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. Information about joining the company for the following year is posted each spring.

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.


Free Play


Round House wants to make attending our shows an integral part of every teen’s education. That’s where FREE PLAY comes in! Any teenager ages thirteen to nineteen can reserve a FREE ticket to any Round House production. Here’s how it works:

  • One free ticket per production for any teen
  • Free Play tickets may be reserved by calling 240.644.1100 or in person at the RHT Bethesda Box Office
  • Valid ID or proof of age must be presented at RHT Box Office when the ticket is picked up.

For the lineup of our 2017-2018 productions, click here.

Parents or adults wishing to attend with the Free Play student will receive 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 Free Play program, please contact (Please note: you cannot reserve tickets via this email address. To reserve tickets, call 240.644.1100 or visit our Bethesda Box Office.)


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 offers engaging programs for students of all ages. We inspire creativity, exercise imaginations, and promote artistic risk-taking, while developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence. We believe each child is an artist, and encourage them to explore every aspect of theater – acting, movement, design, and play creation – and the unique ways of telling stories through drama.
Check here in January for information on our Summer Camps 2018!


Call 301.585.1225 or email

Grades 6-8

Saturdays 1:30pm-3pm
Tuition: $150; Save $50 if you register for both semesters for $250

Students explore more specific skills, and grow as artists as they collaborate with their peers. Each session concludes with a sharing for family.

Fall: Improv! (Saturdays: Sept. 30 – Nov. 18, 2017) Students collaborate spontaneously and have fun participating in improv games and acting exercises that channel creativity and build self-confidence.

Spring: Let’s Share Shakespeare: (April 7 – May 19, 2018) Students learn to apply their own imaginations and creativity to the performance of Shakespeare. Participants will hone their performance skills, while rehearsing and performing scenes and monologues from the Bard’s plays.

Both Semesters of Classes for Grades 6-8

Young Artists Performance Companies for Grades 6-8

A UNIQUE CLASS FOR EXPERIENCED STUDENTS. Our performance companies bring together young artists with prior experience and a passion for theatre to create characters through acting exercises and rehearsal, as well as explore various elements of design. Under the direction of two RHT teaching artists, students bring an established text to life.

This class culminates in a final performance following the last class at 3:30 in our rehearsal room. Limited enrollment.

6-8 Grade Ensemble WINTER

Saturdays 12-3pm
Jan. 20 – April 21, 2018 (12-week class, no class Feb 17, March 31
One additional rehearsal may be scheduled the week of performances.
Tuition: $325.00

Questions? Email or call 301.585.1225.

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.

2017-2018 Season Teen Nights: Reserve Your Ticket Below!

I’ll Get You Back Again – Oct 6, 2017 at 6:30pm

The Book of Will – Dec 1, 2017 at 6:30pm

Handbagged – Friday, Feb 2, 2018 at 6pm

“Master Harold”…and the Boys – Friday, April 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

The Legend Of Georgia McBride – June 8, 2018 6:30pm