Summer Camps

In-Person Summer Camps

At this time, we plan to welcome back campers for in-person programming this summer.  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and make adjustments as needed.

In-Person Regular Camp day runs 9 AM-3 PM. After Care (3 PM-6 PM) is available with tuition of $150/week.

Please Note: Due to the need to keep programs small, acquire PPE, and put safety cleaning protocols in place, there will be a temporary increase in in-person tuition prices in 2021.  As always, we will offer need-based financial aid to ensure that our programs are accessible to students and families experiencing financial hardship.

Quick Links: SAFETY MEASURESFAQAPPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

To explore schedules for in-person summer programming, select the grade that your child will be entering in fall of 2021:

Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5-6 Grades 7-8 Ages 13-19

 

Safety Measures 

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains 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 will be kept substantially smaller in Summer 2021
  • Students and teachers will be required to wear face masks at all times
  • Classroom and high touch areas will be disinfected with approved CDC cleaning solutions
  • Camps will take place in a building with an updated HVAC filtration system
  • Students will have snack, lunch, and recreation time outside, weather permitting
  • Drop-off and pick-up procedures as well as final sharing and performance plans will be evaluated closer to the start of camp

COVID Refund Policy:  If The Theatre Lab has to cancel in-person programs due to COVID-19 prior to the camp start date, you will be given the option to switch to a virtual program or to be issued a full refund.

 

Acting Camp for Kids In-Person Summer Schedule

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 his or her 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 (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)
Session 2: June 28-July 9 (2-weeks)  Tuition: $870  Theme: African and Eastern Theatre Traditions (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)
Session 3: July 12-July 23 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Mystery and Adventure (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)
Session 4: July 26-August 6 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Shakespeare (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)
Session 5: August 9-August 20 (2-weeks) Tuition: $870 Theme: Devised Theatre/Storytelling (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)
Session 6: August 23-August 27 (1-week) Tuition: $450 Theme: Comedy (Register: Bravos, Encores, Standing Ovations)

Also available: Check out our partner camps with Levine Music Theatre taking place at The Whittle School campus in northwest DC.

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 Register now.

Session 2/3: June 28-July 23 (4-weeks); Early evening performance July 23
Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens
Tuition: $1,540
Register now.

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
Tuition: $1,490
Register now.

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.

Session 6: August 23-August 27 (1-week)  Tuition: $450 (early bird $405)  Theme: Comedy Register now.

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 will be kept substantially smaller in Summer 2021
  • Students, teachers, and parents will be required to wear face coverings at all times while on The Theatre Lab premises
  • Classroom and high touch areas will be disinfected with approved CDC cleaning solutions
  • Whenever possible, students will have snack and lunchtime outside
  • Camps will take place in a building with an updated HVAC filtration system
  • Drop-off and pick-up procedures as well as final sharing and performance plans will be evaluated closer to the start of camp
  • If there is a COVID exposure within a camp, a parent/guardian will be notified by a TTL staff member via email as soon as possible. That program may be moved online until it is deemed safe to return to in-person programming 

Where are you located?
Our new location is 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC (just a few blocks from our old location!).  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. 

Will you also have virtual programs available?
Yes! Click here for virtual programs.

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 Fall 2021.
Our in-person Summer Acting/Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens is for students entering 7th-8th grade in Fall 2021.

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. Fill out an online application here.

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. 

Do you have programs for teens?
Yes. Every summer, we offer Musical Theatre Institutes for Teens and our Summer Acting Institute for Teens.

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 contact@theatrelab.org.  At this time, we are working remotely, and email is the fastest way to reach us.

Virtual Summer Camps

For those who may not be ready to return to in-person programming, we will are currently enrolling the following session:

Session 2: June 28-July 9 (2-weeks)  Theme: African and Eastern Theatre Traditions (Register: 4th-6th graders)

Camp meets online, Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm. This program will happen entirely over the Zoom platform.
Tuition: $490 per two-week session, APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

"I was skeptical that [my child] could be kept engrossed on the computer for four hours a day, but he loved it. After every class, he was absolutely glowing, and bouncing around the house telling us excitedly what they worked on. How can you not love that as a parent?” -Parent, online Summer Acting Camp for Kids 2020

WHAT DOES VIRTUAL CAMP LOOK LIKE?

Young Camper with Sock PuppetVirtual camp summer shouldn’t have to be a disappointing "second best" option but rather an exciting opportunity to teach in new ways and develop some skills that don't always get a lot of attention in traditional drama programs.   

Last year, we taught improvisation, movement, creative playmaking, and acting to kids and teens, and even produced student shows in an online format.  We've learned a ton about how to do it in a way that keeps everyone engaged and the learning moving forward.

Young actor wearing sunglasses

In some ways, the summer was even more tailored to each student's individual needs than ever before--with very low student:teacher ratios and lots of use of breakout rooms for small group activities.

Click below for some examples of our 2020 online programs:

Bravos Acting Class (1st and 2nd graders)

Devised Theatre Performance Class for older children

Classes are taught by The Theatre Lab’s award-winning faculty members—professional artists with years of youth education experience. There were hands-on activities like prop, costume, and set design; theatre games and social time; and an abundance of movement, dance, and physical activities to keep kids active during an unusual summer.