The Lab


As a part of DUMB Theatre Co.’s mission, we find the development of new work vital to the life force of theatre.

The Lab is a private, safe forum in which writers have the opportunity to share, develop, and collaborate in original work.

Writers are expected to submit material on a weekly basis and exchange constructive feedback upon their fellows’ work at meetings. The Lab is a support system and accountability group inspiring artists to continue to generate material on a regular basis. This program is open to playwrights, songwriters, poets, novelists, television and screenwriters.

Each session will include a 30min writing prompt aiming to expand the writers’ creative toolbox.

Each writer will be given approximately a 30min session during the meeting to facilitate a discussion on their recent submission.

The final portion of the day is dedicated to reading a piece of selected new work that could benefit from being read aloud. Through The Lab Reading Series professional actors have the opportunity to engage with new works and develop relationships with budding innovators.

Past projects that began development in The Lab :

Screenwriter/Playwright: Michael Calciano

Come Be Creepy With Us produced by Little Worms Creative

  • A short film about millennial angst and an undead corpse in the bathtub

Quartet reading at Shelter Studios

  • A comedic/horror/thriller/musical

Playwright: Timothy Thompson - Keenan Fellow at The Kennedy Center

The Stowaway developmental reading at the Kennedy Center

Hinterkaifeck developmental reading at the Kennedy Center

Visitors are welcome to The Lab, but they must be accompanied by a Lab member. Guests may not participate in feedback. After attending two meetings, should a guest wish to apply for membership, they may send a one page artistic statement and writing sample to

Actors are welcome to submit a headshot and resume to with the subject line “Lab Actor Submission” to be considered for readings.

Write On!

Special thanks to Peter Hedges, without whom, The Lab would never have been founded, nor would it have such an excellent title.