Studio Acting Conservatory

Studio Acting Conservatory


It is our LAST day celebrating the Housewarming Theatre Festival!

REMEMBER: Today is Pay What You Can at the door. This deal lasts alllllll day!

NEED LAST MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPING? Visit our marketplace! RONNIE-X is selling clothing and accessories. You can get yourself or your loved one lessons from Studio Acting Conservatory or schedule an epic adventure with DM Jon Jon Johnson from Dun-Dun-Dungeons. All this + a whole slew of theater companies with great, upcoming work to learn about and get tickets for.

See you there!
Wow! Today’s a busy, jam-packed day!

🎄 Get some holiday shopping done at our Marketplace. RONNI-X will be there selling designs. Gift your loved ones with classes at Studio Acting Conservatory! Purchase a site-specific theatre experience with Rorschach Theatre!

🙋🏽‍♀️ Once the events have started, join Jordanna Hernandez for an artist Q&A right after her play, “Por Lo Que Soy,” finishes!

🎫 And lastly, tomorrow is a PWYC pass day! If you missed a show you really wanted to see, you have one more chance to catch it.
The Studio Acting Conservatory invites you to the grand opening of their brand new home in Columbia Heights! See the rediscovered mural by !
3423 Holmead Place NW
Washington, DC 20010
--->>>On Saturday, August 28th at 11am, join local leaders, designers, and artists for a ribbon cutting to open our new home. Throughout the afternoon, explore our unique building and view the Last Supper mural by artist Akili Ron Anderson.
11AM – Ribbon cutting ceremony outside on the Conservatory plaza
Until 4PM – Public viewing of our building and the Last Supper mural
RSVP Link--->>>
Fall classes start 9/7 at Studio Acting Conservatory, the DC company that has provided 12,000 theater artists with professional training! And you can be a part of the legacy, too! Registration is open NOW for curriculums including acting, directing, character, voice, movement, improvisation, musical theater, and much more. Call 202-232-0714 TODAY or see for more details!
"Now painted a vivid red, the color recalls the image of barns in rural Scandinavia. Fittingly, the main entrance of Studio Acting Conservatory - perched on the second floor and reached by way of a steep slatted staircase - is modelled on an actual barn door." Click for the in-depth feature from Ravelle Brickman!
For almost 50 years, Studio Acting Conservatory has provided rigorous professional training to over 12,000 theater artists. And you can be a part of the legacy, too! Registration is open NOW for classes - study acting, directing, character, voice, movement, improvisation, musical theater, and much more. Call 202-232-0714 TODAY or see for more details!
Our podcast with the incredible actor/director/playwright Regina Aquino is now live - So much included - details on her show opening Roundhouse Theater Company "We're Gonna Die," her directorial debut in August, her first stab at playwrighting, and so much more! Also get the scoop on the upcoming TheatreWashington Summit coming Aug. 3-4! So much talent contained in one person! Paige Hernandez-Funn DC Metro Theater Arts Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Studio Acting Conservatory
Facebook just closed all the manager accounts of a theater troupe because in the description of the play being shown this weekend were the terms (munged for safety): anonymous letter between P and R, and the name of the 45th person to hold a certain office.

All accounts closed, all reference to the show gone. All because of a faulty algorithm, faulty human understanding, or malicious intent. And no indication as to why OR a method to dispute this insanity.

I now fear for any artistic institution that _dares_ to put on a play critical of those two groups/entities mentioned above.

