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1. The Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre and George Washington University

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The Academy for Classical Acting at the Shakespeare Theatre and George Washington University
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 2129 G St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8:30AM

Telephone: (202) 994-2819

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2. The Theatre Lab

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The Theatre Lab
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 900 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 824-0449

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Ellis Jackson: An amazing organization and space for the dramatic arts! After week 1, I already see improvement in my son's confidence, articulation, team work, and an appreciation for the stage! We're already including next year's summer camp in our budget.

Paul Horan: Such a fabulous experience. Whether you're a newcomer to the theatre, or a working actor looking to brush up or expand some specific techniques, The Theatre Lab has classes that can work for you. I've been a part of dozens of productions, from staged readings to full plays and musicals, and every experience has been wonderful. They also offer an Honors Conservatory program for up-and-coming actors to focus and hone their skills.

Hannah W: The Theatre Lab is a great theatre resource for the DC/East Coast region! I loved attending classes, and the instructors were always knowledgeable, accessible, and were all working professionals in the industry. I would highly recommend attending classes here if you're thinking about acting in the DC Area. They're amazing!

Len Breslow: Theatre Lab has changed my life in ways I never anticipated. I started out with no acting experience 3 1/2 years ago and have taken many classes and acted in a play in Theatre Lab. The teachers are all expert, committed and supportive. I've learned so much about acting, the worlds of theatre, TV, and film, and about myself!

Merlene Vassall: I took the "Public Speaking the Actor's Way" class in May 2018 and found it to be well worth the price. The text for the course was full of helpful theory on public speaking using acting techniques. These were put into practice in class. Students learned how to "act" -- imagining themselves or the audience in different ways -- to bring out their best "performance." I highly recommend this course.

Terry Nicholetti: As a late blooming actor (started seriously in my 60's!) I'm thrilled to have found a school/community that offers such a stunning array of classes/teachers. Serious professionals supporting our work. A community of theater lovers. And so much fun! what more could anyone ask. Thank you Theatre Lab!

Alison Bauer: Started in Theatre Lab's Honors Conservatory and was transformed by the year. Incredibly supportive environment with teachers from D.C. Theater who pushed me to be the best actor/self I could be. I have taken this training to work professionally in DC theater community. A dream come true!

Ginger Moss: The Theatre Lab is a great place to take acting classes. They are taught by professionals (most of them working actors), are reasonably priced and varied. They are appropriate for beginning actors to experienced.

Kimberly Dionne Moore: I am a volunteer and I truly enjoy the entertainment of the plays! The staff is outstanding and the student actors and actress are Phenomenal ! Seating is ideal . The only recommendation I say is during intermission make a short announce regarding food concessions for sale and perhaps display or sale some Theater lab paraphernalia such as T-shirts or small bags I would definitely buy one ! Kimberly M.

Christopher Holbert: This is a great place to learn acting, study the craft, and make real-world connections in the industry. The environment is safe and supportive. The staff is top notch and approachable. And I have worked with people I met there, both staff and students, in my career on stage/film/television ever since.

3. National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

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National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 1556 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 333-2202

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Crash of Rhinos: This is the most comprehensive, concentrated, program in the DC area, with the most patient, dedicated, intelligent faculty I could imagine working with. I've trained in Film, Television, and theater, in multiple styles. I am so excited about my training, and have used it to perfect effect. This year I was nominated for a Helen Hayes award as best lead actor. The Conservatory is the best, you'll get out of it what you put into it, and you'll be extremely successful if you work hard. Couldn't recommend them more. Absolutely the best training in DC.

AnaMarie King: Beautiful campus

4. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art

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Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 348 University Dr NE, Washington, DC 20064

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM

Telephone: (202) 319-5414

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Jason Liu: old practice rooms and creepy toilets

5. Duke Ellington School of the Arts

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Duke Ellington School of the Arts
Location
4.5
Price
4.4
Class
4.4
Facilities
4.4
Teachers
4.4

Address: 3500 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM

Telephone: (202) 282-0123

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Review: Their website mentions theatre and state of the

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Gina Lee Thomas: My daughter is a freshman at Duke Ellington. She has wanted to attend the school since she was six years old. She LOVES it. Duke Ellington School is such a wonderful experience for these children. Kids who are driven by the arts are special. These kids find it difficult to navigate in some school environments. Ellington is a place where they not only survive…they thrive!

jayesh lakkad: Verry good school. Im from Indian state Gujarat

Maddie Grant: Awesome music school, taught by actual practitioners of the various arts.

Zion Callaham: This is my second year at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and I am in love!!!!! No school is perfect, but as far as I'm concerned, this comes close.

William Young: What a School!!! If My school was like this I think I would spend more time there than At home Amazing

Jamed Sutton: A very good school,Many of the students performed well in college.

Keith Marks: Its a Ellington thang

Krys J: The office staff are rude and they are very unprofessional . I cant wait until my daughter graduates next year!!

Sunya Musawwir: Beautiful school. Friendly staff.

Diana Pineda: Yes I Love This Bar and Washington I ran the Sun Maryland

6. American University Greenberg Theatre

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32 reviews
American University Greenberg Theatre
Location
4.4
Price
4.5
Class
4.4
Facilities
4.4
Teachers
4.4

Address: 4200 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

Telephone: (202) 885-2587

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "A very good school for education"

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Josue Lemus: Great space, came here for one the student led productions and it was fantastic. I will be returning.

Alexey Predit: Good stage, although has some limitations for performances. F.e. They don't have a spot light.

Kyle Bardell: I love the space. They put on some decent productions at this location!

Sac Hergali: The place is super clean and the staff is amazing.

Tony Tether: All seats have great view

Athena Canjura: Alright kinda nice place

Johny Mccahill: A very good school for education

Dottie Cary: A beautiful place.!

Scott Musson: Nice venue

Ian Gillott: Good place

7. Studio Theatre

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326 reviews
Studio Theatre
Location
4.6
Price
4.6
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 332-3300

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "This is one of the best theatres in the DC area."

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Rose Schneider: The story for the white noise performance was excellent, not easy but invokes some real thinking.. The acting of all four characters but especially the lead male was unparalleled.

Joseph Raczynski: Impressive space, in the theater me just outside where they often have receptions. The reception area is a tad funky with pillars breaking up the room. It's awkward unfortunately. Overall the theater makes up for that minus. Always feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @joerazz

Jim Long: Great show! Well performed ands thoughtful.

Sergio Guerrero: Had a great experience and the place looks amazing after the 2021 remodeling. You're in close proximity to the action in the theater.

Scott “DC Cheetah” Suchyta: Very much enjoyed Flight, which was the purpose of our visit. It was quite an impressive display and work of art. The under-construction space was a little labyrinthian, but was only a minor obstacle.

Ruth Ann Nelson: Wonderful set of small theaters showing avant garde plays. Always a treat to go there!

Dave Watts: We're lucky in DC to have so many good theaters. Studio was renovated a few years ago and has several stages available at once for plays. Most of them have seats that wrap maybe two-thirds around the stages. The stages are pretty small, but large enough to be effective. A lot of the plays here have small casts, maybe just three people, and they're almost all modern plays by new, respected playwrights, and the plays aren't so ... experimental as you might see elsewhere. The actors are quite talented and the plays are almost always very good. There is an occasional rare clunker, but season tickets are definitely worthwhile!

Joseph Buckreis: Great staff, totally welcoming and friendly even to college students. Students get a great discount which makes it even more worthwhile to come see a play or three here. Clean and cozy, the theater is really comfy and looks good. They put on a lot of new and exciting shows, definitely a good place to see a play, especially if you're new to theater

Cornelis Vaandrager: What an exquisite menu. I haven't been in the US long, but this has by far been one of my favourite dining experiences. The food was perfectly seasoned and perfectly flavoured, it came to our table far faster than expected. Servers were attentive and really helpful in terms of recommendations. It was really a marvelous experience. I would recommend the fig wrapped in ham, the skirt steak, the Brussels sprouts, the lamb meatballs, and the eggplant is a triumph. I am most definitely returning

Matt Easley: Have seen at least four performances here in the 2018-19 season. All were poinent plays for our day. Acting and staging were always outstanding, the plays thought provocative, and the price for the evening quite reasonable. Always a good selection of drinks at the bar as well and lots of good restaurants near by. Worth visiting regularly.

8. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Location
4.8
Price
4.7
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.7
Teachers
4.7

Address: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

Telephone: (202) 467-4600

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: Their website mentions united states and colleges

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Amanda Turcotte: I love being a member of the Kennedy Center. I joined during the pandemic because I wanted to support the arts and because a friend told me how much they enjoyed being a member. Fast forward a couple years later and I am finally able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor events at the center. The mission of the Kennedy Center really speaks to me and the community events as well as amazing performances throughout the year definitely make the membership worth while. My husband and I attended our first opera this year. We have also attended a few National Symphony Orchestra performances and a members only rehearsal. It was really special to watch the orchestra rehearse and see how the players and conductor come together to perform beautiful compositions. The Hall of States and Hall of Countries are really something to behold as well. There is so much history to learn about. The Reach is another building on the campus that is also full of great historical moments and an active work area for artists. The grounds have an amazing view of the Potomac River as well. There is parking on site for $25 and members receive a $5 discount on parking if you book in advance. We have not tried the on site restaurant yet, but plan to soon. Definitely check out an event and grounds of the Kennedy Center, if you are in the area. You will want to come back for sure. Thanks! :-)

Joana Ward: Lunar New Year Lanterns. Beautiful Display and family friendly. During COVID everyone was wearing masks even outside. Recommending you go early to park and although the line was long it moved quickly for how long it was (40 minutes). There was a free station for activities the kids could do. Bring two adults for kids so someone can stay in line while the other one has the kids exploring.

