The Theatre Lab

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.

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One of the 50 “top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth outside of school hours.”—President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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Creating a Musical Role: As You Like It

Tickets now on sale! Named one of The New York Times’ Best Shows of 2017, As You Like It is a magical tale of friends, family, feuds, and lovers in disguise. Performances April 27-April 30 at 7:30pm.

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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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Apr 27

Creating a Musical Role: As You Like It

Come and see Shaina Taub’s fun and inventive take on the Shakespeare original with a contemporary score blending rock, pop, and country. Be a part of this unique jo...
Mar 13

Honors Acting Conservatory First Showcase

The Theatre Lab's 2023 Honors students head to the stage for first showcase of the year on Monday, March 13! You're invited to see scenes from: Elgin Martin, Haroun ...
Dec 05

Queer Stories

“This has been an incredible opportunity to create connections across generations to strengthen identity and build community through our individual and shared stori...
Sep 29

Where Are They Now: October 2022

Check out where our students, faculty, and alums are performing this month. Honors Alumni: Kellie Santos-DeJesus is Veil in Imagination Stage's S.P.I.E.S. 2:  Fligh...
Sep 01

Bring Other People’s Stories to Life with Your Creativity and Passion

Learn how to give voice to under-heard people and create art. Two training opportunities: Life Stories® Institute, October 13-16 On-demand Life Stories® Instit...
Jul 26

Josh Halloway: 30 Stories for 30 Years

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of the 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Learn more. Photo Caption: (L to R) writer and Theatre Lab alum Josh Halloway, come...
Jul 01

$750,000 in Funding for Groundbreaking Job Training Program

The DC Arts Education Alliance Announces $750,000 in Funding for a Groundbreaking Program to Train Disconnected Youth to Work as Theater Technicians 17 of the city'...
Jun 30

Niam and Seema: 30 Stories for 30 Years

Editor's Note: This feature is part of the 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Learn more. Niam recently completed second grade and graciously took part in an interview ...
Nov 01

My Renaissance Weekend

My Renaissance Weekend by Buzz Mauro   Last spring I received a letter - an actual letter in the actual mail - addressed to me as "Co-Founder and Co-Director" of ...
Jul 26

DC Arts Education Alliance announces $750,000 program to train disconnected youth to be theater technicians

The city’s largest arts education organizations unite to address the effects of the pandemic on marginalized youth and repair a disrupted workforce pipeline in DC's...
Jul 26

The DC Arts Education Alliance Announces $750,000 in Funding for a Groundbreaking Program to Train Disconnected Youth to Work as Theater Technicians

The DC Arts Education Alliance today announces the formation of the Arts Institute for Creative Advancement, a year-long education and apprenticeship program in te...
Jul 25

Arts Roundup: A new apprenticeship program supports young adults and the theater industry

Allow Me To Introduce: The Arts Institute for Creative Advancement is a new yearlong educational meets apprenticeship program that will train young people in techn...
Jun 16

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts celebrates Thirty Years of Arts Education Excellence

This week marks a very important event for DC area arts education. On June thirteenth 1992, The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts (TTL) held its very first cla...
Apr 12

Can Jayme Lawson Help Turn Hollywood Into a Tool for Good?

With the tailwinds of both critical acclaim and blockbusterdom, the actor is still learning how to balance her newfound influence and staying humble. The pressures o...

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