The Rude Mechanicals: News and Performances

Studio Acting Conservatory, Studio Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, DC Arts Center, Arena Stage

I am the TD of the Rude Mechanicals.
hi fam!

tonight, my very first original script and film ever will screen as the final project for the directing class i took under the guidance of my mentor, Joy Zinoman, and with the financial support of a scholarship from Annexus Theatre Company and Solo HaileSelassie. you are cordially invited to view my class' work, beginning at 7pm. all you need is an internet connection to view the youtube link, its not a zoom meeting. my classmates are all wonderful, exceptional artists and the films this evening run 20mins or less.

i cannot believe the semester is over already. it truly feels like yesterday that i started this journey and i marveled at being in a classroom environment for the first time in 16 years. and yet, during this time this class has pushed me through so many blocks i had unknowingly set up for myself out of fear and insecurity. it challenged my very awareness of myself as an artist. last year i would have told you that i NEVER want to direct because its too much responsibility and that i was terrified of writing because its too personal - that i was an actor and only an actor.

this year, i can say i've directed 5 challenging projects featuring some of the finest actors to have ever performed in DC centering specifically on stories featuring BIPOC actors and/or playwrights, and that i've written something deeply vulnerable and revealing, which was filmed and produced in collaboration with brilliant performers and designers, that will be shared publicly tonight.

i am very proud of the work that i have done and the opportunity i have been given to grow further into my artistry. i could not have done it without the support of Joy Zinoman, Joe Graf, and Solo HaileSelassie. i'd like to thanks all the brilliant actors who allowed me the privilege to direct them in the following scenes:

JUNK by Ayad Akhtar
Kate Debelack, Billie Krishawn, and Whalen Jimmy

Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison
Katrina Clark and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh

Where Did We Sit On The Bus by Brian Quijada
James Whalen

Cry It Out by Molly Smith Metzler
Tony K Nam and Erika Rose

Shout out to Bee Quijada for allowing the special honor of working on his incredible, inspiring play that fueled my desire to write my final piece.

My final film is the beginning of what I hope will become a full 75 min theatrical script exploring the varying challenges of growing up as a 1st generation Filipinx-American, the undying quest for identity and community, and the power of performance. This first, raw draft was nurtured into creation with the constant support of a genius team: Roc Lee, Patrick Lord, Jeannette Christensen, and Whalen Jimmy. It was passionately performed by the incredibly talented and infectiously kind Justine Moral and my incredibly patient and loving and gorgeous and charming mother and daughter, Rose Aquino-Valeriano and RAR.

I am bereft of the words that would adequately convey my gratitude and love for all the people mentioned here. This semester has changed me as an artist but, more notably, as a human being. I am a better actor, writer, friend, mother, daughter, and collaborator for having taken this one directing class. This is a testament to the salvation found in creating art and theatre, to the power of seeking learning and growth, to the joy found in collaboration and community. And to think this journey began 20 years ago, when a 22 year old goth punk with spiky neon red hair clad in black, ratty threads sat angrily smoking a marlboro red on the curb of in front of the conservatory before my first class, and where Joy first laid eyes on me and thought "is THAT a student???" 🖤🖤🖤

If you ever had an inkling to just *try* acting, take a class with Studio Acting Conservatory. For 20 years it has, and still is, changing my life for the better.
FINAL SCENES are the capstone event for every class at Studio Acting Conservatory. Our graduation if you will. Do to the health crisis, we moved classes and FINAL SCENES to Zoom. The results are stellar. Check out this compilation. I’ll post the link so you can Zoom in next. Studio Acting Conservatory
For the first time in its 45-year history, Studio Acting Conservatory is offering its Summer Intensive Semester ONLINE. The adult program includes beginning acting classes and movement and voice classes beginning June 8th. To accommodate for the current times, all adult classes are 25% OFF, and the Young Actor Summer Intensive is tuition-free for all teens (ages 13-17). Unleash your creative potential through quality, rigorous, and time-honored training. Visit for more info and call 202.232.0714 to register today. Space is limited. See you online!
Joy Zinoman's Studio Acting Conservatory has found a new home in Columbia Heights.

For 45 years, Studio Acting Conservatory has provided acting and directing training, giving students

Studio Acting Conservatory is dedicated to training actors to their fullest artistic potential; to encouraging standards of excellence, integrity, discipline and the personal commitment of the seasoned professional.

