One of the most respected midsized theatres in the country, Studio Theatre produces exceptional contemporary drama in deliberately intimate spaces. Drawing inspiration from great ensembles—where people work together with a spirit of generosity and professional rigor—Studio brings characteristic thoughtfulness and daring to its work onstage and off.
For the past 41 years, Studio has produced work that explores the contemporary world with style, wit, and passion. Our work falls into two programming streams:
Studio’s Main Series is the core of our programming, offering a diverse repertoire that emphasizes provocative new and contemporary writing from around the world in productions marked by extraordinary writing, elegant design, and stunning performance in our intimate spaces. The Main Series encompasses work from master writers and new voices alike, sophisticated considerations of the vital ideas of our day and penetrating investigations of the relationships that shape our lives. Learn more about our current season.
Studio X is our home for work that breaks new ground in its style or staging. Complementing the work of the Main Series, Studio X is a home for plays that will benefit from immersive or particularly intimate stagings, inventive work by international artists and ensembles, and bold world premieres. Studio X represents the unknown—an opportunity to connect Washington, DC audiences with work unlike any they’ve seen before. Learn more about our current season.
Studio’s intimate spaces are uniquely suited to the immediacy of new work, providing a direct relationship between the actor and audience. Studio R&D is our incubator for new plays, new relationships, and new modes of collaboration. Encompassing the full range of Studio’s commissioning and development activities, Studio R&D supports artists through both the writing and development of their work, offering commissions, residencies, and artistic retreats for its artists. Studio R&D provides artists the resources and tools they need to create, and allows Studio to introduce aesthetically diverse new work into the international repertoire. It develops new work, fosters a culture of innovation that embraces rigor and risk-taking, and invests in new ideas and new ways of working.
Studio produces plays that start conversations. We offer a variety of ways for audiences to engage with the plays, process, and people behind the work on our stages, from conversations with artists to discussions with experts that place our work in context with contemporary questions to tours and classes, all geared to deepen the audience’s experience of Studio’s productions. Learn more about this season’s engagement opportunities.
The Studio Cabinet is the Theatre’s affiliated artist program, a group of select artists from different disciplines—directors, designers, actors, playwrights—who are in regular conversation with Artistic Director David Muse as he develops future seasons. The Cabinet includes designer/director Brian MacDevitt, playwright/director Duncan Macmillan, director/designer Natsu Onoda Power, director Joanie Schultz, actor/director Tom Story, actor/director Holly Twyford, and director and former Producing Director Serge Seiden.