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HOTEL NEW WORK  Open Studio for Live Arts

Hotel New Work is a curated series providing artists and audiences with time and space to take a detailed look at the theater-making process in an open studio setting. The program provides short-term residencies, including 40 hours of rehearsal time and performance space, to collaboratively-driven companies in the midst of creating ambitious new work. HNW serves as an artistic respite, where new works are given space to breathe, grow, and engage with outside eyes at an early stage. It is a place where artists of various disciplines can unpack their bags, display their ideas, and share the room keys with engaged spectators. 

Pick up your key. Unpack your ideas. Stay awhile.

 “Hotel New Work was and incredible experience, as it allowed us to try new ideas in a new (immersive) format without the pressure of having to present a finished product, to test our new ideas with audiences and see what works and what should be abandoned, and it gave us the space to reimagine the form and content of our future show, all this in a home-like, very nurturing atmosphere. There is no better place to develop new ideas than Hotel New Work. Thank you, Theaterlab!”

-Ana Margineanu, The Female Role Model Project


Theaterlab is thrilled to welcome XRE Extended Reality Ensemble to Hotel New Work with their new piece, The New Cosmic Symphony, an experiment in non-linear time, non-local consciousness, and what embodiment means in a (post) Covid paradigm. 

XRE is Electric Djinn, Clara Francesca and She’s Excited! The New Cosmic Symphony is an Extended Reality journey of heart, art, and sound. It tells the story of the new collective consciousness Covid & Global Radical Justice has forced the world to contend with: what is this new cosmic symphony we have created across oceans, computer screens, local hardships, and international communalities? “At a time when travel is complicated, we are inviting the audience to journey with us in an extended reality full of possibility.”

The New Cosmic Symphony will be presented in a VIRTUAL STUDIO on August 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM. 

RSVP and receive a link to the YouTube Live event HERE


Hotel New Work | Open Studio for Live Arts
Sunday, September 1, 2019 
3:00 PM


Featuring performances by:    Hope Salas, Ashley McQueen, Justin Cimino, Sarah Dodd, Manon Hallay, Sarah Starkweather
In collaboration with Justin Cimino (Director, Founder & Artistic Director of Pigeonholed Theater) HOPE SALAS & SMASHWORKS DANCE devised a work highlighting the contributions of the female clowns/performers of the silent era. 
Inspired by James Thiérrée, Pina Bausch & Bill Irwin, Hope Salas Productions & Smashworks Dance Co. intend to intersect the control and form of the dancer; the curiousity, joy, and discovery of the clown; and the inspiration of the truth seeking storyteller. We convey poignant theatrical, transportative moments, aligned to our mission of capitalizing on the “voices” of women in the arts and their power to create change. 

Hotel New Work | Open Studio for Live Arts
Featuring THE TRIP
Sunday, July 14, 2019
3:00 PM

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After This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by Tom Dugdale
Directed by Tom Dugdale
Performed by Joshua Brody, Tom Dugdale, Yonatan Gebeyehu, Thomas Miller, Tara Pacheco, Cassandra Simons
Original music by Maxime Rouquart and Tom Dugdale
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise: a coming-of-age story that deals with dreams, disillusionment, education, and privilege. Critics have pronounced the novel a failure, but it’s also about failure, following a young man’s quest to get to college; his love-soaked slide through college; his booze-soaked reckoning with disappointment after college; and his realization at the end that he’s just “grown up to find all gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in Man shaken.” Using an interdisciplinary approach, wrapping in material from outside the novel, THE TRIP wrestles with this classic and unwieldy work on the cusp of the 100th anniversary of the novel’s publication.

Hotel New Work | Open Studio for Live Arts
Featuring GF & CO
Sunday, February 17, 2019
3:00 PM

“HNW was useful to the development of our project because it gave us a way to challenge and explore our ideas and instincts on our feet, which would have been impossible if we had not been awarded the time and space that this residency provided for pure experimentation without any associated production connected to it. ” – GF&CO

Image-GF&CO.HNW REsidencyArtistic Director, Gia Forakis  and Associate Artistic Director, Darya Gauthier presented an Open Studio showing of their newest work, LOVE IN SPACE-TIME: 12 Scenes in Re-Memory.

LOVE IN SPACE-TIME: 12 SCENES IN RE-MEMORY is an original, performance project written by Gia Forakis and under development by GF&CO. The script is an experimental non-linear narrative that aims to create an experience of space-time (also known as the fourth dimension or the time continuum). Scenes overlap, repeat and are layered. Time and space are fluid. The story itself is a woman’s journey through the love and loss of a father and a lover– suggesting that it’s during experiences of love and grief that a doorway into the 4th dimension opens for up for us if we care to walk through. It is a story about what lies on the other side of grief. It is a journey of hope, humor, catharsis and redemption.

