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Studio Theatre is Washington's premier venue for contemporary theatre, "where local audiences will find today's edgiest playwrights" (Variety). Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse and Managing Director Meridith Burkus, Studio produces the work of today's greatest writers, augmented by occasional productions of modern classics. Studio's work is marked by its emphasis on excellence in acting and design and the signature intimacy of its four theatres. With a budget of over $6 million and 35 full-time staff members, no theatre of comparable budget size operates such exclusively intimate theatres. The quality of this work has been recognized by sustained community support and 63 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.
The five-play Main Series is the core of Studio's programming, offering a repertoire of provocative new and contemporary writing from around the world. Complementing the Main Series is Studio X, a purposefully eclectic constellation of three or four projects that encompasses plays that will benefit from particularly intimate or immersive stagings, presented work, and some of Studio's world premiere projects. Studio Theatre's success producing thoughtful and provocative contemporary work has attracted theatergoers to DC's Logan Circle neighborhood in everincreasing numbers over the past 37 years and helped lead the revitalization of the 14th Street corridor into what is today one of Washington's most vibrant neighborhoods.
Studio is also home to the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, now celebrating its 40th year, which offers rigorous theatre training for both adults and young people. Since 1975, the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory has trained more than 12,000 students, many of whom have gone on to acclaimed careers across the country. The Theatre also trains early-career arts leaders through its apprentice program. An opportunity for both hands-on training and professional development, this 50-week program introduces 12 motivated and qualified young professionals to the rigors and rewards of working at a fast-paced theatre in Washington DC's rich and extensive theatre community and includes a stipend and housing to ensure that the most qualified candidates will be able to accept these positions, regardless of background.