“I wanted a serious place that would hold me to a high standard, push me, and that was connected to a real, working theatre.”

Celebrating over 40 Years of Training

Since the first class in May 1975, Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory (then the Joy Zinoman Studio) has had the goal of providing exhilarating and inspiring training for actors and directors.

An experienced and devoted faculty teaches a three-year curriculum in realistic and classical
acting and the study of acting styles. After the first ten years a large adjunct program in voice and movement was added. Classes to provide a full conservatory program followed and serve serious students who cannot commit to a full-time schedule.

The 1988 move and 2004 renovation of Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory into its present facility in vibrant Logan Circle provided six studios, a stunning atrium meeting space, and free rehearsal space to all students. Students showcase their work three times a year.

In 1990, a program for young people was added to offer professional quality training to students aged 12 to 17. Half of the spaces in each class are reserved for talented scholarship students.

More than 12,000 students, from beginners to professionals, have chosen a program to suit their individual needs. Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory is part of the top rated Studio Theatre and provides advanced students opportunities in Actors Equity Membership Programs and free tickets to Studio Theatre plays. Alumni and the current faculty of 20 are working in theatre, film, and TV in the Washington area and in all major regions of the country.

Responding to the needs of the acting community, last year, Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory adds new advanced classes, new two day workshops, and additions to the Young Actors Summer Intensive program.

"The Conservatory has trained thousands of actors and directors over its four decades," says Joy Zinoman, Founder of Studio Theatre and the Conservatory, who currently serves as the Conservatory's Director of Curriculum and Teacher Training. "Its service to the theatre community of greater DC mirrors the growth of theatre in DC, and we're looking forward to celebrating the Conservatory, its work, and its remarkable faculty, alumni, and current students. We've scoured class lists from the past forty years to ensure we're casting a broad net—we expect something of a homecoming on May 11." Current students, alumni students, past teachers, and former registrars have been invited to the celebration.

“The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory is dedicated to training actors
to their fullest artistic potential; to encouraging
standards of excellence, integrity,  and discipline and
the personal commitment of the seasoned professional.”
– Joy Zinoman

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