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

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 now to secure your audition spot in our intensives in acting and musical theatre.

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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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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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Jul 08

Performance Intensive for Teens Summer Showcase

The performance takes place in The Theatre Lab. 900 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 Masks and proof of vaccination are required for all guests.
Jul 09

Life Pieces and Life Stories

You're invited to join us on Saturday, July 9 at 2pm for a special screening of "My Brother's Journey," a short documentary (directed by Mignotae Kebede, photography ...
Jul 11

Musical Theatre Institute for Teens Cabaret

Performers in the Musical Theatre Institute for Teens will present a variety of musical theatre songs at a one-night-only free cabaret.  Watch them not only sing, bu...
Jul 14

The Hello Girls

The Musical Theatre Institute for Teens presents The Hello Girls Music and Lyrics by Peter Mills; Book by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel Directed by Deb Gottesman M...
Aug 11


The Musical Theatre Institute for Teens presents Urinetown Music by Mark Hollmann; Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis; Book by Greg Kotis Directed by Aidan Qua...
Aug 12

Tell Me Something Good

The Summer Acting Institute for Teens presents Tell Me Something Good by Audrey Cefaly, directed by Randy Baker. The show is a stunning exploration of loneliness, ...
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 ...
May 31

A Message from Deb and Buzz

This was a lesson passed down to us by one of the greats—the late Oran Sandel (of Living Stage fame) who helped develop our Life Stories programs. He told us he lea...
May 26

Sara Wilson: 30 Stories for 30 Years

Editor's Note: This feature is part of the 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Learn more. Sara Wilson was first introduced to The Theatre Lab in 2019 when she and her d...
May 15

Will Tiao: 30 Stories for 30 Years

Editor's Note: This feature is part of the 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Learn more. Will Tiao got his start in the mid-west, came across The Theatre Lab while liv...
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...
Feb 24

Juliet Lloyd Pens New Song with all Proceeds to Benefit Theatre Lab School Of The Dramatic Arts

Who says people are not giving back during this pandemic? Local singer/songwriter/actress is doing just that with the release of "Ghost Light". It's a song written ab...
Feb 23

Theater camps and classes to keep your kids active this summer

It may feel wrong to be thinking about summer camps already, but experienced parents know that February is the make-or-break month to get your kids into their summer ...
Sep 29

Faculty member April Harris featured on podcast, Art Heals All Wounds

April Harris performs to heal. Her journey as a performer began when she was still serving as Captain in the United States Army. She had survived several sexual assau...

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