ACTLab

The Central Heating Lab was formed in 2007 as a partnership program to fill the five theatres at ACT with great art, while nurturing the growth of artists, companies, and the cultural life of our great city. Starting in 2015, the program formerly known as the Central Heating Lab will now simply be known as ACTLab. With this new name, comes a new vision and mission:

Vision
ACTLab is investing in the imagination of audiences and artists, cultivating new ideas through experimentation, excellent art, and meaningful partnerships.

Mission
ACTLab exists to invite artists to experience and create groundbreaking process and product through a curated partnership program.

Previous and recurring CHL programs and partners include Icicle Creek New Play FestivalHedgebrook Women Playwrights FestivalThe Construction ZoneAzeotropeEndangered Species ProjectSandbox Radio LIVE!eSe Teatro, and many more. Information about submitting your own work


ACTLab (previously Central Heating Lab) Events

2015
14/48: Kamikaze 360
| The 14/48 Projects
2015 ACT New Play Award
A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light
| KT Niehoff
As You Like It
| Kenan Fellowship in Directing
Dance Like a Man
| Pratidhwani
Dirty
| Washington Ensemble Theatre

Endangered Species Project

Exploring the Work of Quiara Alegr
ía Hudes | eSe Teatro and Theatre22
Fail Better: Beckett Moves UMO
| UMO Ensemble
Ham for the Holidays: Who's Afraid of Virginia Ham?
| Tongueinchic Productions
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
Icicle Creek New Play Festival

In Acting Shakespeare
Sandbox Radio LIVE!

Seven Ways to Get There
| DeeJayCee Creative Ventures
Sound | Azeotrope
The Construction Zone

The Ghosts of Tonkin
| Bellingham TheatreWorks
The Great Soul of Russia
| The Seagull Project
The Love Markets

The Three Sisters
| The Seagull Project

2014
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival | The 14/48 Projects and Freehold Theatre
2014 ACT New Play Award
30/30 Seattle: Archipelago | eSe Teatro and NoPassport

5 by Beckett | Sound Theatre Company

Don Quixote & Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle | eSe Teatro
Endangered Species Project
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me | Balagan Theatre
Fail Better: Beckett moves UMO
The Great Soul of Russia | The Seagull Project
Groucho Returns
Hands Solo: Pianoman
Ham for the Holidays: Fear the Bacon
| Tongueinchic Productions
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival

Hold These Truths
Icicle Creek New Play Festival
Passing Strange
| Sidecountry Theatre

Red Tiger Tales | UMO Ensemble
Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival | The Hansberry Project
Sandbox Radio LIVE!
Sea of Hooks | TypeInkPaper
Seattle Vice | Mark Siano & Opal Peachey
Tails of Wasps | New Century Theatre Company
Terre Haute | Bridges Stage Company
The 1st Seattle One-Minute Play Festival
The Beauty of Noh: Tomoe and Yoshinaka
| Japan Arts Connection Lab

The Construction Zone | ACT and Washington Ensemble Theatre

Waiting for Godot | Seattle Shakespeare Company
With Or Without You | Letters Aloud

2013
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival | One World Theatre and 3 Card Monty
2013 ACT New Play Award
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg | Thalia's Umbrella
ACTChat | Bridging the Gap
An Evening with Groucho | Frank Ferrante
Celebration! | LaRae Lobdell
Dear Dad | Letters Aloud
eSe Oro | eSe Teatro
Ham for the Holidays | Tongueinchic Productions
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
Indahnya Nusantara
 | Seattle-Surabaya Sister City Association
Project Six | Seattle Dance Project
Red Light Winter & 25 Saints | Azeotrope
Represent!: A Multicultural Playwrights Festival | The Hansberry Project
Seattle Confidential | Ian Bell
The Construction Zone | ACT and Washington Ensemble Theatre
The Great Soul of Russia | The Seagull Project
The Love Markets
The Seagull | The Seagull Project
These Streets | Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff
What is Our Middletown? (A Companion Piece to Middletown)

2012
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival | One World Theatre and 3 Card Monty
2012 ACT New Play Award
99 Layoffs | Radial Theater Project
An Evening with Groucho | Frank Ferrante
April Fools Carnival | Boundless Arts Performance Collective
Bladfold & The Shelf | David Nixon
Carrie Clark and the Lonesome Lovers
Caught in the ACT | TheFilmSchool
Celebrate, eSe! | eSe Teatro
Cordaviva
eSe Amor | eSe Teatro
Flying Karamazov Brothers
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
Jesus Hopped the A Train
 | Azeotrope
Nightclub Gentlemen | Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
Nuevo y Solo | eSe Teatro
Oedipus El Rey | eSe Teatro
Pinter Festival
Pinter Film Screenings
Pinter Fortnightly
Pinter Party

