Transforming Lives Through Theatre Education

Transforming Lives Through Theatre Education

We work to make both the artistic and the real-life benefits of theatre training accessible to all. The Theatre Lab enrolls over 2,800 kids, teens, and adults a year. Offerings target beginners and veteran actors alike through a wide range of programs—summer camps for kids, Saturday acting classes, acting or playwriting classes for rookies, public speaking for non-theatre professionals, the rigorous Honors Acting Conservatory, and the community-driven Life Stories Program.

Participate in the Life Stories Institute

Learn to encourage wellness and inspire empathy in this train-the-trainer learning experience in January 2022 — accessible from anywhere in the world.

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Thank You for making the 2021 Cabaret Benefit a success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2021 Cabaret Benefit + Auction!

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Audition for the Honors Acting Conservatory

Embark on a year of rigorous acting training in 2022. Apply now for the Honors Acting Conservatory.

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What Our Students Are Saying

The Theatre Lab will not only make you a better actor, if taken seriously, it will make you a better person ”

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Dec 13

Honors Acting Conservatory Final Showcase

Join us for The Theatre Lab's Honors Acting Conservatory Final Showcase. Watch the class of 2021 students perform scenes and monologues at their final performance of ...
Jan 20

Life Stories Institute

The Life Stories® Institute is an annual, multi-day intensive learning experience for anyone interested in harnessing the power of the dramatic arts to encourage w...
Nov 30

NOW HIRING: Finance and Operations Manager

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts seeks experienced Finance and Operations Manager to join its dynamic team. Founded to make the artistic, personal, and pr...
Nov 03

November 2021: Development News

The Theatre Lab is grateful to have received the following grants in October: $25,000 from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for general operating support a...
Oct 14

The Theatre Lab welcomes five new board members!

The Theatre Lab welcomes five new board members this fall, our largest incoming "class" ever. Julie Lloyd has taken many Theatre Lab classes and played major roles...
Oct 07

We’re hiring: Join us this fall as our Event Associate!

Updated: As of October 15, 2021, this position has been filled. NOW HIRING: Event Associate, The Theatre Lab Join The Theatre Lab for a temporary position: This...
Sep 28

The Theatre Lab to Present to Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance

On Tuesday, September 28, The Theatre Lab's Co-Executive Directors will give an interactive presentation to the Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA). Read more from ...
Aug 01

The Life Stories Institute featured on podcast, Art Heals All Wounds

In this episode of Art Heals All Wounds, we meet Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro, co-directors of The Theatre Lab in Washington, DC. We'll hear about their Life Stories ...
Jan 17

News4 Your Sunday: The Theatre Lab

Deb Gottesman, founder and co-executive director of The Theatre Lab, tells News4’s Pat Lawson Muse how they used the $25,000 Project Innovation grant they received ...
Dec 10

The Theatre Lab’s 10th Annual Dramathon

Metro Weekly: Spotlight Stage Since its founding nearly three decades ago, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts has helped the Washington theater scene grow a...
Dec 08

On Turning a Yearly Event Virtual…

Deb and Buzz prove you can create great art in the most trying of times.  
Jun 18

Woolly Mammoth launches new Connectivity Core Partner Program

As the nation grapples with profound racial unrest—in addition to a global health crisis that is disproportionately affecting Black and Indigenous people—DC’s ...
Jun 21

DC Theatre Scene Review

She trains others for the spotlight. Now Deb Gottesman finds her own in Keegan’s comedy Ripcord. As co-founder and co-executive director of The Theatre Lab, Deb...

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