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On the Set

Sep 18, 2021

Lab Theater Project's Executive Producer and Founder, Owen Robertson, interviews Katie Calahan, Board Member and Lab’s New Education Director on the Value of theater education.

Katie Calahan is an actress, writer, director, and educator. She is especially dedicated to dramatic arts education for children. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida she received conservatory training and her BFA in Theatre Studies from Boston University. During college Katie interned in Public Schools in the Boston area teaching theater and story structure to kindergarteners. She also, took a magical semester abroad in Dublin where she interned at The Helix Centre for the Performing Arts working backstage, in the booth, in the publicity, reception and soaking in all that the arts in Ireland had to offer. She also participated in a program in Los Angeles for conservatory trained actors to learn the film and television business through Boston University.

Katie has over 15 years teaching experience coaching actors of all ages before their big auditions. She loves to share her passion for theatre and storytelling in workshops, camps and general conversation. Katie is the founder and program director of the Gulfport Community Players Juniors Stars, a local children’s theater offering diverse programming for children from 5-17yrs old. She has worked as an actress in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and, of course, in Florida. Some of her favorite roles include Tommy in LAB Theater’s The Wendy House, Marie Antionette in the Revolutionists and Berdine in Psycho Beach Party. Katie loves directing the next generation of performers! Some of her favorite children’s theater directing credits include Shrek Jr, Grease: School Version, Seussical Jr and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Katie looks forward to growing the educational opportunities at LAB Theater Project where the door is always open to new talent and the collaborative element of theater is actively nurtured. 

About LAB Theater Project

LAB Theater Project is a non-profit 501(c) 3 production company focused on producing new works in the Tampa Bay Community. The belief in a “playwright first” focus is resolute and a core value of the company. Along with a focus on developing new works, LAB Theater Project also focuses on training new theater artists to join the growing theater community in Ybor and the Tampa Bay Area.

LAB Theater Project was named Critic’s Choice for Best New Theater Company in 2017 by Creative Loafing, and has also received the 2018 50/50 Applause Award from the International Centre for Women Playwrights.

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