How are we handling 2020? We're going virtual!
As the new school year begins, Theatre Lab begins the Fall 2020 installation of the Future PAGES Project. We have modified our program to best serve our partner schools, teachers, and students who will be engaged in remote learning this semester, and are excited to enrich the experience with more workshops to choose from, through a series of pre-production residencies, leading up to our 2021 production of The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons, by Rachel Teagle!
Due to COVID-19 safety regulations, staging and recording of a full production this Fall is not an option. In its place, we will be spending this year in pre-production for the amazingly larger-than-life show, The Impracticality of Modern Day Mastodons, to be performed in full next Fall… and who would be better suited to help us bring this show to life than our own audiences of brilliant student artists?
As always, the initial story submission will give all students the opportunity to apply for the 6-week intensive where selected student artists work together to create their own show using their original writing. As an added bonus, the creative work completed in the residencies will have the chance to be featured on our site, and used in the actual production designs!
Theatre Lab is honored to provide students with an impactful creative outlet and educational arts experience, especially in these uncertain times. We are grateful to The Heckscher Foundation for Children, and to all of our generous donors for their continued support of this mission.
Theatre Lab's commitment to dynamic new work in American Theatre is complemented by their highly successful educational outreach program: The Future PAGES Project.
The Future PAGES Project is committed to the development of future Playwrights, Artists, & Generations of Exciting Storytellers by providing students in grades 3-12 the opportunity to share their voices and stories with the world. The program focuses on dramatic writing, each session centering on a theme from one of Theatre Lab's productions. Students are provided with two writing workshops (Parts of a Story and Elements of a Monologue) and are also invited to a live theatrical performance at Theatre Lab. Afterwards, students are asked to submit original pieces of writing based on the themes from the productions they attend. After a review process, a select number of students from all our partner schools are asked to join in a six-week intensive program to further develop their writing. The program culminates with a live performance of the students' original material!
The Future PAGES Project seeks to foster the development of the next generation of artists and writers and to encourage every student to share their unique voice with the world. Because of generous funding, the workshops and performances are presented at NO COST to students.
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Authors of Act Two and Lab-Rats!
Theatre Lab is continuing the expansion of education through a 3rd year of the outreach program piloted in 2018-2019: @Cetner, is a collaboration with partner organizations serving at-risk and/or incarcerated youth in our area. Theatre Lab is putting the concerns of today’s youth in the most prominent position we have in theatre: @Center. Residencies offer structured, intimate sessions with TLFAU education staff to encourage students to understand and articulate their feelings, while offering constructive feedback in a supportive environment. The pieces created will become the material for a devised piece of theatre developed and performed by a student company (LabRATS) in conjunction with professional artists.
LabRATS (Rising Artists Theatre Society), will pilot this year. Each Spring, after attending an in-school workshop and a live-performance at Theatre Lab, students are invited to submit an application to our Rising Artists Theatre Society. A select number will join Theatre Lab once a week for 6-8 weeks to create an original piece of devised theatre. Using the writing from @Center residencies as inspiration, LabRATS will conduct research, create additional material, and work in conjunction with professional theatre artists to create an original production - resulting in a deeper understanding of the lives and experiences of both the lives others and their own.