Programs for Teens

Teen Performance Company


The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Company is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theater artists. Company members work closely with experienced professional artists and practitioners as mentors. Each company member is exposed to all the elements that are required to bring a professional production to the stage. Students selected also gain behind–the-scenes access to RHT productions, and attend special events and master classes with RHT company members.

The program culminates in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play which is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed by the Teen Performance Company. This year’s performances will take place March 17-19, 2017 at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md.

For more details about the Teen Performance Program, click here.

Join the 2017-2018 Teen Performance Program

STAGE MANAGERS, RUN CREW, LIGHTING, SOUND AND PROPS DESIGNERS:  Download, Complete and Submit your application by June 30, 2017.

Application Downloads:

Designer (Lighting, Sound, Costumes, Props) Application
Stage Manager and Crew Application

ACTORS: Auditions will be held June 13 & 14, 2017. To sign up for an appointment email:

For more details about the RHT Teen Performance Program, click here.

Questions? Call Round House Theatre Education Center at 301.585.1225 or email

To stay up to date on the Teen Performance Company, friend the RHT Teen Performance Company on Facebook and email to be added to our email list.

Sarah Play History

The Sarah Play honors the memory of Sarah Emily Metzger, an active member of the theater community in her school and at Round House, who was killed in an automobile accident during her freshman year of college. One of the Round House family’s lasting memories of Sarah is that, while still a high school student, she independently mounted a full-scale theatre production. Wishing to expand on the opportunities offered by her high school’s theatre department, Sarah worked to raise funds, secure facilities and a production staff, market and promote her production, and direct a full-length play.

After her passing, Sarah’s family worked with Round House to create The Sarah Metzger Memorial Fund as a tribute to the inspiring young woman. Through the generosity of many contributors, the fund provides the financial resources each season for similarly passionate and motivated high school students to create a fully-realized production with a professional theatre company.

Click here to learn more about supporting our work.


Play It Forward

Round House wants to make attending our shows an integral part of a high school education. To that end, we’ve set aside FREE tickets to regularly scheduled Round House performances for all High School students!

Here’s how it works. Any High School student can reserve a free ticket to any production of their choice during the 2016-2017 Round House season.

  • One free ticket per production for any High School Student.
  • Play It Forward tickets may be reserved by calling 240.644.1100 or in person at the RHT Bethesda Box Office
  • Valid High School ID must be presented at RHT Box Office when the ticket is picked up

For the lineup of our 2016-2017 productions, click here.

Parents or adults wishing to attend with the Play It Forward student – as well as other students not eligible for Play It Forward – can purchase full price single tickets at a $5 per ticket discount. Please call or visit the RHT Box Office. Limit of 2 additional tickets. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with other discounts.

If you have specific questions about the Play It Forward program, please contact (Please note: you cannot reserve Play It Forward tickets via this email address. To reserve tickets, call 240.644.1100 or visit our Bethesda Box Office.)

Support Play It Forward

You can help make attending a show at Round House FREE for all High School students. Every $20 you donate to this program will help send one student to a show for free. Email for info on supporting Play It Forward.


Round House’s Student Matinee Program provides school groups with a comprehensive, exceptional theatrical arts experience through a package of opportunities designed to engage, educate, and entertain.

  • Student Matinee performances begin at 10am
  • Performances are at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda (one block from Wisconsin Ave. and the Bethesda Metro station)
  • High school students are all offered one FREE ticket per season through our unique Play It Forward program, which may be applied to one of our regularly scheduled evening performances or to your group attending a Student Matinee.
  • One free adult chaperone ticket for every ten student tickets
  • Study guides help teachers and students prepare for and follow up the performance
  • Post-show discussions immediately follow every Student Matinee performance

2017-2018  Student Matinee Schedule

The Book of Will – December 6, 2017
Handbagged – February 15, 2018
Sloppy Firsts – March 16, 2018
“Master Harold”… and the Boys – April 18, 2018

For detailed information on these shows, click here.

For directions to Round House Theatre in Bethesda, click here.