Jessica Isbell: We had an absolutely amazing time! The entire experience was just wonderful. My 6 year old thoroughly enjoyed it as well. Venue was incredible, staff exceptional. Weather was a perk too, perfect day. The outside area for intermission with views of DC is fabulous. We will absolutely be back. Thank you for adhering to masking and vaccination policies as well while bringing the arts back into these hectic times.

preservefootprints: We visit there on last 2 days of the Reach Winter Lanterns Festival. It was a huge area filled with lanterns displays celebrating 2022 Lunar New Year, it was so beautiful and bright. They have benches with heater around the open space. The organizer has worked excellent to manage the guests flow!

David Morar: A true home for the performing arts, the Kennedy Center has numerous stages from the Opera House to a black box theater and everything in between. Created for DC residents and tourists alike, the Center brings or originates amazing shows, events and workshops. It’s both the institutional house for the National Symphony Orchestra and the place that has daily free shows (of all types) at 6pm. It’s truly got something for everyone, and with the recent addition of The Reach its uhm, reach has broadened even further! You can never go wrong with the KC. Highly recommend visiting on a random day even if you’re not going for a show: having just celebrated 50 years, the center is proud of its history and showcases it among other revolving pieces in its vast and airy halls. Check out the terraces (ground level and “terrace” level) and enjoy sweeping views of the city. A true gem in the nation’s capital!

Greg Zillgitt: Our visit to the Kennedy Center a few years ago is one of my fondest memories. Attended a performance of Mendelssohn' violin concerto in E minor, with Hillary Hahn as the soloist. A near-perfect experience, acoustically and visually. A striking venue. Walking distance from the Watergate (also highly recommended).

Mark Capriotti: Arrive early, grab a drink, and walk along the roof top. Perfect way to start the evening looking at many views of DC. Masks are required for the theater.

C F: Beautiful performing arts center with amazing friendly staff. Our family loves to attend shows as well as grab some snacks and walk the grounds. Some beautiful views of the river, some monuments and Georgetown. Also 2 gift shops, a cafe, and multiple snack stations. Underground parking also available or you can grab the shuttle which picks up and drops off at the GW metro station.

spellman1224: Went to see the play "Ain't too proud" it was awesome. We had the last row in Tier 2 and the seats were comfortable. The staff was great and courteous and eager to assist. Was able to take Metro and take the Kennedy Center Bus to get there. Even the bus driver was friendly 😊

Grey TheCat: This place is a lot of things, historic, classy, artsy, fun, accessible, it offers a ton of free activities and events and variety. This is a cultural epicenter and one of the East coast best venues. Spacious, easy parking and overall inexpensive events make it accessible to most people even those on a small budget.

9. Imagination Stage

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346 reviews
Imagination Stage
Location
4.7
Price
4.8
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.7
Teachers
4.7

Address: 4908 Auburn Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

Telephone: (301) 280-1660

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "The education programs and performances are amazing here."

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Sarah Tropiano: I took my 4-year-old son and niece to Corduroy at Imagination Stage and we all had a magical time. The room is the perfect size so the kids felt like they were in a special show ad could really see because they sat close to the stage. The spin on this Corduroy story was so clever and imaginative and the set design and special effects were — according to my son — magical. We especially loved the tower of toilet paper and remote control vacuum. We will definitely be back for more shows this year!

Rose Hahn: The education programs and performances are amazing here. I've had nothing but positive experiences as a patron and as an employee.

Hatice Ozcelik: I went there for my kids, but I had as much fun! Very clean place, very kind staff and guaranteed -quality- family fun!

Jeremy F: A nice venue with multiple theaters and studios. Would love some more nutritionally balanced food options. There is a sweets shop inside.

Sweta Ladwa: This place is a hidden gem. We went to go Cinderella and I can't tell you how happy I was to see such a diverse cast. The production was wonderful and completely age appropriate. If you go on Sundays, there's free public parking. The tickets are very affordable and they do a great job of engaging the children. I will go back again and again with the kids!

Reggie Gaither: We went with my daughter's 1st grade class. The kids loved being able to help the characters choose their path in the play. My daughter asked if we could come back as soon as the show was over. Great fun!

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Michelle Johnstone: The most magical place on earth! I have been going to Imagination Stage for 10 years and the organization never disappoints. Acceptable for all aged children from 1-18, kids can take classes throughout the year as well as summer camps through the summer. Great family activities include the shows in the Lerner theatre, and for the little itty bitty ones, there are wonderful interactive performances for 1-5 years old. The staff are extremely professional and everything is always run so well.

