Honors Conservatory

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. 

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.

Apply now to be a part of the 2019 Honors Acting Conservatory.


Honors Conservatory - Winter
Price: $6,800.00
Start Date: 1/6/2019 | End Date: 2/27/2019
Day of the week: Monday
Time: 7:00:00 PM - 10:00:00 PM
Instructor(s): Deb Gottesman & Buzz Mauro & Kim Schraf

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 twenty productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, Les Mis?rables, 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.

Call the office at (202) 824-0449 if you would like to audition for the Honors Acting Conservatory of 2019!