The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts

WISH LIST: $100: food and supplies for 10 scholarship campers; $635: full scholarship for 1 camper; $1000: Life Stories instructor for severely at-risk youth

Isolated immigrant students, expelled youth working toward a GED, young men in juvenile detention, seniors in assisted living: everyone has a story to tell, a voice that needs to be heard, a life that’s waiting to be transformed. At The Theatre Lab School they get to tell those stories; teamwork and training help them sort through their lives and transform their personal narratives into film or theater. The self-esteem that comes from creating original works of dramatic art is life-changing. The Theatre Lab serves hundreds of youth and adults through its Life Stories program, and hundreds more through classes and summer camps in acting, directing, playwriting, and musical theatre – now at its 250-seat home in Gallery Place. Instruction comes from local actors, directors, and playwrights, and each year more than $55,000 in scholarships is granted to a third of those enrolled (Life Stories is tuition-free). Winner of the 2010 Mayor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts, The Theatre Lab is committed to improving the quality of life in our region. What a story.