Michelle Macasaet: Love this place! I haven't been to a show here yet, my daughter has and absolutely loved it. I have though, been here to take my daughter to class. She's doing the Harry Potter class right now and is really learning a lot and enjoying her time there. We'll definitely be looking at other classes for her to sign up and attend.

Paul McGinley: My daughter was 4 when I took her to her first show. Ten years later we still love coming and enjoying the amazing sets, actors and great atmosphere. I became a subscriber and am proud to support this local resource for arts in Montgomery county. Please come see a show for yourself.

10. Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

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1250 reviews
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Location
4.6
Price
4.6
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Telephone: (202) 488-3300

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "I am an avid theatre goer and a Washingtonian."

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Kitchen Boy: My wife, her sister and mother have had subscriptions for years and once I was part of their group. I dropped out after what I thought was a particularly bad season. Now I come occasionally when one of the group can't make it. But as others have, I'll break down the review into facility and plays. First the facility is amazing and the staging excellent and the concession good. At this point in our understanding (March 2022), I find the mask requirement and vax card screening unnecessary and ridiculous. The plays are often heavy handed in their messages and often preachy. If one is conservative (moderate myself) you won't find much balance in the material/subject matter or political slant. The play I saw on this occasion, Change Agent, was interesting and while sitting right on the edge of preachy, decently covered a complex subject.

Scott “DC Cheetah” Suchyta: It's a little hard to capture my opinion of Arena Stage by a number of stars. Let's start with the good. It is a very nice space. I really like the physical theatres and the stages. However, the shows I have seen (the entirety of the current season) just have not been particularly good in my opinion. The focus demographic of Arena Stage I will grant does not seem to be me. I think you will enjoy the shows more if you are closer to 60 than 30 years old. Historical characters, speculative fiction, strong/influential women, and the like have been highlighted this season. It's not exactly that I feel like the shows they put on don't reflect my values, I just don't think the shows have been particularly intriguing plays.

Brad Moffett: Watch a great presentation of Catch Me If You Can last night. It was the final night of the show and there was a special energy to the performance. The theater at Arena Stage is set in the round and there isn't a bad seat. We actually recommend sitting up at least halfway back as it gives you a clearer view of the entire stage. The ushers were very helpful and numerous. All in all a marvelous example of professional theater

Jessica McNutt: I always want to enjoy my experience at the Arena Stage more than I inevitably do. I don't feel like I'm the target audience for many of the shows, though some I really like. Most everyone that works there is always lovely and nice. The one exception being my last visit when an employee, who was actually sitting in the audience, was quite surprisingly rude and disrespectful to us. While it did happen and it's impacted my personal feelings about this theatre, I will say that every other employee has always been incredibly gracious, nice and helpful. If you are looking into a show here, you should do it. It may not be the best experience ever, but you'll almost certainly have a good time.

Kelly Prizel: This huge space can also host weddings! Located literally steps from The Wharf, there are a few hotels you can get ready for your wedding at, take pictures at The Wharf and then have your ceremony and reception at the Arena. With floor to very high ceiling windows, your ceremony and reception will be flooded with natural light. There is plenty of space to host a very large wedding here. They even have multiple options for where to host cocktail hour. The staff are really helpful and since they are used to making things run smoothly with huge performances, this is easy for them and they make it look effortless. The biggest downside is the carpet running throughout the building. It's a dark brown with bright orange. It's not subtle or minimal but I'm sure most people won't notice it. However, it can be an element you need to think about when coordinating your colors and decor.

Sara Borgeson: The shows at Arena Stage are absolutely outstanding on so many levels! Give yourself a gift and get to one (or all) of their shows. I especially love all of the different stages they have at their disposal! The diversity they bring to the DC theatre scene is needed and absolutely wonderful. 5 stars, highly recommend!!

Jane L: I see maybe two shows a year here, but I've also been to yoga with the American Pops, Arena Community Day, and DC Theater Week Kick Off events. I have enjoyed all of them! Fichandler Stage is in the round and sometimes I worry that it will be weird watching from behind the actors but they move enough that you see everyone fine and it gives you a different perspective, like you are actually part of the show. I just saw Newsies and it was amazing! The sound is not that great but the singing and dancing are wonderful. My seat was on the West side, Row D near aisle 5 and I thought it was perfect. I didn't have to strain my neck up or down. I got to the theater early so I decided to visit the cafe for chocolate cake and coffee. Both were pretty terrible. I recommend going elsewhere beforehand or bringing your own coffee.

Sushila Nair: I love Arena stage. There are a several relatively small theaters and a restaurant. The restaurant is very reasonably priced but the food has a slight cafeteria edge. The theatre is relatively new and modern. You get a good view from almost any seat. It is walking distance from the metro and right next door to a parking building. They have valet parking right at the entrance of the theatre for $25 which is very handy when you are late. The plays are mostly modern with a sprinkling of musicals. If you sign up for email they sometimes do discounts and they often have pay your age.evenings. On the whole I have yet to see something that I didn't like at Arena and more often than not I have seen something that I loved. There is a nice Indian restaurant and modern American at the Station which are walking distance.

