Chicago Performance Lab emerged from a desire to extend the nurturing environment of TAPS to Chicago’s professional performance community. Recognizing the importance of hospitality, particularly in a moment when the arts are faced with acute economic challenges, we invite companies into our artistic home. The work that we support demonstrates the boldness of Chicago’s artistic output and reflects the University’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations.  Read more about the Performance Lab in UChicago News

2019 Chicago Performance Lab

Definition Theatre Company
A workshop of The Color Purple with original Broadway director Gary Griffin at the helm.
Presentation: Saturday, July 6 2019 at 8:00pm in room 501

A workshop and free concert reading of a new play by Shepsu Aakhu and Andrew White
Presentation: Saturday, July 20 2019 at 3:00pm in room 501

Manual Cinema 
An adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic science fiction Frankenstein novel into a multimedia performance of shadow puppetry, live music, and theater.
Presentation: Thursday, July 25 at 7:30p in Theater West

Devon de Mayo 
The Awakening, a devised adaptation of the novel by Kate Chopin.
Presentation: Friday, July 26 at 1:00p in room 701

Puppeteers of Color Incubator
A space for puppeteers and artist of color to explore, experiment, and develop their tools as puppeteers while deepening their understanding of their own individual artistry.
Presentation: Saturday, September 7 at 2pm in room 501

Dancing to Dream
A curated selection of choreographers from the community to produce new work in the thematic light of kids sponsored by Make a Wish foundation. 
Presentation: Friday, September 13 at 3:30p in BARS

For Youth Inquiry 
Designs participatory theater experiences to activate the creative potential of school, family, and healthcare systems and improve the wellbeing of youth. 
Presentation: More information coming soon 

A Red Orchid Theatre
Workshops and readings of Grey House and Victory in preparation of A Red Orchid’s 2019-20 Season.
Presentation: Grey House Tuesday, August 6 at 8pm Victory Friday, August 9 at 11am 

Recent projects incubated at CPL:

Interviews with UChicago Performance Lab Artists

Introduction: Devising in Chicago by Heidi Coleman
The House Theatre of Chicago
The Hypocrites
Lucky Plush Productions
Manual Cinema 
The New Colony
Walkabout Theater

UChicago Performance Lab News
Uchicago NEWS: Building Bridges



Heidi Coleman, CPL Founder
Nathan Allen, The House
Aasia Bullock & Dewayne Perkins, Salonathon
Vanessa Stalling, The House
Alex Grelle, Salonathon
David Catlin, Lookingglass
Drew Dir, Manual Cinema
Erin Kilmurray, The Salts
Jane Beachy, Salonathon
Sean Graney, The Hyopcrites