“It is a rare and wonderful feeling to be in a collaborative room with fellow directors. The Directors Lab is not a place where people are vying for opportunities—it is truly about learning from one another—and creating a community for the exchange of ideas.”
– Daniella Topol, Director and Artistic Director, Rattlestick Theater
WP’s Directors Lab is the oldest director’s group in New York City and has served over 225 members since it was founded in 1983 as the Directors Forum. The Lab allows members to network and discuss directorial techniques and trends in the field, while creating collaborative relationships with members of the Playwrights and Producers Labs.
Victoria Collado is a Cuban-American director living and working in New York City. She has an interest in merging the movement world with naturalist plays in order to create exciting theatrical experiences. She recently directed the immersive theatre piece, Amparo, written by Vanessa Garcia in partnership with Havana Club by Bacardi. Victoria has directed for Repertorio Español, MCC Youth Company, Sheen Center, IATI theatre, Juggerknot Theatre Co., Microteatro Miami, Columbia University and others. Her production El Burlador de Sevilla received various nominations from the ACE awards, and won for Outstanding Ensemble. She was a Van Lier Directing Fellow with Repertorio Español, part of the Directing Corps in the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a recipient of the SDCF Observership. Victoria was the assistant Director to Tony Taccone in John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons on Broadway. She received her BFA from Florida International University.
Sarah Hughes is a director and producer of theater and new media. Her work embraces limitation and is deeply collaborative; she creates medium-specific, inclusive, shared experiences that aim at truth rather than at the effect of reality. Sarah has developed new plays, performance art pieces, devised works, and immersive installations with artists including Eliza Bent, MJ Kaufman, Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, Chana Porter, Deepali Gupta, McFeely Sam Goodman, Corinne Donly, Cara Scarmack, Sibyl Kempson, and Pablo Helguera. With Graham Sack, Geoff Sobelle and Sensorium she’s co-created VR / AR pieces for Tribeca Film Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, and The New York Times. Sarah worked with Elevator Repair Service from 2007-14, assistant directing Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland, and was Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater from 2015-17. New Georges 2018 Audrey Resident, Visiting Lecturer at Dartmouth College, 2016-17 Civilians R&D Lab Member, 2017-18 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow. www.sarahcameronhughes.com
Candis C. Jones
Candis is a director and rising artistic leader. Select credits include: Nike
(A.C.T.-New Strands Festival), The Eradication
(Rattlestick-F*ck!ng Good Plays Fest.), Tugs O' War
(NYU-Dramatic Writing), Gloria
(AADA), Cullud Wattah (The Lark-Roundtable), Awakened
(NYU-Graduate Musical Theatre), The Fire This Time Festival
(Kraine Theater), Brother Rabbit
(New Black Fest @ The Lark), Colony
(The Movement/NYU Festival of Voices), Name Calling
(The Kennedy Center, Dance Place), 48hrs in Harlem
(Harlem 9, NBT), New Shoes
(Drama League Directorfest), Morning in America
(Primary Stages), Black Girl Magic
(National Black Theatre), TEMBO!
(Zanzibar International Film Fest). Assistant Director: Oedipus El Rey
(The Public Theater), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin
(NY City Center), The Death of the Last Black Man
(Signature Theatre). Upcoming: Pipeline
(Detroit Public Theatre). Awards and Fellowships: NY Women's Foundation Lilly Award, Drama League Alumni. Candis currently serves as the Playwrights Lab Manager at New Dramatists in NYC. www.candiscjones.com
Rebecca Martínez is an NYC-based director, choreographer, deviser, and ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre. Recent projects: [Director] Don't Go (Sojourn Theatre/USC), Pork Kidneys to Soothe Despair (Drama League DirectorFest), Songs about Trains workshop (Radical Evolution), Tomás and the Library Lady (Oregon Children’s Theatre). [Associate Director] How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes (Sojourn Theatre + Cleveland Public Theatre), The Cake (PlayMakers Repertory Company). Rebecca has worked with INTAR, Fordham/Primary Stages, Artists Repertory Theatre, Signature Theatre, the Lark, the 52nd Street Project, and Poetic Theater among others. International credits include: Cultural Center in Managua, Nicaragua, Teatro Trono in El Alto, Bolivia. Member of: Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, SDCF Observership Class, Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee, Associate Member of SDC, 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. Awards: four Portland Drammy Awards; Lilla Jewel Award. Rebecca is an artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. rebeccamartinez.org
Arpita Mukherjee is the Artistic Director of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company and the co-founder and Festival Chair of of Hypokrit’s Tamasha: A South Asian Performing Arts Festival. Upcoming credits: Eh Dah: Questions for My Father at Next Door @NYTW (Director), Monsoon Wedding The Musical (Book Writer). She is developing work at The Public Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and WP Theater among others. Recent credits include Monsoon Wedding the Musical at Berkeley Rep (Original Dramaturg, Associate Director), Queen – A Reading – Ma-Yi Theater Company (Director), Appeasing Radhika - Baruch College (Director), An Evening of Indian Classics at Theater for the New City (Director), Eh Dah? Questions for My Father – winner of Best Book at NYMF (Creative Producer), Romeo and Juliet at the Access Theater (Director), and My First Time – DC premiere (Director). Arpita is a 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow and a member of the 2018 Lincoln Center Directors Lab.