Andrea Wu: I came here to watch Seven Guitars on a Friday night recently, and the venue was quite awesome. I got under 30 tickets right a few hours just before the show, and they checked for covid vaccination and ID at the door. The venue was really clean and so were the bathrooms. The stage was unique as the audience sat all around the stage, really cool! The show itself was just alright as the story was slow in the beginning but picked up at the end. Cool spot though!

MJ Bryant: Always entertaining! Plays cover historical events, places and people. Casts are extraordinary, realistic and take time to listen to audience after the plays. Awesome venue. Covid safety precautions.

11. The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Location
5
Price
5
Class
5
Facilities
5
Teachers
5

Address: 8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD 20742

Telephone: (301) 405-6676

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12. Warner Theatre

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2666 reviews
Warner Theatre
Location
4.4
Price
4.5
Class
4.4
Facilities
4.4
Teachers
4.4

Address: 513 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Telephone: (202) 783-4000

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "Beautiful historic theater in the heart of Washington DC."

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Patrick: I went to watch The Washington Ballet's performance of Giselle. The theater was a perfect fit for the size of the production and how could you look past the ornate decorative walls in the lobby and in the theater?! Very instagramable. To my surprise, there is even an orchestra pit, which I had never seen in previous performances. The staff was also very friendly and accommodating. The drinks are too pricey, so if you like to have a buzz before a performance, maybe go to a nearby restaurant first. The security managed the door well and the process was not unnecessarily long. The will call line, however, was. It would have been helpful if there had been one extra person to facilitate ticket pick-up.

Angela McKeen: What an historic and beautiful building! A wonderful venue to hold the recognition event for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. I couldn't have been more impressed with the elegance of the Warner Theatre

Lázaro Carvalhaes: I liked everything about this place, from the acoustics of the main room to the ease of parking. The restrooms are well maintained and the decoration is pretty cool too. I'd love to come back here when visiting DC again.

Phil Hardy: I love this theatre. The ornate architecture is simply sublime. I could stare at the walls and ceilings all evening. Acoustics are fine, seats comfortable and the bar lines move quickly. A take off a star because the toilets are in the basement. Takes awhile to get there and back.

Lisa Swager: The theater is 100 years old. It's looking overly ornate for today's standards. The curtains havent been taken down for cleaning in decades and look it. And the seats were designed for butts of 100 years ago, so anyone that's "a person of size" is going to be uncomfortable in these seats. Almost Frederick Fairgrounds bleacher seats- bad. Drinks were really expensive at $9 for a single and $18 for a double and all i ordered was a vodka collins and what i got was a vodka soda with a twist of lime. Not the same drink! Like everyone says, the acoustics are great. Could hear people talking down in the orchestra level. Parking under the Pennsylvania house was still $22 in this tiny garage with a 1-way driveway. But they did badge us into the lobby to take the elevator down to our car. We just had to find the right elevator to call. It's not the same as the building elevators, it's around the corner. I probably wont be back to this venue.

Christina King: The historic Warner Theatre is a lovely experience. The atmosphere is stunning. Seats are very tight. So if you are tall definitely get an aisle seat.

Michael: Architecture is truly something to see. Acoustics very good, seats comfortable, bathrooms clean, ushers friendly and helpful, and A/C nice and cool. Every seat is a good seat, but recommend getting middle orchestra. Parking garage super clean and well lit and reasonably priced. ( I paid 18 bucks online for the whole day). Would go there again, for sure.

Louise Brady: The theatre is beautiful. We had a great view of the stage from the middle of the balcony seats. Though it looked like there would be a great view from anywhere in the theatre as its nicely laid out and not too big. Drink prices are quite high but they do accept card and cash. Water in a can was a bit different!!. Plus it was called Liquid Death!!! I would happily go to another event at this theatre.

Valeria Contreras: Great venue. Has that classic theater vibe to it. The staff was incredibly courteous and polite. They have a great security screening as well. I do recommend getting to the theater quite early to avoid the security line. My one and only grievance is how freaking expensive the snacks were. Omg. Bought two large sodas, one single-shot vodka lemonade, and a small bag of chips, and that was a total of $50. Feels a little over the top when you have already bought expensive tickets to be there already. But understandable, it is almost expected from any theater like the Warner. Still, I'm salty about it.

Gary Lee: Saw Tedeschi Trucks in concert recently. The Warner Theatre was able to process guests through their COVID protocol, ticket verification and into our assigned seats quickly and efficiently. The concert was fabulous, the merch tables was manned by well-trained workers who kept the line moving; the snacks was in good supply and delicious warm pretzels was great!

