Studio Theatre has been in the Logan Circle neighborhood since its founding in 1978. Initially headquartered on Rhode Island Ave NW, Studio moved to a 100-seat theatre it built in a former hot dog stand warehouse in 1980. In 1987, Studio leased its current building at 1501 14th St, building a 200-seat theatre, classrooms for the Acting Conservatory, and a scenery construction shop. After purchasing the building, Studio embarked on several phases of construction and expansion, culminating in 2004 with the purchase and renovation of the two adjacent buildings on 14th Street NW, creating its current acclaimed four-theatre performance and training complex
Designed by Studio Theatre co-founder Russell Metheny and in full operation since its 2004 renovation, Studio’s complex dedicates ample space to its administrative offices, production shops, and classrooms for its Acting Conservatory. Studio Theatre boasts three thrust stages, each of which seats approximately 200 people. These three theatres—the Mead, the Milton and the Metheny—were designed to foster an intimate connection between actor and audience. The size, scale, and beauty of the performance spaces are central to Studio’s programming and artistic identity. The complex also contains a fourth theatre: the raw, flexible Stage 4, the primary home of The Studio 2ndStage. Stage 4 retains the industrial look of the original building, with uncovered brick walls and three large street-facing windows. With no fixed stage or seating, the theatre is configured and used differently for each production.
The largest of Studio’s theatres, the Mead seats an audience of up to 218 people.
The Mead Bar is located outside the Mead Theatre’s entrance, and comfortably accommodates 100 people standing. This space is available to rent by itself or as part of a package with the Mead Theatre.
Located directly inside Studio’s 14th street entrance, the Metheny Theatre seats up to 200 people.
Located on the second floor, the Milton Theatre seats up to 187 people.
Located down the hall from the theatre’s entrance is the Milton Lobby, the Bar on the Second Floor comfortably accommodates 150 people standing. This space is available for use by itself or as part of a package with the Milton Theatre.
Stage 4 is Studio’s black box theatre and is a very flexible space. It can seat audiences of up to 120 people, but can be configured to accommodate a range of events and uses.
Studio’s soaring two-story Atrium features beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows. It seats 120 comfortably and can accommodate up to 200 at a standing reception.
Studio Theatre has five smaller spaces available for use found in the Acting Conservatory. These studio spaces can seat up to 80 people, and are perfect for meetings or presentations.