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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Learn how to use the dramatic arts for social good. Tuition: $395

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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.

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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 12

Honors Acting Conservatory Final Showcase

Join us for The Theatre Lab's Honors Acting Conservatory Final Showcase. Watch the class of 2022 perform scenes and monologues at their final performance of the year....
Dec 14

Queer Stories

Come and see the debut performance of our new FREE intergenerational class designed to give LGBTQIA participants a unique platform to develop, share, and perform stor...
Nov 18

Honors Acting Conservatory Final Projects

You're invited to see the final projects from The Theatre Lab Honors Acting Conservatory Class of 2022. 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 Free to atten...
Dec 03

Self-Expression Workshop for Gender-Diverse Folks

Join us for vocal play! In this 3-hour workshop, you will explore and expand your capacity to express your whole self. All genders, all ages welcome! Bring your monol...
Nov 03

Musical Theatre Master Class with Michael Maliakel

Mark your calendars for The Theatre Lab’s second musical theatre master class! Broadway star Michael Maliakel (Aladdin on Broadway) will work with advanced teen an...
Oct 18
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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