13. ATMTC Academy

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ATMTC Academy
Location
4.6
Price
4.6
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 837 - D Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM

Telephone: (301) 251-5766

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: Their website mentions in the washington

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Jonathan Miot: Amazing facilities for rehearsals, music practice. As well as a wide variety of Music Theatre related classes for children of almost all ages!

14. Ford's Theatre

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Ford's Theatre
Location
4.7
Price
4.6
Class
4.6
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Telephone: (202) 347-4833

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "Theater, Peterson house, and exhibits offer 1st-rate history lesson."

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Max Wood: This is a must see if you value our American history. The Park Service now owns the theater and the Peterson house ( Where Abe died). Still an active theater. Nice museum in the basement. Beautiful building. Staff was helpful and friendly.

Matt W: Great little theater in the heart of downtown DC. Very historical with a neat, FREE little museum on Lincoln. Saw "A Christmas Carol" on their Christmas run and it was very well done. Staff were nice Seats were a little narrow Small theater so pretty much every seat is a good view

James Su: The history just happened too fast. I can't they make this building still like it used to do, even the mudder occurred more than one hundred years. If you want to visit this, you need to book online. At this time, I don't have a chance to see since the reservation is almost complete. Next time I will come to visit this museum and learn more about how did it happen.

Alexandra B: Great museum describing the history behind the theater as well as its significance in President Lincoln's life and death. The theater hosts performances too. Because it's a smaller, older theater, the setting is more intimate, and I don't think there is a bad seat in the audience! A great experience all around.

Bethany Hoopes: The museum is 100% worth it! You get a deep dive into the history and scene leading up to the president’s depth. They have an incredible amount of artifacts from the event all the way through to his funeral procession. It’s quite breathtaking. Highly recommend experience for everyone.

Andy Stobie: Amazing feeling being there and seeing the theater. The tour was not organized well I thought, no group leader. More you just wander and read the captions. Some captions are not lighted well enough to read. We got the audio system, which provided good information. The host in the theater was very knowledgeable, but he seemed to answer only from a script he'd memorized, he was not a good listener to our questions. He spoke very fast without inflection.

Rena Correia: A remarkable collection of Lincoln memorabilia with such interesting information from his years as a senator through his election to president and his assassination. There is a column of books at least 3 stories tall showing all the books that have been written about Lincoln, he was such an interesting man!!!! A must see when in DC!!

Coach Aundre Blasingame: Historical site. It has aged and been restored well. SAW A GREAT MUSICAL CALLED GRACE! I recommended you reading this review go see it. Had an incredible time.

Casey M: Beautiful and historic museum dedicated to the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. The tickets cost $3 to buy ahead and the audio guides are $5 each. The self guided tour begins in the museum where you see the actual gun used to kill Lincoln, the wooden bar used to jam the door and the pillow where they laid his head after he was shot. After the museum, you walk up steps to the actual theater where you see the box where he sat when he was shot. Really wonderful and educational tour that my daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed. Plus, two very cute gift shops. Don't miss this one if you're in DC!

Danielle Flickinger: It is absolutely wrong that they bring you into the history exhibit first and give you only 15-30 minutes max to see everything (could take two hours or more depending on if you read a view every exhibit). Then your rushed into the theater for the rangers speech and everyone was informed once you go into the theater there is no re entry to the history museum. So basically plan on coming several times if you wish to view everything. Most do as this is the actual items and belongings of Lincoln and pertinent to the entire point of this journey. Upset is putting it mildly. Waste of time and sadly had my kids with us to let them view such important parts of history and they couldn’t by any means. These people do not care about educating and why spend the money on the history exhibit if people basically can only make it through one exhibit and rushed out.

15. Metropolitan School of the Arts

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Metropolitan School of the Arts
Location
4.6
Price
4.7
Class
4.6
Facilities
4.6
Teachers
4.6

Address: 5775 Barclay Dr, Alexandria, VA 22315

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 7:30AM

Telephone: (703) 339-0444

Guy: Dance school


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Amanda S: We have had really quality teachers here and a wonderful learning experience. We’ve also found the nickel and diming (like if your kid is in two classes in different recitals, you have to buy the quite expensive tickets twice) to be frustrating, and they cancel classes for “weather” even when there really isn’t any weather to be spoken of. So mixed bag of great classes and frustrating extra expenses plus constant fundraising pitches.

Russell Marino: Metropolitan School of the Arts is a fantastic organization; their classes, teachings and instructors are second to none. Our daughter has attended for the past few years and as a family, we really enjoy the whole experience. Initially, we lived nearby and have since moved a bit further away. We decided the 25 minute drive to the school was worth it because we all enjoy it that much. Their productions are top notch as I was personally blown away by amount of effort and the creativity behind these performances. The arts are such and important part of culture and contribute more to our world than most realize. I'm glad we have such a wonderful performing arts organization in Northern Virginia. Thank you MSA!

