Lab Series

Through our Lab Series Program, we are interested in providing a vehicle for students to produce and direct their own theatrical work, mentored by the Virginia Players and Drama Department. By being selected to participate in Lab Series, directors/playwrights will receive up to $200 to put on their proposed project in a Drama Department performance facility. With our resources and guidance, we aspire to give opportunities and experience to students interested in learning more about theatrical production, as well as making their passion project an on-stage reality.

Interested in submitting a proposal for Spring or Fall Lab Series?

“Lab productions provide the student with opportunities to demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, and responsibility. Lab productions also serve to assist faculty in evaluating the potential of students as directors, designers and actors for work in main stage productions. The productions are not intended to be fully staged productions. To encourage resourcefulness on the part of directors, designers and actors in realizing their ideas, they are expected to work within strictly set parameters …While the faculty recognizes that the Lab production is a venue for the traditional director-driven project, we also welcome and encourage productions and performance experiments conceived and mounted by actors, technicians, designers and playwrights.”    

Attached are a more complete list of guidelines, as well as example proposals! Please peruse and email Maille-Rose Smith ( with any questions.

Our Fall 2021 Lab Series will be The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot, directed by Jakob Cansler.

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