Lab Company

and How to Apply

The Hangar Theatre is currently celebrating its 46th year as a leading regional theatre, located in central New York State. Since 1989, the Hangar Theatre has been home to the Hangar Lab Company, a nationally recognized theatre training program. Designed for advanced college students and theatre artists transitioning into the professional world, the program offers an immersive hands-on experience in a repertory environment, supplemented by classes and workshops taught by career professionals.

As a Lab Company member, you will spend the summer at the Hangar Theatre and The Cherry Artspace in Ithaca, NY. With thoughtfully curated tracks for actors, choreographers, directors, and playwright/dramaturgs, Lab Company members will enhance their craft by engaging in a series of professional level rehearsal experiences, workshop explorations, classes,  and performances–all taught, led, or directed by guest artists, Hangar staff, and a quartet of directing fellows selected by the prestigious Drama League Directors Project.

For Lab Company Alumni Testimonials , click here.

2020 Program Dates: June 1-August 1, 2020



Lab Company Actors perform in our Wedge series, which features timely and inventive works in an intimate, transformational blackbox; our TYA KIDDSTUFF series; and our Late Night at the Hangar cabaret evenings. All actors will also audition for a select number of roles in the mainstage season. Each actor in the Lab Company is guaranteed 3 roles onstage during the summer. In addition, actors are assigned to studio projects throughout the program (i.e. Directors’ projects, movement pieces choreographed by our Lab choreographers, or other opportunities). The Lab provides an extremely rigorous schedule for each actor to practice their craft in rehearsals, director-led projects, professional training workshops, mentor acting classes, and performances.

All Lab Company actors have the opportunity to earn EMC weeks for a portion of their work over the summer.



Lab Company Directors will serve as an assistant director on several projects, with a range of styles and intended audiences. Those include: one Mainstage show (directed by Hangar artistic staff or a visiting artist), one show in our experimental Wedge series (directed by a Hangar Drama League Directing Fellow), one show in our KIDDSTUFF series (directed by a Hangar Drama League Directing Fellow), and one new play workshop. Directors will also direct a one-act play of their choosing, and produce the sharing session with their cohort. In addition to classes with the full Lab Company, the directors participate (with the Lab choreographer(s)) in classes specifically geared toward direction and choreography. The directors are mentored by the Hangar artistic staff.



The Lab Company choreographer(s) will serve as an apprentice on one of our Mainstage musicals, an assistant choreographer on our Next Generation musical (which will feature young performers from the local community), and as lead choreographer on a KIDDSTUFF production. The Choreographer will also create one studio project of their own choosing. In addition to classes with the full Lab Company, the choreographer participates (with the Lab directors) in separate classes specifically geared toward direction and choreography.

Playwrights and DrAmaturgs


The Lab Company playwright/dramaturgs will explore the role of the playwright/dramaturg as a collaborative artist by developing their own project with a team of creative artists as well as serving as a dramaturgical voice in the rehearsal room for a variety of scripts. Lab Company playwright/dramaturgs will serve as dramaturgs on Mainstage, Lab Company, and Wedge productions. In addition, they will collaborate with the Hangar Drama League Directing Fellows and the Hangar’s artistic staff on developing their own original plays, and meet regularly with a playwriting mentor to learn about process, craft and pursuing a career in playwriting.

Applications, Auditions, and Interviews

Applications accepted on a rolling basis from January 1, 2020-March 27, 2020.


We happily accept online audition videos for those unable to audition in person. The guidelines for audition submissions can be found at the bottom of the Lab Company Actor application form.


NYC Auditions will now be held virtually. Please contact for more information.

Ithaca: Sunday, March 22 VIRTUALLY (email for updates)

Tuition and Housing

The Lab Company is a tuition-based program. Tuition is $3,300 for the entire (9-week) summer program (not including the cost of housing). Lab Company members may elect to find their own housing, however housing can be arranged through the Hangar on the campus of Ithaca College or Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) for an additional fee of $1000.

Work-related transportation and regular trips to malls and grocery stores are provided, but Lab Company members able to bring their own cars are encouraged to do so.

Need-based financial aid is available to qualifying applicants. Please see application form for more information on applying for financial assistance.*



Photos by Rachel Philipson