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
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.
John Johnson is a Los Angeles-based writer and dramaturge. His plays include The Last, Best Small Town, (Troy), Separate Parts, Nahar, Static, 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.
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.
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.
Meet the Designers of the 2018/2019 Lab:
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.
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.
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.
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.