2017 LAB COMPANY
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for the 2017 Hangar Lab Company, please complete an application form.
Applicants must be available June 5th – July 30th, 2017
Applications are processed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until March 26th. Applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 10th.
COST: Participation in the Lab Company is tuition based. Housing is not included in tuition, but it is strongly encouraged that students book their housing through the Hangar.
Tuition - $3,000
Housing - $850 (optional but strongly recommended)
FINANCIAL AID: Partial scholarships are available. Please see the application for instructions on how to apply for financial aid.
EMC: The Hangar Theatre is part of the Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate Program (EMC), and Lab Company members may be able to obtain EMC points for some of their work at the Hangar.
AUDITIONS and INTERVIEWS:
We happily accept online audition videos. Those who submit a video audition do not need to audition in person. The guidelines for audition submissions can be found at the bottom of the Lab Company application form.
In Ithaca: Sunday, March 5 (email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info)
In New York City: Saturday, March 25th 10am-2pm and Sunday, March 26 11am -6pm. Auditions are by appointment only (email email@example.com to schedule a slot). Please note: Strong singers/musical theatre actors are encouraged to request slots on the 26 if possible.
Auditions are strictly by appointment only - we will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.
QUESTIONS? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE LAB COMPANY
The Hangar Theatre is currently celebrating its 43rd year as a leading regional theatre in New York. Since 1989 the Hangar Theatre has been home to the Hangar Lab Company, a nationally recognized theatre-training program. The Hangar Lab Company provides emerging actors, directors, and choreographers a supportive and challenging artistic environment within which they can expand their experience and abilities. Designed for advanced students and early–career professionals, the program offers intensive hands-on training in a repertory environment. The Hangar Lab Company works with directors from the Drama League Directors Project, members of the Hangar artistic staff, and visiting artists in preparation for a career in the theatre.
In addition to time spent in rehearsal and performance, all Lab Company members participate in multiple master classes throughout the summer. Class offerings change each year and are determined by the specialties of the Drama League Directors and visiting master teachers.
21 actors will be selected to be a part of the Hangar Lab Company.
The Lab Company Actors perform in both our experimental theater series, known as “The Wedge” and our Theatre for Young Audiences “KIDDSTUFF“ series. A small group of Lab actors will also have the opportunity to play Chorus roles in our Mainstage musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Each actor in the Lab Company is guaranteed 3 roles onstage during the summer. In addition, actors are assigned to studio projects throughout the program (ie Directors projects, dance pieces choreographed by our Lab choreographers, etc.). In other summer training programs, actors are often required to work on a backstage crew, work the box office, or to perform other duties. The Hangar Lab Company takes a wholly different approach. We believe that the best training is hands-on training, so our company members act all day, every day. The Lab provides an extremely rigorous schedule for each actor to work all day long in classes, rehearsals, projects and performances. It has been described by company members as “Acting Boot Camp!”
4 directors will be selected to be a part of the Hangar Lab Company.
Lab Company Directors each serve as assistant director on: one Mainstage show (directed by Hangar artistic staff or a visiting artist), one show in our experimental Wedge series (directed by a Drama League Fellow), and one show in our KIDDSTUFF series (directed by a Drama League Fellow). Directors also each direct one studio project of their own choosing. In addition to classes with the full Lab Company, the directors participate (with the Lab choreographer) in separate classes specifically geared toward direction and choreography. The directors are mentored by the Hangar artistic staff. These artists are encouraged to play, experiment, work, and take risks all summer long.
1 choreographer will be selected to be a part of the Hangar Lab Company
The Lab Company choreographer will serve as an apprentice on both our Mainstage musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and on our world premiere production of Dégagé, as well as serving as assistant choreographer on our Next Generation musical, Alice in Wonderland Jr, which will feature young performers from the local community. The Choreographer will also create one studio project of their own choosing. In addition to classes with the full Lab Company, the choreographer participates (with the Lab directors) in separate classes specifically geared toward direction and choreography. The choreographer is mentored by the Hangar artistic staff and is encouraged to play, experiment, work, and take risks all summer long.
PLAYWRIGHTS AND DRAMATURGS
2 playwright/dramaturgs will be selected to be a part of the Hangar Lab Company
Because we believe that there is no form of feedback more useful for a playwright than hearing their work read by great actors and rehearsed by great directors, the Hangar Lab Company Playwriting and Dramaturgy track focuses on the exploring the role of the playwright/dramaturg as a collaborative artist. Lab Company Playwrights will serve as dramaturgs on Mainstage, Lab Company, and Wedge productions. In addition, they will collaborate with both the Drama League Fellows and the Hangar’s Associate Artistic Director on developing their own original plays, culminating in a reading that utilizes both Lab Company and professional actors.