About Life Stories

Life Stories is a program of The Theatre Lab. Learn more.

The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program teaches people from vulnerable populations to create original dramatic works using their own life experiences. Since launching the program in 2000, we have brought life-transforming opportunities for creative self-expression to more than 2,500 youth and adults from age 3 to 100+. 

How does it work? 

The Life Stories program offers training in acting, storytelling, screenwriting and directing. The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories teaching artists partner with local nonprofits to bring the benefits of their training to existing groups.

Who do you serve?

We work with organizations that serve many different people. Past partners have included Camp Mariposa, Greentree Shelter, Georgetown Senior Residences, The Wounded Warrior Project, Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, National Center for Children and Families, SMYAL, GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Pasa Nuevo Program, Potomac Job Corps Center, Whitman Walker Health, many area schools, and more. Our Life Stories program with N Street Village was the subject of the award-winning documentary film, How I Got Over, a full-length feature by director Nicole Boxer.

The Life Stories Project, a short film by Michael O. Snyder, also documents the work of the Life Stories Program and was the WINNER of the 2015 Our City Festival ‘Best Short Documentary’ Award.

How do I get involved?

For organizations looking to partner with the Life Stories program, please contact us. To gain the training of the Life Stories teaching artists, attend the Life Stories Institute in Washington, DC. To share the Life Stories program with your organization (academic organization, place of worship, civic club, professional organization, etc.), give us a call or contact us to learn about hosting a film screening of How I Got Over.