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WP Theater Announces Artists Selected for 2018-2020 WP Lab

Tony nominee Leigh Silverman and Playwrights Realm producing director Roberta Pereira join the Lab leadership team.

Leigh Silverman will be one of the leaders of the Directors Lab of the upcoming 2018-2020 WP Lab.
(© David Gordon)

WP Theater has announced the 15 artists selected for the 2018-2020 WP Lab. Playwrights Eboni Booth, Vanessa Garcia, Christina Quintana (CQ), Charly Evon Simpson, and Bryna Turner; directors Victoria Collado, Sarah Hughes, Candis C. Jones, Rebecca Martínez, and Arpita Mukherjee; and producers Ilana Becker, Marie Cisco, Lucy Jackson, Stephanie Rolland, and Alyssa Simmons will be part of the residency.

The WP Playwrights Lab will be led by WP producing artistic director Lisa McNulty and artistic producer Rachel Karpf. The Directors Lab will be led by Tony Award-nominated director Leigh Silverman and WP associate artistic director Tamilla Woodard. And the Producers Lab will be led by new Baltimore Center Stage artistic director Stephanie Ybarra and Playwrights Realm producing director Roberta Pereira.

The two-year WP Lab residency provides rising stars in the industry with a professional network, entrepreneurial and leadership training, rehearsal space, and, most significantly, tangible opportunities for the development and production of new stage work. It culminates with the biennial WP Pipeline Festival, which provides a unique opportunity for audiences and industry members to access five new plays at various stages of development, ranging from staged readings to full-length workshop productions. Plays showcased in previous Pipeline festivals include Sarah Burgess's Kings and Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok's queens, both of which received world premieres at the Public Theater and Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater, respectively, earlier this year.