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DirectorsLabChicago 2019: In the Room

“A good room” can be defined as the space where artistic endeavors are in motion towards a common goal, and the constructive relationships between the collaborators in that space. As directors, we are responsible for imagining, creating and holding “a good room,” be it in production meetings, rehearsals or performances. Who is “in the room” with you? What is your room like? How do you assemble your good room? And why? DirectorsLabChicago investigates the coalitions, mechanics and possibilities of collaboration.

The flagship offering of DirectorsLabChicago is our annual Lab; a week-long gathering of directors from all over the world for in-depth investigation of a single topic from multiple angles. The Lab is geared toward professional directors in early- to mid-career stages, who are selected through a rigorous application process.

DirectorsLabChicago was founded in 2005 by stage directors Elizabeth Margolius and Karin Shook as a result of their experience at the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York.

Our annual Labs have hosted over 200 directors from around the United States and 43 from other countries. Over 160 presenters and panelists – including Robert Falls (Goodman Theatre), Martha Lavey (Steppenwolf), Chay Yew (Victory Gardens), Andrew White (Lookingglass), Leon Ingulsrud (SITI Company), and Anne Cattaneo (Lincoln Center Theater) – have guided these directors through explorations of themes such as The Language of the Stage, The Director and The Designer, The Power of Myth and Ritual, and The Kinetics of Directing. Our college internship program has given 17 young directors access to our Labs as well.