An Experimental Workshop

ColLab: An Experimental Workshop challenges NYC artists to create new, interactive and/or interdisciplinary live performance work to be workshopped and presented in the Off The Lane performance space. The ColLab program also hosts networking events for interdisciplinary artists to connect and brainstorm their collaborations! ColLab offers producing support for projects featuring theatre, dance, music, film, visual art, photography, and more.

We envision creating new, performing arts works that are cross-genre, cross-discipline, and cross-cultural in a way that unifies the arts and gives new voices, partnerships, and ideas a platform that they’ve never had before.

Have a project in mind? Submit here!

Questions? Contact our Program Manager, Sophie Brubaker!

UPCOMING ColLab Events:

Truth, dare, or Lesbian. An interactive musical comedy by Emily Drossell. May 17, 18, 18 at 7pm at Meaux Space in NYC.


At a sleepover nearly two decades ago, a group of girls were deciding on their next game, when suddenly– it hit them: “truth, dare…or lesbian.”

Everyone agreed…and then no one chose “lesbian.”

Years later, former sleepover participant Emily Drossell is committed to realizing the game that never fully came to be (and making up for her belated queer awakening).

And what better way to do so than through interactive musical comedy?


PAST ColLab Events:

BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon, Directed by Rachel Sabo-Hedges

On the second and third nights of Hanukkah, we hosted two vibrant audiences for a production of BAD JEWS by Joshua Harmon, a fierce, biting comedy about family, faith, and what you choose to believe. SEE MORE PHOTOS

Ladies Play Reading Night

We gathered together a group of artists for a table reading of You Got Older by Clare Barron and a discussion of the play.

Hootenanny Tonight! A Folk Music Experience

We were thrilled to host the world premiere workshop presentation of Hootenanny Tonight! A Folk Music Experience.

Based on music from James F. Leisy’s songbook “Hootennany Tonight,” Sophie Brubaker and Ciera Miller joined forces to write an original story that had our audiences hooting and hollering all night!

It was a lively, interactive evening of community and traditional folk and hootennany tunes.

Learn more about the artists and view photos on our blog.

Paint & Sip

Another mixer! We welcomed a friendly group of artists across all disciplines for an evening of mingling, painting, and sipping!


Our next ColLab production is an exploration of a selection of songs from Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, featuring professional actors, live music, and dancers participating in a dance painting practice to create visual art pieces. The performance and art pieces will be presented on June 3rd, 2023 at 7:30pm and 8:30pm, with the visual works available for auction throughout the evening. Doors open at 7:15pm for performance #1 and 8:15pm for performance #2.

If you choose to purchase tickets to both performances, our stellar cast will take on new roles, and perform with new set pieces and staging.



Created by Ryan Gerberding, A Night of Spirits will be one night only, featuring shows and spirits! Audience members will have the opportunity to view three 1-on-1 performance pieces from dancers, musicians, and actors.

The audience will gather in a shared space for drinks and socializing, and then they will be individually invited to experience each of their 1-on-1 performances over the course of the night.


ColLab Workshop #2 – July 12, 2022

ColLab s for creatives who are interested in finding collaborators for their artistic projects. We created an environment where creatives could meet collaborators for their artistic projects. Our attendees mingled and tossed around ideas. And now, we have our first idea seed! Stay tuned for more details… Our focus is interdisciplinary, innovative new work! Artistic exploration and experimentation is deeply encouraged! And if you’re unsure if you’re right for this community and this event, the answer is that YOU ARE. We want you and all your beautiful ideas. See ya there!

ColLab Workshop #1 – June 2, 2022

We welcomed new and returning members of our community for our ColLab launch! Led by Community Coordinator Sophie Brubaker, attendees shared everything from current projects they’re working on to what TV shows they’re binging. It was an exciting evening that allowed people to make connections and utilize their community. Photos below!