The Theatre Lab Celebrates 25 Years

Every student, faculty member and supporter who has come through our doors has helped form The Theatre Lab into the creative, vibrant and inclusive community it is today. Throughout the year, we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary by sharing the stories and reflections of some of our incredible alumni, faculty, students and supporters.

Deb and Buzz and 25


Felix Stevenson Looks Back

Felix Stevenson took classes way back in the early days of The Theatre Lab. He has since appeared on shows like The Wire and House of Cards. 

I started with the beginners' class at The Theatre Lab in the early '90s. I liked Deb's teaching style. After I enrolled in the Creating a Role class I found out the class was to perform Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This scared me to death because I did not understand the language and I knew nothing about Shakespeare, nor performing on stage. Deb and Buzz grabbed me by the hand and walked me thorugh step by step until I got it. The performance turned out great.
Now I have the acting bug, and I blame Deb and Buzz for that. I call them my one-two punch of acting. They opened up a whole new world for me. Before this, I did not go to plays nor did I read plays. Now I do and I love it. Deb and Buzz told me to get out and audition. They said I can do this. They believed in me when I did not believe in myself. I jumped out there and have been performing in plays all over the DMV. I do TV commercials, small roles in movies  and TV shows. Nothing real big but it's good  enough  for me. I am still working on it. I am currently working on House of Cards as the White House steward, in seasons 3, 4, and 5.
Much love and respect to Deb and Buzz at The Theatre Lab for opening the doors of acting for me. I am forever grateful to them.