Michigan-Based Residency Program MITTEN Lab to Launch in September

Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Emilio Rodriguez, and Zoe Sarnak will take part in the incubator’s first year.

DETROIT: The MITTEN Lab (A Michigan Incubator for Theatre Talent Emerging Now) has announced the launch of its residency program, which aims to provide emerging artists with time, space, and support to create new work. The program will run Sept. 19-25 and will include informal, pay-what-you-can public workshops.

Monet Hurst-Mendoza
Monet Hurst-Mendoza

“The mission of the MITTEN Lab is to give early-career theatre artists the opportunity to create in an encouraging environment and play a part in reestablishing Michigan as a fertile, sustainable ground for new and exciting theatrical work,” said cofounders Katherine Carter and Rachel Sussman in a statement.

The inaugural MITTEN Lab artists will be New York-based playwright Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Detroit-based playwright Emilio Rodriguez, and New York-based composer/lyricist Zoe Sarnak.

In addition to the public workshops, the three artists will engage with the Detroit community by hosting workshops, master classes, and talkbacks. The MITTEN Lab plans to expand the number of artists in residence and lengthen the residencies in subsequent years. At least one Michigan artist will be chosen each year.

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