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.

See You at the Cabaret Benefit!

We return to the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC for the most festive event of the year — The Theatre Lab’s Cabaret Benefit — on Sunday, November 13.

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Apply to the Life Stories Institute

Learn how to use the dramatic arts for social good. Join us for an intensive train-the-trainer weekend, October 13-16. Tuition: $395

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Enroll Now: Youth Fall Classes

This September, we’re offering classes for kids and teens! Check out offerings like improv, Acting Shakespeare, and movement and dance basics.

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Share Your Story

The Theatre Lab is celebrating 30 years of transforming lives through Theatre Education and we want to preserve the stories from 1994-2022 as told by our students, audience members, supporters, faculty members, and partners.

How you can help

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 ”

Former Student
Oct 13

Life Stories Institute

The Life Stories Institute returns in 2022.  The Life Stories Institute is a unique training program where you’ll learn to harness the transformative power of th...
Nov 13

Cabaret Benefit Dinner + Auction

Location: The Ritz-Carlton 1150 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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 ...
Jun 29

Veterans Create a Powerful Life Stories Performance in Kentucky

I was honored to assist in a Life Stories program for women veterans in Kentucky earlier this month. It was taught by the brilliant April Harris, an Army vet who I wa...
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...
Feb 25

Juliet Lloyd’s new single “Ghost Light” pays tribute to the theater during the pandemic

  Click the link above to watch the interview with Ellen Bryan. Theatre Lab Board Member Juliet Lloyd appears on WUSA9's DMV Soundcheck to discuss her new s...

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