MTA Playwrights Lab

The MTA Playwrights Lab is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and professional theatre artists. The Lab is a weekend-long festival of staged readings featuring the work of the writers in the Playwrights’ Workshop (21M.785) taught by Senior Lecturer Ken Urban. Since every writer in 21M.785 receives a professional staged reading in the Lab, enrollment in the course is limited. To be considered for the course, students need to have taken a previous Playwriting course or submit a writing sample. The Lab occurs during the midway point of the semester, and this allows each writer to use the feedback received during the Lab to revise their work in the remaining weeks of the term. These readings are directed by a professional director, and the cast features both professional actors and MIT students. Previous directors in the Lab include Stephen Brackett (Broadway’s Be More Chill), Steve Cosson (Artistic Director of The Civilians), Marti Lyons (freelance director based in Chicago) and Adam Greenfield (Associate Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons). Casts feature some of Boston’s leading actors, including Marianna Bassham, Nael Nacer and Adrianne Krstansky. The Lab is a true introduction to new play development. No new play goes directly from a draft to a production; there is an extensive development process where a play is “read” by actors, along with script meetings between a writer and director. Students from previous semesters have found participating in the Lab to be an intensive and rewarding capstone to their Theater Arts studies. Rachel Yang ’18 who participated in the first MTA Playwrights Lab told MIT News, “This is going to be one of my best memories at MIT.” 
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