New Victory LabWorks

Established to champion high-quality performing arts for audiences of all ages, 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.

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

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Applications are now closed for the 2015-16 New Victory LabWorks Artist Residency Program.


New Victory LabWorks is comprised of three focus areas:

Advocacy reflects the theater's ongoing efforts to champion 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, funders, universities and theater conservatories 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."

Professional Development provides opportunities for exchange among arts professionals who share an interest in performing arts for all ages. During the year, the LabWorks community is invited to attend workshops, master classes and various networking events, as well as performances by New Victory season artists. For the first time this year, The New Victory Theater provides the opportunity for select affiliate companies and artists, including Pioneers Go East Collective, New York City Children's Theater, The Hudson Vagabond Puppets, LAVABrooklyn, Marta Mozelle MacRostie and Rockitaerials, to participate in meaningful artistic exchange with LabWorks resident artists. This group will also have the chance to meet with New Victory administrative staff to learn more about how to build or enhance their company's operations and visibility.

New Work Development invites New York City-based artists and companies from all performing arts disciplines to apply for LabWorks artist residencies, which support the creation of original high-quality productions that are accessible to young audiences. Primarily based in the New 42nd Street Studios, each residency is tailored to the specific needs and creative processes of the individual companies. Every residency includes the artistic feedback and support of The New Victory Theater's artistic programming staff. During each residency, the company may also have an opportunity to share their work with New Victory Members, providing artists with the invaluable responses of their target audience.

The 2015-16 New Victory LabWorks Resident Artists:
Cecilia Rubino & Darian Dauchan
Cecilia Rubino & Darian Dauchan will be joined by slam poets Shanelle Gabriel and Erik Maldonado to take on questions of sustainability, social justice and environmental challenges in the city and around the globe in their new show SLAM 104: EcoJustice Spittin'.

Fiasco Theater
Fiasco Theater, lauded for their brilliant talent in shedding light and clarity on classic stage works, works on a new adaptation, which will be determined at a later date.

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, will 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.

Additionally, 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.

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