The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world.
Plans for the 2003 Lab: Each year the Directors Lab creates a program or area of focus that responds to the needs of the field at that moment. In 2002, in response to 9/11, a large Lab worked together to direct and produce a large number of productions. Some years, the Lab will not produce plays at all, but rather focus on rehearsal investigations of different kinds. Each January, the focus of the upcoming Lab becomes clearer and the application for the summer can written and made available to applicants - usually by early February. The exact dates of the Lab are set around the production calendar of Lincoln Center Theater and the availibility of its rehearsal rooms and these are often not clear until February. The Lab application is not onerous and does not require letters of recommendation - applicants can complete it themselves.
If you would like to be sent an application by e-mail when they are ready in early February, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application will contain information on the dates and the content of the 2003 Lab.
Since its inception in 1995, many gifted directors have worked at Lincoln Center Theater in the Lab. They form a valuable resource of emerging stage directors actively making theater in many different artistic traditions. In 1999, the LCT Lab coordinated an artistic overview of the Lab Directors. Our Directory profiles their work, their interests and their geographical locations. It features the names of theater professionals who have seen their work and can recommend them, as well as their contact information. The LCT Lab Directory can be used by scrolling through the directors names, or by calling up a geographical region. LCT sees this as a resource for producers and theaters looking for vibrant new artists in the many areas of directing.
Conceived and launched by Lincoln Center Theater in 1995, the Directors Lab has been designed as an interactive forum to engage directors in an intensive study of their craft and to foster collaborative relationships among a community of artists. Recognizing the absence of a program that allows young directors to cultivate their skills, LCT established the Lab, a series of hands-on workshops, seminars, readings, and productions to enable participants to learn and grow as artists and working professionals.
Significantly, the Lab offers young directors access to some of the world's finest theater artists and well-respected administrators. The program, under the guidance of Lab Director Anne Cattaneo, includes workshops in which attendees may observe established directors, in collaboration with a company of actors, working in a variety of styles and traditions. Along with U.S.-based directors such as JoAnne Akalaitis, Daniel Sullivan, Mark Lamos, Walter Dallas, Adrian Hall, Hal Prince. Graciela Daniele, Emily Mann, George C. Wolfe, Michael Kahn, Robert Falls, and Tina Packer, the Lab has cultivated its growing international constituency by devising special workshops conducted by French director Jacques Lassalle and South African director Duma Ndlovu. In addition to these sessions, each year Lab directors stage plays - new works or new interpretations of older works - both at Lincoln Center Theater, at other theaters nearby and at HERE in SoHo, as part of that organization's Living Room series.
For the past seven years, each spring some one hundred directors representing a broad cross-section of backgrounds have been invited to examine ideas about their profession and discuss their roles in the theater. In its first year, the Lab attracted artists living and working in New York City. Yet by the second year, we found that nearly one quarter of the applicants were traveling in from other cities. Since then, this trend has continued and the Lab now has participants from more than half the states around the country. Young directors have also attended from Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, South Africa, India, Switzerland, Nigeria, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
This diverse array of men and women reflects a variety of work experiences and stylistic customs from regional theaters, Lower East Side performance ensembles, Broadway musicals, and culturally-specific companies. By providing a meeting place for these individuals to assemble and commingle, the Lab has become a source of practical experimentation. Directors discern new techniques, learn different approaches to their work, and, in turn, forge distinctive artistic identities. Equally important, the Lab encourages participating directors, generally isolated within their communities, to cultivate alliances among their peers. Relationships that have developed during the Lab have led to working opportunities for directors, enhancing these young artists' careers and extending over time the scope and effectiveness of the program.
Lincoln Center Theater gratefully acknowledges support for the Directors Lab from THE SKIRBALL FOUNDATION, THE IRENE DIAMOND FUND and THE GREENWALL FOUNDATION.
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