Creation Based Education

coLAB Arts Educational Philosophy

coLAB Arts Education In the News

coLAB Arts Education In the News

Knowledge put into practice.

All of our programs a) teach and promote a specific knowledge and technique of a particular form or craft and b) use that specific knowledge with the freedom of interdisciplinary experimentation to create reflective projects and programs.

Our Education Programs

artMAKER programs, link professional artists with student artists for in-depth hi-quality classroom instruction, networking, and community oriented project creation.

Our program uses Oral History Interview Collection, Creative Writing, Acting, Movement, Design, Theater History and Literary Criticism to engage students as thoughtful collaborative storytellers. The core coLAB Artist Faculty hold degrees from the prestigious Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and work in NYC and regionally in their chosen artistic fields. In addition to school-year residencies, students have spent summer apprenticeships with the coLAB Arts New Brunswick Theater Festival during our productions of Romeo and Juliet (2010) and A Midsummer Nights Dream (2011) as well as our summer immersion experiences like #HearMe:NB Teen Voices project and 'Hostel Youth' at Contemporary American Theater Festival (2013, 2014, 2015) summer. In 2016 coLAB Arts will expand its summer residencies to include students representing a larger regional area and will include an intensive 2-week locally based theater makers camp in addition to the third annual ‘Hostel Youth’ theater experience at the 25th anniversary Contemporary American Theater Festival.


Our Programs


In-School Residencies

Since 2010 coLAB has provided in school residencies providing in class workshops in performance, voice, movement, writing and design. coLAB also curates set, costume, and lighting design as well as production support for school productions.

Summer Theater-Maker Immersion

coLAB has created an annual summer camp designed to give students and insiders view of how theater is created in the U.S. Over the course of a 10-day camp in New Brunswick participants take workshops in movement, voice, performance, design, writing, and production giving them the tools to become generators of their own work, all while they have the opportunity to network with other artists and teens interested in similar work. This unique experience culminates in a specially created 3-day 'Hostel Youth' experience at Contemporary American Theater Festival where every summer students see 4 fully staged productions, 2 staged readings,  and participate in 6 workshops and lectures from some of the foremost theater artists in the United States.

watershed sculpture Project in the schools

coLAB Arts and the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership (LRWP) have combined an innovative art and science based project that fuses Project WADES (Watershed Action, Dialogue, Education and Stewardship) and the Watershed Sculpture project for innovative classroom experience. The watershed network of school-based environmental stewards seeks to champion water quality monitoring in the Lower Raritan Watershed (e.g. collecting visual assessment data, and/or biological monitoring involving macroinvertebrate study). We are likewise supportive of the Environmental Education focus of Project WADES strategies that are designed to support core curriculum requirements, encouraging students to synthesize, practice and develop increasingly complex ideas and skills as they learn and grow through direct engagement with the natural environment. We view Project WADES as a natural extension of our current partnership with the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership called the “Watershed Sculpture Project in the Schools,” a project that involves  watershed education and environmental stewardship through stream monitoring, stream clean-ups, and the creation of sculptures from trash found during these clean-ups.

stART - students Share the ART

Students share the ART (stART), is an extracurricular program committed to bringing local area high school students closer to all of the professional arts experiences in their own community. We have been working diligently with a committed group of arts organizations, teachers, administrators, and most importantly students - all who are interested in networking with other schools, linking together with other creative people, and experiencing great theater, music, visual art, dance, film, and more.


Are you an educator or administrator looking for adaptive arts programming? We create programming based on need and desired outcomes. Carefully partnering the artist and community. Contact us to find ways we can work with your students.

John Keller, Director of Education - email: