Our primary offering is a week-long Lab held every summer in Chicago, which brings together twenty to thirty stage directors for an intensive conference centered around a particular theme.
In addition to The Lab, we work together with local theatres and leading theatre-makers to host several events such as Master Classes, Director/Dramatist Exchanges, and Town Hall discussions.
Besides hosting The Lab and other events, DLC curates and shares valuable resources and a support system to help freelance directors, who can often feel like lone wolves, navigate their careers together.
As a result of their experience with the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Co-Founders Elizabeth Margolius and Karin Shook both felt that Chicago would be an ideal location for directors to gather and collaborate.
Their initial announcement to the local theatrical community garnered replies from over 100 emerging and established directors with a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Such profound enthusiasm confirmed their suspicions that directors would benefit from a place to meet, work, share ideas, and socialize in Chicago; and so, in July 2005, immediately upon their return from New York, the planning began. DirectorsLabChicago celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014.
In 2008, DirectorsLabChicago began a competitive internship program for rising junior and senior college students.
The Lab Committee
Alumni Relations Director
Alice Bever is a performer, director, educator and playwright, currently living between Europe and Wyoming. She is developing project1979, a multi-platform storytelling performance about the 30-something generation. The art of performance inspires her to investigate, exchange, share stories, amuse and bemuse. Theatre makes her happy, is how she…
Wm. Bullion is honored to have the opportunity to serve the directing community as DirectosLabChicago’s new Artistic Director. Bullion has been a director, actor and producer in Chicago for 25+ years. His newest venture is The Conspirators, where he has created, directed and performed The Resistible Rise of Herr Helmut Drumpf…
Intern Program Director
Vickie Daignault works primarily as an actress but is delighted whenever she gets the chance to direct! With a emphasis on theatre for young audiences, directing credits include Story Theatre, The Dining Room, Quilters, Girls Just Want to Have Fun (original), The Dragon of Nitt (Children’s Theatre of Charlotte); A Joyful Noise…
Rose Freeman stage directs, produces, and stage manages theatrical performance in multiple performance mediums. Freeman has created national fine art shows for M Gallery of Fine Art, acted as managing producing director for Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and production managed a national tour for Feld…
Kevin Hanna splits his time between theater and film, take a look on Vimeo. He co-produced and directed the award-winning mockumentary short film The Exorsister (watch and vote for it!), which won Best Screenplay and Best Use of Genre at Filmapalooza 2007 Film Festival. He most recently won the Gold Medal for…
Toma Tavares Langston is a freelance theater director and producer. An associate artist with Black Lives, Black Words International Project. Victory Gardens: 2015 Directors Inclusion Initiative Director. (Assistant Director) Sucker Punch. Sideshow Theatre: (Assistant Director) Truth and Reconciliation and Give It All Back…
Steering Committee / Co-founder / Artistic Director Emeritus
Elizabeth Margolius is a stage director with a primary focus in developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theater and opera. She has worked with theaters and universities in various capacities throughout the country, including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, Goodman Theatre…
Director of Marketing & Communications
Tobi has been an actor, director, music director, and all-around creative revolutionary for close to twenty years, and is proud that she’s been able to call theatre-making her full time job since 2007. With a passion for the next generation of world-changers, she’s served as a director and teaching…
Aileen McGroddy is a director, movement director, and clown. She is the Artistic Director of The Forks & Hope Ensemble, where she has most recently directed A Hero’s Journey. She is a company member of TUTA Theatre, where she most recently movement and assistant directed Gentle. As a founder of The Whiskey Rebellion…
Jenny Montgomery is a stage director who focuses on plays that explore themes of transcultural connection. Originally from the U.S, she has lived in Quebec since 2009, when she moved to Montreal for a Fulbright grant to create a bilingual play from interviews with immigrants, Québécois and people in between cultures. Déraciné explored…
Jonald Jude Reyes is a writer, performer, & Director from Chicago, IL. As a graduate of Rutgers University (NJ), he went on to learn from Second City, iO, Annoyance, and the Chicago Dramatists. He currently performs improv/sketch comedy with Stir Friday Night and Dustin with a J. Jonald has performed in the Chicago Improv Festival…
Anna Trachtman is a freelance director, producer, and arts advocate originally from New York, currently living and working in the Chicago area. She holds a degree in directing and arts management from Emerson College, where she was the Managing Director for RareWorks Theatre Company. She is currently pursuing her Masters…