"Theatre Lab is one of the best things to ever happen to the Palm Beach County theater scene."
- Palm Beach Illustrated
Established in 2015, Theatre Lab is the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. The Department of Theatre and Dance at the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters has become a highly regarded training ground for students wishing to pursue a career in the professional theater. Students face the important and challenging next step of moving from the world of academia into the professional arena. The establishment of a professional theater on the campus of FAU, connects students interested in a professional theatrical career to the local and national network of professional theatre artists, all while providing top-notch professional productions of new work in American Theatre to the South Florida community.
Best Acting Ensemble 2017-18, The Revolutionists, Palm Beach Florida Weekly
Best Creative Incubator, 2015 PBI Awards, Palm Beach Illustrated
Ten Best of 2016, This Random World, Palm Beach Arts Paper
5 “Not to Miss”, This Random World, Palm Beach Post
Top 10 Theater in S. Florida, The Three Sisters of Weehawken, The Miami Herald
Nilo Cruz - Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize winner)
Marsha Norman - Night Mother (Pulitzer Prize winner), The Color Purple
John Guare - Six Degrees of Separation (Pulitzer Prize finalist), House of Blue Leaves
Deborah Zoe Laufer - Informed Consent , The Three Sisters of Weehawken, Be Here Now
Steven Dietz - This Random World (World Premiere at Humana Fest), one of the most produced regional playwrights in the USA
Peter Sagal - Most Wanted & host of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…
Allison Gregory - Motherland, Wild Horses
Other Visiting Playwrights:Cliff Burgess, Christopher Demos-Brown, Wilkie Ferguson III, Vanessa Garcia, Michael Hollinger, Mildred Kayden, Jennifer Lane, Carter W. Lewis, Michele Lowe, Gia Marotta, Michael McKeever, Gina Montet, Tammy Ryan, Ken Weitzman
Dedicated to the play-making process through the development and production of new work in American theater, Theatre Lab creates a laboratory for seasoned theater professionals to share their work with students, faculty, and the entire community. The goal is to provide our audience and community with an in-depth understanding of every aspect of new play development. With the goal of making great theatre accessible, Theatre Lab brings thousands of community members together with the FAU faculty and student body, actively engaged by world-class professional theatre experiences, as well as project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities at the theater, across campus, and throughout the community.
In addition to the unique internship and professional development opportunities for undergraduate and MFA students majoring in Theatre, interdisciplinary programs with the Departments of Music, Visual Art, and others, expand exhibition and performance opportunities and further enhance a real expression of the FAU “cultural community”.