Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Second Stage Lab

The Second Stage Laboratory projects are intended to expand the applied student-led educational opportunities in the Theatre Department. It is a laboratory for experimenting with theories, ideas, methods, materials, etc. found in the classroom and an opportunity to put theories learned in the classroom into practical application.

Proposals will be considered on a rolling semester basis, versus an annual basis. There will be a call for participation near the top of each semester for the subsequent semester, and projects will be approved and organized prior to the registration period for subsequent semester. Depending on the nature of the project it may qualify for different types of academic credit. These are typically THTR 323: Rehearsal and Performance, THTR 324: Applied Design and Management, or Independent Study, but it could take other forms.

Application and Timeline

A call for participation will happen at the top of each semester for the subsequent semester.

The Second Stage Laboratory project proposal application period for Fall 2022 begins February 21 and ends March 8.

The application must be completed by the deadline. Students may submit a written application or video presentation, depending on which option the student feels best suits their project idea and strengths. The Second Stage committee will review applications and invite select applicants to participate in a Zoom presentation of their project followed by an interview with the Second Stage committee.

With the Application, please include:

  • Copy of resume outlining relevant production experience
  • Copy of supporting materials (if you are referencing or using a text, or if there are existing materials that inspired the project)
  • A draft budget outlining resources requested (if applicable)

See the application timeline below for important dates and deadlines:

Application Available February 21 - March 8, 2022
Proposals Due March 8, 2022
Interviews March 16 - 17, 2022
Second Stage Season Announced March 23, 2022 
Production Staff Petitions Available March 28, 2022 
Production Staff Petitions Due

April 4, 2022
(fall registration begins April 4)

Should you have any questions about the application process, please contact April Browning (abrowni@luc.edu).


Project Models

There are many different forms a Second Stage Laboratory project could take, depending on a student’s research interest and their desired learning outcomes. Click to see full descriptions of Project Models.