The artistic heart of WP Theater (Women’s Project Theater) lies in the Lab: a two-year residency for female-identified 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 2016-2018 WP Lab

Writers: Donnetta Lavinia GraysMJ Kaufman • Sylvia Khoury • Zoe Sarnak • Leah Nanako Winkler

Directors: Melissa CrespoMorgan GouldEllie HeymanTyne RafaeliMo Zhou

Producers: Roxanna BarriosSally Cade HolmesNidia MedinaLaura RamadeiYuvika Tolani

GET TO KNOW the 2016-18 WP Lab: View Bios Here

The Lab has two main goals: to cultivate the work of female-identified 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 ARCHITECTURE OF BECOMING (2014).

Under the auspices of WP, 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 female-identified artists 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.

“To look at the list of people who’ve been through the WP Lab is to look at a Who’s Who of American Theater.” -Sarah Krohn, Director


Zakkiyah AlexanderCharity BallardBekah BrunstetterSarah Burgess • Carla ChingAndrea CiannaveiPaula CizmarAlexis ClementsAlexandra CollierKara Lee CorthronNadia DavidsLaura EasonChristine EvansCatherine FillouxSarah GancherKeli GarrettDana Leslie GoldsteinChristina GormanVirginia GriseDipika GuhaKatori HallQuiara Alegria HudesMonet Hurst-Mendoza • Andrea KuchlewskaAndrea LepcioCheri MagidMartyna Majok • Kara ManningDominique MorisseauMegan Mostyn-BrownKristen PalmerCybele PascalMolly RiceCarmen RiveraLynn RosenSharyn RothsteinRiti Sachdeva • Crystal SkillmanSonya Sobieski • Susan Soon He Stanton • Peggy StaffordSaviana StanescuAndrea ThomeMelisa TienJoy TomaskoKathryn WalatLauren YeeStefanie Zadravec


May AdralesSuzanne AginsTea AlagicElena AraozMelia BensussenShelley ButlerAdrienne Campbell-Holt • Gisela CardenasHeidi CarlsenRachel ChavkinMarya CohnLear deBessonetLee Sunday Evans • Linsay FirmanGia ForakisLydia FortSusanna GellertJyana S. GregoryJessi D. HillLauren KeatingDyana KimballSarah Krohn • Pam MacKinnonWendy McClellanMeredith McDonoughLila NeugebauerShannon O’DonnellRenee PhilippiTeresa K. PondSarah RasmussenAlice ReaganLauren RosenLisa RotheMia RovegnoLinnet TaylorDanya Taymor • Daniella TopolGaye Taylor UpchurchKara Lynn VaeniMeiyin WangDonya K. WashingtonNicole A. WatsonKim WeildLily WhitsittTamilla Woodard


Diane AlianelloHeather CohnJennifer Conley DarlingAimee DavisElizabeth R. EnglishAmanda FeldmanLeigh GoldenbergMaria GoyanesKaren GrenkeDeadria HarringtonPearl Hodiwala • Jane JungAmy KaissarRachel Karpf Reidy • Maggie LaurenKristen Luciani • Manda MartinPatricia McNamaraVictoria Murray BaatinLiz Olson • Meropi PeponidesRoberta PereiraLinda PowellAllison ProutyMarissa RosenblumAllegra SchorrAktina StathakiRachel Sussman • Catherine Taylor WilliamsBridgette WimberlyStephanie YbarraLanie Zipoy


Time Warner Foundation, Inc. provides leadership support of Lab artists and new play development at WP Theater.