FGCU TheatreLab

TheatreLab is the black box performance space for the productions of the FGCU Theatre Program. The theatre is located in the Arts Complex on the FGCU campus, seats up to 90, and the configuration often changes depending on the production, so every play has a unique feel.



Important Information About 2021/22 TheatreLab Season

The Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to welcome you to the TheatreLab page. We are excited to welcome the public back on campus for events throughout the 2021/22 Season, and ask that you check the website often for any possible updates.


The Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to thank our streaming partner, WGCU Public Media

As always, we want to thank you for your continued support of the Bower School of Music & the Arts at FGCU, and look forward to providing you with the highest quality events in the future, and appreciate your patience and understanding as this situation unfolds.
Thank you for your time, and please do not hesitate to contact Joanna Hoch, Events Coordinator, at jhoch@fgcu.edu with any questions you might have concerning upcoming events.



2021-22 TheatreLab Season



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Directions: From Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, turn onto FGCU Blvd (FGCU's Main Entrance). Drive to the first stop sign and turn right. Follow the curve around to the next stop sign and turn left. There is a parking lot directly on the right and a parking garage on the left as soon as you turn at the stop sign. The Music Building and the Arts Complex are at the northern end of the parking lot. Please park here for all events in the Music Building and the Arts Complex. TheatreLab and the Wasmer Art Gallery are in the Arts Complex. The U. Tobe Recital Hall is in the Music Building on the right once you enter through the sliding glass doors.
The Music Building is #31 on the map
The Arts Complex is #15
Please park in either Parking Lot 7 or Parking Garage 2

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The TheatreLab is located in the Arts Complex on the FGCU campus. Our TheatreLab is a black box performance space that seats up to 90 people in various seating configurations. The seating typically changes for each production, so every play you see here has a unique feel. The flexibility of this space, along with the intimacy the audience feels with the performers, allows for a unique experience. 

Hello students interested/involved in FGCU Theatre!


Auditions for our two Spring 2022 shows -- On Baile's Strand and Stories of Spoon River -- and several advanced acting classes will be held via online audition, with auditions due Tuesday, October 5 by 11:59pm. Complete the audition sheet attached to this email, and see below and attached for further directions.


Prepare a one-minute monologue, or two contrasting monologues of no more than 90 seconds. Please keep to the specified time limit. Upload audition video to an unlisted YouTube channel and e-mail link to gvandermeer@fgcu.edu, along with headshot/resume and audition form as attachments. 

Technical Theatre students interested in Creating New Theatre, see below. 


Please note that you do NOT need to make your YouTube video publicly visible to everyone. You should upload it as "unlisted," which means that only people who have the direct link can see it. More info about that can be found here: https://wiki.umbc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=31198917


For those interested in doing technical theatre/design work on Stories of Spoon River, which is being devised as part of the Creating New Theatre course, please note how that will work for tech students enrolling in the class.


Recordings for Non-Actors for the Creating New Theatre course: 


All students enrolled in Creating New Theatre will be expected to contribute to the creation and production of the Stories from Spoon River. However, if you have never taken an acting class at FGCU and/or prefer to work on technical aspects of the production, you may, instead of recording an audition, record your answers to the questions below. Please refrain from one-word responses and feel free to elaborate if desired. 

  1. What are your strengths as a theater technician? 
  1. As a technician and/or crew member for the production related to this course, what aspects of this production would you like to be responsible for and why? 
  1. Independent of whether you are cast in a speaking role, are you comfortable contributing to this production by collaborating with actors in performative exercises for the purposes of story creation? 

*Please be advised that expressing interest in any area of theater tech does not guarantee you will be working in that area unless otherwise specified by the instructor. Please see Professor Mellian if you have any questions. 




Did you know that you can also earn service learning hours by working on a play or ushering at FGCU!?!

How can I purchase tickets?     Tickets are available online through our ticketing website.

Will my tickets be mailed to me?     No. While you will receive a confirmation email after your purchase, tickets will not be mailed, but will be held at the Box Office and will be available one hour prior to the performance.

Are there assigned seats?     All of our performances are General Admission, so there are no assigned seats. If, however, you have specific seating needs, please contact Joanna Hoch, Events Coordinator, at jhoch@fgcu.edu at least 72 hours prior to the performance to work on accomodations.

Can I pick my tickets up in advance?     Unfortunately, no. Feel free to print the confirmation email as proof of purchase, but your name will be on a Will Call list at the Box Office one hour prior to the performance.

How early should I arrive prior to the performance?     If you have not purchased tickets in advance, it is recommended that you arrive approximately 1/2 hour prior to the performance to ensure enough time to purchase the tickets and find seats.

Are food and drinks allowed in TheatreLab?     Yes, but please note that there are only vending machines in the Arts Complex, so coffee, tea, and other specific snacks would need to be purchased prior to arrival.

Is there late seating?     Unfortunately not. Due to the intimate nature of TheatreLab, in conjunction with lighting limitations, we are unable to seat patrons who arrive after the doors have closed. Late arrivals are more than welcome to wait until intermission, if there is one, so they can see the second part of the performance.

Something came up and I can no longer attend the performance. Can I get a refund?     Unfortunately, we have a no exchange and no refund policy. Only our season subscribers have the ability to change performances. If you would like more information on becoming a subscriber, please contact Joanna Hoch, Events Coordinator, at jhoch@fgcu.edu.