The Lab’s seventh year, held June 14th – 19th, 2017 at the Tarragon Theatre and Soulpepper in downtown Toronto, successfully united an international contingent of 30 directors from Canada, the USA, Europe and the Middle East with a mandate to explore ideas, share knowledge and inspire creativity for the theatre.
Artistic Direction and the State of Theatre
with Richard Rose
Writers directing their own work and the playwright/director relationship
with Judith Thompson and Kat Sandler
with Brian Quirt, Andrea Romaldi and Lisa O’Connell
Artistic Direction and Curating Festivals
with Josephine Ridge and Naomi Campbell
The Playwrights Project
with Daniel MacIvor
Movement and Text
with Allyson MacMackon
with Akram Khan, Alexandre Hamel of Le Patin Libre, Yvette Nolan, and Steven Prengels
Lab Members also participated in “Shared Sessions”, a series of workshops where Lab members share knowledge and techniques with the Lab. Topics this year ranged from gesture work, a LeCoq workshop, puppetry, Droznin, Greek text, table work, verbatim theatre, VIEWPOINTS, Laban, and our Directing Experiment where we work with actors in rehearsal.
Nicole Miller Marks
Courtney Laine Self
Marissa Emma Smith
Paul Van Dyck
Stage management by Daniel Bennett
Interns: Talia Scaiano and Kaylen Mackenzie
Actors: Jeff Yung, Rachel VanDuzer, and Allegra Fulton
DLN is grateful to its supporters
We gratefully acknowledge the Tarragon Theatre for generously donating their space to us again for this year’s lab and Soulpepper for donating their space as well.
A huge thanks to Playwrights Canada Press for donating plays for our Labbies.
A massive thank you to our new partner, the Luminato Festival, for their incredible generosity with access to their shows and their artists.
Thank you to the Toronto Arts Council for helping fund this year’s Lab.