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Updates & Current Operating Status
  • We are open for in-person performances for the 2022-2023 School Year!
  • To view our in-person offerings, please check out our What's Playing page - and keep checking back!
  • Just Announced! Check out our Summer ’23 page to view our line-up for in-person performances this June and July!  Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 3rd. 
  • Before booking an in-person performance, please view our updated Group Sales Policy on our Group Sales page, and review our Health & Safety page
  • Select shows will be available on tour this school year! Please visit our Touring Shows page for more information
  • Join our team! We're always looking for Stage Managers, Actors, and Tour Managers! Please visit our Opportunities page to view current opportunities.

Stay up to date is by connecting with us via social media or through our website.

For questions in the meantime, please email us at

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:

  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program
  • Sommer Endowment