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 a 9-month bi-weekly meeting of 5-6 playwrights that will culminate in a public reading series. Each playwright is paired with a designer, composer, or choreographer 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: literary(at)rogueartists.org 

2018/2019 Writers: Lisa Dring, Eric Fagundes, John Johnson, Mildred Lewis, Chelsea Sutton, Jennie Webb

2018/2019 Designers: Caitlin Eby, Rhonda Kohl, Lori Meeker, Morgan Rebane, Mark Royston, Anthony Storniolo

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Meet the writers of the 2018/2019 Lab:

Lisa Dring is a writer, director and actor living in LA. She is recently directed Cleo, Theo and Wu by Kirsten Vangsness at Theatre of NOTE. Last fall she co-wrote Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a play produced by Rogue Artists Ensemble and East West Players. Lisa has worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Circle X Theatre Co., Playpenn, SCF @ Son of Semele, One Year Lease, Bread & Puppet Theater, Bootleg Theater, Boston Court, and Sacred Fools. Lisa earned a BA from USC and studied in the Critical Studies school at CalArts. lisadring.com

Lisa is working with composer Anthony Storniolo.

Eric Fagundes is an actor and writer who has survived Los Angeles for 18 years. As an associate artist with Rogue Artists Ensemble and loves nothing more than getting lost in the worlds they create. He currently performs in their educational show Frog Belly Rat Bone as Rabbit and is grateful to be a part of Kaidan: Walls Grown Thin. He is always looking for new opportunities to create and collaborate.  

Eric is working with puppet designer Mark Royston.

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John Johnson is a Los Angeles-based writer and dramaturge. His plays include The Last, Best Small Town(Troy)Separate Parts, NaharStatic, and Empty Bellies. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, he is a lover of science fiction, cooking, and unreliable narrators.

John is working with costume designer Lori Meeker

Mildred Inez Lewis writes and directs for theater and the digital space. Her most recent directing project was Can Also Play which screened at Outfest Fusion and Outfest (2018). In 2017, she was part of Humanitas’ PLAY LA. Her plays were presented on KPFK-FM, Everyday Inferno (NYC), West Side Show Room (Chicago) and the William Inge Festival. She contributed pieces to the Get Out the Vote project and We, the People at Sacred Fools Theater Company.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, playwrights unit of Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles, Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative and Playground-LA 2018.

Mildred is working with choreographer Rhonda Kohl.

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Chelsea Sutton is a fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at UC Riverside. She is a 2016 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, a 2018 Sewanee Writers Conference Playwright Fellow, a writer in residence at Willapa Bay AiR in 2017, and a Humanitas PlayLA award winner. Most recently she wrote the acclaimed Wood Boy Dog Fish, co-wrote with Lisa Dring the immersive production Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, and co-wrote Senor Plummer’s Final Fiesta with Rogue Artists Ensemble. Her plays have been finalists for the O'Neill Playwrights, PlayPenn, and Seven Devils Conferences, and the Stanley Drama, Woodward/Newman Drama, and Reva Shiner Comedy awards. Withcoffeespoons.com

Chelsea is working with puppet designer Morgan Rebane.

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Jennie Webb is an LA-based playwright in residence at Rogue Machine (where her dark retail comedy “Yard Sale Signs” premiered) & Theatricum Botanicum, with works produced and/or supported by theaters and programs including The Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conferences, Theatre of NOTE, Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festivals, Santa Monica Rep, Inkwell Theater, Blank Theatre, Little Black Dress INK, Virginia Avenue Project, National Winter Playwrights Retreat, PlayGround-LA  & Moving Arts MADlab. She is currently a member of the Playwrights Union, EST/LA Playwrights Unit and the Dramatists Guild, and co-founder of the LA Female Playwrights Initiative (lafpi.com). jenniewebbsite.com + @jenniewebbsite

Jennie is working with lighting designer Caitlin Eby.

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Meet the Designers of the 2018/2019 Lab:

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Caitlin Eby is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, theme parks, museums, and architecture. She has contributed to over sixty-five productions during her career and recently achieved her Master of Fine Arts with a focus in Theatrical Lighting Design from California State University, Long Beach. Her most recent credits include the lighting designs for CSULB's Antigone X, The Natural History Museum of LA County's touring exhibit "Extreme Mammals", CSULB's Nora, and her Associate Design work with DIAVOLO: Architecture in Motion. Caitlin currently works as a lighting designer at The Thinkwell Group while working as a freelance lighting designer in the greater Los Angeles area.

Caitlin is working with writer Jennie Webb.

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Rhonda Kohl (director/choreographer) was the SDCF Traube Fellow on the Broadway debut of In Transit (Circle in the Square) with Kathleen Marshall. She assisted Ms. Marshall again on Mamma Mia! (Hollywood BowI), Damn Yankees (Roundabout Theatre Reading), and Sweet Charity (Reprise 2.0). Rhonda recently served as assistant director and transition choreographer on Native Gardens (Pasadena Playhouse) directed by Jason Alexander. Select credits include: LA Times Critic’s Choice Around the World In 80 Days (Actors Co-op), For The Love Of (Theatre of NOTE), Pocket Universe (Hollywood Fringe) Hello Dolly! (Warehouse Theatre) I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Crown City). SDC Associate Member.  www.rhondakohl.com  

Rhonda is working with writer Mildred Lewis.

