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.

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.

Applications and Timeline

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

The application period for Fall 2020 Second Stage Laboratory Project Proposals begins Monday, January 20 and ends on Friday, February 7, 2020

The application process consists of completing the application by the deadline. The Second Stage committee will review applications and invite select applicants to participate in an oral interview/presentation with the Second Stage committee.

Also to be submitted with the application:

  • Copy of student’s resume outlining relevant production experience
  • Copy of supporting materials (if student is referencing or using a text, or if there are extant 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 Late January 2020
Proposals Due February 7, 2020
Interviews The week of February 17, 2020
Second Stage Lab Projects Decided February 27, 2020
Production Staff Petitions Available March 9, 2020
Production Staff Petitions Due March 23, 2020

Should you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to send an email to April Browning (abrowni@luc.edu).