The Artist's Lab
The RGS Artist Lab (AKA Asobi-Ba/Playground) is an explorational, transformational and developmental program for early-to-mid career artists who are interested in applying RGS Butoh, Movement, and Physical Theatre into their own work. The purpose of this program is to create an opportunity (Ba) for artists to explore their creativity with playful spirits (Asobi) to bloom their potential gifts. We support the work with lighting and sound resources for your new work to be seen in a public setting and to receive constructive feedback for your future development.
The Open Lab
A low-tech creative laboratory gathering on Saturday afternoon at Grace & St. Paul's Church Upper West Side. The Open Lab is a community hub to create an opportunity for every artist in any moment of their creative process. This space is available for all performing artists wanting to explore their work with a professional team. We invite all genres of performing arts piece under 15 minutes. Two Times per Year.
CHASE KNIFFEN is a NYC-based director and designer. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Virginia Repertory Theatre for ten seasons, where he produced, directed, and designed numerous productions. Select Directing credits include The Sound of Music, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Other Desert Cities, Caroline, or Change, Violet, Next to Normal, Gypsy, Fun Home and South Pacific. He has won multiple Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his work on those productions. Chase has also designed sets, lighting, and projections for multiple plays, musicals and concerts. He received his BA in Theatre with a concentration on Scenic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA in Directing from Pace University. www.chasekniffen.com.
Saki Kawamura is a NYC-based theatre director and interdisciplinary artist. The wide range of her work seen in theater, film, and visual art included: IKIGAI: a purpose of living (Hollywood Fringe 2021, Encore Award), The Giving Tree, Grown-ups (Unfix NYC 2021), Precognito (Vireo Production) and IKIGAI (RenGyoSoh Artist Lab). Her regional theatre credits as Assistant/Associate director include Mystic Pizza (Ogunquit Playhouse), A Jolly Holiday: Celebrating Disney’s Broadway Hits, Clue, Murder on the Orient Express (Paper Mill Playhouse), Joy: The New Musical (George Street Playhouse). Her works reflect an international viewpoint, which incorporates eastern culture and values. She aims to create theatrical experiences which will build bridges across cultures. MFA Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. www.sakikawamura.com