John Judy instructing a class 2016
“Fantastic, phenomenal course. Some of the most fun I've had in DC. Full points. And then some.”
Adult student

Choosing the Right Class

The Theatre Lab offers the area’s most comprehensive theatre arts curriculum. Most courses do not have prerequisites, which means many directions are open to students at every level of training. 

With classes in acting for the stage and screen, musical theatre, playwriting, directing, and drama criticism, these recommendations are suggestions that may help you shape the unique training program that is right for you. Some courses require an audition and/or permission of the instructor.

Classes listed in gray may not be offered in the current session.

For full details on upcoming classes, click here.

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  Introductory Next Steps Professional
Skill-building
I want to try acting because it sounds like fun Anyone Can Act
Intro to Acting
Comedy Improv
Drama Workshop
Beginning Scene Study
For Ages 15 & under: Improv for Teens • On-Camera Acting for Kids Scene Study for Teens On-Camera Acting for Teens
I'm interested in classes for personal and professional benefits Beginning Scene Study
Comedy Improv
Drama Workshop
Intro to Acting
Life Stories Online Course
Mentorship
Public Speaking the Actor's Way
Storytelling
Voice and Speech
I would like to act professionally or in community theatre Intro to Acting
Drama Workshop
Beginning Scene Study
Scene Study for Teens
Acting Fundamentals for Kids
Acting Verse
Actions and Objectives
Comedy Improv
Contemporary Comedy
Creating a Role
Creating a Musical Role
Grotowski Technique
Intermediate Scene Study
Meisner Technique I: Foundations
Michael Chekhov Technique 
Scenes in Performance
Stanislavski Method
Viewpoints
Voice and Speech

Summer Acting Institute for Teens

Acting in a Professional Production
Auditioning
Auditioning for Musical Theatre
Acting Shakespeare
Cold Reading
Dialect
Directing for Actors
Expanding Your Monologue Repertoire
Honors Acting Conservatory
How to Rehearse a Monologue
Intensive Scene Study with Mitchell Hebért
Meisner Technique II: Scene Work
Uta Hagen Technique
I'm interested in musical theatre Intro to Acting
Drama Workshop
Beginning Scene Study
Acting Fundamentals for Kids
Musical Theatre Workshop for Teens

Acting a Song
Auditioning for Musical Theatre
Creating a Musical Role

Musical Theatre Institute for Teens

Belters Workshop
Creating Your Own Cabaret Act

Musical Theatre Workshop
I'm interested in acting for film, tv, and other media Intro to Acting
Drama Workshop
Beginning Scene Study
On Camera Acting for Kids/Teens
Actions and Objectives
Auditioning
Cold Reading
Getting Started in TV and Film
Intro to Acting for the Camera
Meisner Technique I: Foundations
Voiceovers I
Advanced Acting for the Camera
Acting in Commercials and Industrials
Meisner Technique II: Scene Work
Voiceovers II
I'm interested in other aspects of theatre and performance Acting Verse
Comedy Improv

Creating a One-Person Show
Directing for Actors
History of the Theatre
Intro to Theatre Tech
Playwriting
Public Speaking the Actor's Way
Storytelling
V
oice and Speech