Mission

Zeiders American Dream Theater is a professional not-for-profit theater that believes creativity and creative experiences are fundamental to an individual’s and community’s growth and development. Our ongoing goal is to become an integral part of the community using the arts to encourage individuals to embrace their dreams and to achieve their full potential. When the arts thrive in a community, the community thrives. We build partnerships with other community arts organizations to provide audiences, young and old, a full range of inspiring artistic experiences. ZADT provides a forum to introduce new and exceptionally gifted artists, composers, and creative writers and creates opportunities that encourage and support the arts and aspiring artists of all types.

What ZADT is about:

ZADT is about ARTISTIC EXPERIENCES.

Unique entertainment. Distinctive venues. Creative conversations. ZADT’s 300-seat theater and studio theater will offer an intimate, interactive complement to existing larger venues in the area, thereby broadening and enriching arts entertainment opportunities as a whole. For Hampton Roads audiences that means entertainment that they won’t get to experience anywhere else.

ZADT is about ARTISTIC OPPORTUNITY.

Hampton Roads has got talent. Our region is brimming with exceptionally gifted creative people and performers—musicians, writers, playwrights and much more. ZADT provides a unique professional venue in which these artists can showcase and develop their crafts in real time.

ZADT is about CREATIVE EXPLORATION.

The arts are perhaps most alive in the creation of new work. ZADT serves as a “creative kitchen” in which artists can introduce new songs, writing, plays and more. ZADT’s support allows them to explore, take risks and immerse themselves in the creative process.

ZADT is about DYNAMIC COLLABORATION. 

We’re all in this together. By partnering with established area arts organizations like the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Musical Theatre, ZADT complements and enhances their programming, community reach and impact. ZADT understands that when the arts as a whole thrive, we all benefit—artists, patrons and the broader community.

ZADT is about COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

Our passion for the arts reflects a “big picture” passion for our community. Whether we are guiding a talented musician in taking their music to the next level, or working with local leaders on a new event in town, or partnering with a non-profit organization to create their next support activity, ZADT is dedicated to helping our community achieve its full creative potential.