February 19, 2017

DIRECTOR’S NOTES: The Good Body by Eve Ensler

by Lucinda McDermott

“What you resist will persist.”

In researching the root of this quote, I was disappointed to discover it was Jung who coined the phrase. Damnit. Does this mean it’s all in my head?

I don’t want to think abo...

May 5, 2016

[Maggie Roop as Vanda and James Ricks as Thomas in Venus in Fur.]


As Venus in Fur approaches closing weekend, CompanyArtist Michael Todd sat down with Maggie Roop, who plays the role of Vanda, for an interview about delving deeper into a complicated show that tackles g...

April 18, 2016


The first time I read Venus in Fur I felt a sense of verve and power rush over me. It's an exhilarating story of female empowerment. I'm eager to see it unfold with Maggie Roop and James Ricks going head-to-head. When I learned about Habitat for Humanity's Women Build...

March 16, 2016

“What causes us to destroy that which we most love?”​


Devising theatre is a bit like muddling your way through a swamp in the moonlight. Even when you have a good map, you’re never completely sure how to get where you’re going. Back tracking, dead ends, mud-stained han...

November 30, 2015



Keri Wormald has been “in talks” with TheatreLAB for months (mostly at Dot’s Back Inn, Deejay’s favorite haunt) trying to figure out how we could work together. We knew it had to happen since our White Rabbit Red Rabbit collaboration was so successful.  But how?





The Jazz Dance Education Council (JDEC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to the advancement of authentic Jazz Dancing in the greater RVA area. My husband, John Ennis, and I started JDEC 3 years ago to share our passion for Jazz dancing, especially the form k...

November 9, 2015

Volunteer. Helper. Giver.
These are the words we use to describe some of the most important and powerful people to TheatreLAB.

Volunteers are the glue that help non-profits, like TheatreLAB, stick around and stick to helping their communities.

Sometimes with the hustle a...

November 2, 2015

The Basement Comedy Show with Mary Jane French (That’s me!) is a monthly stand-up comedy showcase that takes place at The Basement, as the title very clearly asserts. The show is the very first project that I decided to pursue as a CompanyArtist with TheatreLAB. It is...

photo from: Chandler Hubbard


There were local theatre favorites dancing as enormous glittery awards, bags of bacon, envelope mix-ups, tutus, tiaras, and an honest to god DRUM LINE. The theatre community was out in droves last night, dressed to the nines and withou...

October 20, 2015


Fall is finally here: time for cozy sweaters, apple picking, and pumpkin spice everything!


It is my favorite season for all of the above reasons, but this year there is even more cause for excitement! November marks the return of TheatreLAB and Richmond Triangle Playe...

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