Each summer, the Theatre Lab offering day camp programming for students entering 1st-8th grades.
In-Person Regular Camp day runs 9 AM-3 PM. After Care (3 PM-6 PM) is also available.
2021 Programming Recap
Acting Camp for Kids
The Theatre Lab’s summer camps are fun, high energy programs that allow young people to fully engage their imaginations as they experience the thrill of creating live theatre. From learning the basic techniques of acting for the stage, to developing improvisation and physical comedy skills, to putting it all together in a public performance, it’s a summer your child will never forget.
Campers participate in a wide variety of theatre activities — including improvisation, scene study, storytelling, creative writing, comedy, and mime — all taught by caring artists and experienced teachers dedicated to meeting each child at their own level. Classes emphasize drama games and exercises designed to increase spontaneity, engage the imagination, promote self-confidence, and encourage ensemble spirit. At the end of each session, students share their work in a free performance open to friends and family. Every session is different, so you can take part in just one or do them all!
Bravos (entering 1st and 2nd grade)
Encores (entering 3rd and 4th grade)
Standing Ovations (entering 5th and 6th grade)
Session 1: June 21-June 25 (1-week) Tuition: $450 Theme: Improv
Session 2: June 28-July 9 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: African and Eastern Theatre Traditions
Session 3: July 12-July 23 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Mystery and Adventure
Session 4: July 26-August 6 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Shakespeare
Session 5: August 9-August 20 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Devised Theatre/Storytelling
Session 6: August 23-August 27 (1-week) Tuition: $450 Theme: Comedy
Acting Camp for Tweens In-Person Summer Schedule
Grand Finales (entering 7th and 8th grade)
Session 1: June 21-June 25 (1-week) Tuition: $450 Theme: Improv
Session 2/3: June 28-July 23 (4-weeks); Early evening performance July 23
Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens
A fun-filled Musical Theatre Camp open to first time performers as well as experienced singers and actors. Directed by Jill Roos, the camp will culminate in a full production of the musical Children of Eden (Jr. Edition) by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Enchanted) performed live in front of a very small, socially distanced audience and also streamed to the general public. Loosely based on stories from the Book of Genesis, this funny and poignant musical features Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, the snake and many other principal roles along with a VERY busy ensemble featuring many break-out roles. As with all Theatre Lab camps, there will be training in improv, scene study, and movement along with Children of Eden rehearsals and performance. Please Note: This is a program requiring a high level of commitment from the participants; attendance is mandatory.
Session 4/5: July 26-August 20 (4-weeks); Early evening performance August 20
Shakespeare for Tweens: Romeo and Juliet
An exploration of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays culminating in a full production on a professional theatre stage! Led by devised theatre and Shakespeare specialist Kirsten Noetzel, this program will give participants the tools to create and perform the Bard’s classic tale of rebellion and passion live in front of a very small, socially distanced audience and also streamed to the general public. While Romeo and Juliet is remembered for its romance, it also features more than its fair share of thrilling action, stage combat, vivid characters and comedy. As with all Theatre Lab camps, there will be training in improv, scene study, and movement along with Romeo and Juliet rehearsals and performance. Please Note: This is a program requiring a high level of commitment from the participants; attendance is mandatory.
Older Students: For students ages 13-19, we offer intensive performance opportunities (with application and audition) for summer. Learn more about Summer Musical Theatre Intitute for Teens, Summer Acting Institute for Teens, and Musical Theatre Intensive for Teens in partnership with Levine Music.
In-Person Camp Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you plan on offering in-person programming this summer?
At this time, we are planning on welcoming back campers for in-person programming this summer. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments as needed.
What COVID precautions do you plan to put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff?
The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow all safety guidelines from the CDC and local government agencies.
- Class sizes were kept substantially smaller in Summer 2021
- Students, teachers, and parents were required to wear face coverings at all times while on The Theatre Lab premises
- Classroom and high touch areas were disinfected with approved CDC cleaning solutions
- Whenever possible, students had snack and lunchtime outside
- Camps took place in a building with an updated HVAC filtration system
Where are you located?