Thomas W Repczynski: This non-competition, student-first, dance studio was life-changing for our now college-age daughter, instilling in her an expected lifelong love of dance. It was our experience over nearly a dozen years that the MSA faculty and staff encouraged and inspired with an obvious love and passion for their craft. We never second-guessed or had any reason to reconsider our studio choice.

Hanna Najia: I’ve been dancing at MSA for around five years now and have had the most amazing experience! I have most definitely seen improvement in my dance technique and performance and have learned valuable life skills as well. The studio offers a wide range of dance, theatre, and music classes to all students, even those who are homeschooled. There are plenty of opportunities to showcase what we’ve learned in fun and creative ways. I plan to remain at the studio for years to come!

Carey Ewing Erickson: My daughters have danced at MSA for the last decade. They have excellent teachers, and a wide variety of classes. Dancers are able to participate in number of performances, both as a part of the regular classes or audition opportunities to perform in the yearly Nutcracker and Spring Production. Both daughters now participate in their pre-professional companies which provide additional instruction and performance opportunities. I couldn't have chosen a better studio for them, and am very glad I did.

David Harrison: I enjoyed the delightful performance of Coppelia yesterday. The skill level was wonderful. The publicity picture and invitation in the Gazette was excellent. The choreography was marvelous, the costumes were handmade to fit, colorful, and adorable. The welcoming of guests, the professionalism by staff, the lighting and sound were excellent. I understand MFAC has an accredited school for the arts. Thank you for a special day of encouraging next generation to continue the value of Ballet.

Gwendolyn Foerster: Love MSA! There are so many opportunities in one place for music, dance, voice, and acting. The classes and teachers are so professional and fantastic!I was amazed by their approach to classes and performances during covid and the wonderful work on their video performances! What a treasure for those students!

Muffet Feddo: My daughter has danced here for 5 years and has been a student at the Academy for the past 2 years. She is receiving excellent dance training from superb teachers. She has had many opportunities to audition and perform in wonderful productions. We are extremely pleased with Metropolitan and highly recommend it to anyone interested in top-notch dance, music/voice, musical theater, or acting instruction.

Kelly Greksouk: My daughter attends a dance class every week at the studio as well as the after school program, MetroClub. She loves every second of it. MetroClub is not like any other after school program out there. It's engaging and full of new experiences centered around the fine arts. My daughter loves being engaged in yoga and song theater. She is able to focus on homework as well. Her imagination is encouraged and her creativity blossoms. Couldn't be happier with Metropolitan School of the Arts Studio.

Anya Jonesy: I go to the Academy at Metropolitan, and it is truly amazing. The teachers pay very close attention to what they think is good for you, and let you personalize you experience. The school teachers allow you to work wherever, and help you in a more personalized way. In public schools if you have a problem things don't really get resolved with other students or the teachers, here they really pay attention to you, and how they can help you. I have been dancing at Metropolitan for the past 8 years, and will definitely be dancing many more years because of the great experience they have given me.

16. National Theatre DC

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National Theatre DC
Location
4.5
Price
4.5
Class
4.6
Facilities
4.5
Teachers
4.5

Address: 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004

Telephone: (202) 628-6161

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "National Theater always a great place for a musical or play."

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Sassy Sauce: This is nice theatre and it’s relatively small compared to others in the city. When you’re on the first level, it’s hardly a bad seat there. The view from the back is clear and the acoustics are good. One thing I noticed is, when buying a ticket through Ticketmaster and a seat may be listed as handicapped or wheelchair accessible, it really isn’t. The wheelchair seats listed for this theatre are really regular seats without the capability of being removed for a wheelchair. So keep that in mind for different abled persons. Also, the balcony seats for the first level up are really nice. Highly recommend the seats that are immediately to the left and right of the stage. Great view! The family went from for a kid’s show and had a great time.

Jane L: I have seen several shows here but most recently saw Come From Away. I bought tickets on Goldstar and was given seats in Rear Balcony, Row H, seats 2-6. The show was amazing and you just can't beat the price (other than winning the daily lottery). The slope in the balcony is steep so be prepared for that but the good thing is it's easy to see the entire stage. For this show it was perfect for seeing all characters at all times and they never left the stage to walk through the aisles so we didn't miss anything. We got there 45 min early, breezed through the vaccination verification at the entrance, took the elevator up, and relaxed in the lounge until it was closer to curtain time. There are only 4 stalls in the women's bathroom so a line forms 10-15 min before the start. After the show, the wait for the elevator takes a while and a large crowd forms to take it down. If you opt for the stairs, it seemed like there were 8 sets to take.

Tracy Lindsey: We went to see Come From Away at The National Theatre. All the instructions, directions and details were sent in emails to lay out what was to take place. I was a little apprehensive about all of their guidelines, but let me just say the whole process couldn't have gone smoother. The staff was efficient and courteous. The theatre is beautiful, seats were good, no problems seeing or hearing the performance. I can't say enough good things about Come From Away, what a magnificent show!! We so enjoyed it! Highly recommend it!

