About Us

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.

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“Theatre Lab is one of the best things to ever happen to the Palm Beach County theater scene…”
- Palm Beach Illustrated

The Three Sisters of Weehawken by Deborah Zoe Laufer

“…darkly funny, finally sobering and poignant…a world premiere by artists of enormous talent.”

-       Christine Dolen, Sun-Sentinel

“…this provocative production…may be Manhattan-bound.”

-       Hap Erstein, Palm Beah Arts Paper

  This Random World by Steven Dietz 

“…a gloriously acted, intimate, enchanting production…”

-       Christine Dolen, Sun-Sentinel

“…a moving thought-provoking evening that sticks to the mind and the heart for days afterward.”

-       Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre On Stage

Motherland by Allison Gregory

“…an ingenious premise skillfully executed…Motherland is a memorable moment in the first year of fully-staged productions for Theatre Lab…”

-       Bill Hirschman, Florida Theatre On Stage 

“…stunning visual and visceral design…”

-       Hap Erstein, Palm Beach Arts Paper



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, TheMiami Herald


2015-16 Carbonell nomiations

BEST NEW WORK: Deborah Zoe Laufer, The Three Sisters of Weehawken

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Elizabeth Dimon, The Three Sisters of Weehawken


Playwrights who have visited Theatre Lab

Nilo Cruz - Anna in the Tropics (Pulitzer Prize winner), 

Israel Horovitz – Line (longest running off-Broadway show), My Old Lady

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, Leveling Up, The Three Sisters of Weehawken

Steven Dietz – This Random World (World Premiere at Humana Fest), one of the most produced regional playwrights in USA

Peter Sagal – playwright & host of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me…

Allison Gregory – Motherland, Wild Horses 

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


Community Engagement

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.


Expanded Inter-department Collaboration

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”.