Instructors and Mentors


Owen Robertson (Lead Instructor) is the executive producer and founder of LAB Theater Project. He has over thirty years experience working in regional theater from Washington D.C. to Central Florida. He is a true theater generalist and has spent those thirty years as an actor, director, designer, playwright, and producer. He has written several full length plays which have had productions with LAB Theater Project (TOBY'S GAME and SO LONG LIFE). He received his training as an actor and director at George Mason University and The Washington Shakespeare Theatre. He has a BA in English from Saint Leo University with a focus in Dramaturgy. His MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen is from The New Hampshire Institute of Art. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the University of South Florida pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Innovation. 

Ben Bartolone (Mentor) is the Artistic Director of KEF Theater Productions in New York City.  Through KEF he has created and curated THE BLUESTONE PROJECT, a reading series on a mission to bring more empathy to a divided nation by producing new work from across the actual nation, written and directed by people who strive to reflect the fabric of our actual nation.  He is also an accomplished playwright, actor, director, and producer. 

A.J. DeLauder (Mentor) is a West Virginia based playwright. Author of eleven full-length plays, including Gracefully Ending, winner of the 2016 AACT NewPlayFest (Published by Dramatic Publishing). Select productions/developments include with the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Barter’s Festival of Appalachian Playwrights, LAB Theater Project, Theatre Arlington, and FreeFall Baltimore. Commissions with Our Town Theatre and Theatre on the Lake. A.J.’s plays have also
been finalists for The Bridge Award, ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award, and the Hidden River Arts Playwriting Award, among others. Creator of the website Playwright and co-founder of the Old Red Barn New Play Reading Series. A.J. is a 2019 Stephen F. Crocker Distinguished Scholar Recipient from West Virginia University, where he teaches first year composition and is pursuing a second master’s degree in English literature. Proud member of the
Dramatists Guild. MFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. 

Jared Eberlein (Mentor) is the bookwriter and lyricist of THE FACTS OF LIFE– THE MUSICAL (Pace University) and THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (EAT, 13th Street Rep & The Jerry Orbach Theater, NYC) both collaborations with composer, David Mallamud. Jared’s play, FALL WITH ME, is the 2019 WINNER of Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest. It was also chosen for the 2019 Garry Marshall Theater New Works Festival (Burbank, CA), Silverthorne Theater Company’s New Play Series and was a finalist for Capital Repertory Theatre’s Next Act! Summit 8 (Albany, NY). His other plays include: PRECIOUS THIEVES (LAB Theater Project), JACK: A LOVE STORY (Snorks & Pins, NYC) and THE HEIR OF PRETENDING (Theater-On-The-Lake & New World Theatre). His 10-minute play, CLICK! (A TRAVEL MOTIF), directed by Christopher Burris, was a top-ten finalist in the 2018 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Play Festival (Vineyard Theater, NYC). He served as Playwright-in-Residence for the Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Theatre Institute from 2010-2012, where his TYA plays, (CHILDEN OF) OCTOBER EVER AFTER and JUST BEGIN premiered. In 2017, he was appointed Director of Theater Programs of Northfield Mount Hermon School. Jared is a 2018 Masterclass Fellow with New World Theatre (Londonderry, NH) through which his play, I'LL STRING ALONG WITH YOU, is published in the 2019 anthology: UNPARALLELED. Jared is a graduate of Drew University. He holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Stage and Screen from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.