Chelsea Rep Lab
Past Lab Work has included developmental writing exercises, group improvisation, and movement and vocal work. Chelsea Rep Lab has produced many student-directed plays as well as new productions and staged readings of original plays and film scripts.
A recent addition to Chelsea Rep LAB is the playwriting program. We offer two classes: Beginning Playwriting, and Advanced Playwriting. These classes strive to help each student find their individual voice as a writer in a supportive environment.
Beginning Playwriting emphasizes individual elements of playwriting (character, setting, images, etc.) through in-class exercises. By the end of the course, each student has completed at least one ten-minute play. Advanced Playwriting allows students who have completed Beginning Playwriting (or the equivalent) to concentrate on writing a full-length play, or a long one-act.
Read more about how the beginning playwriting class can help you become a better actor.
Both classes emphasis reading work aloud in class and script analysis. Each student is expected to spend approximately five hours outside of classes writing or rewriting. Assigned plays are given as weblinks or .pdf files. The beginning class reads mostly contemporary, short plays; the advanced class reads full-length plays. Each class culminates in a rehearsed reading of the students' work, allowing them to work in a rehearsal situation with actors and a director.
All classes are taught by award-winning playwright Anne Phelan. Anne Phelan is a Dramatist Guild member and a two-time Edward F. Albee Foundation fellow. Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus and Heinemann, and she is a graduate of Hampshire College and the Trinity Rep Conservatory. Her theatrical experience spans 20 years, and her plays have been produced in New York City, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Florida. Anne's first playwright experience in New York City was a staged reading directed by John Grabowski at The Acting Studio.