The Highwood Theatre (thehighwoodtheatre.org) is a nonprofit theater company that puts together a season of more than 125 student and professional productions, improv shows and studio events, as well as classes and private lessons. The Highwood Theatre also works in dozens of local public and private schools, mounting productions, teaching classes and providing equipment and services for free or below-market prices.

Headquartered: Silver Spring

Serves: Metro region

What a donation buys:

  • $250 sends a professional teaching artist to a local school for a workshop.
  • $500 allows a class of 40 to 50 public school students to take a field trip to Highwood.
  • $1,000 allows two students to receive a scholarship for a production.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Ongoing: Volunteer as an usher.
  • Internships