Interlochen Arts Academy collaborates with MITTEN Lab, Parallel 45

  • The MITTEN Lab collaborated with Arts Academy theatre students on Oct. 14.

The Interlochen Arts Academy Department of Theatre partnered with The MITTEN Lab and Parallel 45 Theatre to hold a reading of several new works-in-progress.

The MITTEN Lab (A Michigan Incubator for Theatre Talent Emerging Now) is a one-week artist residency program that annually gives three early-career theatre artists the time, space and resources to create new theatrical works. Founded in 2016, the northern Michigan-based program is in its second year. This year’s resident artists are Morgan Breon, Jacqueline Goldfinger and Zack Zadek.

On Oct. 14, the MITTEN Lab visited Interlochen Arts Academy to host a public presentation of works-in-progress by this year’s artists, which featured Interlochen Arts Academy students and faculty as well as members of the Parallel 45 Theatre company.

“I’ve always wanted to see Interlochen as an incubator for new work,” said Bill Church, Director of Theatre at Interlochen Arts Academy. “Here’s a chance for our students, in a season that includes classics like A Streetcar Named Desire and Oedipus Rex, to work on brand-new plays in a workshop setting.”

Earlier the semester, the Arts Academy theatre students will also workshopped another new work, The Journey That Saved Curious George. The students spent the week rehearsing with the musical’s creators, Nicky Phillips and Arts Camp alumna Jen Shuber, and presented a public runthrough with talkback by the creators on Sept. 15.

The musical-in-progress follows the true story of Margaret and H.A. Rey, two Jewish immigrants who escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe with the manuscripts that would become one of the most beloved children’s series of all time.