Operating as usual


Musical Theatre: Thursdays at 7pm. Faculty member Jeff Hamlin will help students find their true singing voice, reduce singing anxiety, and combine singing and acting skills to choose and prepare repertory. Register now! =204065

Studio Acting Conservatory For 45 years, Studio Acting Conservatory has provided acting and directing training, giving students opportunities for real experiences at the highest level.


Join us Saturday, August 12 from 11-6pm
Contemporary Black Playwrights Workshop
-standing on the shoulders of giants-

Join noted director and dramaturg Otis Ramsey Zöe for a workshop exploring the dramatic lineage of Black playwrights by focusing in on the shoulders upon which these dramatists stand. Participants will discuss such writers as Ed Bullins, Alice Childress, Owen Dodson, Zora Neale Hurston, Adrienne Kennedy, and their influence on contemporary American playwrights like Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Terrell Alvin McCraney, Christina Anderson, Robert O’Hara, and Suzan-Lori Parks.

Studio Acting Conservatory | 3423 Holmead Place NW | Washington, DC 20010
One Day Workshop | Saturday, August 12 from 11-6pm | $100 | Register =286213
Call 202-232-0714 for more information


Have you seen our new Metro campaign? Right now, all classes are discounted 5%! Offer ends August 7. Visit to view schedule and call us on 202-232-0714 to register! (photos by Iwan Bagus)


Parents! We have a few spots left in our Young Actor Summer Camp beginning Monday July 17! Our 3-Week Intensive includes all-day sessions on acting, movement, voice, and musical theatre, with scenes, songs, and monologues. Call us on 202-232-0714 or visit
Full scholarships available!
Photo by Iwan Bagus


Registration for our Fall Classes has begun! Take advantage of amazing discounts while you can! This semester, we're introducing a timed discount format for all classes, based on the date of registration:
Through July 9: 15% off (code: JULY4)
July 10 - July 23: 10% off (code: ACTOR10)
July 24 - August 6: 5% off (code: ACTOR5)

Enrollments after August 6 will be at full price, so take advantage of the opportunity to save!

Call us on 202-232-0714 and visit for more information! 05/17/2023

We have an AWESOME summer ahead! Full-day class sessions on acting, movement, voice, and musical theatre 🎭 REGISTER TODAY! More information here:

Online Registration 04/13/2023

Come learn the skills and process of producing your own work from award-winning director and Conservatory alum José Carrasquillo! Perfect for actors, directors, writers, and more.

Online Registration If you are a current or former student, your email address is your username. Press "Don't know your password" to reset your password. Do not create a new account. Call the office at 202.232.0714 if you are having any difficulties.

You Can See DC's Rediscovered Last Supper Sculpture in April 03/28/2023

Join us! April 3 - 8 from 1-4pm, view the Last Supper sculpture by Akili Ron Anderson! Open to the public daily Monday - Saturday.

You Can See DC's Rediscovered Last Supper Sculpture in April Studio Acting Conservatory will open its doors for public viewings of Akili Ron Anderson's once-lost sculpture.

You Can See DC's Rediscovered Last Supper Sculpture in April 03/17/2023

We invite you to come see the extraordinary "Last Supper" sculpture in our building in April! Check out this wonderful article from Washingtonian with more details:

You Can See DC's Rediscovered Last Supper Sculpture in April Studio Acting Conservatory will open its doors for public viewings of Akili Ron Anderson's once-lost sculpture.


Studio Acting Conservatory wants anyone that has a desire to work as an actor to have the best resources available! Come learn from DC's preeminent casting director Jenna Place and actress Deidre Staples about how the local industry works!

We count on your support to allow us to offer our best-in-class training, scholarships, and work-study opportunities to our adult and Young Actor students. On this special day of giving, we hope you’ll consider the importance of the arts to our understanding of the world, and support us in our mission to guide actors of all ages on their artistic journeys.❤️🎭

Studio Acting Conservatory 11/07/2022

Get ready for auditioning season with this weekend! 🎭 Day 1 reviews headshots & resumes for maximum impact. Day 2 focuses on one audition monologue of your choice. Come to both days OR just one! This workshop will be on Zoom. REGISTER HERE:

Studio Acting Conservatory


Application deadline EXTENDED UNTIL TOMORROW! Join us for a life-changing creative experience!

