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    December 8, 2023
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Exploring the Nature of Live Performance: Opportunities for You at New York’s TheaterLab
Friday 12/8  at 5pm ET

Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by making a donation or joining as a member.

In the room: Orietta Crispino, theater artist and actress, artistic director of TheaterLab, a women- and artist-led laboratory dedicated to researching the nature of live performance, including theater, music, and hybrid forms. Learn about TheaterLab programs, including: Round the Block! promenade-style performance event where audiences travel to see short pieces of music, theater, and visual art; Hotel New Work, a curated series with short-term residencies, providing artists and audiences with time and space to take a detailed look at the theater-making process in an open studio setting; Mothers Myths Monsters invites one artist to bring together a selection of trusted colleagues to craft short miniatures in overlapping, complementing, and sometimes contradicting genres; The Gallery Series challenges artists to craft ambitious explorations of the relationship between solo performers and spectators; and Celebrate the Artist, one of Theaterlab’s oldest and most valued programs, in which they celebrate an international theater company and introduce them to New York audiences.


    is the Artistic Director of Theaterlab. Born in Italy, she graduated from 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. Ms. Crispino’s acting credits include The Library (Crossing the Line Festival, FIAF); In the House of My Beloved (WP Theater); The Living Room Series (HERE); Dancing, not Dead (The Internationalists); Dante's Inferno (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum), and Snow in the Living Room (Theaterlab). Her most recent productions at Theaterlab are Three Sisters Come and Go; Snow in the Living Room, a retelling of the Brothers Grimms’ Snow White; and Let Me Cook For You, a collage of inherited myths and apocryphal histories, melding the intoxicating act of storytelling with the ritual of preparing food.