Our Residency Lab brings artists to Berkeley to work on projects in 1–4 week residencies. Artists are selected based on a combination of existing relationships with Berkeley Rep and an application process. Interaction with other artists, staff, board and, when appropriate, the public are highly encouraged. There is no final presentation required at the end of the lab. If a project is in a stage where a reading or an audience would be useful, then that will be arranged. But there is no expectation of any kind of public showing. The purpose is to identify where the project is in its development path, and to move it to the next stage, whatever that stage may be.
Tony-nominated Leigh Silverman (director of over 50 new plays and musicals, most recently Suffs at The Public Theater) will serve as creative consultant to the 2023 Summer Residency Lab, working alongside Artistic Director Johanna Pfaelzer and the Berkeley Rep artistic staff in all aspects of the Lab from project curation and selection to on-site producing, dramaturgy, and creative support during the Residency itself.
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The Ground Floor is supported by Frances Hellman & Warren Breslau, with additional funding provided by Bank of America, First Republic Foundation, The Maurer Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.