In 2016, Merrimack Repertory Theatre began a partnership with the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Theatre Arts program.
Every year, the University workshops a play under consideration for a future season, or one already slated for production. In the workshop, the play's writer, director, and designers have the opportunity to work on the play with actors in order to refine the script and make new discoveries about the production. Students participate in the process by observing and being mentored by professional artists, and, in some cases, participating in the process.
The culmination of the workshop is a public reading of the revised scripts.
"As we continue to grow as a cultural and civic leader in Lowell," says MRT Artistic Director Sean Daniels, "it was crucial for us to deepen our relationship with the largest institution in town, UMass Lowell - especially considering that 38 years ago, our theatre started there. We look forward to this partnership benefiting both our organizations, UMass Lowell’s students and our audience. Clearly collaboration and creative institutional problem solving are happening in Lowell."
The pictures below are from UMass Lowell's workshop of Chill, running March 22 - April 16 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. (Click any image to expand.)