The Academy of Washington is a social organization that fosters the art of Drag,
Pantomime, Pageantry and other performance arts in the LGBT community.
Established in 1961, The Academy of Washington, Inc. (also known as "the Academy") is one of the oldest
organizations of its kind in the country. Its membership includes drag queens, drag kings, male and female
impersonators in the Washington, DC metropolitan area who enjoy entertaining and supporting each other.
But the Academy is not just a social organization, it is a highly respected member of the community. The
Academy and its members are active in many civic and volunteer organizations. The Washington Academy
has members involved with
The Imperial Court System, the
Rainbow History Project, and
addition to these organizations, Academy members are also associated with
ASGRA, the Centaur Motorcycle
Club, and other community organizations.
During the years, every person associated with the Academy has experienced the far-reaching social gratification
of our group. Each person has had their moments of glory, their share of applause and social recognition. We
honor each other for our contributions to theatre, make-up, design, and the gay community in general. We welcome
individuality and foster self-expression in all forms. The Academy allows us to occasionally make-believe and
continues to provide each of us with a touch of glamour and elegance that many would not otherwise experience.
Come to one of our events or come to one of our monthly meetings. Want to be
kept up-to-date with Academy events? If so, subscribe to the Academy Mailing
List. This one-way mailing list will be used to distribute information out
to Academy members and friends on Academy events and newsworthy activities.
If you are a member or friend of the Academy on the
Troupe List and aren't on the mailing list, please send
email to Veronica.
All song titles (even in song
mixes) must be submitted to the show coordinator by the
Thursday prior to the event (unless otherwise stated).
Music must be submitted at
least 30 minutes prior to scheduled show start time
(which is 3:00pm). So, all music must be turned in by
2:30pm. If you are running late call and speak to one of
the Tech Crew Director(s) and provisions will be made.
If music is not turned in 30 minutes prior to or
provisions are not made you will not be permitted to
entertain! Do not just leave a message, you must
actually speak to one of the Directors.
rehearsal required before a function must
be scheduled with a Tech Crew Director. This is to avoid
any confusion as to rehearsal times. Reservations are
taken on a first-come basis and will need to be
scheduled around setting the stage for a that day's
All music must be properly
labeled with the performer’s stage name, the title of
the song, and the track number since you are using
CDs not in a case or
sleeve will not be accepted by the Tech Crew.
This is for the protection of your music. CDs can be
scratched easily and not be able to be read by the CD
player. We suggest that you also have a backup copy of
your music in case something happens with
your first copy.
Cassette tapes of any type will not be accepted. CDs
must be in an audio format and playable in any CD
player. CDs containing MP3, AAC, or MP4 files will not
Lighting cues and music directions must be discussed
with the appropriate Tech Crew member before the show
begins. Written directions are always preferred. Please
do not interrupt Tech Crew members working sound or
spotlight after the show starts, this is very
distracting to the Tech Crew Member and not fair to the
Tech Crew member or the entertainer currently
Solo entertainment spots are limited to five (5) minutes,
if you go over your allotted time your number may be
terminated, at the discretion of the Tech Crew Director.
Production numbers (consisting of three (3) or more
performers), can have up to seven (7) minutes.
After the function, music will only be returned to the
person whose name is on the CD or tape case. Please do
not ask anyone else to pick up your music.