Makers Lab provides a dynamic group of generative theater artists with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works. Working in a range of category-defying forms and disciplines, these artists, collaborators and companies use Ars Nova as a home base for twelve-month creative residencies. Through a wide range of development tools, institutional resources and hands-on artistic support, Makers Lab residents are encouraged to think big, take risks and push their creative potential as they make work under our roof.



  • KEVIN ARMENTO and JAKI BRADLEY are a writer/director team who create interdisciplinary theater that’s bold and formally inventive. Their collaborations include Good Men Wanted, which was developed at Ars Nova, Dixon Place and Arena Stage, and will premiere in 2017 with Tony Award-winning Seaview Productions; and Playing Hot, which has been developed with Pipeline Theatre, The Habitat, the Jerome Foundation and the Drama League, where Kevin and Jaki just concluded a year-long residency. Individually, they’ve presented work at Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 59E59 Theaters, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

    Kevin Armento
    & Jaki Bradley
  • harunalee is an ensemble of performers and designers who collaborate across artistic disciplines to create experimental plays and performances helmed by Kristine Haruna Lee. With an eye for handmade and craft objects, they create epic visual landscapes that physically accompany Lee’s text. Since 2010, they’ve created six original works: Dog Gone Day, to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack, War Lesbian, Drunkfish Oceanrant, Plum de Force and Strange Worlds in my Mind. Their work has been developed/presented by La MaMa Club, Bushwick Starr Propeller Project Series, JACK, York College Performing and Fine Arts, Prelude Festival, New Dramatists, Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Danspace/Food for Thought, Little Theatre, Target Margin Lab and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. They’ve received a Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residency and the Dixon Place Mondo Cane! Commission and Residency. They have received support from The Indie Theater Fund, The Mental Insight Foundation and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Arts Grant. harunalee is Stivo Arnoczy, Sasha Arutuynova, Andrew R. Butler, Sarah Lurie, Lauren Swan-Potras and Kristine Haruna Lee.

  • A native of Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer, and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music- joyful jazz. While independently the band members have performed/recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Joshua Redman, Lee Fields and Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.

    Sammy Miller
    and The Congregation
  • EMILY OLIVEIRA is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, sculptor, textile artist, and costume designer. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and studied performance at Brown University. Her performance works include a transcription-based adaptation of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ [Everything Happens for a Reason (Panoply Performance Lab and Judson Memorial Church)], a live re-enactment of an episode of the radio show Delilah [DELILAH (What Is Love? Baby Don’t Hurt Me) (Hot! Festival of Queer Theater at Dixon Place)], a disco meditation on the wedding and funeral of Princess Diana [Kings and Queens of Love (Ars Nova)] and Do You Ever Long for True Love From Me, a musical seance to summon the soul of Buddy Holly into the Judson Memorial Church so that he could be her boyfriend. Her work uses transcribed and original text, original and popular music, dance and full-body costumes to subvert the despotism of white femininity and examine narratives about love, sex, gender and race in American popular culture. Her costumes have been shown at The Judson Memorial Church, Invisible Dog, CATCH, The Center for Performance Research and Theatre for the New City. She is a teaching artist at the Children’s Museum of the Arts and a freelance design assistant at Todd Oldham studios.

    Emily Oliveira