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 the 2020-21 TheatreLab Season


The Bower School of Music & the Arts would like to welcome you to the TheatreLab page. We have a full line-up of performances scheduled for the 2020-21 Season, and we will be presenting them to you. At this time, however, we are not able to invite the public onto the FGCU campus, so we are working hard to find the best way to bring you the wide array of plays you are used to experiencing at the Bower School of Music & the Arts. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on the season as it becomes available.

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.


2020-21 TheatreLab Season



Buy Tickets Season Brochure 

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. 

Auditions for the Spring 2021 classes and productions will be held by video only.


SPRING 2021 Productions

  • Oedipus the King
  • Sweet and Sad

SPRING 2021 Auditioned Classes

  • Acting II (TPP 3113)
  • Acting for the Camera (TPP 3264)

All auditionees will be required to upload a 60-second video audition that is self-taped with phone or in-home equipment (continuous shot, without the benefit of editing), and within these guidelines: 

  1. Time limit is 60 seconds for all auditions and can include one single monologue or two contrasting pieces.  
  2. Please no slate.  Do not state your name or the piece you are performing. Audition material only. 
  3. The clock begins with the first word.  Please keep to the specified time limit. 
  4. Please frame your body in the audition video from the knees up. 
  5. Please no commercial clips. 
  6. Audition file must be entitled “YOUR NAME FGCU Theatre Audition” (with your own name replacing “YOUR NAME”). 
  7. Upload your audition video to an unlisted YouTube channel.  

Send an e-mail to dbacalzo@fgcu.edukmellian@fgcu.edu, and gvandermeer@fgcu.edu, which should have as its subject heading “[YOUR NAME] FGCU Theatre Audition” (with your own name replacing “[YOUR NAME]”). 


The e-mail should include the link to your audition video, along with a completed audition form as an attachment. Here is the audition form. 

All audition videos must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 12, 2020.  


Please note that callbacks for the Spring 2021 productions (Oedipus the King & Sweet and Sad) will likely occur via live Zoom sessions. More information will be available as we get closer to the audition deadline. 



To help prepare for these auditions, Prof. Gerritt VanderMeer will be conducting an online self-tape audition workshop. For more information and the link for the workshop, please email Gerritt VanderMeer at gvandermeer@fgcu.edu

Workshop participants should prepare one 60-second monologue or two contrasting pieces. Participants are welcome to memorize their pieces in advance (encouraged) or work with script-in-hand.  


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.