DirectorsLabChicago 2016

2017 Lab dates and theme will be announced soon!

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In the meantime, information from our 2016 application process is below to give you an idea of what to expect.

DirectorsLabChicago 2016


The Language of the Stage

This year we will be investigating the many ways in which we can communicate, both on and off the stage. We will consider the language of music, movement/choreography, design, text, sound, and silence. Other possibilities for exploration might include translations, dialects, opera, sign language, and verse.

Further, we will discuss and find more effective ways to communicate with our actors, designers, and marketing team. And we will ask ourselves why we choose the projects we choose, and how we determine what we truly want to say through our work.

The 2016 Lab will be held Sunday, August 21, through Friday, August 26, at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Applications for the 2016 Lab are now closed. Applications for the college intern program are due by Sunday, May 28, at 11:59 PM CDT (GMT-6).

How To Apply

Step One: Download the Application Instructions and Application Questions documents and read them thoroughly.

Step Two: Prepare your answers to the application questions so they are ready to be entered into our online application system, and create a PDF version of your directing résumé (saved as FirstnameLastname.pdf).

Step Three: Create a profile on our Online Application System and complete the application.

We strongly recommend editing your essay questions in an external text editor first and copying them into the Online Application. (Please note that the online system does not allow for markup of any kind, so prepare your answers in plain text with no bold or italics.) You will have the ability to save your in-progress application and come back to complete/update it as many times as you like.

You must submit your application for review by checking the “Finalize and Submit My Application” box, after which point you will no longer be able to change anything. The application must be finalized and submitted by no later than 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, May 22, 2016. We will notify all applicants of decisions no later than June 19, 2016, via email.