Photography: Niki Fridh
Greetings from The Lab! My name is Matt Stabile and I am the Artistic Director of Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University.
Established in 2015, on the Boca Raton campus in its intimate 99-seat Heckscher Stage theatre space, Theatre Lab’s mission to “inspire, develop, and produce new work, audiences, and artists” engages the South Florida community with world-class professional theatre performances, workshops, and conversations with leading playwrights and theatre artists. Our commitment to make great theatre accessible for everyone by providing our audience and community with an in-depth understanding of every aspect of new play development is highlighted by our dynamic programming each season.
Under the guidance of Founding Director and Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts, Louis Tyrrell, Theatre Lab has established FAU as a force in the national professional theatre movement with a focus on community engagement.
In addition to our three-play MainStage season of regional and world-premiere productions, Theatre Lab provides an artistic laboratory and a home for theatre artists to explore and develop new American plays. To date, we have presented more than 50 staged readings of new work and amassed an impressive list of visiting playwrights including: Pulitzer Prize winners Nilo Cruz & Marsha Norman, regionally produced playwrights like Steven Dietz, and emerging local playwrights.
Continuing our commitment to the development of “astonishing new work in American theatre”, Theatre Lab is pleased to bring the 2018-19 Playwright’s Forum Series to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at FAU Jupiter.
Now in its third year, the Playwright’s Forum Series aims to pull back the curtain on the process of playwriting and new play development. This October, we are thrilled to welcome Andrea Stolowitz, Ken Weitzman and E.M. Lewis to present readings of their newest work.
If you have never attended a staged reading, I want to personally invite you to join us for this exciting stage of a new play’s development. Unlike a full-production with lights, costumes, and scenery, this is an event focused on the text itself – engaging an audience’s imagination with dynamic performances from some of the region’s best actors. Each performance is followed by a discussion with the playwright about the work, their process, and the importance of new-play development.
Whether you are keenly interested in the playwriting process or simply enjoy the transformative power of live-theatre, these entertaining and informative events offer something for everyone. We are thrilled to bring these exciting events to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and hope to see you this October!