Shakespeare Lab

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new project: The Iowa Shakespeare Lab!

The purpose of the project is explore Shakespeare’s text in a rehearsal context without the distraction and financial burden of producing a full production, and help actors sharpen their skills for working with the language.  The ultimate goal of the multi-year project is to work through the entire canon of Shakespeare’s plays – all 37 of them! – with a revolving company of actors and directors, and explore ways to address the challenges of presenting his works to a modern audience.

The Lab company meets  over a period of 8-10 sessions to work on a particular play.  For each session, the Lab Director will identify problem issues or challenges within the text and strategies for exploring them within the workshop process. Cutting of the text for performance are determined during the Lab sessions.  No roles are cast until the last few weeks of workshops, allowing everyone in the Lab company an opportunity to explore multiple roles.  The Lab culminates in a semi-staged reading of the play, which is open to the public.

For more information on the Shakespeare Lab, please visit the project website by clicking the link below.