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. 


Robert Allen

Co-Artistic Director

Bob is a founding member of Cincinnati LAB Theatre, he performed in LAB's premiere production

Buckeye (now Daughter of War) and in last season's Chase the Dragon. In LAB's second season, he directed the premiere of Gay Divorce and An Evening With Stephen Crane. Bob's theater career spans more than forty years and runs the gamut from Shakespeare to Shepard. He is a former Artistic Director for The Chamber Theater and Clear Stage Cincinnati. He teaches acting in the UC-CCM Preparatory Department where he is Chair of the Certificate Acting Program and is an Adjunct Instructor in theater in Northern Kentucky University's School of the Arts.

Elizabeth A. Harris

Executive Director

Co-Artistic Director

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

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 production of Shirt.Brown.Honesty (Woman), as well as their live-streamed productions of Dog (Bailey) and Five Branches (C. Lee), and she was the director of the 2019 New Works Festival Stage Reading Series piece The Secret Life Of Bros. Starting August 6th, 2021 you can catch her in LAB's Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021 streaming submission Four Horses (Famine).

Aaron Epstein (He/Him) is a 14 year veteran of stage and film. His most recent appearances with LAB were Four Horses (Alex), Parallel Walls (Ben), and The Philosophy of Cavemen (Winston). He directed Pirouette at the 2020 New Works Festival and The Secret Life Of Bros in the 2021 New Works Festival. He wants to thank his cast for their hard work, his wife for being the best and his son, Eli, for being the undisputed cutest 13 going on 14 month old.

Aaron Epstein

Company Member

Lauren Carr is a professional actor, director and teaching artist. She is excited to be a part of Cincinnati LAB Theatre, having previously directed Threesomeand Medusa in You. Lauren is the Director of Education, Engagement, and Inclusion at Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, recipient of the 2019 Ohio Arts Council’s Governor’s Award for Arts Education. In addition, Ms. Carr is a member of the Theatre Arts Faculty at University of Cincinnati’s CCM Preparatory Department. With a BFA in Acting from the University of Kentucky, she has performed and directed across the Tristate. Her directorial work includes Falcon Theatre, Cincinnati LAB Theatre, The Know Theatre’s ‘Serials’ and the One-Minute Play Festival, CCM Prep, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Favorite roles include: Heidi in Next Fall, Sara in Murder Ballad, and Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Her theatrical focus and teaching philosophy are to create a truly inclusive space for all. She speaks and trains theatre practitioners across the country in the practice of sensory-friendly performances, accessible programming, and representation backstage and on-stage.

Lauren Carr

Company Member

Brian Berendts
Company Member

Brian Berendts humbly accepted the invitation to become a Co-Artistic Director in 2017 having performed on stage with Cincinnati LAB every year since it’s founding in 2014. Brian has appeared onstage for numerous professional and community theaters for over 20 years in Cincinnati and Columbus in addition to print and commercial work. Brian is a registered nurse and is currently working towards a master's degree in nursing specializing as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner.

Eric Kilpatrick

Company Member

Eric Kilpatrick is thrilled to be working with the Cincinnati Lab Theatre. He was last seen in A Funny Play For Troubled Times as well as 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.

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!

Jazz McMullen

Company Member

Jeffrey K. Miller holds a BA in Theatre from NKU and an MA in Theatre and Practice from Miami University.  He is an actor, director and playwright that has worked with companies all over the region, including multiple festivals with Cincinnati Lab Theatre.  His research focused on developing plays that can lead to problem-solving dialogue with young audiences.  Favorite Roles include: Hamlet in Hamlet, C.C. Showers in The Diviners Lloyd in Noises Off, Mitch in Tuesdays with Morrie (2 runs), Tom in Darker (Cincinnati Acclaim Award for Best Ensemble Acting), Ben in Acapulco (ACTA Regional Finalist), Carter and Tom in Fat Pig (2 runs), Minister/Dancer in Long Christmas Ride Home, and Fred in Footprints of the Polar (Cincinnati Director’s Competition Winner), 2 summers at Pioneer Playhouse and 2 ½ years touring nationwide with Madcap Productions.  Directing Credits include: Blu and Mac’s Worlds at Miami University and When the Son is Shining and Dog with Cincinnati Lab Theatre.

Jeffrey K. Miller

Company Member