Studio Theatre (Washington, D.C.)

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The Studio Theatre
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Formation 1978
Type Theatre group
Purpose Contemporary Theatre
  • 1501 14th Street NW, Washington DC
Artistic director(s)
David Muse
Notable members
Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director

The Studio Theatre is a non-profit theater production company located at 1501 14th Street NW, Washington DC in the 14th Street corridor of Washington, D.C. It produces contemporary plays in a four-stage complex. Stages include the Metheny, the Mead and Milton, and Stage 4, a black box.


Joy Zinoman, the Founding Artistic Director of the Studio Theatre, Washington D.C.
Exterior of the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, taken from the southwest corner of 14th & P streets NW during evening twilight

In 1988, the Studio Theatre started its "2nd Stage" production series to provide opportunities for emerging and established local and national artists to share their talents.[1]


Studio Theatre contains three main venues: the Metheny, the Mead, and the Milton. All three are thrust stages and seat approximately 200 people each. They were designed by co-founder Russell Metheny "to foster an intimate connection between actor and audience".[2] The fourth venue, Stage 4, is a flexible black box theater, used primarily for the former Studio 2ndStage and most recently Studio X.

Theatrical focus[edit]

The theatre's mission statement is: "Studio Theatre is dedicated to the best in contemporary theatre, producing an uncommonly rich and wide-ranging repertoire of provocative new writing from around the world alongside unique special events and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. Devoted to artistic excellence, Studio Theatre strives to present audiences with extraordinary writing, sophisticated design, and stunning performance."[3]

With three ~200 seat performance spaces, the Studio Theatre audiences are always close to the actors. Founding artistic director Joy Zinoman has been quoted as saying "We want audiences to see them cry and laugh. ... The audience is there to confront the actor. The actor is like the priest". She further explained that this intimacy between the actors and the audience is part of what makes Studio special.[4]

Notable events[edit]

The Washingtonian magazine, as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, identified the Studio Theatre's move into its current space at 14th and P streets as one of "50 Moments That Shaped Washington, DC".[5]

Current production schedule[edit]

Main Series[edit]

Studio X[edit]

Special Remount[edit]


Studio Theatre has been nominated for a total of 321 Helen Hayes Awards, winning 65 awards.

2015 Helen Hayes Awards

2014 Helen Hayes Awards

  • The James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play - Ted van Griethuysen in The Apple Family Cycle

2013 Helen Hayes Awards

  • Outstanding Director, Resident Play - Christopher McElroen, Invisible Man
  • Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play - Invisible Man
  • Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production - Mary Louise Geiger, Invisible Man

2012 Helen Hayes Awards

  • Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play - Erica Sullivan in Venus in Fur
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical - Matthew Delorenzo in POP!

Other activities[edit]


Studio Theatre is a Blue Star Theatre - part of a collaboration between the Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families offering discounted admission to all military personnel, their families and U.S. veterans.[6]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Studio Theatre - Facilities". Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  3. ^ "About Studio Theatre - Mission". Studio Theatre. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (11 September 2009). "Editorial Review: Studio Theatre". The Washington Post. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "50 Moments That Shaped Washington, DC". Washingtonian Magazine. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Blue Star Theatres". Theatre Communications Group. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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