North American Cultural Laboratory

creating space for exploration and discovery

NACL was conceived in 1997 by theatre practitioners Brad Krumholz and Tannis Kowalchuk. Two decades on, the company continues to thrive, presenting and producing innovative new works of theatre art at its upstate New York performance center, in New York City, and beyond.


NACL Mission

To cultivate a culture of creativity through the development and presentation of innovative ensemble theatre, education, and sustainable community service.


NORTH AMERICAN CULTURAL LABORATORY is a non-profit theatre arts center for research and development that has produced 20 original ensemble theatre productions and countless public spectacles.

NACL operates a performance space and retreat center in Highland Lake, NY, located two hours from New York, City in the southwestern Catskill region. The company creates and tours devised theatre performances, collaborates with an international circle of artists, and presents a performance season featuring work by local and visiting artists. Committed to supporting theatre training at all stages in an artist’s development, NACL offers artist residencies, professional development retreats, master classes, and workshops.