Founded in 1997 and based in Lanham, Maryland, Quest Visual Theatre is a group of artists, educators, and dedicated volunteers representing a diverse ethnic, cultural, and artistic panorama who are committed to creating, producing, presenting, and supporting theatre that emanates from a visual base and features casts and production staffs that are inclusive. The company’s educational work focuses on the use of visual theatre to enhance literacy. Quest’s 32 Affiliate Artists represent a variety of ethnicities, cultures, and art forms. The Catalogue for Philanthropy has recognized Quest as one of the region’s best small charities. The Maryland State Arts Council Theatre Panel review consistently ranks Quest as one of the state’s top 5 organizations. The GU Community Relations Council, government of the Czech Republic, and Moscow Institute for the Arts have presented Quest with awards honoring the company for its work as a model for inclusiveness and its commitment to the work of deaf artists from around the world. Over the last 10 years, no theatre company in the United States has produced the work of, presented, or contracted more deaf/hard of hearing artists than Quest
Quest also provides professional training and consultation to educators, administrators, and parents who are interested in using the arts to promote excellence in their schools.
Vision – Future state: In five years Quest will become world-renowned for visual theater.
Visual theater will become a recognized, respected, and sought after art form.
Quest Fest becomes an important destination for visual artists and physical theater companies from all over the world to showcase their work.
Core Belief: Anything is possible.
Core Values: Diversify, Challenge, Listen, Achieve, and Have Fun
Quest as Advocacy/Policy Leader
Quest serves as a national and international leader and advocate for careers in the arts for people with disabilities. In 2010, Quest served as a sponsor and steering committee member for the National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. As part of QuestFest 2010, Quest supported the National Deaf Theatre Summit. In 2002, Quest produced Gallaudet University’s Deaf Way II International Arts Festival which featured the work of approximately 80 deaf and hearing artists from 80 countries and attracted nearly 400,000 participants. In 1998, Quest coordinated the first National Forum on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities. Following the Forum, Quest assisted in forming the Maryland Governor’s Committee on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities.