About

The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts was founded to allow for artists across genres to create, collaborate and explore their own work as well as work that might establish new performance languages that integrate genres in such a way as to make new forms accessible to contemporary audiences.

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In a time when we are becoming increasingly isolated through the use of technology the hope is that the work and the knowledge coming out of the Lab will inspire both artists and those who encounter their performances.

NALPA provides key resources of time and space to both experiment and document
Facilitates bridges between the academy, the artist and regional and national producing venues (such as the regional theatres of the United States)
Creates opportunities for rigorous and intentional collaboration across genre and discipline, as well as style, pedagogy and aesthetic
Functions as a virtual and material resource for the articulation of the culture of the performing arts of North America

Our Mission

The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts (NALPA) is dedicated to the exploration, innovation and articulation of expressive forms across artistic genres.

The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts (NALPA) is dedicated to the exploration of cultural expression across artistic forms, styles and genres. NALPA brings together regional, national and international artists, scholars, teachers and students. NALPA empowers its participants to collaborate on new work and new ways of working— and, in doing so, to become agents of change.

The Lab

The North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts was founded to allow for artists across genres to create, collaborate and explore their own work as well as work that might establish new performance languages that integrate genres in such a way as to make new forms accessible to contemporary audiences.

In a time when we are becoming increasingly isolated through the use of technology the hope is that the work and the knowledge coming out of the Lab will inspire both artists and those who encounter their performances.

One goal is to give rise to the creation of stories that reflect the present rather than the past.

The Interest is the exploration of what constitutes expressive form rather than in the individual forms of expression. If we as artists have a better understanding of the fundamental principles that stand at the base of what we do then the creation of more successful performance languages will follow. What is universal as concerns the tools we use to create, is an essential question that drives the Lab.

NALPA addresses a series of fundamental needs for the arts in Mexico, the United States and Canada. NALPA:

1) Provides key resources of time and space to both experiment and document
2) Facilitates bridges between the academy, the artist and regional and national producing venues (such as the regional theatres of the United States).
3) Creates opportunities for rigorous and intentional collaboration across genre and discipline, as well as style, pedagogy and aesthetic
4) Functions as a virtual and material resource for the articulation of the culture of the performing arts of North America

Story of NALPA’s founding, a musing by Jonathan Becker:

Washington Street Fair

In the fall of 2014 I was invited to attend the Washington Street Festival in the historic district. This is a weekend in which east Washington Street is closed and artists set up booths, musicians play and the historic homes are toured. I had been living in Muncie for eight years and had never attended the fair. I was busy and not much in the mood to spend money so I agreed to meet my friends for a quick visit, left all the money in my wallet on the dresser because I didn’t want to spend anything and went to the fair. At the fair a ticket to the house tour was purchased for me and I walked into the Charles Over Mansion which at the time was staged for sale. Since I was in my 20’s I had always dreamed of a place where artists could stay, share, learn and develop work together. The Mansion presented itself as that place and I immediately began the process of acquiring the property. In the spring of 2015 Theatre-Masks.com and I moved into the Mansion to begin a new journey with the hopes of giving back to the national community of artists and audience projects of worth that might inspire hope and change.

Creative Projects

The lab works year round on creative projects in collaboration with artists nation wide.

Jonathan Becker, the artistic director of NALPA continues to develop and workshop his lecture performance, MASKS: A Journey Through World Culture. The lecture performance has been performed at Universities in the United States and China.A team of artists, sponsored by the lab is currently working on the development of a piece of theatre in response to the church shootings in SC that happened in the summer of 2015.