Summer Camp Policies


January 2020 Update: Summer Camps and Teen Institutes 2021
We are currently in the planning phases for our 2021 Summer Camp Programs.  We are continuing to evaluate the Covid-19 situation as it evolves.  At this time, we are planning for in-person programs with safety measures in place per CDC guidelines as well as continuing some of our virtual options.  
We offer Summer programs for students entering 1st grade through 19 years old. We will announce our schedule and open registration in Early February.  Please check back for more information. We are looking forward to an exciting Summer 2021!


The Theatre Lab 2020 Virtual Summer Program Policies

The Theatre Lab is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing the artistic and real-life benefits of high-quality dramatic arts education to youth and adults in the metropolitan Washington region in a learning environment that values collaboration, accessibility and equity.

Refunds on Virtual Programs: You must notify our office in writing before June 12th of the withdrawal from your summer program.  Requests made before June 12 will result in a 50% tuition refund.  After June 12, 2020 there are no refunds.

Registration: Tuition must be paid in advance. A student is registered only upon receipt of payment in full.

Returned Checks: A $25 fee will be charged for any returned/bounced check.

Age/Grade Level: All participants should be registered only for programs listed for their grade level as of fall 2020. We understand that skill and experience levels vary, however students are required to register for their age-appropriate programming.

Attendance: Attendance for programs on the virtual platform is just as essential as it is for in-person programs. Regular attendance and timeliness help ensure the student’s learning as well as a positive group dynamic. We ask that students and parents or guardians make every effort to make sure the student is signed-in on time each day for their selected class modules.  

Accessibility: The Theatre Lab is committed to creating an environment where all students can thrive in an inclusive and welcoming space. If your child requires assistance, we encourage you to contact our staff prior to enrolment to discuss reasonable and respectful accommodations, including but not limited to individualized learning strategies, providing accessible materials, and expanding computer/internet capability. We are happy to discuss support strategies to help make sure your child has a successful camp experience.

Lunch: There will be a “lunch hour” hosted on Zoom for each camp group.  Any student enrolled in that session may join, but it is not required. A member of the staff will host the Zoom Room during that time.  This will not be structured program time but will allow students to socialize and stay signed into their Zoom classroom if they choose.  

Photography and Videography: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to use photos and video taken in our programs for promotional purposes only.  Programs culminating in virtual performances may be streamed to an invited audience.

Staffing: The Theatre Lab reserves the right to make faculty substitutions in any of our programs.

Non-Discrimination Policy: The Theatre Lab does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, and complies with all applicable laws governing discrimination.

Behavior: The Theatre Lab expects campers to value the contributions of others and to treat fellow students, instructors, and counselors with respect. We reserve the right to dismiss, without refund, any camper whose behavior is inappropriate and disruptive to the successful functioning of the camp group. If a camper is a direct threat to the safety or wellbeing of themselves or others, they may be immediately dismissed from the camp program.  This policy extends to inappropriate use of social media directed at fellow campers both during and outside of the program and all forms of cyberbullying.

Liability Waiver: I understand that The Theatre Lab makes every effort to provide a safe, enjoyable atmosphere in which to explore both the art and craft of acting. I recognize and acknowledge, however, that there are always risks of accident or injury and knowingly and voluntarily assume all risk of such injury. I release The Theatre Lab from any and all liability and/or claims or damages arising out of personal injury of any kind. I agree to be responsible for any medical bills incurred resulting from illness or injury during my child’s participation at The Theatre Lab.