Directors Lab North


Welcome to Directors Lab North! Based on our experience as alumni of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City, we created our own version of the Lab in Toronto. Our programming has been growing and we've been cultivating our network of professional directors with each year of the lab.

The goal of the LAB is to foster a national and international exchange between a community of emerging, mid level and established career directors that need a safe space to explore and connect with like-minded peers. Participants will be exposed to foreign techniques and practices, broadening their scope and repertoire. It is a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, roundtable discussions, shared sessions and master classes with Master Directors from around Canada and the world.

The Lab is by application only. Each participant is hand selected, ensuring a diverse background in theatrical exploration. Each participant will bring a distinct voice to the group, exposing you to practices and principles far from your own theatrical experience, adding to each director's technical and philosophical arsenal. The Lab schedule and guest artists will be revealed the first day of the Lab to participants.

The Directors Lab is free of charge and geared toward professional directors in all stages of their career. A maximum of 25 applicants will be admitted. Please note that Lab participants must provide their own transportation to and from the Lab as well as lodging, food and incidental expenses while attending the Lab.

Directors Lab North is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with Luminato Festival. Starting in 2017, we began our successful collaboration with this innovative, and world-renowned festival, exposing our participants to international directors and other artists, to further broaden their scope and skills. Merging Luminato’s artists with ours is a thrilling new component to our Lab, igniting even more intercultural creative connections.

Luminato Festival

The British Council office in Canada is pleased to partner with Directors Lab North and support UK-based artistic directors to participate at the Directors Lab North in 2018. Through our programs, we build and create key international opportunities to promote the development of skills and cultural networks of Canadian and UK practitioners.

British Council

Learn more about the Directors Lab North experience:
Click here to read participant feedback
Click here to read about our previous annual labs

Learn about our fellow Directors Labs:
Lincoln Center Directors Lab
Chicago Directors Lab
Directors Lab West
Directors Lab: Melbourne

Directors Lab North acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.

Ontario Arts Council

HISTORY: Evan Tsitsias, Esther Jun and Elif ışıközlü are members of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Although they are all based in Toronto, they met for the first time at the New York Lab in June 2010. It was an incredibly inspiring experience and one that they wanted to share with other directors here in Canada and continue for years to come. With the support of Anne Cattaneo, Director of the LCT Lab in New York, they proposed a sister Lab here in Toronto. The LCT Lab has spun off two successful Directors Labs in LA and Chicago, both established by LCT alumni.
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Directors Lab North - Anne Cattaneo
Anne Cattaneo: Head of Lincoln Center's Directors Lab