Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Second Stage Lab

The new 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.

The process is changing where 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 typically are 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. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019.

The application process consists of completing an application by the deadline and an interview component.

Also to be submitted with the application is:

  • Copy of student’s resume outlining relevant production experience
  • Copy of supporting materials (if student is referencing or using a text, or if there is extant materials that inspired project those materials should be included)
  • A draft budget outlining resources requested (if applicable)

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


The application for Fall 2019 Second Stage Laboratory Project Proposals is avaialable now through Februrary 27.


See the application timeline below for important dates and deadlines:

Proposals Available February 7, 2019
Proposals Due February 27, 2019
Interviews March 11 - March 14, 2019
Fall 2019 Theatre Lab Projects Announceed Month 15, 2019 (at the latest)
Production Staff Peitions Available March 15, 2019
Production Staff Petitions Due March 28, 2019
Production Staff Assignments Determined April 6, 2019
Fall 2019 Registration  April 8, 2019