Celebrating 25 years in 2017, The Theatre Lab is Washington, D.C.’s largest and most comprehensive independent, nonprofit school for the dramatic arts. Our mission is to transform lives through theatre. We work to make the real-life benefits of theatre training accessible to all regardless of age, income, or experience level. Read about our history.
Through our courses, camps, and programs, The Theatre Lab enrolls over 2,200 kids, teens, and adults a year. Offerings target beginners and veteran actors alike through a wide range of classes designed to fit busy schedules—summer camps for kids, Saturday acting classes, acting or playwriting classes for rookies, public speaking for non-theatre professionals and more. For those 18 and older preparing for a theatre career, our intensive, year-long Honors Acting Conservatory is the closest thing to graduate-level training students can get without having to quit a job to attend school full-time.
Our distinguished faculty comprises top-notch, working theatre artists who perform, write, or direct theatre around town. As one student evaluation put it, our talented faculty are "invested in your growth, extremely knowledgeable, and experienced."