The Playwriting LAB's objective is to discover new plays that challenge and engage audience and artists alike, setting the stage for exciting and innovative theatrical collaborations. Submitted scripts are read regularly from which approximately 24 plays per year are chose for LAB readings to discover potential projects for upcoming Chelsea rep LAB festivals of new plays and New York Fringe Festival and Chelsea Rep mainstage productions. Our resident playwright instructor, Mary Humphrey Baldridge, along with LAB co-ordinator Peter Evangelista and Chelsea Repertory Company mainstage director John Grabowski and Acting LAB monitor Bruce Hermann head the search and development of new scripts leading up to production, working with the playwright to bring each play to its fullest realization.
Plays that have been identified as potential works for production are developed by individual dramaturgical sessions between the playwright and Ms. Baldridge and eventually shared with the Artistic Directors. Playwrights of interest to the theater are introduced in the same way. An additional opportunity for identifying and developing new work is offered by our annual reading series directed and read by theater professionals.