DirectorsLabChicago welcomes new committee members

by | Mar 15, 2017

DirectorsLabChicago is thrilled to welcome four new additions to our Steering Committee: Rose Freeman, Toma Langston, Aileen McGroddy, and Jonald Reyes.

All four are alumni of the Lab; Freeman and Langston having participated in 2012’s Left Brain | Right Brain and McGroddy and Reyes in 2016’s un/spoken: The Language of the Stage. Reyes has also recently been selected to attend this summer’s Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, the three-week flagship Lab that gave birth to DLC and several other “sister Labs” worldwide.

From left to right: Toma Langston, Jonald Reyes, Aileen McGroddy, Rose Freeman

It’s a testament to the Directors Lab program that many past Lab participants share the sentiment that attending is a career- and life-altering event. Several go on to participate in Lab committees, launch offshoot Labs in their home cities and countries, or just stay involved and connected in any way they can.

“Attending DirectorsLabChicago completely transformed my life,” says Freeman about what led to her decision to join the Steering Committee. “Aside from the rare opportunity of collaborating with and learning from fellow directors, it was a week of dedicated learning on my craft, which is difficult to achieve outside of collegiate settings. It’s an honor to foster this model of education and development for my fellow creators.”

The four new committee members come onboard just in time to be a part of planning and launching the application process for the 2017 Lab. (If you’re interested in being notified when dates and theme are announced and the application is live, sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of this page.)

You can read more about our four new members as well as our entire Steering Committee on our bios page.

Tobi MattinglyTobi Mattingly is a Chicago-based director, actor, music director, and teaching artist. She is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an arts organization dedicated to creating and enabling world-changing theatre. Through this organization, she helps professional theatremakers take control of their theatre careers through learning and balancing artistic craft, bodymind practices, and business/marketing management. Tobi is DirectorLabChicago’s Director of Marketing & Communications, and edits and curates the DLC blog.

Photo at left by Austin D. Oie.
Photo at top of page by staff photographer Anita Evans.


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