Failure, Emotion and Vulnerability leads to Inspiration. Saturday’s Lineup and Schedule and words from Missy Corey


Come hear some of West Michigan’s most intriguing personalities share personal stories of failure, and stick around for an after party outside under our pavilion with music from Code West, local food vendors, and cash bar.  Failure Lab will be presented September 21, 2019 at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Doors open 6:30PM, show starts 7:30PM. Tickets are $25 and available at

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.” Listen to some words from a former winner of “Chopped” and current chef at Pennyroyal Cafe and Provisions in Saugatuck, Missy Corey.

Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Missy Corey
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 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
In between each speaker will be a performance from a plethora of Michigan talent:
  • Cirque du K
  • Deavondre Jones
  • Lexi Adams
  • Lane Ellens
  • Cameron Blake
  • Yolonda Lavender
  • Michigan Academy of Folk Music Stringband
  • Code West
Doors open at 6:30 with a cocktails, cash bar and great music.

Show is at 7:30PM

After-party begins after the event, featuring Code West playing under our outdoor pavilion. Plenty of drinks and conversation!

With a refreshing environment of openness, Failure 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.

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

Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Alexandra Meister
Failure Lab: Saugatuck | Michael Hyacinthe
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