The New Urban Theatre Laboratory exists to use the experimental power of theatre to investigate the stories and voices of those who exist on the margins of society. We seek to bring the stories of the underrepresented to the forefront using the active ingredients of honesty and insight mixed in with equal parts sadness and joy, myth and mysticism, farce and cynicism and above all, truth.
Who We are
Jackie Davis is the artistic director of New Urban Theatre Laboratory. She is also a long-standing member of Dramatic Results, an HR interactive theater training company. Jackie is involved with the Manton Avenue Project (MAP), the Rhode Island Black Story-tellers (RIBS) and was recently a Master Teacher for Trinity Repertory Theaters Young Artists Summer Intensive program. Ms. Davis works in all three disciplines: television, film and theater (where she is also a director and choreographer). Regional Credits, Gloucester Stage, Nsugo, Living Room in Africa; Mrs. Bucket Wheelock Family Theater. Favorite roles include Mrs. Breedlove, The Bluest Eye, Providence Black Repertory Theatre, Queen Gertrude, Hamlet, Ganemeed Theatre Company, Boston. Jackie Davis is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (Jaemme Davis) and an Actor’s Equity Association EMC candidate.
Cliff Odle, AEA
Cliff is a playwright, actor and director born in New Jersey, but has made a home for himself in the Boston Theatre scene. His play “Running the Bulls” has been produced for the most recent SLAMBoston production. His other plays include his “Lost Tempo” (Which will be given a reading this spring for Whistler in the Dark productions.), “The Ahern Fox” (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival), and “The Delicate Art of Customer Service” (Jersey Voices, Attic Theatre). He is also a resident playwright for Theatre Espresso and was a co-writer for their show “The Nine Who Dared: Crisis at Little Rock”. Currently, he has several plays in development including a historical fiction project inspired by the life of Lucy Terry. He is a graduate of the playwriting program at Boston University from which he holds an MFA. He teaches playwriting and screenplay writing at UMass Boston and will be teaching playwriting at the Gamm Theatre Studio this winter in Rhode Island. As an actor and director he has worked extensively in New England, New York City, New Jersey, and San Diego.