For more info, contact the Round House box office at 240-644-1099 x1073 or email

Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are not final until they have been confirmed via contract.

Summer Theater Camps for Grades 6-12

Round House Theatre’s Summer Teen Institute provides a unique opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to build theatrical skills while discovering their own artistic voices. Students learn from professional artists at our theater in Bethesda, focusing on different areas of expertise each week. The program caters to students at all skill levels, dividing them into companies based on age and experience. The companies separate for classes and workshops, but come together to share discoveries and perform for each other. Each session culminates in a showcase for family and friends.




Click the session title below to be guided through the registration process. Within a week of completing your online registration, our education staff will follow up via email with additional forms and detailed instructions. If you have questions in the interim, email or call 301.585.1225. If you are having trouble with online registration, click here for a PDF registration form. Online registration for any session, space permitting, is available up until noon the Friday prior to the camp session.  Should you have a last minute registration, please call the education center at 301.585.1225. If you’re registering for more than one session, enter code EXPLOREMORE for 10% off.

Grades 6-12: Summer Teen Institute

Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda
(For students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017)

Mon – Fri, 10am-5pm
$300 per session/$175 week of July 3/$500 for 2-week session

Session 1: June 26-30 | AUDITION TO OPENING
Explore the professional actor’s process from the audition, through table work and rehearsing, to the thrill of opening. Develop the tools needed to create full physical and vocal characters, exercise creativity, and partner with other actors to create dynamic scenes onstage.

Session 2: July 5-7 | IMPROV SLAM (Special 3 Day Intensive)
“Louder, Faster, Funnier!” Achieve all three in this off-the-wall and fast-paced class.   Learn to create characters and react spontaneously onstage all while playing engaging (and even competitive!) games. Improvisation offers actors a fun-filled opportunity to take creative risks and strengthen fundamental skills.

Session 3: July 10-21 | MUSICAL THEATRE (2-Week Session)
Become a triple-threat performer! In this 2-week session, students learn important musical theatre skills including: interpretation of text and lyrics, creating characters, vocal and dance technique, and incorporating songs into scene work. Work on classic and contemporary musicals, and learn within a rehearsal environment that’s intensive and fun.

Session 4: July 24-28 | DRAMATIC DEVISING
Collaborate in ensembles to develop skills in storytelling, improvisation, and play-making to create and perform original theatrical work under the guidance of company members from Happenstance Theater.

Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Their Helen Hayes Award-Winning six-member ensemble is made up of multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of their work from concept to realization.

Session 5: July 31-August 4 | STAGE COMBAT
Learn the art of stage fighting! Under the guidance of a trained fight choreographer, younger students will learn the elements of hand-to-hand combat including slaps, punches, kicks, and falls while more experienced students venture into armed combat. In addition to these combat skills, students will learn how to create a story through their fight choreography.

Session 6: August 7-11 | PROJECT DESIGN
Taking full advantage of our theatre in Bethesda, students will explore the elements of theatrical design and technology. Using shows from RHT’s upcoming season as a springboard, students will explore the process of designing sets, costumes, lighting, and sound. Professional designers from the Round House season will join us as guests for this class, which is perfect for the student with interests in design and technical theatre.


Call 301.585.1225 or email


Click here for information on our internships & apprenticeships.

Student-Matinee_376x376If you are a teen who loves theater and having fun with friends, join us for our new Teen Nights!

Teen Nights bring together high school students from all over the area to watch shows from our dynamic season, with special behind the scenes access to RHT staff and artists.

  • Join us for dinner followed by a preshow discussion before the show
  • Attend a performance of the play
  • Join us for a special post show activity

All for the special ticket price of $10.

2016-2017 Season Teen Nights: Reserve Your Ticket Below!


Angels in America –  October 7, 2016 at 6pm

Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley – December 2, 2016 at 6:30pm

Caroline, or Change – January 26, 2016 at 6pm

Or, – April 21, 2017 at 6:30pm

How I Learned What I Learned  – June 9, 2016 6:30pm