Programs for Teens

Teen Performance Company


The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Company is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theatre 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 productions and attend special events and master classes with Round House Theatre artists.

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 16-18, 2018 at Round House Theatre.

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 Teen Performance Company on Facebook and email to be added to our email list.

History of The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play

The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play honors the memory of Sarah Emily Metzger, an active member of the theatre 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

Teens and college students, we’ve got BIG news! Obsessed with theatre? Want to know what all the fuss is about? Need a date idea or a fun night out with friends?

At Round House Theatre, it’s FREE to see a show for anyone from 13 through college. Yep, FREE. No hidden fees, no tricks. It’s really free.

Here’s how it works:

Teens: Enhance your experience by joining us on Teen Night before the show for time with free food, friends, and a Pre-Show Discussion with an artist from the show. Teen Nights for our 2017-2018 Season are December 1, February 2, April 20, and June 8.

College Students: Join other area college students on College Night, which includes a Post-Show Discussion with members of the artistic team. College Nights for the 2017-2018 Season are November 30, February 1, April 12, and June 7.

Parents: Parents or adults wishing to attend with the Free Play student will receive a $5 per ticket discount. Please call or visit the Box Office. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with other discounts.


Round House Theatre’s FREE PLAY initiative ties into our greater strategy to develop theatre audiences of tomorrow by providing rich, meaningful arts experiences today. This program promotes accessibility of theatre and deepens ties between artists and members of the community. The recent expansion of this program helps to remove the financial barrier to theatre attendance for a wider range of students.

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, click the links above, call 240.644.1100, or visit our Box Office.)

To support FREE PLAY, click here.

Education sits at the core of Round House Theatre’s mission. 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. Seeing a great play does not simply introduce students to the world of theatre; it excites curiosity, incites empathy, and encourages independent thinking, proving to be an invaluable educational tool for holistic learning in the modern world.

    • Student Matinee performances begin at 10:00 am
    • Performances are at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda (one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda Metro station)
    • High school students are all offered one FREE ticket through our unique Free Play 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 10 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 at 10:30 am

What if there were no Shakespeare plays? The Book of Will reveals how easily the unthinkable could have come to pass by introducing us to the characters who kept it from happening. Students will witness a crucial facet of Shakespearean history through a comedic and highly accessible lens, learning about how great works of literature stand the test of time. By depicting the humble, everyday heroes who compiled the First Folio, The Book of Will links literature with loyalty, reminding students that patience is as important as genius, and shedding new light on how our love of Shakespeare began.

Handbagged – February 15, 2018

Maggie and Liz—the Queen and her Prime Minister. Moira Buffini’s Handbagged will immerse students in one of the most consequential and controversial periods in recent British history while painting dual portraits of two world-famous (and occasionally infamous) women. Funny and feminist, Handbagged encourages students to explore the nature of power, the responsibilities of a leader, and the role of women in the modern world. Specially revised for American audiences, this play will broaden students’ knowledge of modern history while maintaining an engaging and entertaining atmosphere throughout.

Sloppy Firsts – March 16, 2018

Life’s tough when you’re 16. Especially when your mom doesn’t understand you, your sister is perfect, and your best friend just moved away…In Sloppy Firsts, students will enter the world of Jessica Darling, a whipsmart, would-be writer who confides only in her diary. Adults and adolescents alike will connect to Jessica’s search to define her identity—a narrative that emphasizes the power of writing and of shaping one’s own story. Rebellious, vulnerable, and always relatable, Jessica Darling gives students a chance to see themselves onstage and will challenge them to find their own voices—and make themselves heard.

“Master Harold”… and the Boys –April 18, April 25, and May 2, 2018

South Africa, 1950. Apartheid is law. And in a decrepit, Port Elizabeth teashop, a struggle takes place for the soul of a young boy. The modern classic “Master Harold”… and the Boys introduces audiences to the white, adolescent Hallie, and to Sam, the strong and moral Black man who raised him. Hallie—lonely, angry, and scared—will seem all too familiar to students, even as his racist attitudes towards Sam become increasingly apparent. A searing portrayal of lost innocence,“Master Harold”… and the Boys will familiarize students with a tragic segment of world history, while asking them to confront the ways in which the play remains relevant today.

For additional, detailed information on these shows, click here.

For directions to Round House Theatre, click here.


