2018-2019 playlabs

PLAYlabs are experiences that provide a chance for GREAT to be brave and take bold artistic risks as we venture into the new.  We need to take risks because we believe you can’t create something new without going somewhere that makes you a little bit uncomfortable. We’re always asking questions. We’re never satisfied with the status quo. It’s the secret to how we find the extraordinary. If you like a little risk with your theater experience, PLAYlabs is for you. The Great River Educational Arts Theatre and the Learning Lab Theatre go hand in hand and each play a role in achieving the vision of building life skills through quality arts education.

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VANESSA GERMAN keynote presentation
Friday, August 17th 7:00pm FREE
A dynamic visual and performance artist, Vanessa German, is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for children, created to stack the deck in matters of justice, worth and healing. She recently presented TED talks at Harvard and MIT and she has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered. This keynote will kick off “Community Arts Alive” as we bring together community members interested in growing and nurturing their art appreciation and becoming change makers. No reservations needed.

Community Arts Alive Workshop
Saturday, August 18th 9am-3:00pm
A day of workshops that will explore identity through the arts and help us to learn more from each other and oneself. Featuring John Gebretatose from Black Out Improv, Vanessa German, Group Reflection, Lunch and Advocacy Resources.  There is no cost but you must register by clicking here. to fill out this form.


PLAYlabs: Devised Theatre Production
GREAT is seeking a cast of twelve young women ages 13-18 to devise a theatre piece with director Kaarin Johnston (director of The Secret Life of Girls) about avoiding risky behaviors, good relationship choices, and healthy body image.  This project will be part of our PLAYlabs season and perform in the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre.  Dates of the project are Aug. 6-24, 2018.
If you are interested in learning more please attend our informational meeting on Sun. July 22nd 3:00pm at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre. The GREAT team is producer Abby Schnobirch, director Kaarin Johnston, stage manager Anita Reber and volunteers Buddy King and Monica Segura-Schwartz who will work with the group of teen girls to create their very own production.   Contact Abby for more information at schno032@umn.edu.

PLAYlabs: The Night of the Living Dead
2nd Annual Radio Drama produced with and live on KVSC Radio
Saturday, October 27th 8:00pm 


PLAYlabs: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
A co-production with the St. Cloud State University Theatre Department. 
February 15-24, 2019 at the Performing Arts Center on the campus of SCSU


PLAYlabs: Goodnight Moon
March 6-10 at the Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre