Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Second Stage Laboratory Projects

Fall 2021

A series of twelve 10-20 minute devised solo performance pieces written from the perspective of each of the twelve Olympian gods. The ensemble will come together to research solo performance pieces, with the help of a faculty mentor, in order to gain a better understanding of the form and begin developing a cohesive style for the group. A similar process will take place for the gods, with each ensemble member bringing in a piece of classical text or some other documentation of a myth. The ensemble will then collaborate to find the overall plotline or theme of the piece; in this third phase of the project, things like costumes and aesthetics will also be decided. Only then will the ensemble actually decide who will portray which god and begin writing. The writing process will be fairly straightforward, with each student writing a draft, filming a draft video of the performance, and receiving feedback. After the pieces are finalized, the project will conclude with the filming and publishing of each performance to be viewed online as a full evening of theatre.


writing workshop exploring storytelling through the various forms of children’s theatre. Sophia is looking for writers who are willing to share personal stories from their own childhoods, whether they be stories of humor, loss, growth, or learning. It can be a story about the formative experience you had riding a bike for the first time. It can be a story about the billboards you routinely encountered on the way to your grandma’s house. It can be mundane or extraordinary— be prepared to make it theatrical! Don’t be afraid to try different forms of storytelling. Does your story live in a scene, poem, song, or monologue? Can you envision your story to be performed with music, dance, puppets, or elaborate scenic elements? We will be trying out all kinds of adaptations to make your story come to life on stage, so think big! Participants will work on their own pieces throughout the summer, checking in monthly with Sophia and the group to share and critique each other’s work. There will be a several rehearsals in the fall, followed by a reading. 


Inspired by the community established in Maegan Pate’s Spring ‘21 project It’s All Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus, the Women in Theatre Ensemble is meant to be a safe space for female-identifying theatre makers to create and share their experiences as artists. WIT’s activities this semester will consist of two parts: first, a speaker series where we discuss the experiences of individuals with femme identities in the theatre industry and how to create a more welcoming and inclusive space; second, a devising process through which we will develop and workshop an original play about historic women theatremakers. We are currently looking for actors with femme identities who love a good discussion and the creative process, and who are interested in building an artistic world that is encouraging and welcoming of all.

If you would prefer not to act but are still interested in participating in WIT’s discussions this semester, we intend to open our talks to additional members of the Loyola Theatre Program.


In theatre, music composition is inspired by an existing plot. What if the plot was inspired by music, instead? In this project, small groups of writers/actors will take inspiration from a musician in their group to write and act a scene. To celebrate our return to campus we will rehearse and perform these scenes outside being accompanied by the beautiful lakefront of Chicago. Participation is open to all current Loyola University Chicago students.

We hope this project is a chance for music and theatre students to connect and create amazing and enjoyable art together!

In this second-stage project, there will be six groups of four. Each group will have one musician who will compose a melody or share an existing melody they have composed (1-2 minutes). Based off of the emotions invoked in the other group members, the remaining three will work together to write a scene for all four group members to perform on stage.

There will be time allotted for four collective rehearsals with all the groups and for four rehearsals in which groups can work individually (though groups can meet more on their own times if they want to).