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Box Office: (239) 218-0481


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Class starts April 15th at 7pm
Learn how to 'wright' a play - that is how to craft a play; how to structure it. Join John and he reviews each element of the process over 6 classes. This class is required for consideration into the Play Development Class. Students are required to bring one copy of a joke (printed) to the first class.

A theater Jack-of-all-Trades, John began his theatrical study in set construction, running crew, lighting, scenic design, and acting. As a set and prop designer, actor, and writer he has performed and been produced in Chicago, Seattle, and Fort Myers. He is a former student of the Playwrighting program at SIU, Carbondale IL and a graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, IL where he also authorized in four forms of Stage Combat. In completing his directorial projects at Columbia, John was allowed to direct his own works. All these skills and experience has given him a very practical approach to his process of playwrighting. All these skills and experience gives him a very practical approach to writing for the stage.
John’s Mission Statement for wrighting has two inter-related goals. To create characters which are interesting and challenging for the actors as well as the audiences; and to write more/better roles for women.

He has written murder mysteries for the Seminole Gulf Railway Dinner Train, for the Laboratory Theaters 24 Hour Playwrighting Project, The Other Shepherds Play was produced by Theater Conspiracy. His Shakespearean Epilogue at Elisinore was produced at The Naples Players, Naples FL in 2009.
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Ghost Pro Lee Ehrlich
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10 PM – 1 AM

Would you recognize a real ghost if you saw one? World renowned Ghost Pro Lee Ehrlich will join us for a late night session discussing things he's seen - and hasn't seen - in his role as a paranormal investigator. Join us for a fascinating look into the 'other side.'
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Physical Theater
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

Step up your stage presence with this workshop on physical theater with Annette Trossbach.

Season 11 has some shows that will require unique movement challenges - so, in anticipation of this, The Lab is offering this audition prep class. Due to the limitations on space and the personal attention required, this workshop is limited to the first 12 participants to register. Due to the advance prep required, registration will not be available at the door for this class.

This workshop is $25 and participants must wear closed toe shoes and wear clothing that allows freedom of movement.
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Acting Intent & Phys Theater
This workshop will be held in the Arts Education Collective building behind the main theater. Please park behind the main theater, entrances on both Second Street or Hough.

For additional questions please call 239.841.4250 or send us a message!
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 9 AM – 3:30 PM

Acting workshop for ages 9 - 17 in 2 sessions featuring Annette Trossbach teaching physical theater and John Repa teaching acting with intention.

The morning session will feature local actor, author, and playwright John Repa breaking down the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet to understand not only the words and theme but the overarching nuances as well. NOTE: This scene does contain references to the male anatomy; feel free to call for details prior to signing up.

The afternoon session features Artistic Director Annette Trossbach teaching physical theater - understanding your character through your body, and inhabiting the world of your character physically.

Participants will need to bring lunch and wear closed toe shoes and clothes that allow freedom of movement.

Class size is limited to 12.

This workshop will be held in the Arts Education Collective building behind the main theater. Please park behind the main theater, entrances on both Second Street or Hough.

For additional questions please call 239.841.4250 or send us a message!


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The Laboratory Theater of Florida’s award-winning education department will be holding a Summer Camp from June 24th - July 12th for students aged 7 - 17.

Separated into two groups, the Teen Campers will create and product one of the hottest shows in the country today “The Wolves” by Sarah DeLappe, offering 5 performances July 11th - 14th. The Pre-Teen Campers will follow a parallel course with a showcase at 3pm on July 12th for family and friends.

Summer Theater Camp provides the opportunity to sharpen the budding actor’s theatrical skill sets. Our educators are all teaching and/or theater professionals. Students will be able to learn about and participate in all aspects of creating a theatrical performance. Whether it is on acting on stage, working behind the scenes, creating sets (supervised), or helping with tech, Summer Theater Camp covers it all.

Each day will offer a different intensive lesson. This is a hands-on, interactive camp with theater professionals; a completely immersive experience that has proven to be both successful and enjoyable by previous campers. Summer Camp runs from 9 am - 4 pm each day and is $150 per week for the entire theatrical experience. Scholarships and sibling discounts are available.

Registration is required. For registration forms please call The Laboratory Theater of Florida’s Education Department at 239-841-4250 or register online.


Hilton Garden Inn

Direct Booking Link - The Laboratory Theater of FL
Amenities and Services Included in the preferred rate:
*Special discounted rates for a king room or a room with 2 double beds
*Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms and public areas
*Free Parking
*Complimentary shuttle within a 3 mile radius of the hotel – shopping and restaurant attractions
*Onsite restaurant serving breakfast daily; restaurant re-opens at 5pm along with the bar
*Hospitality Center in each room – microwave, refrigerator and coffee Keurig machine


The Laboratory Theater of Florida - 1634 Woodford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33901

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 334
Fort Myers, FL 33902

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