Our Mission

Focal Theatre Lab is an Ames-based theatre collective whose mission is to engage the Ames, ISU, and surrounding communities with the work of new and local playwrights. We believe that supporting and sharing new plays is vital in creating a vibrant arts community that explores local and contemporary experiences, perspectives, and storytelling.  We value artists and their work, audiences and their perspectives, collaboration, experimentation, and community.

New Script Series

The New Script Series is a set of monthly readings of brand new plays by local playwrights and theatre artists.  This program is meant to demystify the theatre-making process and encourage conversation between aspiring storytellers and community members.  Admission is free and events are open to the public.  To get involved as an actor, director, or playwright, email focaltheatrelab@gmail.com, or stop by our next reading.

Upcoming Events

After taking a break during the pandemic, Focal Theatre Lab will be returning this fall with an exciting new project called Beyond Hope.  This event, produced in conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day, will feature a collection of short performance pieces designed to bring awareness regarding overdose, remember those who have died, and acknowledge the grief of friends and family left behind. The pieces will be performed in Des Moines and Ames during the last week of August.

We are currently seeking submissions of short written work (plays, poetry, etc), music, dance, and devised pieces that are related to the themes of addiction, overdose, grief, drug use, loss, and hope.  We will select pieces for the performance and then coordinate directors and performers next month.  If you have something related to the theme or would like to develop something new, please consider applying!

Deadline for submissions: Friday, July 9, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT

To submit a piece or read more details, please follow this link (tinyurl.com/beyondhopecall), and please let us know at focaltheatrelab@gmail.com if you have any questions. Feel free to share this call with others who might be interested in participating or sharing their stories.