CO/LAB Theater Group Partners With Playwrights Horizons to Launch Encore Series | Playbill

Industry News CO/LAB Theater Group Partners With Playwrights Horizons to Launch Encore Series

The current production of Regretfully, So the Birds Are at Playwrights Horizons kicks off the series.

Sky Smith, Shannon Tyo, Sasha Diamond, and Kristine Nielsen Chelcie Parry

CO/LAB Theater Group has announced a new series called Encore, an annual group trip for CO/LAB actors to see a theatre performance and interact with New York City's theatre community. The series kicks off with Julia Izumi's Regretfully, So the Birds Are which is currently making its world premiere at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. CO/LAB has partnered with Playwrights Horizons on the launch.

All attendees will have a chance to participate in a special behind-the-scenes workshop. Scheduled for April 23, CO/LAB actors will connect with playwright Julia Izumi, actor Shannon Tyo, and lighting designer Stacey Derosier. Participants will then attend a performance April 28 for Playwright Horizons’ Accessibility Super Night, which is dedicated to audience members with disabilities and specific access needs not addressed at every performance. A reception will follow.

“This program was conceived in an attempt to reimagine how theatres can partner with CO/LAB, which works with actors with developmental disabilities,” said Hayley Sherwood, CO/LAB’s Director of Programs. “It has long been a goal for CO/LAB to help our actors deepen their ties to the professional NYC theatre industry, and this program is a meaningful step in proactively promoting disability inclusion and accessibility awareness in the theatre community.”

“Our partnership with CO/LAB grew organically out of seeing each other’s shows, getting to know their dedicated staff, and conversations around our shared values. We are so thrilled to collaborate with community organizations such as CO/LAB as we expand our accessible offerings. Our newest initiative, Accessibility Super Night, brings together audio description, touch tour, relaxed performance, and ASLinterpretation all in one night,” said Katasha Nelson, Audience Services Manager, and May Treuhaft-Ali, Literary and Community Engagement Assistant at Playwrights Horizons.

Encore is available to actors who have participated in a CO/LAB:core program or are currently enrolled in a weekly class. 

CO/LAB is a non-profit named for its mission to provide creative opportunities without limits and boundaries. Its programming serves individuals with developmental disabilities and encourages actors to collaborate as an ensemble and discover their individual voices.


Go inside Regretfully, So the Birds Are below.

Get a 1st Look at Playwrights Horizons and WP Theater's Regretfully, So the Birds Are


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