The Lab! Theatre began in 1982 following a conversation between the then chair Dr. Milly Barringer and a few undergraduate dramatic art majors. They decided unanimously that undergraduates needed their own venue to promote and explore their training in acting, directing, and designing. Today, the Lab! is the only entirely student run theatre group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This year the Lab! has added a Lab!ratory show to each set. These shows will focus primarily on the process of creating a show and are intended to give students the opportunity to explore and experiment. Lab!ratory shows will be performed in the Center for Dramatic Art.