DirectorsLabChicago for emerging and established stage directors from Chicago and around the world.

An eight-day long intensive for dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers in Los Angeles.

The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world.

The Sundance Institute Theatre Program provides a catalytic process of artistic development for independent theatre-makers in the U.S. and globally, using a range of artist-driven engagement opportunities that connect, support and sustain artists and their projects across their careers.

The European Theatre Lab is Europe’s first think tank devoted to researching a digital strategy for theatre. A pioneering mix of workshops, conferences and theatrical performances across Europe.

Labs, Retreats & Residencies

in the US


La MaMa Umbria International provides artists from around the world with residency programs and intensive workshops.

The Drama League Artist Residencies are opportunities for theater directors and their collaborators to develop new plays, musicals, performance pieces, and hybrid works.  The residencies offer financial support, artistic mentorship, rehearsal space, and a supportive creative community.  The four programs for 2019 include short- and long-term residencies ranging from one day to one year, and support a wide variety of creative processes.

Each summer, New York Theatre Workshop hosts developmental residencies outside of New York City.  At the core of these residencies is an opportunity for artists to build new relationships, continue longstanding collaborations, and make work free from the daily pressures of life in New York.

The MacDowell Colony is the nation’s leading artist colony. The Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination. The Colony accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which the Colony defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way.

The artistic heart of WP Theater lies in the Lab: a two-year residency for playwrights, directors and producers that has served over 350 artists since its founding as The Director’s Forum in 1983. The Lab has two main goals: to cultivate the work of female-identified and trans theater artists, and to give them the tools they need to succeed in the industry.

The MITTEN Lab is an artist residency located in Northern Michigan aimed at providing early career theatre artists with the time, space, and support to develop new theatrical works and engage with the local community.

Come investigate and experience the ways that movement, sound, image, and performance can inform human culture. With multiple workshops each day, teaching artists from the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium (IIAC) and participants from around the world create an embodied dialogue at the intersection of modalities - voice, improvisation, site-specific performance, physical theater, and more. Open to all levels and backgrounds.

An eight-day long intensive for dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers in Los Angeles.

The goal of the LAB is to foster a national and international exchange between a community of emerging, mid-level and established career directors that need a safe space to explore and connect with like-minded peers. Based on our experience as alumni of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York City, we created our own version of the Lab in Toronto in 2011.

Directors Lab North - Toronto, Canada

In January 2018, a group of Lincoln Center Theatre (LCT) Directors Lab alumni from the Mediterranean region met with the founder of LCT Lab Anne Cattaneo, and with theater makers from Lebanon, USA and London, at the American University of Beirut, and together they laid down the groundwork for a Directors Lab Mediterranean.

The Director’s Haven gives directors in the earliest stages of their professional careers a rare opportunity to take risks, hone their crafts and talents and share their vision through a fully staged production of a short play. Giving directors support to produce during their formative years, which includes a full design team, budget, marketing support and more, allows these artists to create quality work as well as provides a platform to further their artistic visibility through the creation of said work.

Just Theater’s New Play Lab commissions four Bay Area playwrights to work with four directors to develop full-length plays from initial conception to a staged reading of the first draft. The goal of the Lab is to create a distinctly collaborative artistic community to support playwrights in the critical early stage of the development of a new play.

Since 1989 the Hangar Theatre has been home to the Hangar Lab Company, a nationally recognized theatre training program, designed for advanced college students and early–career professionals. The program offers intensive hands-on training in a repertory environment. With meticulously curated tracks for actors, choreographers, directors, and playwrights. Lab Company members will enhance their craft through classes, rehearsals, projects, and performances taught, led, and directed by guest artists, Hangar staff, and a quartet of directing fellows selected by the prestigious Drama League Directors Project.

An international social network and community organizing platform providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. The term Contemporary Performance is used to describe hybrid performance works and artists that travel between the fields of Experimental Theatre & Dance, Video Art, Visual Art, Music Composition and Performance Art without adhering to one specific field’s practice.

The Flea’s Resident Director program is an intensive practicum for early-career directors. Participants engage in the full spectrum of directing. They assistant-direct and stage manage each others shows and those of guest artists, review scripts for the theater, they direct readings and workshops of plays under consideration by the Artistic and Producing Directors, and ultimately direct their own full-length production as part of The Flea’s season.

The Lab supports up to 10 emerging hybrid artists for a one-year residency of educational and creative events. The Resident Artist series provides up to 2 years of both financial and production support towards their Lab Production, an original evening-length Musical Theatre work presented by 92nd Street Y.

International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) Stage Directors Lab offers a unique “launchpad” for directing practice to: Emerging directors and choreographers who have demonstrated a talent for and commitment to directing and choreography. Actual practicing directors and choreographers interested to discover new horizons and to find new international network opportunities. Performers who are keen to develop their directing/choreographing skills and career.

The Soho Rep Writer/Director LAB was founded in 1998 to explore and develop the work of a new generation of theater artists and to foster new collaborations between writers and directors in the beginning stages of the creative process. Now, the LAB remains focused on this collaboration, inviting writer/director teams, of various backgrounds and experience, to apply with new and ambitious projects.

Over the years, this program has evolved to include playwrights, mid-career directors and even an entire young company. And while these residencies have allowed us to help cultivate the next generations of theatre leaders, these artists have also become invaluable to me and our audiences, invigorating this institution with fresh voices. These directors have a home base at Roundabout to develop their own work, take artistic risks, and play a role in planning the company's seasons.

Roundabout Theatre Company - Resident Directors

The LAB is focused on developing new plays through a collaborative workshop process. We believe that by working in a rehearsal setting with a director and actors, a playwright can best further their plays. Playwrights tell us often how they gained a new insight from simply seeing their work with a cast, not to mention the constructive input from directors and other artists. The LAB gives them that opportunity.

Inkwell Theater (The) - Development Lab