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

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. Deadline: Apply by October 15.

The 2022 program will take place in-person with classes in Washington, DC. We will continue to monitor public health advisories, and if necessary will adapt to meet the guidelines set forth by city and health officials. Honors students have had success studying both in person and online, and we look forward to a successful year that promotes artistic growth and values students' health and safety.

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. 

In 2019, our Honors alums acted in professional productions with: Ally Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Avant Bard Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Capital Fringe Festival, Constellation Theatre, The Hub Theatre, Infinity Theatre Company, Longacre Lea, Keegan Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, NextStop Theatre, Round House Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Welders, Venus Theatre, 4615 Theatre Company, and more!