We are located at 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC. We are walking distance from the Mount Vernon Square/7th Street Convention and Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stops. We are located inside Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, though we are not affiliated with the church.
How old does my child have to be to attend your camp?
Our Summer Acting Camp for Kids (in-person and online programming) is for students who are entering 1st through 6th grade in the upcoming fall semester.
Our in-person Summer Acting/Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens is for students entering 7th-8th grade in the upcoming fall semester.
Is lunch provided?
We provide a morning snack and a snack in AfterCare. Snacks will be individually wrapped and eaten outdoors. Parents are asked to provide their student’s own lunch. Please make sure your child’s lunch does not contain any nut products. If your child has severe food allergies beyond what we can accommodate, you may be asked to provide their snack.
Do you offer aftercare?
Yes. The regular camp day runs from 9 AM-3 PM. AfterCare runs from 3 PM-6 PM and costs $150 per week. Due to Covid precautions and the need to limit exposures, we are unable to offer BeforeCare this summer.
Do you offer financial aid?
Yes. We offer a limited amount of need-based financial aid.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are available. Payments can be divided into 2, 3, or 4 equal installments to be run on select days. Please call our office at 202-824-0449 to set up a payment plan.
Is it possible to get a refund if my child does not attend the camp?
You must notify our office in writing before May 10 of withdrawal from the summer program for a full refund minus a $20 cancellation fee. If you withdraw from the program from May 11-June 11, one half (1/2) of the cost of tuition will be refunded. After June 11, there are no refunds.
What if The Theatre Lab cancels in-person programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
If The Theatre Lab has to cancel in-person camps prior to the start date due to COVID-19, you will be given the option to switch to a virtual program or to be issued a full refund.
How are the age groups divided?
Children entering 1st and 2nd grade are in the Bravos group.
Children entering 3rd and 4th grade are in the Encores group.
Children entering 5th and 6th grade are in the Standing Os group.
Children entering 7th and 8th grade are in the Grand Finales group.
My child is 6 years old, but will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Can they still attend camp?
We require that all children have already completed kindergarten before attending camp.
My child has had a lot of experience in theatre. Can I place them with a more advanced age group?
We place all children with their peers based on grade regardless of theatre experience. Camp is a very social experience and we want to make sure they are with a developmentally appropriate group.
Who teaches your camps?
Our camps are taught by DC’s top professional actors, directors, and theatre educators.
Does my child have to audition for your program?
Registration for the Acting Camps for Kids is on a first-come, first served basis. The Acting Camp for Kids program do not require an audition for admission. Students may be asked to do an informal audition with their instructors during the camp session for learning and casting purposes.
Teen programs (MTIT and SAIT) have a competitive audition and application process.
Do the students have a performance at the end of camp?
Yes, all two week programs culminate in a shared performance for family and friends. The one week programs will culminate in an improvisation demonstration. All sharings will take place on the final Friday of each camp session. The Friday sharings are meant to show the skills that students have been developing; they are not meant to be polished performances. Depending on COVID protocols, performances may be streamed or recorded rather than taking in front of an in-person audience.
The Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a full production of Children of Eden, Jr. The Shakespeare Intensive Camp Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a full production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Depending on COVID protocols, performances may be streamed or recorded rather than taking place in front of an in-person audience.
Are there required medical forms?
Yes, every parent is required to fill out a medical form, pick-up authorization form, and a camp policies form. These forms are sent via email along with a welcome letter prior to camp.
Can I purchase a membership for my child and receive a discount on camp?
Memberships are not valid for youth programs.
I want to register my child for a camp but it is sold out. Is there a waitlist?
Yes. Please call our office at 202-824-0449 to be added to the waitlist.
What are your office hours?
Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 PM. The office is not open on weekends.
What should I do if I have additional questions about your program?
We are happy to answer any questions that you have about our programs. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.