Please join us for the next MECHANICS LAB
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believes that learning and training is a lifelong process. Some of the best training, however, comes not from universities or studios, but from peer-to-peer interaction. When artists come together to share skills, knowledge and experience, we all become stronger.
However, in the enormous New York City arts community, it is sometimes hard to meet kindred spirits. The Mechanics Lab is an ongoing series of 'creative salons' held in rehearsal spaces in New York City. These salons are actually weekend afternoons of creative experimentation which may, or may not, have an end result in performance. Sometimes, the Lab may experiment with physical expression, text generation, visual art, creative idea building, ensemble work, or develop a specific project. Invited artists are welcome to bring any current work into the Lab for shared development, or can simply enjoy the vital experience of being creative with other talented people.
The Mechanics Lab stretches beyond original work as well. Creative Mechanics is dedicated to plays that fascinate and challenge both artists and audiences. We believe that plays of this caliber can often be found outside the canon, and that a play's quality is not always proportional to its renown. Creative Mechanics' Re: Discovery Program seeks out these unheralded dramatic gems -- a forgotten work by a famous playwright, the lone play written by a novelist or critic, or a play that premièred to great success but was quickly, inexplicably forgotten over time.
As an ever-developing experiment, the Mechanics Lab constantly changes to meet the needs of its participants. If you work in any artistic discipline, the Mechanics Lab would love to have you join us. To receive more information, please e-mail us at
The Re: Discovery Program sponsors informal public readings and discussions with company members and invited guests. Plays read at previous Re: Discovery readings include Gabriel by George Sand, The Empire Builders by Boris Vian, and Zastrossi by George F. Walker.
We welcome all interested theatre lovers and professionals to join us for the Re: Discovery Readings, which will be announced via e-mail. To receive more information, suggest a play that merits consideration, or to attend a reading, please e-mail us at
In addition to illuminating lost plays, the Re: Discovery Program works as the research and dramaturgical arm of Creative Mechanics. Our goal is to provide the director, designers and actors with a full range of research material on each play performed: author biographies, production histories, inspirational elements, and details about the play's geographical, social, political, and chronological settings. The Re: Discovery Program serves as a link between the artists and the audience, providing theatergoers with background information designed to enhance their overall experience.