When you want to get experimental and learn about something new, that’s when The LAB comes in.

The LAB begins on Friday, February 12th, and we will continue as a free public event on the second Friday of each month throughout 2021. These events will be curated by local and national artists who will be in residency at our theatre the month prior to their event. The subjects that will be explored in The LAB will be as dynamic as the artists that host them. In a year where change is the status quo, join The LAB for an empowering venture into curiosity, innovation, and creation in real time.

For our second LAB, join Tenisi Davis and Terrence Riggins for play workshopping, a discussion of healing and legacy, and a moderated Q&A in this collaborative, conversational space.

The LAB is made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Resident Artists Curating the Lab

Tenisi Davis (he/him) is an activist, cultural ambassador, creative, and versatile actor who has performed in theater, film, national commercials, and network television projects. Most recently he has made television guest appearances in CBS’s “FBI,” NBC’s “Manifest,” “Blue Bloods” on CBS, and NBC’s “The Blacklist.” On stage he has performed at the Shubert Theater and Collective Consciousness Theater in New Haven, Connecticut; the National Black Theater and Studio 54 in New York, Capital Classics in Hartford, the Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, and most recently the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport Connecticut. Mr. Davis has received many accolades for his portrayal of Frederick Douglass in the one man show Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, including the Barry M. GordyArtistic Award from the Greater Bridgeport NAACP, a proclamation from the mayor and governor of the state, along with the Key to the City of Bridgeport.A native of Bridgeport, Tenisi received his formal training in the theater arts program at Housatonic Community College under Prof. Geoffery Sheehan; along with the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut; the Alvin Ailey Foundation; and Music and Arts Center for Humanity, where he accepted the Coming Up Taller Award for excellence in the Arts from the President and First Lady.Mr. Davis continues to fulfill his passion of acting while giving back to his community through ReBirth Arts Collective, an arts and production company that heco-founded. Tenisi is a proud member of both the Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA.

Terrence Riggins (he/him) is a playwright whose play Otis and Zora, produced by Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre, garnered several Audelco Award nominations. His solo works, Unbecoming Tragedy: A Ritual Journey Toward Destiny and The Picasso Incident, are currently in development. As an actor, Terrence began his Equity career in the title role of August Wilson’s King Hedley II under the direction of the late Israel Hicks at the Denver Center Theatre Company where he was an acting company member. He then went on to play Stanley and Thorvald, respectively, in the company’s productions of A StreetcarNamed Desire and A Doll’s House. He has appeared as Harmond Wilks, Caesar Wilks, and Walter Lee Younger also under the direction of Mr. Hicks, whom he credits along with August Wilson with reawakening his passion for the theatre. This reawakening led to and invigorated his work with New Haven’s Collective Consciousness Theatre which include Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Lincoln in Suzan Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog, Kenyatta in Dominique Morisseau’s Sunset Baby, and Lucius Jenkins in Jesus Hopped the A Train. Terrence is a Presidential Scholar Finalist in the Arts