The Foundry is a place to experiment.  A place to take risks.  A place to stretch your imagination.  It’s the Live Arts Foundry, dedicated to creating opportunities for wild, fun, theatrical experiments and developing new works.

>> Here is a Schedule of Foundry Projects and Productions (PDF)

Details of each program below:



In an effort to encourage new work, foster collaboration between like-minded artists, and ignite the imagination of our audience, the Foundry’s New Works on Fire program empowers artists by providing them 2-3 weeks of rehearsal space to workshop a developmental piece, culminating in a live public reading.  It’s yet another way we forge theater here in the Foundry.  Actors, directors, and of course playwrights, click HERE for more information.




Emerging Director Projects give new directors the opportunity to try their hand at staging a full-length play and offer experienced directors the chance to tackle the type of theater that they might not typically direct. We’re talking about fast and furious, risk-taking theater! Directors have four weeks of rehearsal time to stage these bare-bones workshop productions. The Emerging Directors Project is about stretching creative boundaries at Live Arts!

Contact Bree if you have an idea for an Emerging Director Project.



Never has a tradition been so spontaneous!
It’s real fast theater, seven brand new plays created in just 24 hours, written, directed, and performed by a different group of brave Charlottesville artists every single year.  Presented by Whole Theatre, this year’s show will be on April 9th at 7pm and 9:30pm.

Alex Citron, Scott Dunn, Shawn Hirabayashi, Allen Hoover, Mike Long, Marty Moore, Denise Stewart
DIRECTORS for 2016:

Christina Ball, Deborah Arenstein, Evan Bergman, Joseph Bromfield, Kate Lambert, Marianne Kubik, Phil Hurst

ACTORS for 2016:

Alec Beard, Allison Bowers, Anders Coe, Broocks Willich, Cage Lambert, Dan Stern, Ike Anderson, Kate Perino, Kisha Jarrett, Kristin Baltes, Laura Mawyer, Lee Susen, Leslie, Scott-Jones, Liz Howard, Marija Reiff, Mimi Halpern, Misty Vrederburg, Richard Cooper, Shand Macdonald, Stewart Moneymaker, Tim Read, Trina Candia, Zoe Farmingdale

CREW for 2016:
Amy Goffman, Brad Stoller, Cathe Comer, Chris Estey, Daryl Bray, Heather Hutton, Heather Hutton, Jim Horstkotte, John Holdren, John Holdren, Kathleen Mueller, Kerry Moran, Kristen Heiderstadt, Kristin Wenger, Larry Goldstein, Linda Zuby, Michael Swanburg, Ray Nedzel, Sean McCord, Sue Horne, Tom Raney, Tricia Emlette

Want to get involved?  Contact Ray at



LA_all_logosNew plays don’t just happen.  They need to be nurtured, fed, and encouraged to grow.  And that’s so much easier when you have help.

Enter Playwrights’ Lab.

Our free forum for writers of every experience level to share, read, hear, and discuss their work with our community.  Dedicated to developing the work of local writers in a fun, creative, supportive setting.  Whether you’ve been writing for years or are just getting started, there’s a place for you in the lab!

2016-04-05-1-racket-X180New from Live Arts Radio:  

Live Arts Radio is very pleased to announce that we have partnered with The Charlottesville Podcasting Network to bring you original radio drama from Charlottesville’s top playwrights.

Listen Here to LOVE’S A RACQUET by Byron Harris

Click HERE for the Playwrights’ Lab Handbook

Playwrights’ Labs are held throughout the year on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact



Get an inside view of your favorite shows at Live Arts!

Following the first Sunday matinee performance of every main stage production, Live Arts hosts a Talkback. We invite everyone from the audience (and, space permitting, anyone interested) to stay and take part in a conversation with the actors, director, designers and crew from the show. Come with a question, or just sit back and listen as Education Director Mike Long moderates what is always a fascinating discussion about the process of creating theater from script to stage.

Talkbacks start a few minutes after the end of the performance, so times vary. If you want to attend a Talkback without attending that particular performance, check with the Box Office for an estimate of when the Talkback is likely to begin.

Questions? Let Mike know at




Readers’ Circle is a monthly play-reading group, led by Carol Pedersen, that meets at Live Arts to enjoy and discuss great plays, from the famous to the obscure. Want to meet new people and read some great literature? Come on down!

Readers’ Circle 2016-2017

A Sampler of the 2016-2017 NY Season—Something Old in Something New 

Oct. 16– A Delicate Balance, Edward Albee

Nov. 20 — The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Dec.18–The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov, adapted by Steven Karam

Jan. 22–The Price, Arthur Miller

Feb. 26–M. Butterfly, David Henry Hwang

Mar. 26–The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams

Apr. 23–TBA

May 21—TBA

Join us on Readers’ Circle Sundays from 3 to 6pm in Rehearsal B on the 4th Floor of Live Arts for light refreshments, good company, and fascinating discussions. Readings are free of charge!

Contact Mike at for more information.