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.

The 2016 season began its CenterStage residency on June 28 and will conclude with the OPEN LAB WEEKEND, a presentation of the season’s work in repertory, August 11-13.

2016 Lab company:

Artistic Director: Caitlin Sullivan ’07

Associate Producer: Clare Strasser

Student company: Isabel Benjamin ’19, Terah Ehigiator ’18, David Huang ’19, Mia Hull ’17, Young Wuk Jung ’19, Emma Mandel ’19, Phoebe Mattana ’18, Alden Taylor ’19, Harriet Weldon ’19


2016 EVENTS: (link to tickets)

“Boats and” by Andrew Neisler. New Musical Theatre Reading.

July 10 at 7:00pm, ’62 CenterStage

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Original Work Showcase

July 24 at 7:30pm, ’62 CenterStage

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Williams College Summer Theatre Lab 2016: Open Lab Weekend

Begins August 11 at 7:00pm, ’62 CenterStage

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