The Lab Series is a student-driven, department-nurtured performance research laboratory housed in the New Works Lab of the Drake Performance and Events Center. The Lab Series, which supports 18 or more projects per academic year, provides students with a hands-on laboratory space that supports the creation of innovative work on a limited budget. The pieces presented are a mix of new plays and devisings in various stages of development, full stagings of published plays, and community-building events. Students gain experience as writers, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and managers; emphasis is on creative risk and learning through doing. Assistant Professor Tom Dugdale supervises the series.
The Lab Series was founded in 2011 by Jennifer Schlueter (MA '03, PHD '07).