Studio Theatre gives its building upgrade a ‘Hi, sign!’

New exterior signage lights up to mark completion of a $20-million renovation.

Studio Theatre lit up its new exterior signage Tuesday night, February 22, 2022, to commemorate 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 Theatre’s name is now emblazoned over its main entrance in 6-foot-tall letters spanning 35 feet…

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

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

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

Visitors were treated to hot chocolate…

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

…and remarks from Artistic Director David Muse.

Photo by Jati Lindsay.

A neighborhood landmark for more than 40 years and destination for contemporary theater, Studio embarked on its dramatic Open Studio capital project in 2021 to create more public gathering spaces, modernize systems and infrastructure, and enhance artistic potential by completely reengineering its flagship theater space.

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


Founded in 1978, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theater, “where local audiences will find today’s edgiest playwrights” (Variety). One of the most respected midsized theaters in the country, Studio produces exceptional contemporary drama in deliberately intimate spaces. Drawing inspiration from great ensembles — where people work together with a spirit of generosity and professional rigor — Studio brings characteristic thoughtfulness and daring to its work onstage and off, through its new work incubator and engagement, education, and workforce training initiatives. 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 theater.

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