Project Five | Seattle Dance Project
Ramayana InterACTions | Southeast Asia Center and South Asia Center at University of Washington
Ramayana from Her Perspective | Pratidhwani, From Within Nucleus Dance Company, and Urvasi Dance Ensemble
Represent!: A Multicultural Playwrights Festival | The Hansberry Project
Sarah Was Here | Boundless Arts Performance Collective
Seattle Confidential | Ian Bell
Seattle Swan Day Celebration | DramaQueen
Short Stories Live | Town Hall Seattle
Smokestack Arias | Jack Straw Productions
The Construction Zone | ACT and Washington Ensemble Theatre
The Great Soul of Russia | The Seagull Project
The Love Markets
The Twilight Zone: Live! | Theater Schmeater
We are Golden | Gretta Harley and Sarah Rudinoff
Window Installations | SOIL
Wisemen | Rosenstock Productions

2011
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival | One World Theatre and 3 Card Monty
2011 ACT New Play Award
A Lie of the Mind | Collektor
A Longing for the Light | Copper Canyon Press
An Evening of Stand Up Comedy | Drew Barth
Caught in the ACT | TheFilmSchool
Cordaviva
Dog Sees God | Balagan Theatre
Electricidad | eSe Teatro
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
It's In The Cards
 | Jayne Muirhead and John Engerman
Krapp's Last Tape
Mother in Another Language | Pratidhwani and ReAct Theatre
New Voices | Contemporary Classics
Passport | eSe Teatro
Pinter Fornightly
Rawstock Short Film Festival | The Rawstock Mafia
Red Tiger Tales | UMO Ensemble
Represent!: A Multicultural Playwrights Festival | The Hansberry Project
Seattle Confidential | Ian Bell
Short Stories Live | Town Hall Seattle
The Beebo Brinker Pulp Cabaret | Cherry Manhattan
The Gift | The Rebecca Collective
The Live! Arts! Mash-up | Theater Simple
The Love Markets: Summer Nacht
The Merce Cunningham minEvent | Cornish College of the Arts
The Sun Always Rises: A Benefit Concert for Japan
The Variety Show | Spectrum Dance Theatre and Seattle Dance Project
Window Installations | SOIL
Wisemen | Rosenstock Productions

2010
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival
| One World Theatre and 3 Card Monty
2010 ACT New Play Award
Caught in the ACT | TheFilmSchool
El Dorado | UMO Ensemble
A Glimmer of Hope or Skin or Light | KT Niehoff / Lingo Dance
Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
InterACTions: MindScapes

Moisture Festival: Libertease BurlesqueGrande Varietè, and Moisture Festival Secret
Mountain | Jose Bold
New Voices | Contemporary Classics
On the Nature of Dust | New Century Theatre Company
Pinter Fornightly
Project Three | Seattle Dance Project
Project Orpheus | Seattle Dance Project
Rawstock Short Film Festival and Rawstock Epic | The Rawstock Mafia
Short Stories Live | Town Hall Seattle
The Cosmic Ball | Washington Ensemble Theatre
The Love Markets
The Soft Rock Kid | Mark Siano and the Freedom Dancers
Two by Pinter | Shadow & Light Theatre
Window Installations | SOIL
Young Kreisler

2009
14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival | One World Theatre and 3 Card Monty
2009 ACT New Play Award
Caught in the ACT | TheFilmSchool
Evening of Improv | Wing-It Productions (A Companion Piece to Below the Belt)
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival
Le Cabaret Noir | 4 Horsemen / PURE Cirkus (A Companion Piece to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)
Moisture Festival: Libertease Burlesque and Grande Varietè
Myth of Me and You | Maureen Whiting Company
New Voices | Contemporary Classics
Orange Flower Water | New Century Theatre Company
Pinter Fortnightly
Project Two | Seattle Dance Project
Rawstock Short Film Festival, Rawstock Barrel Proof, Rawstock Summer Fest, and Rawstock V | The Rawstock Mafia
Rock Symposium | Curated by Paul Dorpat and Kurt Beattie (A Companion Piece to Rock 'n' Roll)
Sweet Maladies | The Hansberry Project
The Dirty Debutante's Ball | Washington Ensemble Theatre
The Weddin' Sangers | Purty Mouth (A Companion Piece to Das Barbecü)
Until the Last Dog Dies

2008
2008 ACT New Play Award
Barakat (A Companion Piece to The Ilkhom Festival)
Black and Tan - A Juke Joint | Piece Productions (A Companion Piece to Fathers and Sons)
Comedy Cornucopia | Featuring Rawstock Short Film Festival, Miss Mamie Lavona, Golden Robot Army, Dart-Mondo, Black Daisy, Drew Barth, and more
Live! Theatre! Mash-up! | The Network of Ensemble Theatres
Pinkaboo! The Closeted American Songbook | Phoenicia & Vic (A Companion Piece to A Marvelous Party)
Project One | Seattle Dance Project
Project Orpheus | Seattle Dance Project (A Companion Piece to Eurydice)
Rawstock Film Festival and Rawstock Attacks | Rawstock Media
The "Awesome" Cycle (A Companion Piece to Becky's New Car)
The Adding Machine | New Century Theatre Company