New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) is a 501(c)(3)experimental theater ensemble based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1996, NPL collaborates with artists from a variety of disciplines, including web designers, visual artists, writers, philosophers, composers, and architects, as well as performers who work together to create interactive theater works.
"NPL was founded to create surprising, meticulous, spiritually challenging, and wholly distinctive experimental theatre productions that investigate physical expression, on-stage and in life. These productions are assembled using collaborative creative processes developed by the company. The work tends to value wild humor, shock, a concern for history, a muscular visual sensibility, and a fascination with the utopian impulse. Furthermore, NPL uses the fruits of its experimentation to benefit the artistic and audience community as a whole."
Founded in 1996 by Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) has created an average of one original performance work each year since its founding. Their work has been presented as part of the FringeArts Festival (formerly Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe), the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Children's Theatre Company, and in residencies with universities all over the United States.
Whit MacLaughlin (Artistic Director) - he has conceived, directed, and designed 20 original performance works with the company since its inception in 1996. Since 1978, he has acted in, directed, or written over 100 theatre productions.
KC Chun-Manning (Managing Director) - has been with NPL since August 2015.
Emilie Krause (Performer) - has worked with NPL since 2011
Kevin Meehan (Performer) - has worked with NPL since 2011
Matteo Jones Scammell (Performer) - has worked with NPL since 2011
Julia Frey (Performer) - has worked with NPL since 2011
Philadelphia Live Arts/ Philly Fringe participant. A theater and online work in three acts, it included music videos and online social media, video-performances at set locations in the city, and a live concert of original music performed by the central character, Fess Elliot.