The New Works Lab

a script writing workshop for teens

This extremely popular course is an incredibly fun and engaging way for students to write new work for the stage and screen. Students need not have previous dramatic writing experience, but must have a passion for creating stories and characters!

In just the last four years, eight plays from the lab have won the National Young Playwrights Festival, one play has been optioned (and now produced) into a feature length film, one of our students (Sarah Evans) has had a film she wrote and starred in, “Talk to Her”, appear at Cannes Film Festival, and some of our students have had the opportunity to premiere in original material by playwright/ tv producer Bekah Brunstetter (“This is Us” on NBC).

Classes are ongoing, enrollment is possible whenever spots are available. Please contact the studio to inquire about current availability.

Spaces are extremely limited, so we highly encourage applying soon. An interview with the Director is required of all students prior to registering.

Have Questions? Give us a call at (818) 763-1208 or e-mail

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Frequently Asked Questions

Every week students bring in material they are developing to be read out loud by their peers. We then provide students with feedback, and guidance on how to develop their material further. It is vitally important to us that the lab is an encouraging and supportive place for students to express themselves creatively. We also do public readings, productions, and live workshops of student’s work.
This lab is for everyone! The goal is for students to realize the tremendous possibilities in dramatic writing, and form a community with fellow writers and actors. We have had students who never saw themselves as writers, who’ve written some brilliant work in the lab.
Every week we have students read out loud the new material. Consequently, this lab is a great opportunity for actors to develop their cold reading skills, make strong character choices, and expand their versatility. In addition, several of our students have gotten acting opportunities in film and theater because of their participation in the lab.