Congratulations 2011 PlayLab 1A Participants!

By Alex Meda
My cup runneth over because I am finally able to announce that our groundbreaking FREE Theatre Labs that we worked so hard to launch in 2009 are back and ready for ROUND 2, starting with our playwriting lab: The Luna PlayLab.I’d love to introduce you to the talented participants who will be joining us this summer and early fall in PlayLab 1A: Intro to Script Analysis, taught by Dr. Liza Ann Acosta (Ensemble Member). The participants who were accepted into the program come from very varied writing backgrounds and interests from the established to beginner <—-so exciting! for this back to basics course.
The topics that will be covered in part one of this three part lab will be:  How do we analyze and study a script? What are the elements of a good play? How do we understand a play and its possible meanings before we see them in production?  These are some of the questions to explore in this first sequence of Teatro Luna’s PlayLab series. This class will help participants build their writers toolkit, expand  their theatre vocabulary, and foster a deeper relationship with the wide canon of plays that comprise the History of Theatre.
Mayra Almaraz-De Santiago: Educator
Secondary Education: History & Language Arts at DePaul University 




Nancy Garcia: Writer, Translator
BA with Double Major in Spanish and Latin American & Latino Studies, DePaul University




Rosha Katrina Lewis: Actor/Dancer, Student
Loyola University, BA Theatre and Dance 2014
Naturaleza Moore: Scholar, Educator, Performer
MA in Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University – New York, NY
MA in Anthropological Studies of Mexico, Universidad de las Americas – Puebla, Mexico
BA in Asian Studies, Comparative Politics, and Hispanic Studies, Rice University
Japan in Today’s World Program , Kyushu University- Japan
Sandra Posadas: Performer, Poet, Educator
Roosevelt University & DePaul University – Chicago, Illinois
Isabel Quintero: Actor/Performer (and long time Luna friend!)
BA in English Florida Atlantic University
AA in Theatre/Music, Miami Dade College

Some background on the program: In 2009 Teatro Luna launched the breakthrough Incubation Series, an initiative of innovative educational workshops and in-depth professional theatre arts training programming designed to nurture the individual talents of Pan-Latina theatre artists in Chicago in the areas of Playwriting, Directing, Producing, Dramaturgy, and Acting through four distinct but linked laboratories. .

About The Luna PlayLab: The PlayLab was designed to nurture Latina/Hispana-identified playwrights in two ways: By educating writers of other genres in the art of script writing, and by investing and nurturing in the progress and career of fledgling and/or emerging playwrights. The lab is meant to provide a safe space for exploration and a fertile ground for experimentation with the art form.

The Lab is comprised of three unique sections:

Lab 1: Participants are writers of other genres. They have the discipline and skill that other forms of writing have garnered them. They are comfortable in the culture of writing, and now want to shift their talents to playwriting and want to try their hand at a full-length play eventually after having completed the Lab 1 program. Women who are not writers but have always wanted to write a play, are encouraged to apply. Teatro Luna respects all forms of story-telling.

Lab 2: Participants are self-identified playwrights who have at least one finished, full-length play and who want to work on that script, or a new script, in a lab setting that includes a dedicated facilitator (a playwriting professional) who will keep participants on track and moving forward in the completion of their scripts.

Luz De Luna Writers Salon: In 2010 we expanded programming within PlayLab with the creation of the Luz De Luna Writing Salon open only to graduates of either lab based on performance in the program and involvement and is open by invitation only. This is a Salon for writers who wish to have an open environment that offers critique and feedback on personal writing projects through a “writers group” setting. Meeting monthly this Salon provides a facilitated space that makes sure the participants continue to invest time in the work they are passionate about in the face of their busy professional pursuits.

Lab 1 2011-2012 Overview: Summer 2011 marks the launch of round two of PlayLab 1. Instead of being offered as a single year-long writing course as we did in the Pilot round, Lab 1 will now be offered through three different, shorter but more intensive courses:

1. Lab 1A: Intro To Script Analysis. May 21 – September 22, Taught by Dr. Liza Ann Acosta (North Park University & Teatro Luna Ensemble Member)
2. Lab 1B: The Ten Minute Play. November – 2012 Taught by Artistic Associate Karla Estela Rivera
3. Lab 1C: The One Act Play.  TBA

Stay tuned for information on PlayLab 2 applications, directors &  producers lab applications, and Lunadas Readings! 

besitos, alex


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