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.

Join the Dramathon: Monday, June 13

Sign up to act in beside some of Washington, DC’s most in-demand actors in staged readings of brand new plays for a great cause — youth scholarships for Summer Camp!

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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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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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May 23

CANCELLED: Honors May Showcase

Due to COVID protocols, the Honors Acting Conservatory Showcase scheduled for Monday, May 23 is cancelled.   We encourage you to mark your calendar for another upc...
Jun 13

2022 Dramathon

Share the Screen with Professional Actors for a Great Cause!
Jun 18

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Life Stories Performance

The Benjamin Banneker Academic High School Drama Club in collaboration with The Theatre Lab's Life Stories Program will offer a public performance at The Theatre Lab....
Jun 18

30th Anniversary Teen Alumni Cabaret

Come for a lively night of live performances from a selection of our Summer Teen Institute alumni in celebration of The Theatre Lab's 30th anniversary. Free and open...
Feb 28

March 2022: Development News

The Theatre Lab is grateful to the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation for $25,000 in grant support for our Life Stories programs. We are honored to have received our secon...
Feb 04

Meet Theresa Williamson

The Theatre Lab is pleased to welcome Theresa Williamson as our Finance and Operations Manager. She brings a wealth of expertise as both a Financial Manager and a Str...
Feb 03

February 2022: Development News

The Theatre Lab is grateful to have received the following institutional support in January: $1,000 from the Cardozo Foundation and $1,380 from 23 pledges from the Wo...
Jan 28

My Experience at The Life Stories Institute

Editor’s Note: Bryce Sulecki is The Theatre Lab’s Program Administrator and Life Stories Coordinator. In his role as Life Stories Coordinator, he handles scheduli...
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...
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...
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 ...

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