For 13 years, CulturalDC ran the Mead Theatre Lab Program in downtown Washington, DC. The performing arts program offered intensive production and development assistance for performing artists, writers, directors, producers, and independent theatre companies. CulturalDC encouraged artists to develop new, risk-taking work, explore the artistic process in innovative ways, and collaborate with artists working in a variety of disciplines. The result was an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions, and an environment in which emerging performing artists could grow. Each season, projects were solicited through a competitive open call process. Selected productions were recommended by an advisory panel of prominent DC-area arts professionals who also provided mentoring and professional development throughout the creation of each production.