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Current Operating Status

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, and without a clearly defined end to social-distancing restrictions, the challenges and risks of offering a safe theatre experience, particularly for school and camp groups, is currently too difficult for us. The health and safety of our audience, artists, and staff are of the utmost importance, and, because of that, Discovery Theater will not be presenting in-person performances for the 2020-2021 Season (this includes Summer, 2021). We are currently exploring virtual alternatives, engaging with Smithsonian Associates Streaming and invite you to stay up-to-date by connecting with us via social media or through our website. We are planning to slowly and safely re-open with in-person performances and in-school performance options for the 2021-2022 School Year. Until we can be together again - either virtually or in person - we hope you, your students, and your families are staying safe, healthy, and creative!

Read a letter from our Artistic Director, Roberta Gasbarre. (6/24/2020)

Check out some suggested (digital) resources below from our Smithsonian colleagues:

Virtual Summer Adventures from Smithsonian Associates

Early Childhood Resources, Digital Activity Booklets, & Virtual Programs from the African American History & Culture Museum

Story Time at Air & Space (New episodes are released every Tuesday at 11am)

Digital School Programs from Natural History Museum

Virtual Field Trips from the American Indian Museum

Virtual Workshops for Educators with Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Winter at Home Guide - fun activities and puzzles you can do at home, inspired by the Smithsonian

Distance Learning Resources from Smithsonian Learning Lab

Year-Long, Family Workshop Series from SAAM and Museum of Asian Art (calendar will be updated as events are scheduled)

And check out more of our Digital Resources.

Teachers & Parents! Discovery Theater is your source for live performances that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. Bring your young people to Discovery Theater to experience heritage, science and culture in a memorable way.


Generous support for Discovery Theater is provided by:

  • D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
  • DC Public Schools
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • PNC Foundation
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program
  • Sommer Endowment