Madison New Works Lab

Seeking: Full-length plays to be workshopped with a community of artists at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Looking for plays that respond to contemporary questions/issues in our world. A wide range of perspectives toward signalling the School of Theatre and Dance's commitment to inclusive excellence are welcome

What is Madison New Works Laboratory? Madison New Works Laboratory (MNWL) is an incubator for the development of new plays. Each selected playwright is provided an opportunity to develop their work with a community of artists through conversations, rehearsals, and a festival of public readings. MNWL aspires to the following goals:

  • Develop new works by and for various ages, cultures, and populations
  • Foster theatrical innovation in the development process in an artist-friendly environment
  • Identify new work for eventual production in the JMU Mainstage and Studio Season
  • Support professional playwrights in the development of their work
  • Provide opportunities for JMU faculty, students and local artists to work with professional artists on new work

Process to upload your play:

Call for proposals:

Please upload your materials here:

Next Steps Summer Programs
JMU Dance for Parkinson's

Classes are Fridays 10:30 A.M - 11:45 A.M. on Zoom and in-person. 

JMU's Dance for PD® classes are facilitated by dance professor emerita and Dance for PD® certified teacher Kate Trammell, School of Theatre and Dance Music Director Toby Twining, and students majoring in dance, music, and occupational therapy. Classes are based on the Dance for PD® approach developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, which has programs in 250 communities in 25 countries. 

Dance for PD classes encourage participants to experience the joys and benefits of movement and music while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns. This series is open to people with Parkinson's, their families, friends, and care-partners. Instruction provides modifications to make the movement safe, appropriate, and enjoyable for all participants.

The program is free to participants, but registration and completion of an assumption of risk form is required. Participants in the in-person classes will be asked to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination. In-person classes will be held in JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, with free, accessible parking in the Warsaw Parking Garage.

Dance for PD® and the Dance for PD logo are trademarks of Mark Morris Dance Group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, used under license.

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