IN the Community




Director's Salons



For each mainstage production in our season, IN Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson hosts a community conversation with artists, scholars, and thinkers from divergent fields and traditions, in unique spaces throughout Washington, DC.

Through these conversations we seek to find the interconnectedness of what we do, and thereby reveal the resonance and relevance of opera today. These Director Salons are free and open to the public and information is available on the page of each production.


Each season IN Series presents a diverse array of programs for DC’s youth and senior citizens. Reaching INto those parts of the community without ease of access to performance opportunities is an essential element of our vision.
This vision also manifests itself in our unique community opera projects which engage residents directly in the making of many of our productions, in projects designed to speak to the issues of the body-politic.

In addition, we complement each production with engagement events designed to give greater cultural context and understanding to our work – whether through walking tours of DC’s Black Broadway, community fandango afternoons, or public dance workshops in forms as diverse as tango and whirling dervish, IN Series strives to rethink how we play a fully integrated role at home in our community.





Poetry Competition






Un río suena siempre cerca.

Ha cuarenta años que lo siento.

Es canturía de mi sangre

o bien un ritmo que me dieron.


A river sounds ceaseless near.

For forty years I’ve sensed it.

It is the singsong of my blood

or a rhythm I was gifted.


IN Series is the proud home of the Annual Gabriela Mistral Youth Poetry Competition which honors the memory of Chilean poet and Nobel laureate Gabriela Mistral. Students nationwide, from ages 11 to 19, are invited to submit poems in English, Spanish, Portuguese, or any indigenous language of the Americas. The competition is held each spring and information becomes available at the start of each new year.

Submission Information and Guidelines for the 2020 Competition are listed here.