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Founded in 1978, The Studio Theatre is Washington's premiere stage for the best in contemporary theatre. Led by Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman, The Studio Theatre has built a national reputation for the production of area premieres of bold American and European works, innovative revivals and arresting performance art. A highly energetic, eclectic urban theatre, The Studio is dedicated to the primacy of performance, intimacy between actor and audience, and the highest standard production values. The Studio Theatre has received nearly 200 Helen Hayes Award nominations for artistic excellence since the awards were founded in 1985.

The Studio Theatre Secondstage, created in 1988, offers a blend of spirited and irreverent performances, provocative productions of created works, cutting-edge writers, musicals, and early works by revered authors. The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory was recently called