THEATER FOR EVERYONE
At The New Victory we know that kids have amazing capacities for suspending disbelief, getting swept up in fantasy and adventure, and opening their minds to new experiences. We also know that kids are the world's most honest audience members. We keep all of this in mind as we scour the globe year-round, traveling to international, national and local festivals and venues as close as Brooklyn and as far away as Moscow.
While kids deserve theatrical stories and experiences full of the kind of magic that only live performance can deliver, adults who bring kids to the theater deserve this too. We don't put anything on New Victory stages that the very grown-up Programming Department staff didn’t enjoy as much as the 6-year-old sitting next to them.
New Victory ancillary public programming and in-theater engagement activities are designed for families and kids to learn and play together, while acquiring exciting new skills and deepening their relationships to the arts and each other. New Victory in-school programs are guided by our strong belief that arts engagement has the power to spark imagination, creativity and dialogue, and give students tools for learning in all disciplines. In all New Victory activities, we seek to provide experiences that push boundaries, encourage global thinking and provide lasting memories.
At the heart of the New Victory philosophy is the commitment to break down barriers—be they cultural or economic—and provide access for students, teachers, kids, families and communities of New York City and beyond to experience and engage with the work on our stages. We created the New Victory Arts Award in 2010 to honor individuals who embody this commitment. Bill Irwin, celebrated actor, outspoken advocate for arts education and New 42nd Street founding board member, was honored with the inaugural award in 2010. In 2011, we presented the New Victory Arts Award to Cheryl Henson, President of the Jim Henson Foundation, and, in 2012, we honored the Australian Arts Council.
This year, The New 42nd Street is proud to honor Michael D. Eisner with the New Victory Arts Award at a Gala celebration to take place on Monday, November 18, 2013 for his enduring contribution to the redevelopment of 42nd Street, and for bringing kids to the arts and the arts to kids.
Learn more about how our Artistic Programming Department books shows on our Bookings & Submissions page.
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.
2013-14 LabWorks Artists & Projects
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.
*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.
New Victory LabWorks is supported, in part, by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.