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ABOUT The Triangle Lab

Through the Triangle Lab—Cal Shakes’ research and development wing—we experiment with ways to integrate art more deeply into community life. With Intersection for the Arts, our chief partner in the Lab, we collaborate with artists and other community-based organizations to discover what happens when the powerful tools of theater artists are mobilized and integrated into broader civic dialogue.

The Triangle Lab is a partnership with San Francisco-based Intersection for the Arts and its resident theater company, Campo Santo, supported by generous grants from The James Irvine Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works.


Questions? Contact Triangle Lab Director Rebecca Novick at

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Spunk (2012)
A series of Triangle Lab experiments surrounded the production of Spunk, exploring how other voices could connect to and enrich our understanding of the play, and how Bruns audiences could participate in a way that let them access their creative selves. Youth residencies in Oakland and San Francisco explored the theme of home (a strong element of the play) in photos, writing, and video. The students’ work was displayed in an exhibit at the Bruns, which also included audio excerpts from two plays by Oakland playwright Chinaka Hodge highlighting her extraordinary and lyrical descriptions of her Oakland home, and a chalkboard where audience members were invited to respond to the question “Home Is…”. Bruns audiences participated enthusiastically in the call-and-response musical elements built into the production itself, made instruments at our “music creation station,” and danced on stage with choreographer Traci Bartlow at Friday night post-show dance jams.

Califas (2012–2013)
Califas is three productions by distinguished California playwrights, plus Roadside Interactions, a series of community encounters to gather, share, and perform the stories we tell about our journeys home. Califas takes the Triangle Lab down Highway 99, along the Mexican border, and deep into our Bay Area neighborhoods to explore our dreams of a homeland, our yearnings for home, and how love journeys across boundaries. These explorations will surround and enrich Intersection for the Arts’ 2013 production of The River and Cal Shakes’ 2013 season-opener American Night, both by Richard Montoya; and the world premiere of Luis Alfaro’s Alleluia, the Road, to be directed by Jonathan Moscone and co-produced by Intersection for the Arts and Cal Shakes in the fall of 2013.

Artist-Investigator Project (2013)
Artist-Investigator projectThe Artist-Investigator project has selected ten artists to lead experiments in creating the theater of tomorrow. They are charged with designing and carrying out experiments that challenge where we make theater, with whom we make it, and what the outcomes look like. Public showings and online documentation will take place through spring and summer 2013. This project recently received a TCG-AHA! grant for innovation.

Click here to learn about the final ten Artist-Investigators.

California Shakespeare Theater is a participant in the A-ha! Program: Think It, Do it, funded by the MetLife Foundation and administered the Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.



The Triangle Lab: What’s in a Name?
Posted on January 30, 2012 by skalem
A report on the naming of our partnership with Intersection, courtesy of Partnership Project Director Rebecca Novick.


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Rebecca Novick

Triangle Lab Director

Rebecca NovickMs. Novick was the founder of Crowded Fire Theater Company and served as its artistic director for 10 years, growing the company from an all-volunteer group to one of San Francisco’s most respected small theaters. She has developed and directed new plays for many theaters in the Bay Area and elsewhere, and, among other awards, her directing work has been recognized by the Goldies for outstanding local artist. Ms. Novick has also held a number of arts management and consulting positions including serving as interim arts program officer for the San Francisco Foundation, project coordinator for the Wallace Foundation Cultural Participation Initiative in the Bay Area, and director of development and strategic initiatives for Theatre Bay Area. She regularly writes and speaks on issues relating to the arts sector; recent publications include contributions to 20under40, the GIA Reader, Counting New Beans, and Theatre Bay Area Magazine. Ms. Novick has a BA from the University of Michigan in drama and anthropology.