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We provide unique opportunities for young actors of any level of experience who seek to perform Shakespeare, other plays of the classical repertory theatre, and modern plays that focus on the beauty of language.






Rehearsal Groups

Rehearsal Groups


Actors meet in 3 groups for weekly rehearsals - Players (ages 8-12), Classics (ages 12-16) and Guild (by invitation). Although the rehearsal groups meet separately each week, the members of the Players, Classics, and Guild all work on a single production. Coming together on occasional weekend rehearsals, and then every day during Production Week, all actors ultimately create a cohesive, high quality production that bonds them together as creative collaborators. The Director and production team approach each production as a “hand made” creative project that requires complete devotion. All together, this creates not only great art, but a transformative experience that benefits our actors for life!

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Summerstock Camps

Summerstock Camps


All actors are cast in an exciting role, receive expert directing & coaching, make new friends, play theatre games, and make memories to last a lifetime! Lumina’s famous camp is coming back for a summer filled with laughter and learning! Summer Camps are educational and filled with creativity that exercises both brain and body!

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“At this point in my life, I can surely say that 90% of everything that I know about anything has come from Lumina and 99.9% of everything that I know about theatre has come from my time with Lumina. Lumina has made me who I am.”

Isabel Thompson, Alumnus

“Through Lumina, I gave part of myself to each of these characters, and in return they gave themselves to me and shaped the person I am today.”

Adelaide Waldrop, Alumnus

“My son learned that he is in charge of his life and is responsible for himself (learn your lines, and if you don’t take that responsibility, your lines (and even your part) will be cut.). He learned that if you set your goals high and expect yourself to reach them, you will. He also learned that just when you think you can’t, you can.”

Rose Monsell, Lumina Parent

“I signed her up for camp there, and honestly she's like a changed kid. She got a big part in the play they are doing, and has been dedicated about learning lines, etc. Plus she just seems overall more outgoing, social in a different/ better way .... it's amazing.”

Lumina Summerstock Parent

“It was such a wonderful experience for my daughter to use her voice in this new way!”

Lumina Summerstock Parent

“They really gave us a gift as young kids in taking us seriously and asking us to behave professionally. In exchange, we got to be on a real stage with real costumes and acting classical material.”

Lizzie Albert, Alumnus (NYU Tisch School of the Arts)

“Lumina is a village. Youngsters, parents and community members come together to enjoy theater, classic literature and have fun. Friendships are forged, horizons are opened and abilities are stretched in this loving and encouraging setting. I wouldn’t miss watching the kids transform their characters in each production from the first read to final performance. Likewise it is inspiring to watch the young actors develop as people who can be counted on for persistence, effort and reliability as well as entertainment!”

Cassie Gabriel, Actor & Supporter

“Working with the young actors at Lumina has simply been one of the most stimulating experiences of my theatrical life. It’s a privilege to rehearse and perform alongside such an extraordinary pool of enthusiasm, commitment, imagination, professionalism and burgeoning talent.”

John O’Connor, Author and Shakespearean Scholar

“Lumina Studio Theatre’s The Tempest was a stunning spectacle of superior stage craft, the kind of collective performance that “dreams are made of.”

DC Metro Theatre Arts Review

“The moment you lay eyes on the magnificent set, you know: This is no ordinary youth production. A far, and far more professional, cry from what most of us recall of elementary school recitals, Lumina Studio Theatre brings us a delightful romp through one of Shakespeare’s cherished comedies.”

DC Theatre Scene Review of Twelfth Night 2014

“Shogun Caesar was a knockout triumph in every respect…. This theatre company is a community treasure and is deserving of national attention and recognition.”

Jamie Raskin, Maryland State Senator

“I had the pleasure of attending Lumina Studio Theatre’s splendid production of Cymbeline. I was extremely impressed with the great work that Lumina got out of the students. Not only did they know exactly what they were saying at every moment, they were also very clear on their characters, relationships, and the whole story. The young Lumina actors took very challenging Shakespeare and really owned it. They were poised, confident, and well-directed. Not only that, but they were having a great time! Congratulations, Lumina, for pulling off a near-miracle: getting kids to put on a Shakespeare play at a high level at such a young age. Keep up the great work!”

Nick Newlin, The Nicolo Whimsey Show

“I was really amazed that these were young actors! I couldn’t believe how well they handled the amount of and complexity of the lines and of the content….What a celebration of talent, of motivation and seriousness of purpose. We hear quite a bit these days about kids who are glued to TVs and video games, struggling with ADHD and anti-depressants or who are not goal-oriented, but here is a stellar example of 40 young actors (with lead roles played by 14 year-olds), who have risen to extraordinary heights and who should be mentoring all those other kids. What an inspiration!”

Joanne Rasi, Library of Congress

“Incredible… One of the most stirring performances I have seen in a long time… Fabulous”

Susan Jenkins, Executive Director Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

“Lumina is a first class organization. Pyramid Atlantic has worked with Lumina on several occasions and it is always artistically fulfilling and energizing to work with such a talented group of actors, directors and designers.”

Jose Dominguez, Executive Director, Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

See what Congressman Jamie Raskin says about Lumina

Jamie Raskin spoke about how much he loves Lumina Studio Theatre and Shakespeare while interviewed by Jen Psaki on MSNBC!

Jamie Raskin issued Lumina a Congressional Proclamation acknowledging 25 years of service to the community!