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Join us @WarehouseDC Theater on May 19th 7pm for an evening of dinner theater.  Ellington playwrights will be featured as scenes from their plays will be staged by an ensemble of professional actors and director, as well as original music, poetry, and video shorts from our Literary Media and Communications (LMC) students.  This work is unlike any other in the DMV area!

Join us @WarehouseDC Theater on May 19th 7pm for an evening of dinner theater. Ellington playwrights will be featured as scenes from their plays will be staged by an ensemble of professional actors and director, as well as original music, poetry, and video shorts from our Literary Media and Communications (LMC) students. This work is unlike any other in the DMV area!

  • Posted 3 months ago
  • May 11th, 2014

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Opera Workshop Presents:
A Night at the Opera: 
From La Bohème to RENT

Friday May 9th at 7:30pm
Ellington Theatre 
Tickets $25 (at Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

Opera Workshop Presents:
A Night at the Opera:
From La Bohème to RENT

Friday May 9th at 7:30pm
Ellington Theatre
Tickets $25 (at Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

  • Posted 3 months ago
  • May 7th, 2014

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts is saddened to announce the departure of our Director of Artistic Affairs, Tia Powell Harris. Director for 5 years, and Ellington faculty member for 21 years, Director Harris has been an integral part of fulfilling the Ellington mission to “nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.” While we certainly will miss her, we also CONGRATULATE her on her new position as the new Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution! What an amazing position for an amazing woman!!! We love you MADLY, Tia Powell Harris! #TeamTia!

Duke Ellington School of the Arts is saddened to announce the departure of our Director of Artistic Affairs, Tia Powell Harris. Director for 5 years, and Ellington faculty member for 21 years, Director Harris has been an integral part of fulfilling the Ellington mission to “nurture and inspire passion for arts and learning in talented students who might not otherwise have an opportunity to develop their artistic skills.” While we certainly will miss her, we also CONGRATULATE her on her new position as the new Executive Director of Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution! What an amazing position for an amazing woman!!! We love you MADLY, Tia Powell Harris! #TeamTia!

Warming up!!! Final rehearsals before Wednesday’s performance with Sting & Paul Simon at Strathmore! 🎤🎻🎷👟👠🎶 (at Duke Ellington School of the Arts)

  • Posted 5 months ago
  • March 10th, 2014

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Dear Mr. Ellington by Sharde Farmer

I’d like to begin with an applause and a thank you.//
If numbers measured talent, the world would high rank you.//
Most of our ancestors didn’t get to experience, even take a glance at the tools you used.//
The Blues you provided about your people.//
Having hundreds of young and talented minds standing in line just to meet you.//
Give them each an hour, but for me, I’ll take two.//
To ask, and conceptually grasp what fed your drive to improve your works, answer, please do.//
Because your name – your legacy represents every single student that attends and attended this school, and that includes me too.//
Dear Mr. Ellington, 40 years of proving your name.//
40 years in DC exploding with culture, arts, and colors, switching the game.//
DC had never been the same since these walls rose, covered with beauty that’s framed.//
40 years.. 40 years of blood sweat and tears.//
4 decades of parades, plays, and praise.//
14,600 days of love that can’t phase.//
Brotherly love, sisterly bonds, that won’t tear nor fade.//
Fussing and tussling our ways to the top.//
Get it together dancers before the song stops.//
VA, it’s time to make this portrait pop.//
Tech, pull the curtains and untie those knots.//
Sopranos, altos, align in your spots.//
LMC, you know where to be to document history in the making.//
Museum studies, allow your perspective through the lens become breath taking.//
Instrumental artists, get on key, know the note.//
Theater, give it your all and keep this boat a float.//
40 years of coming together.//
40 years of still singing in the stormy weather.//. -

Sharde Farmer,
First Year student in the Literary Media & Communications dept., Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

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Spread the word! Share our Black Nativity production flier on your social channels using the #mmblacknativity hashtag. Visit ellingtonschool.org for ticket information. #blacknativity