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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to progress, and without a clearly defined end to social-distancing restrictions, the challenges and risks of offering a safe theatre experience have become increasingly difficult. The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists are of the utmost importance, and, after much consideration, Smithsonian leadership feels it is currently too difficult for us to offer viable in-person programs. Until we can be together again-either virtually or in person-we wish you a healthy, safe, and creative summer!

Read a letter from our Artistic Director, Roberta Gasbarre.

Check out our Digital Resources.

Summer Road TripA free at-home summer learning guide for kids in grades K-8 is available now on Smithsonian Education's Learning Lab. The 40-page guide is packed with puzzles, games, and at-home fun and takes kids on an imaginary road trip through the Smithsonian. Our favorite stop? Making our own taiko drum for a cultural festival (see page 18)!

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