Summer Theatre Lab

Summer Theatre LabThe Williams College Summer Theatre Lab provides an opportunity for current Williams students, as well as returning Alumni professionals, to work in a theatrical environment free from commercial and critical pressures. The Lab’s goal is to nurture theatrical projects that foster creative experimentation, artistic risk taking, and the collaborative process.The Lab was established in 2003 by founding Artistic Director Kevin O’Rourke ’78, who provided a decade of artistic leadership. Since the summer of 2015, the Lab has been under the artistic direction of Caitlin Sullivan ’07.  

Since its founding, the Lab has developed around thirty theatrical works involving almost one hundred undergraduates and dozens of visiting alumni. Alumni projects have included new musicals from Michael Winther ’85 and The Bengsons ’05, new plays from Adam LeFevre ’72, Jay Tarses ’61, Martha Williamson ’77 and Amanda Keating ’12, scenic design by Cate McCrea ’13, and theatrical collaborations with David Gurcay-Morris ’96 and the Satori Group ’07. The Lab has also collaborated with a number of guest artists and organizations including work with Martyna Majok, Mallery Avidon, Dipika Guha, Ars Nova, ZSpace, Here Art Center, and the 2007 Williamstown Theatre Festival/Summer Theatre Lab co-production of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s THE PHYSICISTS starring Roger Rees and John Feltch ’80.