Leaselab: Started in 2008, Leaselab is the new play development program for OYL's mainstage productions. Our process includes commissioning established playwrights to work collaboratively with the OYL ensemble in the creation of new plays to be premiered and toured by OYL.
Since 2016, OYL’s mainstage programming has focused on creating new work inspired by pivotal historical events. We deeply examine varying perspectives of the time and how history is rememberedd or forgotten. With this current exploration we want to initiating important intergenerational as well as intercultural conversations through the theater.
OYL Megaphone: Started in 2017, this is the secondary new play development program specifically for young, under-produced playwrights. This program currently supports explosive, politically-charged and unconventional work that speaks to the current generation. OYL supports the development of two new plays per year through a series of workshops and readings, often culminating in one full production. Apply Here
The OYL Apprentice Program, started in 2007. The program, set in the remote mountains of Northern Greece, is a four-week deep immersion into the history of theater, the art of collaboration, and the exploration of the individual artist.
Workshops for the Actor in NYC, started in 2015. These free workshops for local professional actors provide insight into the creative process and tools OYL uses to create new plays.