Rogue Lab

The Rogue Lab is an incubator for new work that stretches the boundary of what is currently being done onstage, including immersive experiences, interactive design, puppet plays and genre-bending pieces that fit within the Rogues’ Hyper-theater aesthetic. This lab is an 8-month bi-weekly meeting of 5 playwrights that culminates in a public reading series. Each playwright is paired with a designer, composer, or choreographer and a director who will collaborate with the writer to work through theatrical magic and styles and incorporate the knowledge of those elements into the DNA of the new play.

Questions? Contact Chelsea Sutton and Lisa Sanaye Dring at: literary(at)rogueartists.org 

Applications are open for the 2019/2020 Rogue Lab. Apply by August 24, 2019 at 11:59pm.

2018/2019 Plays & Artists:

Far Worse Things: Written by Chelsea Sutton, Puppet Design by Morgan Rebane, Directed by Claudia de Vasco
Not Cake: Written by Jennie Webb, Lighting Design by Caitin Eby, Directed by Estela Garcia
A Season (Working Title): Written by Lisa Sanaye Dring, Composed by Anthony Storniolo, Directed by Rebecca Wear
To Leave Is To Die A Little: Written by John Guerra, Costume Design by Lori Meeker, Directed by Ricky Pak
The Secret Life of Freeways: Written by Mildred Inez Lewis, Choreography by Rhonda Kohl, Directed by Scarlett Kim
The Goblin Market: Written by Eric Fagundes, Puppet Design by Mark Royston, Directed by Jessica Hanna 


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Call to Writers

Rogue Artists Ensemble invites local playwrights to apply with ambitious new projects that are“impossible” plays inspired by the Rogue’s Hyper-theater esthetic. We hope writers will push themselves to create projects incorporating theatrical magic they are excited to explore. We intend for this residency to be an incubator for new work that stretches the boundary of what is currently being done onstage. Immersive experiences, interactive plays, puppet plays, mask work, and genre-bending pieces are especially encouraged.

This residency will span 8-months and include bi-weekly meeting of 5 playwrights that will culminate in a public reading series in May 2020. Each playwright will be paired with a Rogue designer and director who will partner to develop and support the creation of the text and will help realize small production elements for the reading series. Each playwright will receive a small honorarium and their project will be considered for future development with Rogue Artists.

To be considered, please send fill out the application form linked above including a description of a proposed project and a 10-page writing sample. *PLEASE NOTE: Your project proposal must be a NEW idea that you have not yet written. Your writing SAMPLE should be from another play of yours that gives us a sense of your voice.

The project proposal should include a description of the plot and theatrical forms you are exploring in the play you’d like to work on during this one-year residency in Rogue Lab. Please send the writing sample as a PDF.

Please keep in mind that we are looking to help writers develop brand-new plays that may not exist beyond a notion or hunch. Plays already in development, with previous productions, productions set for a future date, or previous professional readings or development will not be considered.

Rogue Lab is open to all playwrights who currently reside in Los Angeles. When considering applications, we will take into account the fundamental importance of having a balance of diversity of voices in the group in addition to the strength of each applicant’s writing sample and project proposal. Playwrights of all races, genders, abilities, and ages are encouraged to apply.

Rogue Lab Writer Meetings will begin in October 2019.

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Call to Designers, Choreographers, and Composers 

We invite local theatre designers, choreographers, and composers to apply to be a collaborative part of the development of ambitious new projects that are “impossible” plays inspired by the Rogue Hyper-theater esthetic. Designers will be paired with a brand-new play proposal that will be written throughout the year, and the designer will focus on one element in the play they can help develop and realize in an elementary way.  The purpose of the collaboration is to both help the writer work through theatrical magic and styles and incorporate the knowledge of those elements into the DNA of the play, while giving the designer the opportunity to work with a piece from the ground up and bring design perspectives into the conversation early in the process.

Each play will culminate in a public reading series in May 2020. Each designer will be paired with a playwright and director who will partner to develop and support the creation of the text and will help realize small production elements for the reading series. Each designer will receive a small honorarium.

In order to apply, please fill out the application form at linked above. Include a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of your portfolio. Rogue Lab Designer Meetings with writers will begin in October 2019.

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Call to Directors 

We invite local theatre directors to apply to be a collaborative part of the development of ambitious new projects that are “impossible” plays inspired by the Rogue Hyper-theater esthetic. Directors will be paired with a brand-new play proposal that will be written throughout the year, and the director will focus on helping shepherd the piece through scheduled readings and feedback sessions throughout the year. The purpose of the collaboration is to both help the writer work through theatrical magic and styles and incorporate the knowledge of those elements into the DNA of the play, while giving the director the opportunity to work with a piece from the ground up and work with a “hyper-theater” play from a new perspective.

Each play will culminate in a public reading series in May 2020. Each director will be paired with a designer and playwright who will partner to develop and support the creation of the text and will help realize small production elements for the reading series. Each director will receive a small honorarium.

In order to apply, please fill out the application form at linked above. Include a link to your online portfolio or a PDF of your portfolio. Rogue Lab Director Meetings with writers will begin in October 2019.