Summer Camp students showing off their work
“The Theatre Lab's 'Send a Kid to Theatre Camp' initiative raises funds for scholarships, so that all families can give their children opportunities to engage in theater training and to build necessary life skills."
Rose Ann Cleveland, Executive Director of The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

Scholarship Funds

The Theatre Lab's Send a Kid to Theatre Camp 2018 Campaign

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The Theatre Lab’s scholarships make it possible for dozens of disadvantaged children to attend our award-winning summer programs. Our 2018 goal is to raise more than $115,000 in financial aid. These funds come from generous individuals, as well as foundation and corporate donors. The campaign runs through mid-July. Read the brochure.

Adult Scholarships

The Theatre Lab offers financial aid to ensure that the benefits of high-quality theatre education are accessible to all. Adults who cannot afford tuition for our classes can apply for need-based assistance, as well as work-study. This program has helped participants in our Life Stories outreach programs to make the transition to our acting training courses, and has opened doors to the world of the theatre for many students who never would have discovered their talents without a little help. Generous donations from our supporters have made adult scholarships a primary means of integrating The Theatre Lab into our community.  To help support adult theatre education, make a donation today (please include "adult scholarships" in the message field). Visit this page to learn more about financial aid for adult classes and find the form to apply.

Other Funds for Kids and Teens

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The Kathy Angelakos Memorial Scholarship Fund

Send youth to the Summer Acting Institute for Teens by donating to the Kathy Angelakos Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports teens who have demonstrated exceptional community involvement and financial need. Kathy Angelakos was a longtime Theatre Lab student and volunteer who took part in our very first Creating a Role class and served on the host committee for our inaugural Cabaret Benefit and Auction. She was an inspirational student, a tireless advocate for our programs, and an integral part of The Theatre Lab family.

The Arts Fund for Child Health and Development

In addition to our Send a Kid to Camp Campaign, you can support a child to attend our summer programs through the Arts Fund for Child Health and Development. This privately sponsored fund helps to provide support for students with financial need to attend The Theatre Lab’s Summer Acting Camp for Kids. The fund’s mission is to create a positive impact on the social, emotional, and intellectual development of underserved children through involvement in the arts.

The Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Dena Kohn Fund, established by the Kohn family and members of the company of The Theatre Lab’s production of Ragtime in memory of student Dena Sara Kohn, provides scholarships each summer to deserving teenagers to participate in The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens. Dena was unconditionally devoted to community service, and her community was the world in which we all live. The Dena Kohn Memorial Scholarship is an opportunity to support local teens in need who, like Dena, demonstrate commitment to the arts and involvement in making the world a better place. Each fall, a mini-golf day is held in Laurel, MD, to raise money for the fund. Contact us for more information if you'd like to take part. Visit this page to donate now!

The Jane Pesci-Townsend Fund for Excellence in Musical Theatre Education

The purpose of this fund is to ensure the continued tradition of excellence in musical theatre education provided by The Theatre Lab’s Musical Theatre Institute for Teens, a program inaugurated by legendary performer and teacher Jane Pesci-Townsend in 2001. The fund will support a faculty of exemplary theatre professionals, acquisition of performing rights to socially relevant musicals offering special challenges and rewards for young artists, and the Musical Theatre Institute for Teens’ well-documented tradition of promoting diversity and ensuring accessibility to quality arts training through need-based scholarships.