A space for artists to learn to create impossible plays during impossible times.


Program Founders: Lisa Sanaye Dring & Chelsea Sutton

The Rogue Lab is an incubator for new work that stretches the boundary of what is currently being done onstage, including immersive experiences, interactive design, puppet plays, and genre-bending pieces that fit within the Rogues’ Hyper-theater aesthetic. 


Season 5 - Far Worse Things + Cowboy Elektra Concert


Season 1 - 2019
Season 2 - 2020
Season 3 - 2022
Season 4 - 2023


Press Release


Rogue Lab Rough Draft Series presents THREE opportunities to experience new plays-in-progress.

The Rogue Lab Rough Draft Series spotlights bite-sized readings and music from current plays-in-progress and pairs them with curated conversations and connections with artists and experts inspired by the work.

Join us for...

Rogue’s newest work in development, Far Worse Things, is a modern gothic horror story that follows two urban explorers (those who explore man-made ruins) on their last excursion documenting a forgotten, crumbling building in the middle of Hollywood -- a building which begins to come to life around them.
We heard an excerpt from the play followed by the playwright Chelsea Sutton in conversation with experts in historical preservation and the importance of the modern horror story.

The Friday Conversation featured:FOCUS: The Sound of Story - Historical Preservation & Storytelling through Sound & Horror

Dr. Catherine Gudis, Associate Professor
Teresa and Byron Pollitt Endowed Term Chair for Interdisciplinary Research and Learning in the Humanities & Social Sciences History Dept, University of California, Riverside

Jeff Heimbuch
Horror Writer / Podcaster

The Saturday Conversation featured:
FOCUS: The Story Objects Tell - Historical Preservation & Storytelling through ObjectsObjects hold deep memory, history, and meaning in our lives. But how can we take care of them, preserve them, or bring them to life? How can objects become living, breathing characters that tell their, and our, stories?

Beth Werling, Senior Collections Manager History Department Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Sarah KraininAssociate Professor, Theatre and New DanceCal Poly Pomona

Rogue Artists Ensemble’s play-with-music Cowboy Elektra written by Ramona Pilar and Meghan Brown with Rogue, reimagines Greek tragedy through an early Californian lens, exploring revenge, cycles of trauma, and women’s experience in the “old west.” Set against the backdrop of 1869 Los Angeles, when the railroad was on the verge of reaching the west, Cowboy Elektrabrings the Elektra story into the Palace Saloon as Nessie, Elektra, and the Hurdies grapple with the changing landscape of Los Angeles.
We heard a concert of new music from the play followed by a conversation with the artists, including songwriter Zachary Lupetin of The Dustbowl Revival. Concert followed by a short talkback with the artists.

Cowboy Elektra in Concert features singers Ariella Irula, Amir Levi, Sarah Kay Peters, Kalean Ung, and musicians Melinda West and more, directed by Sean Cawelti. Music and lyrics by Zachary Lupetin.


The Rogue Lab Rough Draft Series took place at The Valley Relics Museum in Lake Balboa!

Friday March 29: FAR WORSE THINGS
Doors 7:30pm - come see the exhibits and get a drink
Event begins at 8:30pm

Saturday March 30 for 6pm event: FAR WORSE THINGS
Doors at 5pm - come see the exhibits and get a drink
Event begins at 6:00pm

Saturday March 30 for 8:30pm event: COWBOY ELEKTRA CONCERT
Doors 7:30pm - come see the exhibits and get a drink
Event begins at 8:30pm
Saturday drink offerings by The Bambi Bar, a retro pop up bar.

Tickets are $5 suggested donation
RSVP online or walk-up tickets available; community tickets available for free - no one will be turned away!

Location - The Valley Rellics Museum
7900 Balboa Blvd.
Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Hangar C 3 & 4
(Entrance on Stagg St.)

Special thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Valley Relics Museum for supporting this season of Rogue Lab.



In 2020 with the world on its head, we shifted our second Rogue Lab season online, creating short media based pieces inspired by the plays. Head to our YouTube channel to view more.

Season One 2019

Lisa Sanaye Dring, John Guerra, Eric Fagundes, Mildred Inez Lewis
, Chelsea Sutton, Jennie Webb

Estela Garcia, Jessica Hanna, Scarlett Kim, Ricky Pak, Claudia de Vasco, Rebecca Wear

Caitin Eby, Rhonda Kohl, Lor Meeker, Morgan Rebane, Emory Royston, Anthony Storniolo, 

Season TWO 2020

Carissa Atallah, Mercedes Floresislas, Amy Judd Lieberman, Mady Schutzman, Bernardo Solano, Chelsea Sutton

BJ Dodge, Andy Lowe, Sonia Norris, Keiana Richard, Dylan Southard, Hannah Wolf 

Corwin Evans, Jesse Mandapat, Jack Pullman, Morgan Rebane, Joshua Rivas, Emory Royston

Season 3 2022

Shen Heckel, Stephanie O’Neill, Keiana Richard, Carly D. Weckstein

Carissa Atallah, Amy Judd Lieberman

Season 4 2023

Hyper-Puppet 101 - Puppetry Workshop 

Two weeks. Three puppet Forms. Unforgettable. 

Season 5 2024

Far Worse Things
Chelsea Sutton

Speakers  Jeff Heimbuch, Catherine Gudis, Beth Werling, Sarah Krainin

Cowboy Elektra in Concert
Ramona Pilar and Meghan Brown

Zachary Lupetin

Stage Manager
Ashley Weaver

Korey Simeone, Melinda West  

Ariella Amar, Amir Levi, Sarah Kay Peters, Kalean Ung


Rogue Lab Co-Directors


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Rogue Lab is supported in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, by an arts grant from the City of West Hollywood and made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Cultural Affairs Commission, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Culver City Arts Foundation.

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