Studio Theater is giving its building upgrade a “Hi, nod!”

The Studio Theater illuminated its new exterior signage on Tuesday evening, February 22, 2022, to commemorate the completion of its $20 million building renovation. which includes an upgraded HVAC system and state-of-the-art lighting, sound and production technology.

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

The theater’s name is now inscribed on its main entrance in 6-foot-tall letters spanning 35 feet…

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

while a 17-foot-high blade sign at the corner of 14th and P NW streets identifies Studio as a beacon of creativity on DC’s busiest entertainment corridor.

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

Visitors were treated to a hot chocolate…

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

…and remarks by artistic director David Muse.

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

A neighborhood landmark for more than 40 years and a destination for contemporary theatre, Studio launched its spectacular Open Studio capital project in 2021 to create more public gathering spaces, upgrade systems and infrastructure, and enhance artistic potential. by completely reorganizing its flagship theatrical space.

The renovations will allow the popular arts venue to expand its business strategy by enhancing its artistic innovation and audience experience, and helping the theater connect with the DC community and immediate neighborhood in a more meaningful way. This neon sign is the first in a series of events commemorating the reopening of Studio’s fully renovated building.


Founded in 1978, the Studio Theater is Washington’s premier contemporary theater venue, “where local audiences will find today’s most cutting-edge playwrights” (Variety). One of the nation’s most respected mid-size theaters, Studio produces exceptional contemporary drama in deliberately intimate spaces. Inspired by large ensembles – where people work together in a spirit of generosity and professional rigor – Studio brings a characteristic thoughtfulness and boldness to its work on and off stage, through its new work incubator and initiatives engagement, education and training of the workforce. Studio serves nearly 75,000 people each year, including more than 1,000 youth and young adults through community engagement initiatives. The quality of Studio’s work has been recognized by sustained community support, as well as 78 Helen Hayes Awards for Excellence in Professional Theatre.

In miniature, two children seek safety, in ‘Flight’ at the Studio Theater (review by Sophia Howes)

The Studio Theater will stage an eclectic season of five plays in a renovated building (news as of July 23, 2022, with revised air dates)

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