our history

studio theatre circa 1920

studio theatre


From its 1978 beginnings in a former hot-dog warehouse to its place today as the arts anchor of a vibrant neighborhood, Studio Theatre has been committed to artistic excellence and the intimate relationship between actor and audience.


Our mission

Studio Theatre is dedicated to the best in contemporary theatre, producing an uncommonly rich and wide-ranging repertoire of provocative new writing from around the world alongside unique special events and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. Devoted to artistic excellence, Studio Theatre strives to present audiences with extraordinary writing, sophisticated design, and stunning performance.



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artistic initiatives

Studio’s Season is the centerpiece of our artistic initiatives, which also include a robust new works program and a variety of ways for audiences to engage with the plays, process, and people behind the work on our stages.



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David Muse

2015-2016 marks Muse’s sixth season as Artistic Director of Studio Theatre.  For Studio and 2ndStage, he has directed Chimerica, Murder Ballad, Cock, Tribes, The Real Thing, An Iliad, Dirt, Bachelorette, The Habit of Art, Venus in Fur, Circle Mirror Transformation, reasons to be pretty, Blackbird, Frozen, and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow. Previously, he was Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he directed seven productions, including Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Coriolanus. 


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Contact Us

Studio Theatre

1501 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Box Office

Phone: 202.332.3300


Artistic Director
David Muse

Managing Director
Meridith Burkus

Production manager
Josh Escajeda

Director of development
Rodney Trapp

general manager
Elisabeth Bayer

Matt Torney

Literary Director
Adrien-Alice Hansel

Director of Design
Debra Booth

Full Staff list


young actors



Studio Theatre nurtures future generations of theatregoers and professionals through our student matinee program, our Apprenticeship and Internship Program, and rigorous training through The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory.



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Studio’s programming emphasizes the immediacy of the connection between actor and audience. The size, scale, and beauty of Studio’s four intimate performance spaces is central to Studio’s artistic identity and the experience we strive to give our audiences.



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community outreach


Studio is committed to keeping our work accessible to a broad cross section of our community, opening our doors to students and audiences across the region through a variety of outreach programs that reach more than 12,000 people a year. 



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work with us


From volunteer opportunities to auditions and apprenticeships, there’s always something going on at Studio—and many ways to be involved.



Scott Parkinson in An Iliad

production history


Since its first season in 1978, Studio has offered robust and resonant plays that explore the contemporary world. 



scott parkinson from an iliad

what's "brand" new at studio?


Next Performances:
The Apple Family Cycle
  • 12/1/2015 8:00 PM
  • 12/2/2015 8:00 PM
  • 12/3/2015 8:00 PM
Bad Jews
  • 12/3/2015 8:00 PM
  • 12/4/2015 8:00 PM
  • 12/5/2015 8:00 PM