Black Box Theatre

Open Source/Rehearsal Studio

Space Rental

As a part of Highwood's Your Theatre Branch, our goal is to provide top-notch affordable space to local artists and groups.


  • The Highwood Theatre has base hourly rates for its rental spaces, as well as special rates for any type of public performance.  A discount may be available for qualifying 501(c)3 non-profit organizations or those using the space on a consistent basis.  
  • Please contact info@thehighwoodtheatre.org to inquire about renting our space.  
  • The Highwood Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring on Silver Spring Avenue between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street.  We have a street front space and lobby with over 40 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows; a great atmosphere for daytime or evening rehearsals, meetings, or small performances.  On the first floor, is our Open Source Studio (35-40 seat black box performance space).  Our other space are on the 2nd floor, including a rehearsal room, Recital Hall (seating for 50) and large rehearsal room, classrooms, and a larger 70-seat black box theatre.  There is A/C, bathrooms, and access to chairs and a limited number of tables.
  • For all spaces, access to audio/visual and other technical equipment as well as a digital piano is available for an additional fee.


Open Source/Rehearsal Studio
Up a full flight of stairs - no elevator

Size: Roughly 800 square feet with - seats 49 max.  Perfect for staged readings, rehearsals, presentations, and small performances.
Room Dimensions: 16' x 30' + 16' x 16' x 9' (ceiling height) - L-Shaped Room
Hourly Rate: $25/hour
Public Performance Rate: $150 for 5-hour performance-block
Includes: Staff member at box office, lighting/sound equipment if requested (minimum guaranteed inventory), wireless internet, access to additional audio/visual equipment (additional fee)
Custom Lighting Plot: $250

Additional Stage Lighting: Per fixture price, subject to availability

Black Box Theatre
Up a full flight of stairs - no elevator

Size: Roughly 2,200 square feet - seats around 70 depending on configuration.  Equipped with lighting and sound equipment - perfect for staged readings, performances, concerts
Room Dimensions: 40' x 55' x 10' (grid height)
Hourly Rate: $50/hour
Public Performance Rate: $305 for 5-hour performance-block
Includes: Staff member at box office, lighting/sound equipment (minimum guaranteed inventory), wireless internet, access to adjacent small lobby, access to additional audio/visual equipment (additional fee)
Custom Stage/Audience Configuration: $700
Custom Lighting Plot: $500


Recital Hall/Large Rehearsal Room
Up a full flight of stairs - no elevator
Size: Roughly 1,230 square feet - seats 49 max.  Equipped with simple lighting and full sound equipment  if requested - perfect for dance rehearsals, staged readings, recitals, simple productions
Room Dimensions: 30' x 41' x 10' (grid height)
Hourly Rate: $35/hour
Public Performance Rate: $225 for 5-hour performance-block

Custom Lighting Plot: $300

Custom Configuration (if platforms/stage has to be moved from current location): $400
Includes: Staff member at box office, lighting/sound equipment (minimum guaranteed inventory), wireless internet, adjacent storage room, and access to lobby, access to additional audio/visual equipment (additional fee)
Additional Stage Lighting: Per fixture price, subject to availability

Private Lesson Classroom
Providing affordable rehearsal space to local artists and groups; Up a full flight of stairs - no elevator (read about our Capital Campaign to make our space fully accessible)

Size: 100 square feet - private lessons or instruction for 1-5 people
Dimensions: 10' x 16'
Hourly Rate: $12/hour
Includes: includes a digital piano free of charge (by request), wireless internet, limited number of chairs/tables upon request, access to audio/visual equipment (additional fee)​


Additional Equipment Rentals
Please see Rates and Inventories for more Information
Additional sets/technical packages can be prepared at other rates - quotes will be e-mailed in 1 business day.