Lorraine Hansberry Performance Lab – Winter 2021


To be held online via Zoom: 

This Lab, for actors and directors, will take you through the director’s and the actor’s processes, culminating in live streamed performances of scenes from the works of Lorraine Hansberry. This is an opportunity to explore Hansberry’s work, particularly as it pertains to BLM, LGBTQ+, racial dynamics and gender discrimination — all current day issues.

Directors both beginning and experienced are invited to sign up. Actors will be cast by invitation only. Participation for both actors and directors is free of charge.

This is a performance Lab in which directors and actors at HB Studio join together, in the spirit of collaboration, to produce and perform staged readings presented via Zoom. Together, directors and actors will prep, rehearse and present scenes from Hansberry’s plays. Directors will have the opportunity to work with actors from the HB community and student pools. The Lorraine Hansberry Performance Lab focuses on working with the actor, as well as the technical aspects of directing and acting virtually. Actors will work with directors to explore the intent, motivation and subtext found in each scene, then establish the place and how each character fits into that space.

In this Lab you will experience these concepts in a practical manner. These topics will be explored and reinforced during the prep and rehearsal period, to take place in online classes leading up to the final Zoom presentation. Classes will include director’s prep, creating casting breakdowns, and for actors, character development and creating a backstory. This work will take place during both outside and in-class rehearsals and runs of your scenes. The final work will be presented online to an invited audience at the end of the term.


  • Weekly Class Sessions: Wednesdays, 3:30pm-6:30pm, January 6 – March 10, 2021
  • Additional Rehearsals: To be scheduled by directors & actors
  • Virtual Performances: TBD, week of March 10th, 2021


  • Directors, please register using the “SIGN UP” link below
  • Actors will be cast by invitation only.