© 2020 by Directors Lab West


“The annual convening of directors and choreographers from around the country (and the world) afford a rare and exciting opportunity to break out of the solitary role of Director and/or Choreographer and collectively explore concepts, ideas, tools and tips, and build a support network that goes beyond the intensity of the week-long Lab. Its “summer camp” for creative adults – and its FREE!!!! So grateful to all the folks who continually support and contribute to making this program happen and endure!”

- Tanya Kane-Parry (DLW 2003)

"I attended DLW at a time when I felt stagnant in my career and my art.  I can close my eyes right now and see snatches of specific presentations, collaborations and conversations from my DLW experience.  We’re not fully aware of what gets woven into us when we open ourselves up to new experiences, but DLW has remained with me through graduate school, directing projects and my current teaching position in San Jose." 

-John Kaufmann (DLW 2006)

"Directors Lab West connected me with artists from around the world who helped expand my knowledge of theatre and directing as well as expanding my world view. The connects I made with other artists have continued well after DLW was over.  I left reinvigorated and with a stronger sense of who I am as a director."

- Carly Bodnar (DLW 2018)"


"Directors Lab West rejuvenated my work as a director by providing a space for collaboration,exploration, and the chance to be inspired by other directors in a non-competitive environment. I continue to reach out to the people I met for insight when I find myself at a sticking point in creative processes.”

—Heather May (DLW 2014)

“DLW was a career changer for me. The week was well-organized, the workshops were very informative and the other participants were people like myself who had some experience and craft behind them and we all came out with much more.”

—Joel Asher (DLW 2017)

"Even amidst weeks of collaboration, being a director can sometimes be lonely. The DLW steering committee carves out a space, gathers a braintrust from around the world, and immerses you in thoughtful and exciting programming connecting you to a network of peers that will reinvigorate your passion to dream, create, and inspire."

—Christine McBurney (DLW 2018)

"I can’t thank the Directors Lab West enough for the amazing experiences and friends that I made. The connection to the greater Los Angeles theater community, theater productions and innovative directors and artists was a once in a lifetime opportunity.  I continue to draw on all of the DLW insights and inspiration in my creative work."

—Emmett Murphy (DLW 2017)

"Directing can be one of the loneliest professions, and no one understands that path like other directors. Attending Directors Lab West not only brought tremendous growth to my work in the craft of the director, but brought such clarity of joy to the path of being a director. Every director should experience this lab. It is vital nourishment for the creative soul."

—Alex Freeman (DLW '18)

"The tools and connections built at the Director’s Lab instilled a new confidence in my artistic voice that continues to inform my creative practice."

—Andrew Pearson (DLW 2018).

"Not only was the Director's Lab one of the most fun weeks of my life, not only did I learn a ton of new techniques and meet new friends, but it really drove home that what we do is relevant, important, and can truly change minds and hearts. Directing is a powerful tool and Director's Lab West added amazing new skills to my tool kit."

-Matt Ritchey (DLW 2017)

“Being accepted in DLW felt like winning the lottery and being given a much needed booster shot of confidence.  I adored my cohort of Directors and all the activities and lectures that were planned for us.  Happily, I was able to use my experience at DLW as a springboard that led to gigs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A Noise Within!” 

– Carol Becker (DLW 2016)