The Acclaimed Failure Lab Comes to Saugatuck Center for the Arts


Come hear some of West Michigan’s most intriguing personalities share personal stories of failure, and stick around for an after party outside under the pavilion at Saugatuck Center for the Arts with music from Code West, local food vendors, and cash bar.

Head-shaking, eye-blinking moments of “what just happened?” that make for some of the most powerful, transformative tales you’ll ever hear. This one-of-a-kind platform integrates storytelling and performance to reveal the vulnerabilities of influential people in order to eliminate the fear, stigma and isolation around failure.

USA Today says that Failure Lab, “Demystifies the process of innovation.”

Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Alexandra Meister
Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Ryan Kilpatrick
Failure Lab presenters share adversities behind their success, allowing audience members to learn and grow from their powerful stories. 

We’re thrilled to bring you stories from these West Michigan rock stars:

  • Missy Corey – Chef at Pennyroyal Café and Provisions
  • Michael Hyacinthe – Co-Founder and Chairman of Has Heart, U.S. Navy Veteran
  • Ryan Kilpatrick – Director of Housing Next
  • Alexandra Meister – Company Member at the Grand Rapids Ballet
  • Kathleen Piggins – Freelance Writer
  • Salvatore Sapienza – Minister and Author
Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Michael Hyacinthe
With a refreshing environment of openness, Failue Lab paves the way for change by crushing the isolation and stigma around failure. Failure then takes its rightful place as the crucial first step to the next big thing. 
Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Alexandra Meister
Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Michael Hyacinthe

Embrace it, learn from it, and build on it.

Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Ryan Kilpatrick

Failure Lab event sponsors: Perrigo, Chemical Bank, Allegan County Community Foundation, Twisthink

Tickets are available at our box office, by phone at 269-857-2399 or online at 

We’re so grateful for our 2019 Visionary Partners who have invested in SCA programming.

Perrigo | Skip Schipper | Jeff Antaya & Peter Rosenfeld | G. Thomas Boylan | Andy Knight & Beau Gratzer | Jim Sellman & David Balas | Bud Baty & Max Matteson

And our 2019 Community Partners

Mary Kay & Mark Baker | Mark Davis & Nate Keag | Stelios & Leslie Dokianakis | Laura & Melanie Durham of Mill Pond Realty, Inc. | Bob & Michelle Fish | Richard Heriford & Guy Ballard | Michael Hoffman & Michael Doriean | Steve Kiss | Kirbie Petersen & Brian Stephens | Travis & Sandra Randolph | Patsy & Randy Ramsey | George Stoutin & David Heilman | Keith Walker | Sharrie & Wayne Wellman