The Honors Acting Conservatory at The Theatre Lab is a one-year intensive program for adults 18 and over who are serious about entering the acting profession but can’t abandon their other work commitments to enroll in long-term acting training. Applications for the 2018 Conservatory are now being accepted, but auditions and final selections will not happen until November of this year.
Only ten students are accepted into the program each year (What We Offer). Students pursue a comprehensive Honors Acting Conservatory Curriculum with Washington’s best acting teachers, under the supervision of Theatre Lab Directors Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro and popular instructor Kim Schraf.
All Honors students meet as a group every Monday night for a full year of scene study and improvisation, exploring a wide variety of theatrical styles important for professional work.
Students take additional Theatre Lab classes throughout the year to build specific skills outside the focus of the core Monday night work. All classes and rehearsals take place on weekday evenings and during the day on weekends. Students are continually advised and evaluated on their progress, and the program culminates in public performances of two-person plays and a showcase for an invited audience of top area artistic and casting directors.