The Acting Lab
Through weekly workshops with professional actor/director Jen Shirley, Acting Lab members collaborate to create original monologues, scenes, spoken word pieces, music, poems, and other work. Acting Lab members coalesce into a community of artists who support each other as they take risks in their writing and performing. In two shows annually, On the Fly and UnCensored, the best of student writing is performed for the public by the Acting Lab at Off-Broadway theaters.
The Playwriting Lab
Playwriting Lab members develop original scripts in weekly workshops. Under the tutelage of professional playwright Lucy Thurber, young writers learn about monologue, dialogue, place, and character. Playwriting Lab members pushed to expanding their definition of what "theatrical" means. Each month, one or more short plays enjoy public readings with professional actors. After hearing and seeing their works-in-progress on stage, writers develop their scripts, using the same process employed by professional playwrights. Playwrights' scripts come to vibrant life in the FreshPlay Festival every August.