Round House Theatre

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Round House Theatre
Theatre Logo
Formation 1978
Type Theatre group
  • 4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD
Artistic director(s)
Ryan Rilette

Round House Theatre is a non-profit theater production company with venue in Bethesda, Maryland and an education center in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Round House began life in 1970 as “Street ’70,” a program of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation that provided educational outreach in the schools and performances throughout the county. In 1977, Montgomery County offered Street ’70 a permanent home in what used to be the Bushey Drive Elementary School in Silver Spring. The building was round, so the company changed its name to Round House Theatre. In 1982, Round House incorporated as a nonprofit. The company remained a part of the County’s Department of Recreation until 1993, when it became a separate and independent professional theater. [1]


Round House is one of the leading professional theaters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, producing a six-show season of modern classics, new plays and musicals for more than 40,000 patrons each year at our 400-seat theater in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for 146 Helen Hayes Awards (including six in 2015) and has won 27 (including three in 2014). Its productions have won “Outstanding Resident Play” four times.

Round House’s educational programs serve more than 2,500 students of all ages at its six-classroom Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Its many innovative education programs encompass Full Day Programs for Youth, including Summer Programs for K – 12; a Teen Performance Company, with classes and events for teens throughout the year culminating in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, the only play produced by a regional theater that is directed, acted and designed by high school students; School Outreach, including Intersections, Student Matinees, and Play It Forward, a program that allows Montgomery County high school students to attend Round House shows for free; and Classes for Adults & Youth.

Round House is a member of LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and LOWT (League of Washington Theatres). The theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with major support from Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council (an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts), and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Current & Upcoming Productions[edit]

2015-2016 Season[edit]

2014-2015 Season[edit]

See also[edit]

Helen Hayes Award


  1. ^ Rose, Lloyd. "In Round House's Corner; The Director With An Actor's Instincts", The Washington Post, May 3, 1998, p. G1

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