Theatre Lab
New Work, Artists, & Audiences for the American Theatre

Louis Tyrrell & Matt Stabile

Course Description

Curious to learn how Theatre Lab is "inspiring, developing, and producing new work, artists, and audiences for the American Theatre”? Established in 2015, Theatre Lab is the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. Housed in its intimate 99-seat Heckscher Stage theatre space, Theatre Lab engages the South Florida community with world-class professional theatre performances, workshops, and conversations with leading playwrights and theatre artists. Dedicated exclusively to “new work”, each season at Theatre Lab offers a three-show Mainstage Series of World, US, or Regional premiere productions, a Playwright’s Forum & Masterclass Series where some of the nation’s most notable playwrights share readings of their newest work and provide 90-minute masterclasses in writing, a weekend-long New Play Festival featuring six readings of the most exciting and imaginative new plays from across the country, and provides more than 1200 K-12 students educational outreach programming at NO COST to the students or schools. Founding Director & Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts, Louis Tyrrell, and Producing Artistic Director, Matt Stabile, will provide a brief history of Theatre Lab’s work and budding national reputation, a discussion on the process and importance of new play development, and an overview of the upcoming 21-22 season – featuring THREE world premiere productions! Whether you are a lifelong theatre-goer, an aspiring theatre artist, or just looking for fun evening out, there is ALWAYS something exciting happening at The Lab! Visit us at

About the Instructor

  • Louis Tyrrell has been pioneering theatre in Florida since 1974. Founding director of Florida Stage and Theatre at Arts Garage, he most recently has been named the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Arts and serves as artistic director for Theatre Lab, the professional resident company of Florida Atlantic University. Dedicated to the play-making process through the development and production of new work in American theatre, Theatre Lab is a laboratory for seasoned theatre professionals to share their work with students, faculty, and the entire community. Programs include a mainstage production series, a year-long play-reading series and new play festival, the Playwright's Forum, a master-class forum for America’s finest playwrights, and Future Pages, an innovative education outreach program. As an actor and director, Tyrrell has been recognized extensively. Awards include several acting and directing Carbonell Awards from the South Florida Critics' Association, the Ubertalli Award for Artistic Excellence from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council, a Florida Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, the Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre, the Florida Atlantic University Palm Beach County Cultural Leader Award, and the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

    Matt Stabile is a writer, director, actor, and educator who found his home in the theatre at an early age. He proudly serves as the producing artistic director of Theatre Lab, where he has directed multiple World, U.S., and regional premiere productions. Some of his favorite projects over the first five seasons have been the more than 100 readings hosted by The Lab and he looks forward to expanding these developmental opportunities – as with Theatre Lab’s newest program, The Fair Play Initiative, a commission, and development program for LGBTQ plays & stories generously supported by Broward-based Our Fund Foundation. As a central component of Theatre Lab’s mission to “inspire, develop, and produce new work, audiences, and artists for the American Theatre,” Stabile developed and oversees The Future Pages Project – an educational outreach program that provides writing workshops and live-theatrical experiences at no cost to more than 1,500 students in grades 3-12 each year – and Authors of Act Two – a theatrical writing residency program serving at-risk and adjudicated youth. In 2020, he was honored to be named the recipient of the REMY “Pioneer Award” by the South Florida Theatre League for his work in creating and presenting the Online Original Monologue Festival (#OOMF) to support theatre artists who lost income due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A proud member of AEA, Stabile has performed on stages across South Florida, written and produced material for the stage and screen, and is a passionate advocate for arts and education.

Upcoming programs presented by Louis Tyrrell & Matt Stabile.

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