Theatrelab Classes

TheatreLab is Cape Rep’s professional theater training program, offering classes for all levels of theater artists in all areas of theater.  

Explore your hidden writer with Cape Rep’s Resident Playwright Art Devine, free your inner actor with Associate Artistic Director Maura Hanlon or dive into the classics with professional actor/playwright Alison Weller. We offer a wide variety of classes and workshops for all levels of experience throughout the year as well private coaching and Master Classes.


Playwriting 2 with Art Devine

(for experienced playwrights/graduates of Playwriting 1) You’ve mastered the fundamentals of storytelling in Playwriting I or you’re an experienced playwright. Now it’s time to embark on your journey to a one-act or full-length play. Art will help you shape your story for the stage. At the end of the session, there will be a showcase of scenes from your larger work complete with a director and actors. This is an 8-week course that includes a one-on-one session with Art. Classes are held in the Community Room of Cape Rep’s Cape House. There are limited spots available so call now to register 508.896.1888 or online at 8 weeks Saturdays 9 am -1pm, February 4 – March 25, Showcase Date TBD, Fee: $350 call the box office for info.

Also look for Master Classes in different areas throughout the year. If you are interested in private coaching, email us at

For more information and to register for classes, call 508-896-1888 or email us at

About the teachers:

Art_1[1]Art Devine is a multi-talented theater artist. He has written three world premieres for Cape Rep (9-Ball, Winter Wheat and The Bottom of the Sky).  His most recent directing credits at Cape Rep include the world premiere of The Tuna Goddess, written by his playwriting student, Jade Schuyler, 9-Ball, Our Country’s Good, Topdog/Underdog, Sunday in the Park with George and A Streetcar Named Desire.  His most recent acting credits include Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Gal in Rough Crossing, Mr. Burns in Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Rooster in Jerusalem, Dindon in La Cage Aux Folles and Roy in The Light in the Piazza, all at Cape Rep Theatre. Art trained at Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Maura Hanlon is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre. She has directed many, many plays at Cape Rep, and quite a few elsewhere. Favorite directing credits include Men on Boats, Failure: A Love Story, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep) and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). Mo is also a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s Mamma Mia!, Fun Home, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (My Name is Asher Lev, Topdog/Underdog, The Bottom of the Sky, to name just a few) and an occasional playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace!, which she also composed, and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a graduate of Holy Cross where she was a French/Pre-Med major. She studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. She was twice nominated for the Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum and was offered a Drama League Directing Fellowship. Her productions have been named frequently in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of…” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach, and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and YoCo. Extra-special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus and Macklin.

Alison Weller is an Associate Artist with the Obie award-winning The Civilians who has taught workshops at Colorado College, Kingsborough Community College and Illinois State University.  She has taught Shakespeare and Moliere at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, and voice, acting and public speaking at UCSD.  Alison has been affiliated with Cape Rep since 1990.  Over the course of her career, Alison has worked in regional theaters, and on and off Broadway, often finding herself in an enormous dress, armored with a fan.  Last summer, she had a terrific time performing in The Learned Ladies at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor space, a show the NY Times called “Moliere at his freshest best.”  She is excited to bring her enthusiasm for classical theater to students on the Cape.  BA, Harvard, MFA, UCSD.