Monday, December 21, 2015

Robey Theatre Company Partners With CSULA

            Robey Theatre Company, the twenty-year-old non-profit organization founded by Danny Glover and Ben Guillory dedicated to the continued achievement of excellence in Black Theatre, announces a new partnership with California State University Los Angeles. The Robey Theatre Company Playwrights Lab will meet in a ten-week session on the CSULA campus, from February 6 through April 9. The Lab is open to both CSULA students and members of the general public. The spring session follows successful sessions this past summer and fall.

            The association will bring a university and a professional Black theatre company into a progressive relationship that will support the outreach of the University into the Los Angeles area, while the theatre company will bring its experience and artists to work  towards forming a professional creative relationship with the University’s Theatre Dept. and Performing Arts High School.

            Supporting the new partnership are Cal State’s Department of Music, Theatre Arts & Dance; Students for Quality Education; Black Faulty and Staff Caucus; Pan-African Student Resource Center; Cross-Cultural Center, University Student Union; and the Pan-African Studies Department. 
THE ROBEY THEATRE PLAYWRIGHTS LAB has refined itself. It is an Intensive 10 week program focused on the craft of playwriting. Designed for aspiring writers with works in progress, it offers weekly, one-on-one meetings with resident dramaturg Dylan Southard to address the unique challenges of structure, style and theme that each play presents as it evolves. 

The Robey Playwrights Lab is tailored to the needs of its writers, providing a place where participants can ask questions, experiment with ideas, and continue to build their stories. There will be a good deal of flexibility and a great deal of personal attention to the creation of individual processes and the working and development of craft/technique.  The Lab culminates in workshop readings of text from each writer. There is room for a maximum of 10 writers. 

Cost for the series is $200 per participant (for the ten-week session) .  To apply, submit without delay a Resume and a writing sample of a one-act or full-length play (First Drafts are okay) to . Questions? Call (213) 489-7402.

Classes will be held weekly on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., beginning February 6 and continuing through April 9. The location: California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA), 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. 

Building and room number will be provided to Lab participants.

For more information about Robey, go to

Also at CSULA: On Thursday, January 14, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., CSULA students will have the opportunity to audition to join the Robey Theatre Company. Auditions will consist of 2 to 3 minute monologues of the actors’ choice from published or produced plays (no poetry nor original material). Auditions will be held in the State Playhouse.

On Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at 3:15 p.m., Robey Theatre Company Producing Artistic Director Ben Guillory will address the intersection of social justice and theatre at a CSULA Cup of Culture event. At U-SU Theatre, 1st Floor, University- Student Union.

On Monday, April 25, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. at U-SU Theatre, Robey will present a staged reading of a new play by Randy Ross, 92 Grove Street.

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