The New Works Lab @ The Young Actor’s Studio

a script writing workshop for teens

On Saturdays and Sundays, we offer a New Works Lab for students. The lab is a very supportive and encouraging place for students to create and share work with their peers. Even if a student does not yet write, they can still participate in the lab by reading out loud other student’s work.

In just the last two years, three plays from the lab have won the National Young Playwrights Festival, one play has been optioned (and now produced) into a feature length film, and 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).

Our next session begins in April and will continue till the end of June. Spaces are very limited in the lab, so we highly encourage you to apply soon.

Please e-mail if you are interested in knowing more details about the New Works Lab.

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.