Taking the work into an investigative setting with a director and then into the public arena with an audience is a vital aspect of Freehold's mission.
Freehold’s INCUBATOR Studio Series gives our students and alumni the chance to do just that. The opportunity to do so is a very exciting step for the actors and directors, some of whom are performing for the first time. The INCUBATOR Studio Series pieces are works in progress, and we encourage participants to use their performances as an opportunity to further the process of discovery.
Carolynne Wilcox in INCUBATOR Studio Series 2014
The INCUBATOR Studio Series runs for a weekend in the summer in Freehold's Black Box Theatre. Each piece will receive 3 showings. The pieces submitted can run from 5 - 20 minutes. Applicants should expect at least one weekday afternoon tech time.
The pieces shown typically include original works, solo performances, sections of plays, monologues, dance/performance pieces and the staging of non-dramatic text material. Participants are present and former students. Many of the pieces have been originally developed in Freehold's classes.
Every year, the entire community collaborates to put the INCUBATOR Studio Series together. Freehold faculty serve as mentors to the projects, Freehold's staff provides incredible support, our participants bring the hard work and heart, and the audience members provide encouragement - these are the elements that nourish and fuel the work.
Former INCUBATOR Studio Series projects have moved on to larger runs at local venues such as On the Boards' 12 Minutes Max and the Seattle Fringe Festival as well as other national and international fringe festivals.