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. Diverse perspectives and/or theatrical approaches 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

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Dance for Parkinson's Disease Announces a Return to In-Person Classes!

Dance For Parkinsons Class In Person

Photo by Richard Finkelstein

James Madison University School of Theatre and Dance, in partnership with JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), School of Music, and Center for Inclusive Music Engagement, continues to offer weekly Dance for Parkinson’s classes.  Beginning January 19, 2023, Thursday 10:30-11:45 am classes will be via Zoom, while Saturday 10:30-11:45 am classes will be offered both remotely AND in person in the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.

Classes are based on the Dance for PD® approach developed by the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group. Dance for PD® programs serve 250 communities in 25 countries. A number of leading neurologists and movement disorder specialists around the world include Dance for PD® classes as recommended activities for their patients.

The activities allow participants to experience the joys and benefits of movement and music while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.  Classes engage participants’ minds and bodies in an enjoyable, safe format and are open to people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and care partners.

JMU dance professor emerita Kate Trammell, who earned a Wertheimer Fellowship to pursue certification in Dance for PD®, leads the classes. STAD Music Director Toby Twining provides live music in a wide variety of genres. JMU dance majors, music majors, and occupational therapy students serve as program assistants. 

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. 

New participants: please click here to register.

Assumption of Risk Form- Click Here

For further information about the classes, contact Kate Trammell at

 Parkinson's Class Zoom Photo

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