Why Give

Committed to our values of artistry, inclusion, company, stewardship, and boldness, Studio produces plays that start conversations and forge connection. Whether it’s through the work on our stages, engaging with our community, hosting high school students for free performances, or training the next generation of artists and arts professionals, Studio strives to be an artistic home for all and a cultural hub for our city.

Ticket sales make up only half of Studio’s revenue—the other half comes through contributions. Help generate positive impact throughout our community: Join fellow theatre-goers who believe in the power of theatre and become a member of Studio’s family today.

Main Series and Studio X

Each season, Studio holds over 300 performances, reaching over 65,000 people. The Main Series offers a repertoire of new and contemporary writing, while Studio X serves as a home for plays that will benefit from particularly intimate or immersive stagings and some of Studio's world premiere projects.


Studio R&D

Using the resources of Studio R&D, we develop new work through readings, workshops, residencies, commissions, and world premieres. Since 2011, when Studio began incorporating new plays into our artistic programming, we have commissioned 20 artists and premiered 14 new plays. In 2019, we launched Work in Process, a public reading series of plays currently under commission by Studio.


Community Engagement

Studio invests in our community of neighbors, partners, and students through a variety of initiatives, including free or deeply discounted tickets, partnerships with cultural and social service institutions, post-show discussions and public events, as well as accessible performances to support and welcome audiences with different needs.



Through our Student Matinee program, Studio hosts over 400 DC public high school students for free performances each season. At each matinee, Studio holds a discussion with the cast, provides an educational study guide, and connects young people with the power of live theatre.


Workforce Development

Studio’s Internship and Apprenticeship programs train students and early-career professionals to thrive in the theatre industry. While internships are semester-long and apprenticeships run for a whole year, both programs immerse participants in the life of a premier theatre in Washington, DC.


Year in Review

Look back at the work and impact of Studio Theatre in its 40th anniversary season.