New Victory LabWorks

New Victory LabWorks fosters the creation of new work, offers professional development and advocates for high-quality performing arts and arts engagement in the lives of young people. By providing the necessary resources and mining opportunities for professional exchange among a broad spectrum of arts professionals living and creating work in NYC, New Victory LabWorks champions innovative, venturesome performing arts for audiences of all ages.

For more information about New Victory LabWorks, please contact Kali DiPippo, Assistant Director of Artistic Programming.

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Applications are now closed for the 2016-17 New Victory LabWorks program.


New Victory LabWorks is comprised of three focus areas:

New Work Development: New York City-based artists from all performing arts disciplines may apply for the LabWorks program. Primarily based in the New 42nd Street Studios, artists selected for the program receive rehearsal space and a stipend as part of an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes. In addition, artists have access to the feedback and support of New Victory Artistic Programming staff as well as professional development/networking events and the chance to meet with New Victory administrative staff to learn more about how to build or enhance their company's operations and visibility. Artists may also have an opportunity to share their work with other LabWorks Artists and New Victory Member families, experiences which provide the invaluable response of peers and target audiences.

Professional Development: LabWorks provides opportunities for exchange among professionals who share an interest in performing arts for all ages. During the season, the greater LabWorks community (a diverse spectrum of New York City-based arts professionals, including artists, practitioners, educators, presenters and producers) is invited to attend workshops, master classes and various networking events, as well as performances in the New Victory season to promote local, national and international exchange.

Advocacy: The New Victory Theater champions the importance of quality performing arts in the lives of young people. Staff of The New Victory Theater regularly participate in national and international conferences and festivals to encourage dialogue among practitioners, policy makers, grantmakers, universities and theater conservatories, press and audiences. Recent appearances have included panel participation at the Montréal Complètement Cirque Festival and co-hosting, with American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE), a three day symposium at The New Victory Theater on new work development, entitled "Play in Progress."

The 2015-16 New Victory LabWorks Resident Artists:
Cecilia Rubino & Darian Dauchan
Cecilia Rubino & Darian Dauchan, along with slam poets Shanelle Gabriel and Erik Maldonado, take on questions of sustainability, social justice and environmental challenges in the city and around the globe in their new show EcoJustice Spittin'.

Fiasco Theater
Fiasco Theater, (Measure for Measure, New Vic 2014), lauded for their brilliant talent in shedding light and clarity on classic theater, work on new adaptations in their signature style.

Jason Gray Platt & Mikhael Tara Garver
Jason Gray Platt & Mikhael Tara Garver create a new immersive theater experience taking young audiences on a fascinating journey through the human brain in the Untitled Brain Experience.

John McGrew, Jonathan Karpinos & Joseph Varca
John McGrew, Jonathan Karpinos & Joseph Varca use music, storytelling and visual arts to animate a series of dark folk tales all set in the same strange village. The Village of Vale received a workshop performance at The Invisible Dog Art Center in early February 2015.

Superhero Clubhouse
Superhero Clubhouse + Nate Weida, a collective of artists and scientists working at the intersection of environmentalism and theater, create a one-act musical about oysters and the ecological history of New York waterways in Salty Folk.

Underbelly, a collaboration between Katie Bender, Abe Koogler, Gabrielle Reisman and Stephanie Busing, lead audiences in a surf-rock inspired immersive journey through Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, a promenade theater piece originally commissioned by the ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas.

Urban Stages/Liz Parker & Rachel Sullivan
Urban Stages/Liz Parker, Rachel Sullivan & Spica Wobbe develop Layer the Walls, a theater piece that uses puppetry, mask and music to reveal the stories and lives of former residents of a Lower East Side tenement.

2014-15 LabWorks resident artists CollaborationTown and Dead Puppet Society, as well as the writing team of Lila Rose Kaplan and Mike Pettry along with director Allegra Libonati, will continue development of their works from this past season. Additionally, LabWorks Artists Pioneers Go East Collective, New York City Children's Theater, The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, LAVABrooklyn, Marta Mozelle MacRostie and Rockitaerials join the program for rich artistic exchange and professional development opportunities.

Photo Credits: Erica Min, Joan Marcus, Zan McQuade, Marina McClure, Stephanie Busing