Drama League Announces Founding of Studio Lab and Welcome Center, Components of Drama League Theater Center

By Andrew Gans
February 11, 2013

At the Drama League's Feb. 11 29th Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway honoring Audra McDonald, former Priscilla Queen of the Desert co-stars Will Swenson, Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams announced the founding of The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab and The Joseph and Lauren Pizza Welcome Center, both to be components inside the new Drama League Theater Center.



Located in Tribeca's cultural district, The Drama League Theater Center will open its doors at 32 Avenue of the Americas this spring.

The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab, according to press notes, will be a "flexible-configuration creative space for the development of new plays and musicals for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and for leading theatres around the country. It will house workshops, readings, classes, open rehearsals, symposia, panel discussions, and the new Drama League Resident Artists Program, where selected directors and their collaborators will cultivate new works for the theatre." It will also offer premium rehearsal space, state-of-the-art sound and video projection capability, and production workstations among its amenities.

The Joseph and Lauren Pizza Welcome Center will be the space "welcoming guests as they enter The Drama League Theatre Center, where the Founders Wall, Hospitality Lounge, reception amenities, a reservations desk for all events and the entrances to The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab and the Creatve Suites will be located."

Both spaces are designed by FXFOWLE, the architects behind Lincoln Center's renovation of Alice Tully Hall, and FisherDachs, co-founded by Jules Fisher, eight-time Tony Award-winning lighting and theatre designer.

The Drama League Theater Center and its programs are estimated to serve approximately 15,000 artists and audience members annually.

"It's increasingly rare to come across arts leaders like Stewart, Bonnie, Joe and Lauren. These four individuals have made lifelong commitments to the arts, and their support of The Drama League Theater Center is just the latest iteration of their enthusiasm for great theater. We are honored to have their names linked with ours in our new home," stated Gabriel Shanks, The Drama League executive director.

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Since 1916, The Drama League of New York has been at the "forefront of the American Theatre community, providing talent, audiences, and prosperous support. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organization."