Students in classroom doing improv
"I love that the staff are so encouraging, supportive and knowledgeable about dramatic arts! It really has made a difference in both of my children's confidence"
Parent of Summer Acting Camp Students

Youth Programs




Encores rehearse Shakespeare scenes

Classes for Kids (Grades 1-8) 

Each year more than 200 young people take part in our camps and classes for kids and tweens. The secret to our success with this age group? We believe that young artists, whether new to the craft or brimming with experience, deserve a place where they can be challenged. A place where they can develop superior theatre skills while learning to take artistic risks, explore new creative paths, and have fun doing it! Our programs meet students wherever they are and give them the tools to take their artistry to the next level. More than a third of all participants in our youth programs receive full or substantial scholarships.

Classes for Teens (ages 13-19)

Teen actors in Summer Musical Theatre Institute show

Each summer more than 100 young people from all over the metropolitan area take part in The Theatre Lab’s acting and musical theatre institutes for teens. We offer serious theatre training taught by seasoned teachers and theatre professionals in a unique environment that’s friendly, supportive, and fun. Teens throw themselves into The Theatre Lab’s programs with abandon. At the end of every session students tell us they’ve grown over the summer—both as artists and as people. 

During the school year we offer a variety of six-week courses for teens such as On-Camera Acting, and Scene Study; classes meet once a week on Saturday. Learn about the Performance Institute in partnership with Levine Music.

Recognized by The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities as one of the 50 “top arts and humanities-based programs in the country serving youth outside of school hours,” our youth program is about more than just developing acting skills. Taught by some of Washington’s best-known theatre professionals and educators, our camps and classes emphasize the benefits of drama training both onstage and off—from increased self-confidence and communication and teamwork skills, to a desire to stay active in mind and body.