Round House Theatre Exposes Youth to Theater Culture

A former banking executive, Donna Eacho has spent the last four years overseas, serving with her husband, the former ambassador to Austria, at the U.S. embassy in Vienna. Currently, Donna Eacho contributes to her community at home by serving on the advisory board at Round House Theatre (RHT) in Bethesda, Maryland.

RHT originally began as a small program of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Recreation known as Street ’70. Today, RHT has established itself as one of the top theater companies in the Washington, DC, area, producing more than 200 performances each season and operating a number of community-based programs for children, teens, and adults.

Throughout the summer, RHT offers a range of programs for children from kindergarten through 12th grade, including its Summer Theatre Institute. Designed for students in grades 7 to 12, the Summer Theatre Institute is a full service program that allows participants to experience several aspects of live theater.

The Institute consists of five separate sessions, each focusing on a different component of theater and the acting process. In addition to classes in improvisation and project design, Institute students are able to attend classes in musical theater, auditioning, and theatrical specialties such as clowning and combat. All Institute classes are taught by theater professionals and last between four and eleven days.