Marfa Theatre Incubator

Giving a Voice to the US-Mexico Borderlands


A place to help actors, playwrights, and theatre companies develop their work in one of the most geographically unique and artistic places in the country. Faculty specialties include physical theatre, rhythmic acting, and singing voice rehab (among others). Week-long workshops result in devised performances for (the local) rural and borderland audiences. 

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Dresden Collective at work, reviewing new scripts.


Hope Lafferty

Founder and Managing Director, Marfa Theatre Incubator – Artistic Director, Playwright and Actor, Dresden Collective

photo by Nora Canfield

Hope likes to show up late to the party. She likes to sit in the back of the room. She prefers to take in all the action before making her move. But when she moves, look out.

Former psychotherapist, lifelong writer and serial career-changer, Hope decided that she needed to get back to her theatric roots at the age of 51. She took up formal acting study, reawakened her passion for physical theatre, auditioned, wrote plays and ultimately got accepted to the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in 2018.

Then she moved back to Marfa—a town of 2000 near the US-Mexican border—with a handful of plays in her pocket and no local community of working dramatists. What to do? Invent one.

Dresden Collective—the rotating band of regional and student actors—originated to bring Hope’s work to light. In 2019, Dresden Collective performed Mayhem and Other Delights (originally sardonically titled Hope Lafferty’s Early Works) at the 2019 Capital Fringe Festival in Washington DC and the 4th Annual International Fort Worth Fringe Festival (1 of 15 acts selected).

Because Hope tends to make stuff up as she goes along (a writer, you say?), Hope sought to expand her vision. Enter Marfa Theatre Incubator.

In its first year, Marfa Theatre Incubator has focused on local fundraisers, creativity trainings, acting intensives and live performances—all in collaboration with Marfa’s arts and business community to enhance the local economy.

In whatever capacity—writing her own work, acting in other’s projects, meeting with patrons, teaching at Angelo State or building her next collaborative venture—Hope moves in many directions at once. Yet all wind up in the same place.

Come out to Marfa and discover what she’s after. See you soon!

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Dresden Collective is the performance arm of Marfa Theatre Incubator