The In Series was founded in 1982-83 in Washington, DC, as The Concert Series at Mount Vernon College by Carla Hübner. Under her artistic leadership and the sponsorship of the College, it soon evolved into a professional presenter of music, dance and performance art, and gradually developed a distinctive profile as a producer of experimental chamber opera (starting 1989), Lantinx Heritage programming (from 1993) and original cabaret/musical revues (starting 1994).
The name In Series had been adopted in 1988-89, inspired by press accolades for intimate settings and innovative programming. By the time the Series’ tenure at the College ended in June, 2000, it had earned a reputation for “bright, innovative productions, unlike anything else available in the Washington area,” as expressed by Joseph McLellan, critic emeritus of The Washington Post.
The first Board of Directors of the newly independent The In Series, Inc. was convened in August 2000, under Terrence (Terry) McDonald, with office space in the Levine School of Music, and venues for performance as available in the area. Since 2008 the Series has its offices and performance home base at Source, having helped to spearhead the community movement that saved the Source building as a space for the arts.
The In Series’ unique contribution to the cultural arts panorama of the DC metropolitan area is widely recognized, particularly in the innovative chamber opera genre. The beautiful spaces of GALA Hispanic Theatre and the Atlas Performing Arts Center as well as Source are home for the Series’ pocket-opera, cabaret/musical theatre, and Latinx culture productions.
Timothy Nelson, was named the In Series’s second artistic director in 2018. His first season, r(E)volution!, exemplifies a continued commitment to continuing the company’s programmatic tradition while expanding notions of what is “our shared musical heritage” through joining diverse aesthetic and cultural traditions.