New Victory LabWorks fosters the development of innovative work for family audiences and advocates for the importance of quality performing arts for young people. Through the New Victory LabWorks Artist Residency Program, selected New York City-based artists are provided with the freedom to experiment, play and test ideas in the creation of new work for family audiences.
Situated in the state-of-the-art New 42nd Street Studios, artists receive space, support and feedback from 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. Residencies are tailored to the specific needs and creative processes of each company, and may include presentations or open rehearsals for invited audiences of New Victory Member families.
For more information about LabWorks, please contact Jonathan Shmidt Chapman, Associate Director of Artistic Programming.
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The application for 2015-16 New Victory LabWorks Artist Residency Program will be available in January 2015.
New Victory LabWorks is supported, in part, by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.
Presenting the 2014-15 New Victory LabWorks Resident Artists
This multi-talented cohort of New York-based companies representing an array of artistic disciplines—theater, dance, circus, puppetry and music—will each begin or continue to develop a brand new work family audiences during their New Victory LabWorks Residency.
The Civilians ~ The Abominables
(commissioned by Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis)
The Civilians' unique blend of song, story and commentary on current events have brought them international attention (their latest show, The Great Immensity, had a successful run at The Public Theater in Spring 2014). Their quirky new musical for family audiences, The Abominables, will explore the high-stakes world of youth hockey team tryouts.
Taylor Mac ~ The Fre
(commissioned by Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis)
The multitalented Taylor Mac (Hir, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, The Lily's Revenge) will develop The Fre, a queer love story for multigenerational audiences. Set in a mud pit, The Fre will mix rhyming couplets and "Old Comedy" forms with the language of modern teenagers in a wildly theatrical, funny and unexpected experience that questions the accepted notions of what it means to behave "correctly"—morally, sexually and intellectually.
Lila Rose Kaplan and Mike Pettry ~ The Pirate Princess
(in association with American Repertory Theater Institute)
Following their success with The Light Princess (A.R.T. Institute, New Victory 2014-15 Season), Kaplan and Pettry will create a new family musical, The Pirate Princess, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night that reimagines Orsino as a pirate king, and Viola as his first mate.
Acrobuffos ~ Air Play
Known for their innovative Waterbombs! street show to fans around the globe, clowning duo Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone of The Acrobuffos (Big Apple Circus' Legendarium 2012) will develop Air Play, teaming up with director West Hyler (Big Apple Circus) and famed air sculptor Daniel Wurtzel to experiment with fans, physics and flotsam in a comedic and touching struggle between humans and a wind with a will of its own.
CollaborationTown ~ The Rise and Fall of the Trilobite Kingdom
A celebrated downtown theater company that creates ensemble-driven theater, CollaborationTown (Family Play—1979 to present, New Ohio 2014) will imagine this original epic coming of age story of a young trilobite (the species that dominated the oceans hundreds of millions of years ago) through music, puppetry and a biting sense of humor.
Dead Puppet Society ~ Laser Beak Man
Dead Puppet Society, a production house and design company creating puppet-based, visual theater in New York and Queensland, Australia, will create Laser Beak Man, a fast-paced, bright new work based on the drawings of internationally renowned Australian visual artist and autism awareness ambassador Tim Sharp.
Elska ~ Untitled New Work
A highly theatrical pop musician known for her unique blend of storytelling, character and song, Elska (Symphony Space 2013) aims to create a new stage show that incorporates puppetry as well as projection. Actor/singer/artist Shelley Wollert and collaborators Allen Farmelo and Lucas Segall will use their time with LabWorks to fully realize Elska's world and develop the character's first theater production.
Full Circle Souljahs ~ Outside the Bachx
Featured at The New Victory in the 2014 Victory Dance series, Full Circle Souljahs (Hip Hop to the Head, InnaViews, Soular Power'd) will create a full verison of Outside the Bachx, which will feature the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in a performance that blends the musical styling of a beatboxer and a live concert pianist with hip hop, street dance and ballet. The show will receive its premiere at The Kennedy Center in 2015.
James Ortiz ~ A Christmas Carol
James Ortiz, a NYC-based puppeteer, actor, and designer last seen on the New Victory stage in Puss in Boots/El gato con botas (New Vic 2010) will create a brand new adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Told through Ortiz's elegant and majestic puppetry and theatricality, this new work aims to offer a refreshingly original take on the classic tale.
Spellbound Theatre ~ Ears, Nose and Tail
A Brooklyn-based company that creates work for very young audiences and their families, Spellbound Theatre will use visual animation and shadow puppetry to create Ears, Nose and Tail, the story of a dog who isn't comfortable in his own skin.
Photo Credits: Joe Conzo, Hunter Canning, Bernhard Kristinn, Tymon Brown, Drew Geraci, Tom Kimmell and Craig Schwartz, Evengia Eliseeva, Cyndi Perczek, Kat Gelsone, Al Caeiro