Act One. By day, Scott Fortier is a law-firm administrator. The rest of the time, he's founder and artistic director of DC's Catalyst Theater Company. In five years, the 33-year-old hopes to be at Catalyst full-time, producing, directing, and acting–he recently won raves for his performance in The Elephant Man–and teaching at a university. He dreams of building his theater "from the ground up," as Studio Theatre's Joy Zinoman and Signature's Eric Schaeffer have done. Says Fortier: "When people come to our shows, if they exit with a different mindset, we've done our job."
Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl. Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.