Frequently Asked Questions ...
Who is involved in the Labs?
We welcome theatre artists currently residing in Paris, who submit a proposal. This includes playwrights, performers, directors, and all those involved in making theatre.
What do I get from the Labs?
As a member of the Labs community, you will be given access to rehearsal spaces and performers and technicians depending on your production needs. You will work closely with a production team and fellow practitioners to develop your show, participate in one-on-one meetings to regularly assess your needs and, most of all, you will continue to professionalise your creation through workshops hosted by artists in the field. The important thing to remember, is that MD Labs are a production house. This means we are your producers, with the aim of pushing your show and taking it not only to our festival, but potentially beyond nationally or internationally.
How much time would I need to commit to?
We ask you to commit to a regular number of rehearsals starting in January : between three to five rehearsals a week, although this varies greatly depending on your production and cast number, The occasional meeting with the Labs Director Reka Polonyi and a practitioner in your field can be bi-weekly or more frequent, according to your needs. Finally, workshops will run approximately once every two weeks, for a two to three hour period.
We organise our schedules in advance to accomodate the availability of our artists and team.
How does the selection process work?
To become a Labs member, you need to propose a project, or join the production team.
If your proposal is accepted, you enter a Scratch Period until mid-December. During this time, you will be asked to work on a 10-minute extract of your show, which will be presented during a Labs showcase in December. A panel of judges will determine which shows continue to be 'labbed' for production.
What language will the Labs workshops be in? How much English do I need?
The Labs work in English to provide a common language among international artists. Workshops will be hosted in English, but most practitioners will also have a knowledge of French. The Labs production team is also bilingual.
Nevertheless, we ask you to be proficient in conversational English.
I'm a workshop facilitator interested in the Labs. What would I get out them?
The Labs are constantly looking for workshop facilitators in various theatre fields. For more information on workshop facilitation, please contact us directly.
Great! So... how do I join?
To join the MD Labs community, please see Get Involved.