Play Lab Weekend of New Works & Writing Classes

Cleveland, OH, March 16, 2016 --( Playwrights Local 4181 Announces 2016 Play Lab and Spring Workshops

New plays and free workshops presented April 15-17, 2016, at Waterloo Arts

Playwrights Local 4181 announces its 2016 Play Lab and Spring Workshops, a series of new plays and writing classes from April 15-17 at Waterloo Arts. This event features staged readings of works from the company’s Play Lab program, which teams playwrights, dramaturgs, and directors for three months of in-depth development. It also includes additional readings of shorter plays, a Saturday morning class for kids, and a Friday evening reception. All sessions are free, with a suggested donation of $8.

The 2016 Play Lab and Spring Workshops will be held at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts, in North Collinwood (397 E. 156th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44110). Information on festival sessions and registration is available at Playwrights Local 4181’s website:

“The Play Lab provides an essential outlet for developing playwright-generated projects, as opposed to devised pieces, revivals, commissions, and other types of work,” notes David Todd, Artistic Director of Playwrights Local 4181. “It also capitalizes on the strengths of our staff, which are rooted in teaching playwriting and developing new works. This type of intensive feedback and revising process is invaluable for playwrights looking to improve their work.”

The writers of the Play Lab’s featured full-length pieces are Nivi Engineer, Claire Robinson May, and Amy Schwabauer. Additional playwrights contributing shorter works include J C Cifranic, Dan Riordan, Rachel Baird Rudisill, Greg A. Smith, Jeremy Stemen, and Mary E. Weems.

Among the other highlights of this weekend-long event is Playwrights Local’s first class for kids, taught by Elana Averbach. Additional sessions include a seminar on dramaturgy with Arwen Mitchell and a playwriting workshop with Jennifer Schlueter, Associate Professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University.

Playwrights Local 4181 is a recently formed theater company located in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home base for novice and experienced dramatic writers in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects. Tax-deductible contributions to this 501(c)(3) group can be made at

Contact: Tom Hayes, Managing Director
Playwrights Local 4181
(216) 302-8856
Playwrights Local 4181
Tom Hayes
(216) 302-8856