Cincinnati LAB Theatre is an organization for established and emerging artists in the Greater Cincinnati Area dedicated to a collaborative creative process that will present established works of drama and develop new plays through a traditional workshop model. Cincinnati LAB Theatre will provide a solid platform for artists to cultivate, strengthen and hone their artistic crafts and talents and offer quality theatre for Cincinnati audiences. 



Elizabeth A. Harris

Executive Director

Co-Artistic Director


Robert Allen

Co-Artistic Director


Bob Allen; Co-Founder; Co-Artistic Director (Bob) In this production of Daughter of War, Bob reprises the role he performed in LAB's premiere season production of Buckeye (now Daughter of War). Bob has also appeared in LAB's productions of Chase the Dragon, The Hired Man, the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival production of Led Thespian and this year's Edinburgh Fringe production: Four Horses. In LAB's second season he directed The Gay Divorce and An Evening With Stephen Crane. Most recently Bob performed as guest artist for The Villa Players of Thomas More University in Julius Caesar and Oedipus the King. A veteran actor, Bob's work has run the gamut from Shakespeare to Shepard. A former Artistic Director for the Chamber Players and Clear Stage Cincinnati, he has performed on,and directed for, the stages of the Aronoff, Ensemble Theatre, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati Landmark's: the Covedale and many more. Currently Bob teaches at Northern Kentucky University in the School of the Arts (SOTA).

Elizabeth a. Harris possesses a BA in acting, a MA in Theatre with an emphasis in directing, and a MFA in playwriting.  She has been a practicing professional theatre artist for 25 years.  Elizabeth has worked for such theatre companies as Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and Flat Rock Playhouse and has had several original works produced in Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh.  Elizabeth served as Artistic Director of New Edgecliff Theatre from 2003 to 2006.  Her play Daughter of War was Cincinnati LAB Theatre’s first workshop staged production.

Torie Pate is an actor, singer, and teaching artist based in Cincinnati. She is pleased to be a part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre having previously performed with LAB in Led Thespian (in Cincinnati and at the Edinburgh Fringe) and The Apartment on Yucca. Torie has a BA in Theatre from The University of Dayton, and has been a professional theatre artist for over 20 years having performed with such companies as The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Landmark Productions, The Carnegie, The Falcon Theatre, and The Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota, FL. Torie is also a teaching artist (drama and dance) with the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington.

Torie Pate

Co-Artistic Director

Co-Education Director


Alexa Glaser

Marketing Director

Alexa Glaser holds a B.A. in Theatre from Butler University. Currently, she teaches at the University of Cincinnati's CCM Preparatory Department. Some of her favorite credits include: Matty in Cincinnati LAB Theatre's production of The Hired Man, Betta in New Edgecliff Theatre's production of A Soldier's Christmas, and Samantha in EFO Films Marauders. Most recently she was seen in LAB’s productions of Shirt.Brown.Honesty (Woman), Four Horses (Famine), as well as their live-streamed productions of Dog (Bailey) and Five Branches (C. Lee).

Aaron Epstein is a 15+ year veteran of Film & Television and a member of LAB Theatre. You may have seen him in many readings and onstage in Medusa in You (Various Roles), The Color of the Leaves (Mark) and made his Directorial debut with The Secret Life of Bros. He would love to thank his family for their support and send his love to his wife Rachel and sons Eli and Zeke.

Aaron Epstein Development Coordinator


Jazz McMullen
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

Jazz McMullen- Jazz is very excited to be one of the newest members of Cincy LAB! He is a Cincinnati Native and 2006 graduate of The School for Creative and Performing Arts, where he majored in Drama, Vocal Music and Musical Theatre. Jazz is no stranger to the stage having appeared in three Cincy LAB New Works festivals in as many years. He has also been seen in such productions as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom)”, “Beauty and the Beast (Maurice)”,” Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik)”, “The Wiz (Lion)” and a host of others. Jazz is thrilled to begin this new journey with LAB and looks forward to all of the opportunities to come!

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Eric Kilpatrick
Graphic Design Coordinator

Eric Kilpatrick is thrilled to be working with the Cincinnati LAB Theatre. He was last seen in their productions of Four Horses and Shirt.Brown.Honesty, as well as their live-streamed readings of Parallel Walls and Shirt.Brown.Honesty., their workshop production of A Funny Play For Troubled Times, and their staging of the original musical “LED Thespian” at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Other recent credits include "Outside Mullingar" (Anthony), and "Port Authority" (Kevin) with The Irish Heritage Theater Company of Cincinnati.


David Derringer

Co-Education Director

David Derringer has been working professionally as an actor for over 6 years. Notable productions include: Macbeth (Macbeth), Romeo & Juliet (Lord Capulet/Mercutio), and Midsummer (Lysander/Flute) at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival; and Love's Labor's Lost (Dumaine/Boyet u.s.), Julius Caesar (Brutus u.s.), Taming of the Shrew (Tailor/Biondello u.s.) and Cyrano de Bergerac (Ligniere/de Guiche u.s.) at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. He is excited to be returning to Cincinnati LAB theatre after participating in the online new works play readings in 2020, appearing in Married Life (Dennis) & Breakz (Jessie) in LAB's 2021 Festival, and in Daughter Of War (Jack).


Linda Callahan

Community Outreach Coordinator

Linda received her B.F.A in Acting from Syracuse University.  She performed in several Off-Off, Off Broadway and Summer Stock productions before changing course and getting her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She returned to theatre in 2014 and has been consistently performing with many local theatre communities. She is honored to be a part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre having participated in several zoom and staged readings with them. 


Lauren Carr, Elaine Eckstein, Charlie Goetz, Jeffrey K. Miller, Greg Procaccino, & Aiden Sims.