For more info or to book tickets, 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 Theatre Camps for Grades 6-12

Round House Theatre inspires creativity, exercises imaginations, and promotes artistic risk-taking, while developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence. We believe every child is an artist, and encourage them to explore every aspect of theatreacting, music, movement, design, and play creation—and the unique ways of telling stories through theatre.


Register before March 3 to receive an Early Bird Discount of $50 off per session! 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. Online registration for any session, space permitting, is available up until 9:00 am the Friday prior to the camp session.  Should you have a last minute registration, please call the education center at 301.585.1225.

Grades 6-12: Summer Teen Institute

(For students entering Grades 6-12, note the specific grades for each session)

Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway, Bethesda

Mon – Fri, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
$300 per session, $500 for 2-week session

Round House Theatre’s Summer Teen Institute provides a unique opportunity for students to build theatrical skills in a supportive yet challenging environment while discovering their own artistic voices. Students learn from professional artist/educators, focusing on different areas of expertise each week. The program caters to students at all skill levels, dividing them into companies based upon age and experience. Each session culminates in a showcase for family and friends.

IMPROV FUNdamentals (Jun 18-22, Grades 6-12) Students will learn the basic skills of improv and create unique characters while playing fun, fast improvisational games. Learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, take risks, make strong choices, and leave the audience laughing!

IMPROV 2 (Jun 25-29, Grades 8-12, Prerequisite: Improv FUNdamentals) Dive further into improvisation through game playing, long-form exploration and developing characters, and work on creative collaboration to create improvised scenes and situations.

STAGE COMBAT: SWASHBUCKLING AND SWORD PLAY (Jul 9-13, Grades 6-12) Under the guidance of a trained fight choreographer, not only learn the basics of safety and an introduction to swordplay, but also explore how to create a story through fight choreography.

MUSICAL THEATRE (Jul 16-27, Two-week Session, Grades 6-12) During this two-week program take classes in acting, singing, and dance, then apply your skills and techniques in rehearsal for a musical theatre showcase.

PAGE TO STAGE (Jul 30-Aug 3, Grades 6-9) Follow the creative journey from start to finish! Take classes in directing, design, and acting, then work in small ensembles to develop, design, and perform short plays.

PLAYWRITING (Jul 30-Aug 3, Grades 9-12) Develop your skills in storytelling, improvisation, and the basics of playwriting and create monologues and scenes based on stories from your own life.

ADVANCED ACTING/SCENE STUDY (Aug 6-10, Grades 8-12)  Focus on the art of acting and explore new approaches to character creation, scene study, and theatrical performance, while working with professional directors.

THE ART OF AUDITIONING (Aug 13-17, Grades 6-12, $300) A good audition is not just luck; it takes real skill and preparation. Learn tips and techniques for a knockout audition in both academic and professional settings.

Grades 6-8

Tuition: $150; Save $50 if you register for both semesters

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

Fall: Improv!
Saturdays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Sep 30 – Nov 18, 2017
Students collaborate spontaneously and enjoy participating in improvisational games and acting exercises that channel creativity and build self-confidence.

Spring: Let’s Share Shakespeare
Saturdays 1:30 – 3:30 pm
April 28 – June 9 (no class on May 26)
Students learn to apply their own imaginations and creativity to the interpretation of Shakespeare, while incorporating basic stage combat techniques. Participants will expand their skills as they rehearse and perform scenes, monologues, and famous fight sequences 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 teaching artists, students bring an established text to life.

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

6-8 Grade Ensemble WINTER

Saturdays 12:00 – 3:00 pm
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: $300

The Winter 6-8 grade Young Artists Performance Company production will be Myth Adventures, a whirlwind of thrills and comedy, which journeys into the ancient world of Greek mythology with some of the greatest characters ever to grace the stage.  Myth Adventures, by Eric Coble, takes a fresh look at the classic legends through both a comic and dramatic lens.

Questions? Email or call 301.585.1225

Click here for information on our internships & apprenticeships.

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

Teen Nights bring together teens from all over the area to watch shows from our dynamic season, with special behind the scenes access to Round House Theatre staff and artists.

  • Join us for dinner followed by a Pre-Show Discussion before the show
  • Attend a performance of the play
  • Join us for a special post-show activity
  • FREE!


2017-2018 Season Teen Nights

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

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

Handbagged – February 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm

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

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


To reserve your Teen Night tickets, follow the FREE PLAY links above and select the Teen Night date when submitting the form.

For further questions contact the Box Office at 240.644.1100 or