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.

Sign up for Summer Camps and Teen Intensives

Enroll by February 14 for early bird rates on youth camps. The Theatre Lab’s summer camps are fun, creative, and high energy programs that allow young actors to fully engage their imaginations and experience the thrill of live theatre. For teens, apply by March 1 for our intensives in acting and musical theatre.

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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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Mar 31

King Lear Performances

Join us for our Creating a Role's performance of Shakespeare's King Lear -- an innovative production with special elements designed to celebrate The Theatre Lab’s 3...
Apr 07

Blood Brothers Performances

The Theatre Lab presents BLOOD BROTHERS Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell Join us for our Creating a Musical Role performance of this full-length musical. ...
Jan 06

The Theatre Lab Turns 30

The Theatre Lab is turning 30! Please help us celebrate by sharing your Theatre Lab story. Here’s ours, in a nutshell: In 1992 Buzz Mauro and Deb Gottesman got th...
Dec 02

Relive the Excitement: 2021 Cabaret Benefit

Last month, The Theatre Lab’s Cabaret Benefit brought together hundreds of friends and supporters for our annual Cabaret Benefit + Auction. While things may have lo...
Dec 02

Life Stories Partners with Life Pieces to Masterpieces

“Words have power,” says David Adams, a young man who participated in The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program this fall with nonprofit partner, Life Pieces to Ma...
Dec 01

The Top Three Reasons We’re Excited About Youth Programs

It may be cold outside, but we’re already thinking about summer camp. For 2022, you can count on engaging, creative acting camps that parents and kids love! While w...
Dec 01

2022 Classes Make the Season Bright!

This month, we’ll unveil our Winter 2022 semester offerings -- and we’re thrilled to share programming that truly celebrates our 30th anniversary! Get Ready for ...
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...
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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