Summer Camps for Kids FAQ page

Where are you located?

We are located at 733 8th Street NW, Washington DC. We are one block from the Chinatown/Gallery Place metro stop (red, yellow, and green lines). We are located inside Calvary Baptist Church, though we are not affiliated with the church.

The four-week Grand Finales programs will rehearse and perform at Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW, a short distance from The Theatre Lab. Drop-off, pick-up and aftercare will remain at The Theatre Lab’s home site. Supervision will be provided to and from each site.

How old does my child have to be to attend your camp?

Our Summer Acting Camp for Kids is for students who are entering 1st through 5th grade in the fall. Our Summer Acting/Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens is for students entering 6th-8th grade in the fall.

Where can I find the dates and registration information?

Dates and registration information can be found here: grades 1-5; grades 6-8

Is camp in session on July 4?

There will be no camps or rehearsals on July 4

Do you offer before and aftercare?

Yes. The regular camp day runs from 9 AM-3 PM.  Beforecare runs from 8 AM-9 AM and costs $45 per week.  Aftercare runs from 3 PM-6 PM and costs $125 per week.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. We offer a limited amount of need-based financial aid. Fill out an online application here. The financial aid deadline is March 15.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes, payment plans are available. Tuition can be divided into 2, 3, or 4 equal installment payments. The final payment is due at least one week before the start of the class or camp session. To set up a payment plan, please call our office at 202-824-0449.

Is it possible to get a refund if my child does not attend the camp?

You must notify our office in writing before May 15 of withdrawal from the summer program for a full refund minus a $40 cancellation fee. If you withdraw from the program from May 15-June 12, one half (1/2) of the cost of tuition will be refunded. After June 11, there are no refunds.

How are the age groups divided?

Children entering the 1st and 2nd grade are in the Bravos group. Children entering 3rd through 5th grade are in the Encores. Tweens entering 6th through 8th grade are in the Grand Finales.

Do you have programs for teens?

Yes. every summer, we offer Musical Theatre Institutes for Teens and our Summer Acting Institute for Teens.

My child is 6 years old, but will be entering kindergarten in the fall.  Can they still attend camp?

We require that all children have completed kindergarten before attending camp. 

My child has had a lot of experience in theatre. Can I place them with a more advanced age group?

We place all children with their peers based on grade regardless of theatre experience.  Camp is a very social experience and we want to make sure they are with a developmentally appropriate group. 

Who teaches your camps?

Our camps are taught by DC’s top professional actors, directors, and theatre educators. 

How many students are in each class?

On average, class sizes range between 12 and 18 students.

What is the student/teacher ratio in the classroom?

In our youngest group (entering grades 1 and 2), the ratio is no greater than 6:1.  In our older groups (entering grades 3 and up) the ratio is no greater than 9:1.  Each classroom has at least one director and one assistant director (and Bravos classrooms have two assistant directors).  If it is a large class size, the class may also have a counselor, intern, and/or volunteer. 

Does my child have to audition for your program?

Registration for the Acting Camps for Kids is on a first-come, first served basis. The Acting Camp for Kids' program do not require an audition for admission. Students may be asked to do an informal audition with their instructors during the camp session for learning and casting purposes.

Teen programs (MTIT and SAIT) have a competitive audition and application process.

Do the students have a performance at the end of camp?

Yes, all two week programs culminate in a shared performance for family and friends. The one week programs will culminate in an improvisation demonstration. All sharings will take place on the final Friday of each camp session. The Friday sharings are meant to show the skills that students have been developing. They are not meant to be polished performances.

The Musical Theatre Camp for Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a full production of Peter Pan, Jr. The Performance Camp for Tweens (4-week program) culminates in a world premiere production of a script devised by the students.

Are there required medical forms?

Yes, every parent is required to fill out a medical form, pick-up authorization form, and a camp policies form. These forms are sent via email along with a welcome letter prior to camp. 

Can I purchase a membership for my child and receive a discount on camp?

Memberships are not valid for youth programs.

I want to register my child for a camp but it is sold out. Is there a waitlist?

Yes. Please call our office at 202-824-0449 to be added to the waitlist. We will contact you if a spot becomes available.

What are your office hours?

Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5 PM.  The office is not open on weekends.

What should I do if I have additional questions about your program?

We are happy to answer any questions that you have about our programs. Please call our office at 202-824-0449 or email contact@theatrelab.org.