THE NEXT GENERATION OF THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
The New Victory Artistic Programming Department recently launched New Victory LabWorks, a program designed to help spur the development of high-quality performing arts for young audiences. LabWorks has three areas of focus:
New work development—providing artists, from a variety of performing arts disciplines, with resources to bolster the creation of innovative performing arts for young audiences. Part of this focus is a brand new residency program, in which selected performing arts companies are given rehearsal space, artist mentorship, feedback, and other support, to help them create original productions for family audiences. New Victory LabWorks also plans to establish a commissioning program and other initiatives in the future.
Professional and art form development—offering and encouraging opportunities for exchange with national and international artists, workshops, master classes, and training. Occurring throughout the year, these events are open to a diverse spectrum of arts professionals: practitioners, educators, presenters, and producers.
Advocacy—promoting the importance of quality performing arts and arts education in the lives of young people. New Victory LabWorks plans and produces forums and other events, both online and face-to-face, to elicit dialogue among a national and global network of industry professionals (artists, educators, producers, presenters, managers, journalists and dramaturgs). LabWorks aims to qualify and quantify the impact of performing arts on young people and better communicate the significant role that this field plays in not only fostering new generations of enlightened, enthusiastic theater-goers, but also creating a community of cultured and compassionate global citizens.
New Victory LabWorks Residencies
New Victory LabWorks provides residency artists with the freedom to experiment, play and test ideas in the creation of new work for family audiences. Housed in the state-of-the-art New 42nd Street Studios, artists receive time, space and resources, as well as artistic feedback and support of New Victory artistic programming staff. Residency artists are also given access to an international community of artists and leaders in the field of performing arts for families and opportunities to interact with their target audience: kids themselves. The residencies are tailored to the specific needs and creative processes of each company, and may include presentations or open rehearsals for invited family audiences.
Applications are now available for the 2014-15 New Victory LabWorks Artist Residency Program.
2013-14 LabWorks Artists & Projects
Download the Call for Proposals and Application Form.
Applications must be submitted via email to LabWorks@New42.org by March 22, 2014.
*New Victory LabWorks will provide rehearsal space and support for Fiasco Theater in anticipation of their world premiere of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, which will debut on the New Victory stage from February 28 - March 16, 2014.
Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane ~ Broken Plastic Bird Heart
Parallel Exit ~ (Untitled New Work)
Shoehorn Theater Company ~ Light: A Dark Comedy
Fiasco Theater* ~ Measure for Measure
Learn more about these artists and projects on the New Victory blog.
For more information about LabWorks, please contact Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Associate Director of Artistic Programming.
To sign up for the New Victory LabWorks list and receive email updates on upcoming events and programs for artists, please fill out this form.
New Victory LabWorks is supported, in part, by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.