Looking ahead, the continuing ingenuity, creativity and thousands of hours of commitment will ensure that this all-volunteer organization will prosper and grow. With this challenge in mind, RCP aspires to:

  • Provide a variety of opportunities for the residents of Reston and surrounding communities to experience live theater “in their own backyard” that reflects these communities’ demographics

  • Produce diverse, creative, and collaborative works of theater noted for excellence and professionalism so that we remain widely recognized as an important community cultural asset

  • Seek new ways to encourage growth and education within our local communities through the performing arts

  • Value, encourage and increase respect for those who create the theatrical experience by giving them the latitude and safe environment they need to express their art, entertain an audience, and receive the appreciation their efforts deserve

  • Widen participation by all in the processes and fulfillments of theater through our commitment to diversity and inclusion

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Our History

In 1961, Robert E. Simon purchased 6,750 acres of land in
Fairfax County, VA, far from the rapidly developing suburbs of
Washington DC, with a master plan for a new planned community
to be called Reston. Simon’s concept was to create a community
based in part on the idea of providing Reston residents with
artistic and cultural experiences close to where they live and
In the spring of 1966, three residents of neighboring Herndon
approached Simon to ask if residents of Reston might like to
perform their original musical, The Greatest Game in Town. The
plot was centered around adventures and misadventures in the
stock market and made a net profit of $200. Thus, the Reston
Players community theatre organization was born.
Over the years, the Reston Players occupied a number of
different performance venues and encountered a number of
challenges, including the 1972 fire at Bowman Chapel that
destroyed all of the Reston Players’ assets. Later that year, the
company reorganized itself as the non-profit Reston Community
Players (RCP).
In 1979, RCP mounted Applause, its first production in the brand
new state-of-the-art CenterStage at the Reston Community
Center in Hunters Woods and has been performing there ever

In 1984, Lindsay Petersen, then Secretary of the RCP Board of
Directors, purchased a warehouse in Herndon that she leased
back to RCP for a nominal fee. The warehouse was converted
into a rehearsal hall, scene shop and office, and provided storage
for costumes, props, and set pieces. Upon her passing in 2002,
Mrs. Peterson transferred ownership of the property to RCP and it
remains our theatre company space to this day.
Reston Community Players celebrated our 50th Anniversary of
providing high-quality theatrical experiences to the Reston
community in 2016 with over 200 main stage productions. Despite
setbacks during the arrival of COVID-19, we continue to put on
quality shows to entertain different audiences. RCP looks forward
to enhancing the cultural environment of our community for many
years to come.

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Our Board of Directors

The RCP Board of Directors is comprised of dedicated volunteers who feel that quality theater will enhance the cultural life of the community. While also working on individual RCP productions, Board members serve diligently throughout the year to maintain RCP's financial and artistic health and to ensure its future.


Joey Olson


Kimberly Leone

Vice President

Doug Rolston


Lisa Leary

Member at Large

Sara Birkhead


Richard Durkin

Member at Large

Jerry Morse

Member at Large

Katie Pond

Member at Large

Michael Jones

Member at Large

Alexa Yarboro

Member at Large

Lizzy Colandene

Member at Large

Kendall Mostafavi

Member at Large

Catherine Zimmerman

Member at Large

Steve McBride Jr.

Member at Large

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