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Theaterlab’s mission is to serve New York’s diverse communities of artists as well as the general public by presenting and developing emerging new work.

Theaterlab is a women- and artist-led laboratory dedicated to researching the nature of live performance, including theater, music, and hybrid forms. We also focus on audience development as a creative project, regarding the theatrical experience as a creative public assembly and audience members as a key partner in fulfilling our mission.

In addition to producing and presenting new work, Theaterlab provides affordable space for rehearsal and project development, including resident and affiliate artists programs.



Orietta Crispino (Artistic Director) is an accomplished theatre artist, born in Italy. She is a graduate of the prestigious Piccolo Teatro School in Milan, where she worked with the major Italian directors Giorgio Strehler and Massimo Castri. She later taught acting and directing there. Among her many theatre projects are: Passport No. 23.922, a piece she wrote and directed on the life of Tina Modotti; and a three year-project in Trieste directing the plays of Pirandello’s Italian contemporaries. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women. In addition to her theatre work, Ms. Crispino has done art projects on the body in its performative aspect. Her body research culminated in a performance piece with the photographer Vibeke Jensen, Camera Obscura, shown at PS1 in New York, Bogota and Trieste. Her most recent productions at Theaterlab are Three Sisters Come and Go and Snow in the Living Room, a retelling of the Brothers Grimms’ Snow White.

Ms. Crispino’s acting credits include The Library (Crossing the Line Festival, FIAF); In the House of My Beloved (Women’s Project); The Living Room Series (HERE); Dancing, not Dead (The Internationalists); Dante (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), and Snow in the Living Room (Theaterlab).

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Jolene Noelle (Program Director & Resident Dramaturg) is a freelance dramaturg, director, and theatrical wanderer. Her interests include devised theatre, physical theatre, and anything that exists in extremes. Jolene has been investigating the efficacy of horror aesthetics on stage, often directing and writing about the horror genre.  Recent credits include: Dramaturg: Exposure, Next In Line Productions; The Hour of the Star, Columbia Stages; Ripper, Times Scare; Lilith, Columbia Univ. Asst. Director: BLACKOUT: House.  Director: Video Clare, Columbia Univ. Literary Fellow: Geva Theatre.

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Gahlia Eden (Managing Director) is a freelance Stage Manager & Producer. Recent stage managing credits include: Sharon Fogarty’s Witch Christmas (Theaterlab), Amy Stiller’s Just Trust (Dixon Place, Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Provincetown Afterglow Festival, Schoolhouse Theater, CenterStage Theatre) Christine Renee Miller’s Such Nice Shoes (Theaterlab, The World Fellowship Center), among others.

Producer credits include: Prochaine Film’s The Subject (Feature), Prescribe Film’s Vestibule (Feature), RuffCatTV’s Witch Of West Orange (Short) & Christine Renee Miller’s Such Nice Shoes TV adaptation (Trailer).  In addition to her work at Theaterlab Gahlia is co-creator of RuffCatTV, a sketch comedy film collective. 

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Lanie Zipoy (Grant Writer // Media Manager) is a Memphis-born, New York-based theater and film producer. She also has extensive experience in grant writing for non-profits and individual artists as well as social media development. At Theaterlab, Lanie currently co-produces the DAMN! Film Series, a film series celebrating short films. She has also produced Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that supported the playwriting program and the professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky, at Theaterlab. She was a Time Warner Fellow of the 2012-2014 Women’s Project Lab.

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