Directors Lab West


An 8-day intensive for emerging and mid-career

theatre directors and choreographers


What is Directors Lab West? 
The Lab is an 8-day summer intensive for stage directors and choreographers. Part conference, part workshop, part focused discussion, all theatre, and all fun! The Lab provides a place for directors and choreographers to meet and exchange ideas.    
When is it?

The lab takes place over 8 days in May each year with events scheduled from 10 am until 10 pm.
Where is it?
The historic Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theatre of California, as well Boston Court Pasadena, both continue to be our dedicated and supportive partners. In addition, we also hold sessions at a variety of theaters in and around Los Angeles.  
Who can attend?  
By application only, the Lab is open to emerging and mid-career directors and choreographers committed to the art and creation of theatre. The Lab is not open to current students or those planning to return to school. It is designed for working professionals who have finished their studies. A degree is not required.

How much does it cost?  

Participation is FREE thanks to the generous support of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, partners like the Pasadena Playhouse, and all the guest artists who donate their time and share their talents with each year's Lab participants.

Please note all participants are expected to cover their own lodging, meals, and transportation throughout the Lab, including parking. Additionally, there are ticketing fees associated with the performances. We offer these tickets at reduced and subsidized rates, and attendance is not mandatory.

Who has presented at Directors Lab West?  
The list is long and includes artistic directors, playwrights, actors, designers, and, of course, directors and choreographers. Explore our lab archives to see who has presented over the years.  
How do I apply?  
When the online application becomes available a link will appear at the top of this webpage. At this point, you will need to complete the online application and send us an email with your resume by the listed deadline. Sign up for email updates to learn when the application opens. 

Questions left unanswered?

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Due to the postponement of Directors Lab West, no applications will be accepted for any upcoming Lab until 2024.


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Directors Lab West is produced by the Steering Committee, in association with The Pasadena Playhouse and Boston Court Pasadena.


Special financial support for Directors Lab West has been received from the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.


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Honorary Chair

Anne Cattaneo

Producing Steering Committee


Che'Rae Adams, DLW '00
Ernest Figueroa, DLW Founder 

Martin Jago, DLW '14

Debbie McMahon, DLW '14
Janet Miller, DLW '03


Production Coordinator

Alisa De Los Santos

Host Partners
Danny Feldman, Artistic Director
Pasadena Playhouse
Jessica Kubzansky, Artistic Director
Boston Court Pasadena

Artistic Advisory Council

Luis Alfaro

David Bridel

Kay Cole

Gregg Daniel

David Diamond

Sheldon Epps

Larissa Fasthorse

Velina Hasu Houston

Vincent Paterson

Carey Perloff

Jose Luis Valenzuela

Lisa Wolpe


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