Amanda Randall: If there were a 4.5, I would give the theater 1/2 additional points, but the seating area needs upgrading for comfort and visibility. The play was fabulous. I’ve seen the show a couple of times, and this was by far one of the best cast. The National Theatre is lovely but could use some updating of the chairs and inside the theater. Tall people, be prepared for your knees to hit the seats. Other than that, it’s a great location, walking distance to dinner and parking all around.

Michelle Garcia: First week of opening since the pandemic, you can tell the staff needs to get back into the swing of things still. The theater isn't too glitzy, there is enough room between seats, like most theaters its very compact but this was fine. The sounds was good. I don't like that restrooms are only on the second level, what about those on the first! Parking was easy to come by for a decent price. The lobby's are small.

Rita Moore: First time at this theater to see the musical Hair Spray. Great performance! The staff was very organized and friendly. The concession stand is over priced. Only other complaint is that the bathroom could use some deodorizer and the seats are not comfortable.

Scott Ellis: If you can afford to buy orchestra main floor tickets, seat and row space is nice. Otherwise prepared to be crammed into barely comfortable seat areas.The stage area looks completely outdated despite a supposed theater renovation. Sad that this the venue has not evolved.

S King: Great Audio. Comfortable seats. No obstructed views. Convenient to public transportation and multiple parking garages. . . . The only drawback is when there are major events happening downtown that impact road closures. Parades, protests, lighting of the National Christmas tree, marathons, etc.

Aivy League: Such a beautiful theatre, and was such a great experience. My mum in law, sis in law & I watched "come from away" which was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. A 5/5 for sure, they did such a good job with this show. It was funny, moving and so so entertaining. Can't wait to come back and see another show here. - IG: @SpicyAivy

RR: Saw the Illusionists last week and reminded me just how magnificent this building is. True without elevators and restrooms are on the second floor but there is no bad seat when watching . Nice bars and go to the second floor for no lines . You can bring drinks and food purchased inside . Lots of parking nearby and if you use spot hero I get very convenient parking at a discount . Several restaurants closed by if you arrive early and walk on E over to 12 or beyond.

17. Synetic Theater

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Synetic Theater
Location
4.8
Price
4.7
Class
4.7
Facilities
4.7
Teachers
4.7

Address: 1800 S Bell St, Arlington, VA 22202

Telephone: (703) 824-8060

Guy: Performing arts theater


Review: "Easily the best kept secret in the DC metro area."

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Marsha Semmel: A wonderful and delicious treat of a show. Amazing performances, timing, choreography, and a guaranteed good time to be had by all -- on stage and in the audience!

Aaron: Went to watch Cinderella. Venue is well appointed. Free parking on weekends. Staff very welcoming and helpful. Good covid protocols. The performance was fantastic! The actresses and actors were just wonderful. They really brought the play to life and the use of props was imaginative. Truly an excellent performance by all! Hats off to everyone involved from the support staff to actresses and actors. Great job everyone! 👏

Jeffrey Ridlington: Synetic Theatre is an amazing theatre company. Combining multiple movement forms to tell exciting, fast paced stories, they constantly amaze and delight.

John Weber: Came here for The Madness of Poe a few weeks ago and was blown away! I just moved to the area and wanted to try some different things I don’t normally do, and I happened upon this theatre and decided to go to a show. All I can say is it was phenomenal. The setting, special effects, acting, everything was fantastic and a pleasure watching. Will definitely come back for another show soon!

William: I just watched The Tempest at Synetic Theatre. The mind-blowing tech combined with the stunning acting created an amazing experience. I will definitely return to see more performances.

mary mims: Saw Cinderella and it was very good. I did not know that there were no words spoken since I was invited by my sister. It was really clever how they conveyed the meaning without talking.

Lynn Frasier: Nice size theater to enjoy an intimate show. Wish there was some snacks and beverages to boost the feel of the show. Liquid courage goes a long way for a show that requires audience participation. Still, really enjoy it.

Donna Terry: The theater was very clean organize and the performance was very well put together even though you know my past. I recommend anyone and everyone too be a part of any event that is there. Synthetic theater have two hands up for me!!!

Alli F: Always a great experience. Actors and performances are top notch. Have been here maybe 10 times over the past few years and have never had a bad experience. My favorite ones were Midsummer Nights Dream, Jekyll and Hyde and one I can't remember the name of but there was a piano and lots of water! We also saw the kids performance Hansel and Gretel which was absolutely incredible. I really cannot say enough good things about this theater gem.

Socorrito Baez-Page: Synetic Theater is amazing. Their performances of plays are performed, not with speech, but through dance. Their evocative movements and faces convey meaning and completely immerse you in the world they have created. I just saw "The Tempest" which they perform on a water-covered stage, so that sprays of water dance with them, and my breath was taken away! A must see!