QuestFest, the Extraordinary Four-Week Visual Theatre Festival Returns
QuestFest 2012, the biannual premier international visual theatre festival produced by Quest will return to the Baltimore/Washington area. Festival performances begin the first week of March and the festival gets into full swing March 25-April 7, 2012, with a two-week long festival of performances and workshops in venues and schools throughout the area. Quest is presenting the festival in partnership with Gallaudet University in Washington, Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Md., Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md., and the Theatre Project and Creative Alliance in Baltimore.
The festival will feature an international roster of deaf and hearing artists in an array of family-friendly, cutting-edge work that welcomes all people to the fascinating world of visual theatre.
It is a remarkable thing at QuestFest to see the diversity and richness of visual theatre created by artists from around the world. With QuestFest, cultural and language divides evaporate and for that time we all share together in the theatre, we are all simply human.
In addition to performances, QuestFest will offer 20 free residencies to students who will have the opportunity to develop a show and then perform it at the festival’s show cases, as well as master classes, workshops, panel discussions and post-show discussions.
Performance venues will include theatres at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, Md., Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md., and the Baltimore Theatre Project and the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, both in Baltimore. For the first time ever, QuestFest will present a free festival on Saturday, March 31 at Gallaudet University.
QuestFest 2012 is the fifth QuestFest. It is produced by Quest Visual Theatre, a Maryland-based award-winning organization that is internationally recognized for its innovative work in visual theatre and its leadership in welcoming people of diverse backgrounds to the world of theatre. Quest is winner of the 2010 Arts Presenters/ MetLife Arts Access Award.
QuestFest 2012 is presented with the support of the United States Department of Education, Gallaudet University Interpreting Services, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the U.S. Department of State, Institut Ramon Llull, William G Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, VSA/MetLife Foundation, Herbert Bearman Foundation, John L. Leidy Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.