General Information About The Lab

Frequently asked questions and other useful information. Read about Muncie, best ways to get here and the various aspects of what your whole experience at NALPA will include.


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Artists are housed in the Historic Charles Over Mansion and in some of the homes in the neighborhood when the enrollment is high. Most participants will be lodged with a roommate in the rooms with twin beds created in the newly renovated areas of the property.


Dining Room
Dining Room

Breakfast and lunch are provided for workshop participants and there are many options available for dinner within walking distance of the mansion.

Please fill out the Meals Questionnaire if you have certain dietary or personal restrictions.


Arrival/Departure: Please plan to arrive before 8:00 P.M. on the Sunday prior to your workshop and depart no later than noon the Saturday following.

Getting to NALPA

  • Driving

    • Muncie is between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne west of Interstate 69.  The GPS address for you is: 825 East Washington Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305. Parking is provided for participants for those who drive.
  • Flying

    • It is recommended that you fly into Indianapolis International Airport (IND).  Flights should be scheduled to arrive before 6:00 PM the Sunday evening prior to your workshop and to depart after 8:00 AM the Saturday following the workshop.  A shuttle service will be provided to those participants traveling by plane
  • By Bus

    • Grey Hound Bus services drop off at the downtown Muncie bus station from Indianapolis, IN, which is three blocks from the Lab.

Tuition and Refunds

All non-refundable deposits for workshops are non-refundable and tuition in full is due prior to the start of each workshop.  Refunds are granted only in the even a participant has to leave the workshop for health reasons or a family emergency.

Age Requirements

Generally participants are required to be 18 years of age and older for all workshops other than our community youth programming.  Exceptions are made for the mature, the self-motivated and passionate students who are younger.  To seek permission if you are underage please email

What to Bring

Participants will need appropriate clothing for studio work.  Each instructor will provide more specifics as concerns the individual workshops.

Participants are asked to bring a towel and washcloth.

Summers in Indiana can resemble a bowel of soup.  Be prepared for the humidity and frequent thunderstorms.

The Roundtable

Round Table
The RoundTable

On Wednesday’s after dinner there will be a roundtable discussion with the artistic director of NALPA, the teaching artists and the participants concerning teaching methods and basic principles in an effort to fulfill the labs mission to help further understanding of basic principles underlying the creation and performance of artistic works.

These discussions will be recorded and archived.

The Roundtable is the moment each week when the workshop participants, the artists in residence, the teaching artists and the artistic team of the lab sit down together and participate in a discussion of teaching methodologies, the artistic product and the fundamental principles that lie at the foundation of the creative process.

The discussion will be prompted by the assumption that; Rhythm/Tempo, Space and Form are the major fundamental principles artists are using to define and create.  These principles are common to sculpture, painting, music, acting, writing, directing, choreography, dance, film and puppetry.

The roundtable will ask:

  • How are these principles used to create sophisticated and successful work that speaks to a wide audience, many cultures and artists themselves?
  • How are these principles useful in creating new performance languages that integrate multiple genres of performance?
  • How do these principles speak to the various teaching methodologies or systems of learning we engage in as artists?

The assumption driving the roundtable will be that there is a universal thread that runs through works of art that can be accessible cross culturally regardless of the performance language.

The roundtables will be recorded and archived.  Summaries of the discussions will be shared through the website and published in an effort to further more effective training practices and add to our understanding of process as a global community of creative artists.

Public Showings

Any workshop or residency that involves the development of new work will present early on the Friday evening of the week in the studio space at Muncie Civic Theatre for the general public. This event is part of the Lab’s community outreach and partnership program with the local civic theatre and the opportunity for artists to showcase work to a lay audience and get feed back following the presentations.

Recreation/Night Life

The Charles Over mansion is within walking distance of Downtown Muncie where there are a variety of restaurants, sandwich shops, and excellent pubs.

Participants are welcome to utilize a fully equipped gym in the basement of the Lab.

There is a nice hot tub on the premises to relax in.

For walking, biking, and running the Mansion is two blocks from the Cardinal

Greenway. The Cardinal Greenway, the longest rail-trail in Indiana, stretches more

than 60 miles from Marion to Richmond along a former CSX railroad corridor.

Check out the Down Town restaurants and the city itself:

City Links:

City of Muncie

Historic Muncie

Historic Muncie Documentary

Restaurant and Bar Links:

Casa Del Sol Mexican Grill

Vera Mae’s Bistro

Barn Brasserie

Tuppee Tong Thai Restaurant

Savage’s Ale House

The Caffeinery

Downtown Farm Stand

The Heorot Pub