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About the Robey Creative Process

The Robey Theatre Company (Robey) is led by Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director, Ben Guillory.  For the past 12 years, Robey has operated out of the Los Angeles Theatre Center in DTLA.  A Non-Equity House, the organization offers limited-run productions – with 99 and 50 seat capacity and the occasional Equity production with theatre partners.  This model allows the organization to offer classical theatre as well as serve as an incubator for new and experimental original works. In addition to theatrical productions, the organization offers Workshops and Labs using Robey’s intensive creative process that is designed to support the work of creatives and artists.
  • Playwright’s Lab works with established and emerging playwrights to develop ideas into viable stage plays
  • Advanced Scene Study Workshop assists actors in developing their craft through the study and practice of theatrical disciplines – voice, speech, movement, analysis and human behavior
  • Staged Readings is where the developmental process continues in its march from the page to the stage. The playwright is able, in this step, to hear the work and work collaboratively – along with the input of dramaturg, director, actors, designers, technicians, the rehearsal process and the audience – to bring the script to life.
  • The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival is a three-day, biannual short play festival inspired by the actor and activist, Paul “Robey” Robeson. The festival serves not just as a homage to Robeson – up 15 one-act plays written by both emerging and established playwrights are featured – but also provides a space for artists at varying skill levels an opportunity to display and cultivate their craft.  Play submissions do not have to be about Robeson but should reflect his values, principles and commitment to social consciousness.
These hallmark programs – Playwrights Lab, Advanced Scene Study Workshop, Staged Readings,  and The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival – are the heart and soul of The Robey Theatre Company and represent what the organization is about.