Students participating in WildWind Performance Lab (WWPL) are immersed in a non-traditional
and process-oriented developmental laboratory. WWPL concentrates much more on the
dissecting and questioning the how rather than working on the what, the product; that's
why we call it a lab, a place to experiment with what we know already and what we
Students' theatrical skills are challenged and develop in their primary discipline
as well as across the entire theatrical spectrum. Students work with guest artists
who work not as actors, directors, or designers, but as theatrical ambassadors, entrepreneurs,
and storytellers. The guest artists help develop a student's artistic integrity in
addition to techniques and methodologies.
The productions during WWPL should not be viewed as simply productions. Most academic
theatre focuses on a four to six week production process in which a script is worked
on solely to create a final product. WildWind is a process of exploration: a reaction
to material, form, idea, and technique. There are performance aspects, but the process
of exploration is far more valuable.
WWPL gives students an opportunity to learn and grow by encouraging a different point
of view toward theatre: process over product, workshops over the classroom.