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.


Upcoming Makers Lab Performance:

Circle Jerk by Michael + Patrick on November 21 @ 8PM – CLICK HERE



  • MICHAEL BRESLIN & PATRICK FOLEY make plays and videos (and plays with video) about their mutual obsessions. Their work draws on material from modern drama, reality television, American method acting, technology and dance, in combination with original text. Underlying the duo’s work is an investigation into theatrical form — how to subvert and manipulate it — and theater’s relationship to the media that dominates our lives: television, Instagram, FaceTime and Hollywood movies. Their work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door (This American Wife), Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, the Exponential Festival, Wesleyan University (A Doll’s House, Part 3) and Yale Cabaret. They frequently collaborate with dramaturgs Cat Rodríguez and Ariel Sibert.

    Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley
  • DEEPALI GUPTA is a writer and performer making music-driven theater across New York City. Her work explores themes of mania and insanity, and their relationship to femininity. She makes work in an attempt to unravel the warped weave of narratives surrounding mental disorder and neurodivergence in contemporary America. Her music has been heard at venues such as The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Theater, The Bushwick Starr and Judson Memorial Church — as well as many backyards and living rooms across the city. Recent and ongoing projects as a performance artist include No Way To Say Goodbye, Over(Reverberating) and I Love You Stranger. Recent and ongoing projects as a composer include original music for Madonna Col Bambino (written by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Caitlin Sullivan), Cute Activist (written by Milo Cramer, directed by Morgan Green), Ski End (created by Piehole, directed by Tara Ahmedinejad) and MINOR CHARACTER (created by New Saloon, directed by Morgan Green). Her writing has been published in Moon Missives (an astrology quarterly) and Musical Theater Today. She is an affiliated artist with The Civilians and Target Margin Theater, as well as a member of the New Georges Jam and the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop. B.A. Brown University (Weston Award, Writing for Performance). M.F.A. Tisch (Musical Theater Writing).

    Deepali Gupta
  • NIGHTDRIVE makes big, funny, strange, spooky, formally experimental plays that push the boundaries of storytelling in order to make unique, meaningful connections with audiences. They’ve made a live, immersive alien movie about becoming a better person (Alien Nation at The Paradise Factory); created a town in a theater, complete with city council meetings and a community pancake breakfast cooked on-stage (Providence, RI at The Tank’s Flint & Tinder series); and played a fictionally autobiographical rock concert about an artists’ residency in a haunted, foreclosed house in Detroit (Thank You Sorry at Ars Nova). Their show Apathy Boy was an O’Neill finalist, and they’ve developed additional work at Pipeline Theatre, Ice Factory at the New Ohio, The Flea, The Brick and Fresh Ground Pepper. Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques are the co-artistic directors of Nightdrive; Jenny Gorelick is its executive producer. @nightdriveplays

  • JILLIAN WALKER is a multi-faceted artist and thinker who is shaping culture through interdisciplinary forms of performance. Her genre-pushing work SKiNFoLK: An American Show has appeared in the Starr Reading Series, ANT Fest at Ars Nova and the inaugural SPARK Festival for new small musicals at Pittsburgh CLO. Her play Sarah’s Salt. has received developmental support from Roundabout Theater Company and MCC Theater, and was chosen as an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Relentless Award (American Playwriting Foundation). With dramaturgy as the core of her artistic practice, Jillian is theatermaker as archaeologist. She investigates the processes and workings of time, ritual, identity and structure to unearth the ways theatrical forms can impact the larger cultural landscape. Through her residency at University Musical Society (University of Michigan), she researched her new play, Tignon, and a lecture/performance work, Songs of Speculation, which premiered at JACK in November 2018. Jillian was recently commissioned to create brand-new work for the critically-acclaimed Soho Rep. and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.

    Jillian Walker