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Lab

The artistic heart of Women’s Project Theater lies in the Lab: a two-year residency for women playwrights, directors and producers. Selected through a highly competitive process, the Lab provides its members with a vital professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, rehearsal space, and most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of bold new work for the stage.

The Lab has two main goals: to cultivate the work of women theater artists and to give them the tools they need to succeed in the business. In addition to developing their own unique work, Lab artists collaboratively create a culminating residency production. Past shows include WE PLAY FOR THE GODS (2012), GLOBAL COOLING (2009), CORPORATE CARNIVAL (2008), and GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUND$ (2007) and the upcoming THE ARCHITECTURE OF BECOMING (2014).

Under the auspices of Women’s Project Theater, the 2008-2010 Lab Playwrights published OUT OF TIME AND PLACE, a two-volume anthology of plays, including contributions from 11 Lab Playwrights. With an introduction by Theresa Rebeck, the anthology has had great success especially in academic communities hungry for work by women that feature strong female roles.

Having forged strong working relationships, the Lab artists continue to work together long after their official residency ends. And WP continues to advocate ferociously for its Lab alumnae by brokering agents, providing references, and submitting their work—often first developed in the Lab—to theaters around the country. Most significantly, WP puts its money where its mouth is by hiring Lab artists for main stage productions; over 75% of plays produced at WP during the past five years were written and/or directed by WP’s Lab artists and alumnae.

Playwrights

Zakkiyah AlexanderCharity BallardBekah BrunstetterCarla ChingAndrea CiannaveiPaula CizmarAlexis ClementsAlexandra CollierKara Lee CorthronNadia DavidsLaura EasonChristine EvansCatherine FillouxSarah GancherKeli GarrettDana Leslie GoldsteinChristina GormanVirginia GriseDipika GuhaKatori HallQuiara Alegria HudesAndrea KuchlewskaAndrea LepcioCheri MagidKara ManningDominique MorisseauMegan Mostyn-BrownKristen PalmerCybele PascalMolly RiceCarmen RiveraLynn RosenCrystal SkillmanSonya SobieskiPeggy StaffordSaviana StanescuAndrea ThomeMelisa TienJoy TomaskoKathryn WalatLauren YeeStefanie Zadravec

Directors

May AdralesSuzanne AginsTea AlagicElena AraozMelia BensussenShelley ButlerGisela CardenasHeidi CarlsenRachel ChavkinMarya CohnLear deBessonetLinsay FirmanGia ForakisLydia FortSusanna GellertJyana S. GregoryJessi D. HillLauren KeatingDyana KimballPam MacKinnonWendy McClellanMeredith McDonoughLila NeugebauerShannon O’DonnellRenee PhilippiTeresa K. PondSarah RasmussenAlice ReaganLauren RosenLisa RotheMia RovegnoLinnet TaylorDaniella TopolGaye Taylor UpchurchKara Lynn VaeniMeiyin WangDonya K. WashingtonNicole A. WatsonKim WeildLily Whitsitt

Producers

Diane AlianelloHeather CohnJennifer Conley DarlingAimee DavisElizabeth R. EnglishAmanda FeldmanLeigh GoldenbergMaria GoyanesKaren GrenkeDeadria HarringtonJane JungAmy KaissarMaggie LaurenManda MartinPatricia McNamaraVictoria Murray BaatinMeropi PeponidesRoberta PereiraLinda PowellAllison ProutyMarissa RosenblumAllegra SchorrAktina StathakiCatherine Taylor WilliamsBridgette WimberlyStephanie YbarraLanie Zipoy


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Time Warner Foundation, Inc. provides leadership support of Lab artists and new play development at Women’s Project Theater.

*Current WP Lab, 2014-2016