The focus of our 2019 Theaterlab HNW residency was to explore the modes of performance (lyrical vs. pedestrian movement) and to experiment with what and how to create an experience of space-time.

GF&CO (Gia Forakis & Company) is a not-for-profit studio-lab dedicated to the experimentation, application, and advancement of the One-Thought-One-Action (OTOA)™ technique through art, performance, and ritual. GF&CO’s MISSION is built upon the premise that the arts are where we encounter our humanity, nurture our civility, and fortify our connection to one another. We aim to do this through our commitment to putting One-Thought-One-Action into action by developing projects and creating events with like-minded artists and producing partners, that remind us to foster something larger than our quotidian sense of self.

Stage-Manager/Project Coordinator: Dmitri Barcomi




Hotel New Work l Open Studio for Live Arts
Friday, January 26th, 2018


The Female Role Model Project is a scientifically enhanced multimedia devised theatre piece built by an ensemble of female-identified artists about recreating modern female role models in the world of cataclysmic climate change, cataclysmic political change and possibility of reprogramming our brains. For one night only TFRMP goes #IMMERSIVE in the TheaterLab studios; you will be invited to journey through the playground of adult role models, put a brainscanner on your head, brain synch with your favorite star, play gender scrabble and correct movies. #unforgettable

Created by Tjasa Ferme
Developed with and Directed by Ana Margineanu
Devisers/Cast: Meggan Dodd, Mahima Seigal, Ashley Lopez, Lya Yanne
Composer and Sound engineer: Justin Mathews
Neurolinguist and Psychologist: Natalie Kacinik
Science Assistant: Marissa Scotto
Stage and Production Manager: Carly J. Bauer


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Featuring DODO
Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 7:00 PM

After a successful run of The Last Class: A Jazzercise Play at Theaterlab last year, Hotel New Work welcomed DODO who performed a first glimpse at their newest piece, Trenches.


Devised by DODO and written by Joshua Conkel, Trenches is an experimental comedy that explores the nature of grief and how it is exploited by those seeking power. It is a gonzo gothic period piece. A pastiche that plays with the hilarious, painstaking mourning practices of the Victorian era, mixed with the spiritualist movement, young women’s diary entries, and the music of Purcell. The play is also written to be performed by practical lights and with live foley art, which gives it the air of an off-kilter ghost story.

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April 2016
Open Studio April 16 | 2pm-10pm

Artist Statement – “Following the market crash of 2008 I began several collage series using receipts and windowed envelopes as the establishing groundwork to extract poetry from discard, ‘Reciprocal City,’ ‘Sunshinelaw’, and the ongoing series ‘Reciprocity.” The next phase of this inquiry, entitled ‘Woman Receipt’, narrows the focus to women’s place in the market, as consumer, commodity, as gift. Marx’s shocking oversight of women as key component in providing and maintaining our work force, in the institution of marriage, in motherhood, and women as caregiver. I am honored to begin this journey in residence this spring at Theaterlab, to accomplish further research and to begin the first physical collage forms of this series.

HOTEL NEW WORK 2015  Open Studio for Live Arts

February 22, 2015
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Take a glimpse at new works-in-progress by two exciting and innovative theatre companies:

Loading Dock and This is Not A Theatre Company

Hotel New Work allows two companies the chance to open the doors of their rehearsals and invite spectators into the creative process. Theaterlab provides these companies with one week “mini-residencies” to develop a work early in its conception. During the first six days of the residency, the companies receive rehearsal space in Theaterlab’s beautiful white box studios in Midtown Manhattan. On Sunday, Theaterlab will open its doors and guide audiences through the space to view two iterations of both works in progress. Spectators are encouraged to engage in creative conversations, focusing on exploring possibilities for the work’s future. Hotel New Work culminates with a reception and continued creative dialogue.

Loading Dock presents The Trojans, a retelling of the Trojan War through the lens of an 80s high school movie. The play utilizes original retro synthesizer music and video game footage to convey a world seeped in football, cars, monsters, love and violence

This is Not A Theatre Company presents Readymade Cabaret. Readymade Cabaret uses Ducamp’s notions of chance and readymades to celebrate the beauty of chance encounters. The scenes that are performed, and the order in which they are performed, depend on the roll of the dice; so in any given performance, the audience sees 1 of 39,916,800 possible plays.

Hotel New Work: Open Studio for Live Arts first opened its doors in February 2014. Curated by Melissa Riker and Jeremy Williams, “Revealing Dances” featured the work of Kinesis Project (Secrets and Seawalls) and Convergence Theater Collective (Babel).

Babel (Convergences Theater Collective)

Secrets and Seawalls (Kinesis Project)

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