Acting in a Professional Production: Contemporary Works with Woolly

This has been one of the best classes I've taken at The Theatre Lab. I loved the inidividual attention on each person's strengths.''

Prepare, rehearse, and perform in a series of virtual staged readings offered in partnership with Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Work with professional directors and actors as part of a core company of students playing substantial roles in newly created works from the Play at Home series--plays created specifically during the pandemic period--commissioned by Baltimore Center Stage and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. You will perform world premieres (on Zoom) of more than 15 plays during the course. 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.

Many roles for all types. To schedule an audition, email

Price: $370.00

Online Class: Our Early Fall 2020 adult semester will take place entirely online via Zoom. Classes require live participation at the scheduled times using your own device. Zoom is most effective when used on a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Students using a cellphone to access class are likely to experience reduced functionality that may limit their ability to participate fully in class. Please review the technical requirements necessary to take part in an online class before enrolling.


Acting in a Professional Production - Early Fall
Price: $370.00
Start Date: 9/24/2020 | End Date: 10/22/2020
Day of the week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Time: see below
Instructor(s): Deb Gottesman

Classes Thursdays 7-9:30pm, Rehearsals Saturdays 1-5pm, Performances Tuesdays at 7:30pm

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.

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