We can’t believe the time is here, but it’s Molly Smith’s last week as Artistic Director of Arena Stage. She took the helm of this historic, internationally recognized theater—the first integrated theater in Washington, D.C.—at a time when women artistic directors of leading theaters were few and far between. For 25 years under her leadership, Arena Stage has produced more than 200 productions, championing the work of countless emerging and established playwrights.

Molly’s career by the numbers…

2014 – The year Molly made her Broadway debut, directing The Velocity of Autumn
59 – Helen Hayes Awards won by Arena Stage productions
41 – Playwrights mentored through the Barbara Walton Playwrights’ Arena
40 – Productions directed at Arena Stage over the course of her career
37 – New scripts premiered at Arena Stage
25 – Playwrights commissioned as part of the Power Plays initiative
13 – Seasons working alongside Executive Producer Edgar Dobie
9 – Arena Stage productions shepherded to Broadway
4 – Countries reached by the Voices of Now Program
2 – Tony Awards for Best Musical won for Next to Normal and Dear Evan Hansen
1 – Olivier Award for Best New Musical won for Dear Evan Hansen

Well Wishes

On May 23, 2023, we honored Molly and her spectacular 25-year tenure at our Annual Gala. Many of Molly’s favorite artists took the opportunity to reflect on what working with her has meant to them.


We invite everyone to share their #memorieswithmolly—comment below your favorite production, memory, or time with Molly!