We are the only professional theatre company in the country producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights.
Founded in 2008 and funded in part by the the B.W. Bastian Foundation, The Lab is an incubator for new plays, an opportunity for each of the 11 member playwrights (Matthew Ivan Bennett, Rachel Bublitz, Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Jenny Kokai, Melissa Leilani Larson, Jenifer Nii, Eric Samuelsen, Morag Shepherd, Debora Threedy and Camille Washington) to share whatever script they wish, at whatever stage they wish, in a private table reading for the group.
The goals are to (1) continually contribute to the field nationally by strengthening a local community of playwrights and (2) populate future seasons as often as possible with their work.
The Lab is truly an innovative artist community.
The Lab makes it possible for us to build relationships with playwrights rather than plays. Read more from the playwrights in this Utah Theatre Bloggers Association feature, in the anthologies Plan-B has published and on the Plan-B Blog. Special thanks to dramaturgs Charisse Baxter, Greg Hatch and Janine Sobeck Knighton, Greg Hatch and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell for their guidance and insight.
Click here for the full history of plays read in The Lab and history of first productions.
Click here for the full history of plays read in the Script-In-Hand Series, many of which are by current members or alums of The Lab.
Alums (2008-2012): John Belliston Beth Bruner, Carleton Bluford, Megan Crivello, Debora DeVos, Isabella Iasella, Jim Martin, Kyle Nelson and Lucy Ridolphi.
Alums (2012-present): Playwrights Austin Archer, Carleton Bluford and Rob Tennant. Dramaturgs Martine Kei Green-Rogers and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell.