About Us

20+ years of inspiring the future of the American Theatre

In April 2000, Nick D’Abruzzo, Ernest Figueroa, Olivia Honnegger, Kappy Kilburn & Andrew Sachs, came together with a single goal: create a place for emerging and mid career Stage Directors and Choreographers to be in the same room and learn; not only from each other, but from masters of the craft. The five had met during a session of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in New York, and with the support and encouragement of the New York lab’s Founding Director, Anne Cattaneo, the founders of Directors Lab West began a program that will embark on its 17th year this May.


Emerging from the Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center Theater, Directors Lab West is now in its 20th year and has grown to boast over 600 alumni across the world. Each year, between 40-50 directors and choreographers are selected for the intensive which features workshops, panel discussions, rehearsals, investigations, performances with talkbacks, and much more. DLW is funded through the generous support of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Directors Lab West brings together dedicated emerging and mid-career theatre directors and choreographers with master artists for an eight-day long intensive, enabling them to inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre.

Our Partners


Directors Lab West is made possible in part by support from the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.



Directors Lab West is presented in partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse.

Looking for other labs?


Visit our sister labs in New York, Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne,

& Tel Aviv.





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