2016 Summer Camp students in Fiddler on the Roof
“The Theatre Lab has discovered and transformed many diamonds in the rough who would otherwise never have realized their dreams.”
Jeffrey Slavin, Donor

Support Us

A summer youth camp student
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Theatre Lab relies on you—individuals, corporations, and foundations—to help us carry out our mission of transforming lives through theatre. By “lives,” we mean everyone, regardless of age, experience, or ability to pay. That’s why every year we award scholarship money—more than $109,000 in 2016—to deserving kids and teens who would otherwise be unable to attend our youth programs. And why we take theatre into the community by working with marginalized groups such as incarcerated and at-risk youth, homeless women, and seniors to help them tell their Life Stories.
At The Theatre Lab, class fees cover less than half our budget. Without your help we would not be able to bring theatre into the lives of underserved young people and other members of the Washington, D.C. community. Why offer theatre training to everyone? Children without the means to enroll in arts programs are often the ones who stand to benefit most.

Theatre bolsters young people’s social, emotional, and educational development by teaching them how to adapt, grow, and overcome challenges. Involvement in theatre fosters self-esteem, responsibility, respect for others, empathy, teamwork, self-discipline, and leadership. For adults, drama training via our Life Stories program imparts a sense of pride, identity, and positive engagement with the world.

The Fund for Transformative Theatre Education

The Theatre Lab is marking its 25th anniversary with the establishment of this capacity-building fund that will help lay the foundation that allows us to provide award-winning arts education and outreach programs for years to come. 

General Donations

We depend on individual contributions, as well as corporate and foundation grants, for more than 47% of our operating expenses. Your donation helps us to keep tuition affordable and accessible.

Scholarship Funds

Each spring we raise scholarship funds to allow dozens of disadvantaged children to attend our award-winning summer programs.


As a nonprofit organization with a small staff, we rely heavily on our volunteers’ generous donations of time and energy. Whether you are looking for a one-time or ongoing volunteer opportunity, we have something for you.

Life Stories Programs

Through training in acting, storytelling, screenwriting and directing, The Theatre Lab's Life Stories program teaches people from marginalized populations to create original dramatic works using their own life experiences.

Other Ways to Support Us

No matter what your interests or availability, there are many ways to support the work of The Theatre Lab.