To apply: Please send a letter of interest to [email protected] that details the following:
- Your background and experience (include a resume if you have one)
- Why you would like to take this course
- Your availability and preference for a Tuesday evening or Wednesday afternoon class (or both)


Know a talented 10 to 17-year old? Our Fall 2022 Young Actors Program begins in September, with placement auditions one month away!
Call 202-232-0714 to register today!

Phots by Iwan Bagus


2 SPOTS LEFT! Apply for our Fall 2022 Directing Class - applications due today 🎭
For application details:

Photos from Studio Acting Conservatory's post 08/08/2022

to Friday’s Young Actors Final Scenes for our Session 2 students! They were such a talented group of young performers 🎭

Have a 10-17 year-old interested in acting? Join us for the fall semester! Call 202-232-0714 to register today


Just another day at the office! Photo shoot of "Time Flies" with photographer Iwan Bagus. L-R:Michelle Norris, Iwan Bagus, Sara Hernandez, Jarrod Jackson, Joe Graf. Emily Morrison

Online Registration 07/19/2022

THIS WEEKEND! Our popular Stage Combat Workshop is back 💥 Join professional fight director Robb Hunter to learn the fundamentals of stage combat. REGISTER HERE: =204047

Online Registration If you are a current or former student, your email address is your username. Press "Don't know your password" to reset your password. Do not create a new account. Call the office at 202.232.0714 if you are having any difficulties.


Today is the last day of Session 1 of our Young Actors Summer Intensive! 🎭 These brilliant students have been training for 3 weeks on movement, voice, musical theatre, and acting technique with 5 incredible instructors. Break legs today during Final Scenes, everyone! 🎉

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SAVE 10% OFF with promo code "ALEX"
Join us for Alexander Technique Intensive and learn how to release unwanted tension and become more physically free and expressive! Register online today:

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We are excited to participate in tomorrow’s Columbia Heights Day!!! Stop by and speak to our staff and students about all that is happening at Studio Acting Conservatory 🎉🎭 11am to 6pm at Tubman Elementary! For more information, check out and visit here:

Photos from Studio Acting Conservatory's post 06/09/2022

to our spring semester Greek Tragedy students practicing their class work at the Capitol Columns at the National Arboretum 🏛🎭
Photos by Wesley Cook


As the end of our Spring 2022 semester approaches, we want to give a big thanks to our incredible faculty! These industry professionals give their all into shaping our students to become stronger actors and performers. Thank you for all you do 😊
Want to study with them? Our summer classes begin June 13th - register today! Call 202-232-0714 to learn more 🎉


Come to your new artistic home this summer! Our acting classes encourage discovery, ignite the imagination, and enhance connections for life and stage. The summer intensive semester is the perfect time to deepen your skills and performance chops. Call 202-232-0714 to register today!

Online Registration 04/15/2022

Learn about the arts and activism of the Black Arts Movement! Led by Arena Stage Literary Manager Otis Ramsey-Zöe, discover the expressions of this cultural moment in theatre, poetry, music and art, with a special introduction from Curator of Religious Art at NMAAHC, Dr. Teddy Reeves. REGISTER TODAY!

Online Registration If you are a current or former student, your email address is your username. Press "Don't know your password" to reset your password. Do not create a new account. Call the office at 202.232.0714 if you are having any difficulties.

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Studio Acting Conservatory, “the area’s premier professional training facility for actors and directors” (Variety) has a forty-three year history of training artists in small acting classes taught by devoted, committed teachers. Our instructors are dedicated to expanding each student's abilities whether in a beginning class or the three-year curriculum. Thousands of actors have gone on to important theatre and film careers. Lifelong bonds are formed in rigorous classes as students pursue their individual goals.

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