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.

Summer and Fall Classes Now Available

New Adult Classes! Our diverse range of courses offer a supportive and stimulating environment for all skill levels.

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Teen Summer Acting Programs

One of the 50 “top arts- and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth outside of school hours.”—President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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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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Jul 20

Anyone Can Act: July 20

Myth: Acting is about talent and talent is something you’re born with. Reality: Acting is a craft that anyone can learn—at any age. Acting is also a fun and deepl...
Apr 04

Life Stories® Institute 2024

The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories® Institute is an award-winning “train-the-trainer” program where you’ll learn how to harness the transformative power of theat...
Mar 04

Where Are They Now? March 2024

Check out where our students, faculty, and alums are performing this month: Student alumni: Karin Rosnizeck is the Director of ExPats Theatre's Migraaaaants or Ther...
Feb 28

Meet the Cast of Proof

 Proof, by David Auburn, directed by Randy Baker. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Tickets to see the Tony Award-winning Proof are on sale now! Join us March 14-16 for the seco...
Jan 31

The AICA Receives $50,000 in Funding from The National Endowment of the Arts

The Arts Institute for Creative Advancement to Receive $50,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Washington, D.C. — The Theatre Lab is pleased to ann...
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...
May 31

AICA Alum Paying it Forward

Debkanya Mitra, a 21-year-old graduate of last year's Arts Institute for Creative Advancement (AICA), has secured funding to launch a program called "Mixing the Futur...
May 08

Strong Azz Mothers Return May 12, 2024

After a sold out first show, which made it to the front page of the Washington Post, The Theatre Lab is once again collaborating with Making a Difference to present t...
May 02

Where Are They Now? May 2024

Check out where our students, faculty, and alums are performing this month: Student alumni: Robin Berl is the Playwright and Director of Theatre Prometheus's Dua: T...
Apr 18

Queer Stories is Back this Summer!

"All the actors, being in different stages of life, ultimately reached the same end of self realization and acceptance. This was very important to me to experience....
Apr 05

Press Release: The Theatre Lab’s 13th Annual Dramathon on April 29

Media Contact: Cassie Houy Marketing and Events Manager Cassie@theatrelab.org JOIN TOP DC ACTORS, DIRECTORS, AND PLAYWRIGHTS FOR THE THEATRE LAB’S 13TH ANNUAL DR...
Apr 05

The AICA Receives Two-Year $500,000 pledge

We're thrilled to announce that The Share Fund has renewed their extraordinary support of the Arts Institute for Creative Advancement(AICA), pledging $500,000 in ...

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