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Who We Are

What We Do and Why We Do It

Guillotine Theatre (previously known as The Georgetown Theatre Company) was founded in July 1986 on the belief that theatre based on literature is an essential part of our culture. Plays are meant to be performed, not just read and Guillotine Theatre is dedicated to bringing great literature to Washington, D.C. audiences as live theatrical entertainment. In the age of small, conversational plays , Guillotine Theatre began offering exciting, larger-than-life situations and characters in works that explore the universal human condition.

Guillotine Theatre has proved an inspiration to other small theatres in the Washington, DC area; since our first production in 1986, several other theatres have begun to share our repertoire. Actors and directors who began their careers with Guillotine Theatre perform in many D.C. theatres, as well as all across the United States. Actors, playwrights and designers who have interned with Guillotine Theatre have later been accepted into prestigious theatre programs; several of our former interns have become respected theatre professionals in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Please help us to bring classic literature - and plays about classic literature - out of the library and onto the stage!

Catherine Aselford Catherine Aselford, Artistic Director

When Catherine Aselford helped found Guillotine Theatre in 1986, it was the only DC area theater, aside from the Shakespeare Theatre, dedicated to presenting a classical repertoire. Ms. Aselford has acted or directed at Cherryred Productions, The Shakespeare Theatre, Source Theatre, Horizons Theatre, The Center Company, New Works Theatre, and Washington Theatre Wing. She has appeared in John Waters' A Dirty Shame, Cherryred's silent movie Trapped By The Mormons, West Wing, Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted and numerous television commercials. Favorite plays Catherine has directed for Guillotine Theatre include John Middleton's The Changeling, Milan Kundera's Jacques and His Master, and Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.