Studio Acting Conservatory Announces Location for 2019-2020 Classes

The newly formed Studio Acting Conservatory has secured temporary space for its next season of classes. 2019-2020 Classes will take place in Washington, DC, at the Garnet Patterson School, directly across from the U Street Metro at (10th St and U St).

Garnet Patterson School. Photo courtesy of Studio Acting Conservatory.
Garnet Patterson School. Photo courtesy of Studio Acting Conservatory.

The building has a deep history of supporting artists. For three years, it served as the home for Duke Ellington School of the Arts during the renovation of their building, and currently houses other arts groups such as StepAfrika! and CityDance.

Joy Zinoman, Studio Acting Conservatory founder, said “We are proud to be in such creative company, and incredibly grateful for the generous support from the city during this time of transition.”

Zinoman added that they are currently finalizing plans for a permanent home and will announce that soon.

The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory has been a part of Studio Theatre for forty-four years when both were founded by Zinoman, who stepped down as Studio’s artistic director in 2010. The current Studio Theatre leadership recently decided to close the school after the 2019 summer classes prompting Zinoman and a team of colleagues to set up a new acting conservatory that they say will offer the same curriculum taught by many of the same teachers but no longer be affiliated with Studio Theatre.

[Related: Studio Theatre To Close Its Acting Conservatory (2/13/19)]

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A reformed child actor, Nicole got her BA in English literature before wandering the globe for a decade, writing and teaching English in Prague, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She eventually landed in NYC where she received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and dabbled in theater as an actor, script reader, and dramaturg. Thrilled by the strong and diverse theater community she discovered in Washington, DC, Nicole wakes up every morning excited to contribute to DC Metro Theater Arts and other publications. Nicole studied journalism at Georgetown University and was a 2019 fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute. Email:, Instagram: @nicolehertvik, Twitter: @nicolehertvik, Facebook: Nicole Hertvik.