Faculty Notes

Kevin O'Rourke: Williams College Summer Theatre Lab 2010

Posted May 25:  Since its inception in 2004, the WILLIAMS COLLEGE SUMMER THEATRE LAB has served as an opportunity for Williams students, as well as returning alumni professionals, to work in a theatrical environment free from commercial and critical pressures. The Lab’s goal is to nurture theatrical projects that foster creative experimentation, artistic risk taking, and the collaborative process. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin O’Rourke ’78, the Lab has produced over 25 theatrical works involving over 50 undergraduates and 36 visiting alumni. These projects have included staged readings of student work, the first presentation of a new one-man show starring Gordon Clapp ’71, a new musical in development from Michael Winther ’85, new plays from Margie Duffield ’85, Adam LeFevre ‘72 and Jay Tarses ’61, and the 2007 Williamstown Theatre Festival/Summer Theatre Lab collaborative production of Friedrich Durrenmatt’s THE PHYSICISTS starring Roger Rees and John Feltch ‘80.  The Lab also serves as a unique opportunity for Williams undergraduates to train with working professionals from the alumni community.  These workshops and master classes have included Voice and Text, Song Workshop, Playwriting, Video Workshop, Viewpoints Training, Mask, Movement, and Scene Study. The 2010 season begins its CenterStage residency on July 5th and will conclude with the OPEN LAB WEEKEND, a weekend presentation of the season’s work in repertory, August 20-21. For more information call 413-597-4839 or visit 62center.williams.edu/summerlab.