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Lori Meeker is an artist and designer hailing from beautiful Los Angeles California! She has worked in the world of costume for over 15 years, both as a designer and builder, for humans and puppets. Recent works include Ovation nominated designs for the Rogue Artists Ensemble' s Wood Boy Dog Fish, and Kaidan : Walls Grow Thin. Lori is also a scenic painter and muralist both in the film world and as an in -store sign artist for Trader Joe's. Rogue Ensemble member, cat owner, Ravenclaw. 

Lori is working with writer John Johnson.

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Morgan Rebane is an award winning designer, fabricator, and puppeteer based in LA. He recently received an LA STAGE Alliance Ovation honor for Puppetry Design in Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin (Rogue Artists Ensemble co-produced with East West Players). Other shows with RAE include: Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta, Wood Boy Dog Fish, Zen Shorts, and Shakespeare(ish). Morgan has also created and designed work for Netflix, Cartoon Network, Story Pirates, Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Long Beach Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, South Coast Repertory, and Cornerstone Theater Company. Morgan has a degree in Performing Arts and Social Justice from the University of San Francisco and learned the art of puppetry from John Bell at Emerson College. MorganRebane.com 

Morgan is working with writer Chelsea Sutton.

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Mark Royston is an ensemble member of Rogue Artists Ensemble, a board member of the LA Guild of Puppetry, and an alumni of the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television. Mark is an Actor turned Puppeteer turned Puppet Builder turned Puppet Designer. Mark has been performing with The Rogues since 2015 and recently designed puppets for The Rogues' production of Señor Plummer's Final Fiesta. Instagram: @markroyston 

Mark is working with writer Eric Fagundes.  

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Anthony Storniolo (b.1986, Los Angeles) is a percussionist, composer, and video artist based in Los Angeles. His interdisciplinary collaborations rely on each medium working intimately with one another to create a holistic multimedia ritual. Through challenging conventional boundaries of disciplinary approach and Western social myths, he proposes a horizontal forum for human connection. His experimentation is grounded in his faith in the potential energy of shared experiences to transform us.

Anthony is working with writer Lisa Dring.

Introducing the 2019 Rogue Lab Reading Directors:

Claudia de Vasco (director, Far Worse Things) has been both a performer, producer, and leader in the theatre (and screen) in Texas, Minneapolis, and California. She is currently the Artistic Producing Director for Chalk Rep Theatre in LA and a member of the new class of The Kilroys. She has worked with companies such as Theatre of Note, Independent Shakespeare Company, San Diego Repertory, and the MixedBlood. Claudia is the Managing Director of Emerging Arts Leaders/LA.

Estela Garcia (director, Not Cake) A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is a multi-hyphenate artist, actress-director-movement coach-deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, and teacher. She received her MFA from Dell'Arte in ensemble based physical theatre and most recently studied with Viewpoints originator Mary Overlie. In addition to being Movement faculty at CalArts, Garcia is faculty at South Coast Repertory (SCR) and a teaching artists and Community Liaison for Center Theatre Group (CTG). As an actress Garcia is best known for her portrayal of surrealist painter Remedios Varo in her play by the same name and Older Esperanza in The House On Mango Street. Most recent film credits include: A Giant without a Head, Yolis and Valentina.

Scarlett Kim (director, The Secret Life of Freeways) is a Korean theatre director and artist who casts versions of herself and others to rehearse life in physical and mediated spacetimes. Scarlett uses performance as survival ritual, intimate exchange, and act of revolution. Recent projects include No Mouse Found (CultureHub/Navel); Nomadic Narratives (CultureHub/Heidi Duckler Dance); Aguante Pichidangui (National Council of Culture & the Arts, Chile), Surplus Novel (La MaMa Umbria Next Generation Residency), Kaspar Kaspar (Pasadena Museum of California Art). She is the Artistic Director of The Mortuary, a performance lab for unclassifiable experiences; a member of Dead Practice, a transnational/transmedia performance collective; and oversees artistic programming at CultureHub LA. MFA, Directing @CalArts  scarlettjkim.com

Ricky Pak (director, To Leave is to Die a Little) is the Artistic Director of the Circle Squared Collective, a Los Angeles based theatre company interested in exploring the intersection between traditional story-telling and avant-garde experimental theatre techniques to bring theatre to a new generation of audience members. He is also a teaching artist for the New York City-based Tectonic Theater Project (AD Moisés Kaufman) creators of the Laramie Project. Ricky holds an MFA in Performance for Theatre, Film, and TV from California State University- Los Angeles, is a member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA and has appeared on numerous TV shows, films, and theatre productions, most recently with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. www.TheRickyPak.com 

Rebecca Wear (director, A Season) Previous credits include If the Saints (Metro Baptist); Obedient Steel (HERE arts); I Run with You (Women’s Center Stage); and site-specific work. She associate directed the world premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage) and assisted Kate Whoriskey, Jerry Ruiz, and Lindsay Allbaugh. Rebecca is a resident director with HERO Theatre, previous associate artist at The Orchard Project, and is pursuing a PhD through a Chancellor’s Fellowship at UC, Santa Barbara. She is currently directing Lauren Yee’s Samsara with Coeurage Theatre Company, which runs May 11-June 1st.