New Works Lab

Event Date: 

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 8:00pm to Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:00pm to Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm to Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 2:00pm

Event Date Details: 

PART A - MAY 11, 19, 20 / 8PM

                MAY 13, 21 / 2 PM

PART B - MAY 12, 13, 18, 21 / 8PM

                MAY 20 / 2 PM

Event Location: 

  • Performing Arts Theater

Event Price: 

$17 General Admission

$13 UCSB Student/Faculty/Staff/Alumni, Non UCSB Student/Senior/Child

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  1. Program
  2. Gang Sines
  3. The Last Video Game
  4. The Couch
  5. In His Hands
  6. Mentors
  7. Playwrights 
  8. Press
  9. Gallery 

mentored by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and Vickie J. Scott

New Works Lab provides original student projects with a year of developmental support culminating in workshop productions in the Performing Arts Theater. This year’s inaugural lab showcases new plays by undergraduates Miriam Dance, Malique Guinn, and Andalusia Kear, and a devised work by grad student Tristan Newcomb.



Gang Sines, by Malique Guinn

The Last Video Game, by Tristan Newcomb




The Couch, by Andalusia Kear

In His Hands, by Miriam Dance


Gang Sines

written by Malique Guinn / directed by Rebecca Wear

In a small town, there exists three mathletes who possess different skills but share one common goal: win the world competition in St. Louis. With their school short on funding for the trip, the crew has to come up with a lucrative process in order to travel and not only better their lives, but save their school which is on the brink of being shut down. Nonetheless, the differing habits of the mathletes outside of the classroom can either help them take five steps forward or ten steps back… or worse.


The Last Video Game

written / directed by Tristan Newcomb

Tonight we remember Ben, a good friend - and a young, hopeful game designer. The death of a student is often a sad business, but what if that death could bring everlasting fame and renown? In the crowded landscape of media products, a creator's death can be a major advantage. We gratefully indulge your patience as we present to you, for investment opportunity, Ben's last video game project.


The Couch

written by Andalusia Kear / directed by Tyler Koontz

Wendy and Luke are newlywed Los Angeles natives. After receiving terrible news from the OBGYN, Wendy decides she needs a lifestyle change. As Luke and Wendy move into their new apartment, the two reconsider if Luke can be a part of Wendy’s new lifestyle.


In His Hands

written by Miriam Dance / Directed by Sian Harden

A story of a girl who begins to question the church that she is growing up in. She is surrounded by a brainwashed congregation who put their faith in a man who calls himself the apostle of God. Rose has a secret to tell her mother, who has immersed herself in service to this church out of gratitude for the pastor's "good deeds."



Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s professional credits include productions at the National Theatre of Great Britain, Manhattan Theater Club, the Goodman Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 [West End], Crowded Fire, Page 73 Productions, Interact Theatre, Borderlands Theatre and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Her plays have been awarded the Wasserstein Prize, the Yale Drama Series Award, an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the David A. Callichio Award and the Keene Prize for Literature. Frances has received artist residencies from Yaddo, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, the Sundance Playwright Retreats at Ucross and Flying Point and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club, the Goodman Theatre and the National Theatre. Her work has been published by Yale University Press, Glimmer Train, Methuen Drama, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service. She is a member of the Dramatist's Guild of America.

Vickie J. Scott is a Lighting and Scenic Designer for Dance, Theatre, and Themed Entertainment, and is the Executive Producer for Dramatic Women, founded in 1993 to explore and promote the participation of women in all areas of theatre and to produce original scripts for the theater by Santa Barbara, California based writers.   She is also the Resident Lighting Designer and the Production Coordinator for the Ojai Playwright’s Conference in beautiful Ojai, California and the Director of the Design in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she teaches lighting design for theater and dance, designs lights and mentors students.



Malique Guinn was born in Lancaster, CA on June 16, 1996. He picked up writing as a hobby in the first grade, when he would write short stories in his free time and share them with his teachers. Back then, he didn't think much of it as anything more than something he liked to do. Today, he stands as an individual who aspires to become a playwright, TV writer, and songwriter. His favorite writers are Oscar Wilde, Lynn Nottage, and J.K. Rowling. Other creative figures he looks up to are Donald Glover and Frank Ocean. His other hobbies are basketball, Rubiks cubes, and sudoku. He has two older sisters, one older brother, and one younger brother. 

Tristan Newcomb is a 3rd-year PhD candidate in Theater, but in his other life he makes very peculiar feature-length movies, occasionally with puppets, but often with humans.  His most notable films include Summer of the Chew Toy Soul (2011), Jesus Hates You Now (2013), and Velvet Stardom (2016).  His theater credits include performing in Middletown, sound design for The Importance of Being Earnest and Bloody Poetry, and, most recently, Assistant Director to Anne Torsiglieri on Bernhard, and to Tom Whitaker on Mr. Burns, a post-electric play.

Andalusia Kear started playwriting when she transferred to UCSB in the Fall of 2015. Prior to beginning at UCSB she was nominated for the Irene Ryans at ACTF, and has now veered away from acting on to writing. The 2017 New Works Festival is the first time any of her work has been on stage. This is her senior year, and she is currently applying to playwriting masters programs in the U.K.

Miriam Dance discovered her love for theatre in elementary school when she was cast in her very first role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.  Since then, she has gone on to perform in and direct numerous plays and musicals. Some recent credits include Maureen in Rent (Arête Productions), Sister Chantelle in Bare (Out the Box Theatre Co.)  And featured singer in musical revues such as Smokey Joe’s Café, Swing, and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Saville Theatre). Miriam is a senior studying theatre with a concentration in both directing and playwriting at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She works for the Santa Barbara School of performing Arts and STAR Education teaching theatre and dance.  Miriam also enjoys songwriting, sight-seeing, singing with her band, and party planning.


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