Wilma HotHouse

"One of the most vigorously cohesive ensembles I've ever seen on a professional stage."
- Matt Flocco, DC Metro Theater Arts, on When the Rain Stops Falling

The Wilma HotHouse is an incubator for artistic investigation and experimentation, and enables its company of actors to dare and explore under the Wilma’s auspices. HotHouse allows the Wilma to develop new works specifically for our company of actors; to conduct readings, intensive workshops, and other experiments with company members and guest artists; and to hone a unique theatrical aesthetic for the Wilma through rigorous actor training.

Explore the History of the HotHouse.


HotHouse Company Members

Campbell O’Hare

Last seen in An Octoroon and Adapt!

“Our shared experiences as a company arrive onstage in the connections between our characters, the athleticism and daring of our bodies, emotions, and voices, and the wild abandon with which we trust and support one another as an ensemble. Our time together is a gift.”

Lindsay Smiling

Last seen in The Hard Problem and When the Rain Stops Falling.

“I see us as a group becoming more and more connected to our voice and body, not only individually, but as a company. The HotHouse is one of the most thrilling and inspiring groups I’ve been a part of in my career.”

Taysha Canales

Last seen in An Octoroon and When the Rain Stops Falling.

“Hothouse continues to challenge me artistically and personally. Meeting with the same group of artists every week for the past two years has created an open space for creativity and growth. I am grateful for the opportunity to explore and create with these artists whom I deeply admire.”

Justin Jain

Last seen in Antigone and An Octoroon.

“The Wilma HotHouse has empirically changed the way I think about and approach theatre making. To have the opportunity to explore, grow, train together and investigate exactly what it means to engage the actor’s thinking body, this ensemble allows me to take risks that have made me an exponentially better artist.”

Jered McLenigan

Last seen in Constellations and Adapt!

“I believe that the continuing work of the HotHouse is strengthening the bond not only within our ensemble, but between the ensemble and the audience, which we’ve felt internally and has been stated by numerous patrons during our Lobby Talks after recent performances.”


Keith Conallen

Last seen in When the Rain Stops Falling and Adapt!

“For me, the art of theatre is about exploration. Through HotHouse we not only explore the plays/poems/songs we are interested in, but the entire process that goes into making this art. We explore ourselves within that process.”


Melanye Finister

Last seen in When the Rains Stops Falling. 

“Plays are most exciting when they are breathing and living in present time. We get right to the work of discovering the life how the play lives in our bodies. We are doing it all together, playing, discovering and making together.”

Ross Beschler

Last seen in The Hard Problem and Adapt!

“Everything I do has been taken to a new level - my voice, body, creative instincts, imagination. I can’t conceive of approaching the work of the last five years without my Hothouse experiences to help guide me.”

Sarah Gliko

Last seen in Constellations and Adapt!

“HotHouse has become a brilliant collision of the personal and global, professional and private. Looking into the faces of my colleagues, learning the language of their bodies and the sound of their voices, I learn about myself and the potential of what exists between us.“

Steven Rishard

Last seen in When the Rain Stops Falling and Adapt!

“We are all first and foremost storytellers at heart. Yet our inquisitive minds and dynamic bodies need a place for deeper excavation of meaning in the stories we plan to tell. HotHouse is that place.”

Jaylene Clark Owens

Last seen in An Octoroon.


Ed Swidey

Last seen in An Octoroon and Antigone.

HotHouse Resident Artists

Anthony Martinez-Briggs
Matteo Scammell
Kevin Meehan
Brett Robinson


Affiliated Artist of the Wilma

Jennifer Kidwell
Zainab Jah
Kate Czjakowski
Krista Apple
Forrest McClendon
Brian Ratcliffe
Daniel Perelstein
Matt Saunders
Thom Weaver
James Ijames