Self-Generated Theater Lab

Dates: June 5 – July 7th, 2023
Duration: 5 Weeks, 16 Hours of Class Per Week, plus supplemental workshops
Tuition: $1995
Interview Required

Application Deadline Extended: April 15th, 2023

“Training the Actor Warrior to Create and Produce Original Work”

The Self-Generated Theatre Lab is intended for a new generation of theatre artists who yearn to upend tradition and generate new work and new ways of working founded by their own creativity. All participants will be led through the creation of one-person and ensemble-based theater for which the raw materials emerge from the imagination of the generating artist or artists. It offers proactive and effective techniques for creating theater work, both solo and ensemble-based that will facilitate creative power and a distinct understanding of what it means to be a creative theater artist.

Classes include developing the heart and methodologies of an ensemble; solo performance; physically sourced work, the business of theater and self-producing, developing an audience and how to raise funds. Lead by director John Gould Rubin, this is a five-week course with classes 16 hours per week and outreach to theater in unusual communities.

Faculty & Classes

The One Person Show (Yolanda Kay Wilkenson, 4 hours)
Physical Theater (Joanne Edelman, 4 hours)
Devising and Producing Theater (John Gould Rubin, 4 hours)
Creating From the Heart (David Deblinger, 4 hours)

Supplemental Workshops:
Arts Justice Field Work Workshop (Suzy PetchEam)
Ethical Risk Taking for Theater Artists (Kat Yen)
Business of Theater Supplemental Workshops (John Gould Rubin)
Devising Rehearsals and Showings

SUCCESS STORY from SGT alum Danielle Baynes:

Admission Information

Admission to the Self-Generated Theatre Intensive is by entrance interview. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume
  3. A $50 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)


COVID-19 UPDATE: Actors wishing to train in-person at the Stella Adler Studio must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including the booster shot, and be able to submit proof of their vaccination by the start of their first class. Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates and a list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19: