LAByrinth Theater Now Accepting Apps for Summer Intensive Ensemble

LAByrinth Theater Company (Co-Artistic Directors Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul Vázquez and Managing Director, Danny Feldman), Off-Broadway's home of exhilarating and incendiary theater, is accepting applications for their annual Summer Intensive Ensemble. The one-week workshop retreat is scheduled from June 6-12, 2011 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

LAByrinth's Summer Intensive Ensemble is an annual residential week of workshops and new play development for emerging artists, combining LAB's ensemble spirit with inspirational, multi-disciplinary workshops. The Intensive Ensemble allows emerging artists to push their boundaries, create their own work, to be part of a collaborative ensemble, and to generate vital new theater. LAByrinth's current Broadway production of The Motherf**ker With The Hat was one of the plays previously read at the Intensive Ensemble. Workshops will include sessions on speech and voice, body, acting, movement, scene study, writing, directing, designing, and producing. Workshops are taught by LAByrinth Company Members and Guest Artists that will include David Anzuelo, Andrea Ciannavei, David Deblinger, Charles Goforth, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Scott Hudson, Scott Illingworth, Padraic Lillis, Narelle Sissons, and more. Past guest artists have included Paul Calderon, Maggie Flannigan, John Ortiz, Daphne Rubin Vega and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

"To be away from home, and away from everything, with a group of fellow artists, is always one of the very best, most fulfilling, and inspiring highlights of my year. Any year. And every year."said LAB Co-Artistic Director & Intensive Ensemble Instructor Stephen Adly Guirgis.

Many of the participants are actors, but the Ensemble is also intended for writers, directors, designers, and artists of all backgrounds who seek to explore, expand and (re)discover their multi-disciplinary theater skills. LAByrinth welcomes applicants of any age, race, color, sexuality, national or ethnic origin, or religious background.

The cost for the one-week Summer Intensive Ensemble is $1,950 which includes tuition, accommodation (double occupancy), three meals a day, and round trip transportation between NYC and Bard College (accessible to disabled students). Registrants must be over 21. Applications are now being accepted with ongoing interviews beginning April 18th. For additional information, please visit the website at

LAByrinth Theater Company was founded in 1992 by a group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits, hone their craft, and create new plays that truly reflected their experience. Today, LAByrinth is comprised of more than 120 established and emerging theater artists from a wide array of cultural perspectives. The inclusive, multicultural ensemble encourages all members to write, act, direct, and design, and supports multidisciplinary growth and exploration in the creation of daring new work that celebrates the diversity of its New York City home.

Now in its nineteenth season, LAByrinth has developed more than 300 new plays and staged 51 productions, including The Little Flower of East Orange and UNCONDITIONAL (2008), A View from 151st Street and Jack Goes Boating (2007), A Small, Melodramatic Story and School of The Americas (2006), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005), Sailor's Song and Guinea Pig Solo (2004), Dutch Heart of Man and Dirty Story (2003), Our Lady of 121st Street (2002), Where's My Money? (2001), Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train (2000), and In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings (1999). Raucous. Vital. Real. Since 1992.

LAByrinth Theater Company is currently represented on Broadway with the world premiere of the new play, The Motherf**Ker With The Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis with direction by Anna D. Shapiro. Presented by Scott Rudin, The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis), LAByrinth Theater Company and Stuart Thompson, the cast features Bobby Cannavale, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Annabella Sciorra and Yul Vázquez. Performances continue at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street, New York City).

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