Playwrights Lab

About the Playwrights Lab

In our Playwrights Lab, mid-career writers collaborate with Company actors to workshop scenes and bring new plays to life. Our annual LAB RESULTS reading festival offers our audience the opportunity to see these new works for the first time.

In the 2019/20 season, two new plays developed in our Lab, The Abuelas by Stephanie Alison Walker, and Eight Nights by Jennifer Maisel, were fully produced as part of our main subscription season, sponsored by a grant from the Michael J. Connell Foundation.

By programming new voices alongside our traditional classical programming, we  highlight the rich sense of language and storytelling they share, while furthering our commitment to making classical theater more open and inclusive, and showcasing new plays we believe will stand the test of time.

Coronavirus Update: When we suspended activities in the theater in March 2020, weekly Playwrights Lab meetings moved to an online video conference platform, where they have continued uninterrupted. We are grateful to be able to support such meaningful work during this challenging and uncertain time.

In the Lab

Lab Director: Emily Chase

Playwrights Panel: Steve Apostolina, Jennifer Rowland

Sean Abley
Nayna Agrawal
Alex Alpharaoh
Terence Anthony
Stephen Apostolina
Barbara Beery
Jennifer Berry
Jami Brandli
Paula Cizmar
Jihan Crowther
Angela J. Davis
Kevin Delin
Matthew Doherty
Vincent Durham
Jeanette Farr-Harkins
Cyndy Fujikawa
Alex Goldberg
Franky Gonzalez
Deborah Hiett
Christina Hjelm
Karen Howes
Karen Huie
Julianne Jigour
Jonathan Josephson
Luis Kelly-Duarte
Lisa Kenner-Grissom
Carolyn Kras
Ali MacLean
Jennifer Maisel
Anna Mathias
Dakin Matthews
Robert Menna
Ed Napier
Ann Noble
Devon O’Brien
Tira Palmquist
Chandler Patton
Jennifer Rowland
Eric Rudnick
Jeanne Sakata
Steve Serpas
Lori Tubert
Sarah Tuft
Stephanie Alison Walker
Ashley Rose Wellman
Khari Wyatt
Marlow Wyatt
 

Five stars…Antaeus delivers at the very pinnacle of the art.

Ron Irwin, Examiner.com

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|   Featured Actors:
Seamus Dever, Luisina Quarleri, Denise Blasor   |
Photographer: Jenny Graham
Eight Nights (2019)
|   Featured Actors:
Zoe Yale, Karen Malina White   |
Photographer: Jenny Graham

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