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Laboratory Theater of Florida


Lab Theater LogoThe Laboratory Theater of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the promotion of the performing arts, through live Laboratory Theater Exterior 1performance, education, community outreach, experimentation and the development of ensemble work. The company features ensemble productions, produces classic works, takes artistic risks and features and challenges local performers of various skill levels.

Click here to view Lab Theater’s 2014-2015 performance schedule.

Click here for more information about Lab Theater’s next production, Mr. Marmalade.

Stay up to date with its news and events on Facebook and Twitter @LabTheaterFL.

For more information, please call 239-218-0481.

The theater is located at 1634 Woodford Avenue (corner of Woodford and 2nd) in downtown Fort Myers.



Lab Theater’s Annette Trossbach nominated for prestigious Zelda Fichandler award (08-28-14)

AnnetteAnnette Trossbach, artistic director and founder of The Laboratory Theater of Florida, has been nominated for the prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award. Conferred by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, this award honors directors and choreographers who are making a deep and extraordinary theatrical contribution to a particular region of the United States. This year, the award will go to an artist in the Eastern region, which is comprised of Connecticut, Annette 2Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., and West Virginia.

The Zelda Fichandler Award celebrates directors and choreographers who are transforming the arts landscape in their communities by making work that is vital, daring, and distinctive. Through the award, the SDCF honors the legacy of the founders of regional theatre and celebrates the creativity and artistry of theatre around the country.

“At its best, theatre brings a community together, it creates Annette Trossbach 2 (2)public discourse, it builds literacy and empathy – in short, theatre improves the quality of life in a region,” notes Director Susan H. Schulman, President of the SDCF. “Through SDCF’s Zelda Fichandler Award, we strive to discover and recognize those whose work is enriching the community and profoundly affecting the arts landscape, just as Zelda Fichandler and the founders of the regional theatre movement did when they transformed our nation’s access to the arts.”

Ms. Schulman goes on to emphasize that the award is not for lifetime achievement. Rather, it recognizes significant Rehearsal 08 March 22achievement in the field, singular creativity and artistry, and a deep investment in a particular region. The intent is to honor an artist for both accomplishment to date and promise for the future.

The Award recipient will receive an unrestricted financial grant of $5,000 from the SDC Foundation.

The award was first presented in 2009 and past recipients are Jonathan Moscone, Michael Halberstam, Blanka Zizka, Bill Rauch, and Charles Newell.

Ms. Trossbach, whose work includes producing shows at the Laboratory Theater and teaching classes, has recently directed such edgy pieces as Glengarry Glen Ross, her adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.

The Award will be presented in November,  2014.

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