Philosophy: We take teens seriously. That’s the secret to our wildly successful summer programs. We respect the potential of every student and, through intensive training programs culminating in public performances, we commit to developing their artistry —whether they are new to the craft or already on a path to a life in the theatre. And we believe skills can only be developed in a space where students feel a sense of belonging. When you spend a summer at The Theatre Lab, whether you are participating in our two-week Performance Intensive for Teens, one of our month-long Musical Theatre Institutes, our Summer Acting Institute for Teens, or any combination of the three, you are guaranteed to find instructors and students who welcome your unique talents and are eager to make meaningful connections, both onstage and off.
Application and Admission
Admission to our Teen Institutes is by application and audition. Applicants will be accepted on the basis of their commitment to exploring the acting or musical theatre craft, their willingness to collaborate in a group process of discovery with other young artists, and their ability to handle the demands of the script or musical score. All applicants must complete a written essay expressing their interest in the program.
Due to the limited nature of our enrollment, admission is competitive. You will be contacted shortly after the application deadline to schedule an audition (prepare a musical theatre song for Musical Theatre programs or a monologue for the Acting Institute and Performance Intensive). Auditions will be held in mid-March. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered only if space becomes available.
As always, we will offer need-based full and partial scholarships to ensure that our programs are accessible to students and families experiencing financial hardship.
COVID Safety Measures
The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains of the utmost importance. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and follow all safety guidelines from the CDC and local government agencies.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: All students and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as defined by the CDC at the start of the summer camp program. Proof of vaccination will be required when filling out the student medical form.
COVID TESTING: Any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the camp day may be sent home and required to show proof of a negative COVID test prior to returning to the classroom. Specifics around testing protocols will be determined prior to the start of camp and will follow all local, state, and federal guidelines.
MASKS: At this time, we are planning on having a mask requirement in place for all students and staff. Our hope would be to allow actors’ faces to be visible during performance (via clear masks or no masks) if it is safe to do so. We will continue to monitor the prevalence of COVID in the DC area and the recommendations of both the CDC and the American Camp Association before making final decisions. We will revisit masking policies in late May and notify students and their families of any changes.