Directors Lab West

Los Angeles, CA
Directors Lab West

Announcing the 17th Annual

Directors Lab West
in association with the Pasadena Playhouse,
and the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

Directors Lab West brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists for an eight-day long intensive Saturday, May 21 through Saturday, May 28, 2016, enabling them to inspire each other to dream and create the future of the American Theatre.

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The deadline to submit the application is Friday, February 26, 2016 at 5 pm PST

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What is Directors Lab West? 
The Lab is an eight-day summer intensive for stage directors and choreographers. Part conference, part workshop, part focused discussion, all theatre, and all fun! The Lab provides a place for directors and choreographers to meet and exchange ideas.    

When is it?
May 21 to May 28, 2016 with events scheduled from 10 am until 10 pm.

Where is it? 
The Pasadena Playhouse in the historic California State Theatre has been and continues to be our dedicated and supportive partner, but we also hold sessions at a variety of theaters in and around Los Angeles.  

Who can attend?  
By application only, the Lab is open to emerging and mid-career directors and choreographers committed to the art and creation of theatre. The Lab is not open to current students or those planning to return to school. It is designed for working professionals who have finished their studies. A degree is not required.  

How much does it cost?  
Participation is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, partners like the Pasadena Playhouse, and all the guest artists who donate their time and share their talents with each year's Lab participants. 

Who has presented at Directors Lab West?  
The list is long, but here is a sampling... Sheldon Epps (Pasadena Playhouse), Des MacAnuff (La Jolla Playhouse), Michael Ritchie (Center Theatre Group), Anne Cattaneo (Lincoln Center Theater), Jack O'Brien (The Old  Globe), Martin Benson (South Coast Rep), Tim Dang (East West Players), David Ira Goldstein (Arizona Theatre Company), Ann E. Wareham (Laguna Playhouse), Erik Ehn (CalArts), Stephen Wadsworth (Director), John Bowab (Director), Kay Cole (Choreographer), David Lee (Director), Mark Medoff (Playwright), Randy Newman (Composer), Jose Rivéra (Playwright), George Furth (Playwright), Richard Thomas (Actor), Eddie Levi Lee (Actor/Playwright), Charlayne Woodard (Actor/Playwright), Tonya Pinkins (Actor), Henry Winkler (Actor), Ming Cho Lee (Scenic Designer), plus many more.  

How do I apply?  
Visit and complete the online application. Submissions must be received byFriday, February 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm for consideration.

Questions left unanswered?
Email us at [email protected].


Directors Lab West is produced by the Directors Lab West Steering Committee, in association with the The Pasadena Playhouse and with the generous support of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

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