Honors students performing in 2016 Honors Final Projects
"Entering the Honors Acting Conservatory was honestly one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so much, and am really just grateful for the opportunity to have worked with the other students and some very talented instructors."
Recent Honors Graduate

Honors Acting Conservatory


Apply now to the 2020 class of the Honors Acting Conservatory
Applications are due by October 18, 2019.

The Honors Acting Conservatory at The Theatre Lab is the professional actor training arm of The Theatre Lab -- DC’s largest and most comprehensive theatre education center. Accepting only 10 actors each year, by application and audition, the program runs January through December. 

Who should apply? Adults 18 and over who are serious about entering the acting profession, but can’t abandon their daytime work commitments to enroll in long-term acting training. 

How do I decide if the program is a good fit? Read about our comprehensive curriculum, meet our faculty (led by Theatre Lab Directors Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro and popular instructor Kim Schraf), and see an upcoming Honors showcase. 

All Honors students meet as a group every Monday night for a full year of scene study and improvisation, exploring a wide variety of theatrical styles important for professional work.

Students take additional Theatre Lab classes throughout the year to build specific skills outside the focus of the core Monday night work. All classes and rehearsals take place on weekday evenings and during the day on weekends. Students are continually advised and evaluated on their progress, and the program culminates in public performances of two-person plays and a showcase for an invited audience of top area artistic and casting directors. 

  About 85 percent of Honors alumni have performed professionally since graduation, many in prestigious venues such as The Shakespeare Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Ford’s Theatre, and Theater J.