Acting in a Professional Production

“I very much enjoyed this course, benefitted from it, and learned a lot. The professionals that came in to work with us were uniformly talented, thoughtful, kind, and supportive.”

Prepare, rehearse, and perform in a series of staged readings on the stage of the Washington Stage Guild, one of DC’s most respected theatrical venues, working with professional directors and actors as part of a core company of students playing substantial roles. Issues explored in the class include the expectations involved in professional work, how to make strong acting choices within a compressed schedule, and the specific demands of staged readings versus full productions. This session focuses on modern interpretations of the drama and mythology of the Greeks, by such playwrights as Mary Zimmerman, Charles Mee, Jason Grote, and Ellen McGlaughlin. Many roles for all types. Many roles for all types.

Please email to schedule an auditionAuditions will be held on Thursday, September 19 from 6:30-7:30pm at The Theatre Lab or by appointment. Actors should bring one prepared contemporary monologue (not to exceed 90 seconds) and be prepared to cold read from sides.

Price: $460.00



Acting in a Professional Production - Early Fall
Price: $460.00
Start Date: 9/26/2019 | End Date: 10/29/2019
Day of the week: Thursdays, Saturdays, and Tuesdays
Time: Thursdays 7-10pm; Saturdays 1:30-5:30pm; Tuesdays 6:30-10pm (performances at 7:30pm); No class Oct 5, 8, 10
Instructor(s): Deb Gottesman


Deb Gottesman is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than thirty productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, Les Misérables, West Side Story, The Laramie Project, and My Soul Look Back and Wonder (which premiered at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and is now the subject of a feature length documentary by Academy Award-nominated Producer and Director Nicole Boxer), as well as productions for Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department and National Geographic. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.