Kennedy Center Theater Lab

Washington, DC, USA

In 1987, the comedy Shear Madness was brought in for a short run in the Kennedy Center’s Theater Lab. 20+ years later, it was still running. Theatre Projects worked closely with the Kennedy Center and the producers of Shear Madness to completely update the theatre from a “temporary” fit-out, while managing to keep the same intimacy and flexibility in the 400-seat theatre that has won over audiences and brought the show numerous awards.  

The renovation included a complete seating and equipment overhaul, plus upgrades to backstage areas, support space, and stage access for performers. All the performance lighting in the Theater Lab was converted to low-energy consuming LED lighting. Our work also included the architectural lighting for the Theater Lab and adjacent areas.

Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Credit: Alain Jaramillo
Credit: Alain Jaramillo
Credit: Alain Jaramillo

Kennedy Center


Richter Cornbrooks Gribble Architects


Jaffe Holden


Shear Madness

Seat count


Construction type


Theatre type

Drama theatre


Programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification, and architectual lighting



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Kennedy Center Theater Lab
Credit: Alain Jaramillo