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.

New Work Development: In an effort to promote the creation of homegrown performing arts for family audiences, New Victory LabWorks is a program for artists of all disciplines who desire an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes. Artists, selected by application, receive a stipend, ample rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios and the possibility of holding Open Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families. Facilitated by New Victory staff, these experiences provide the invaluable response of peers and target audiences alike.

Professional Development: LabWorks provides a variety of opportunities for exchange among a diverse spectrum of New York City-based arts professionals, including artists, educators, presenters, producers and other practitioners who share an interest in performing arts for young people. During the season, all are also invited to attend workshops, master classes and various networking events, as well as performances in the New Victory season, to initiate local, national and international exchange.

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

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Applications are closed for the 2017-18 New Victory LabWorks program. Applications were due March 10, 2017.

The New Victory Theater promotes 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. Recently, The New Victory Theater co-hosted a three-day symposium on quality theater for young audiences entitled "Creating Quality," with American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE).


The 2016-17 New Victory LabWorks Artists:
Only Child Aerial Theatre
Only Child Aerial Theatre, led by Nicki Miller (The World is Round) and Kendall Rileigh (Golda's Balcony) uses aerial and ground acrobatics, live music, projection and shadow work to celebrate how imagination and play connect the young and the old in Story Hour.

Tim Kubart and Mario Marchese
Tim Kubart and Mario "The Magician" Marchese, the 2016 Grammy® Award winner of Best Children's Album, team up with the subject of the indie documentary Building Magic, to create a combination of handmade magic and homemade music that celebrates creativity and imagination in Makers and Shakers.

Andrew Gerle
Andrew Gerle (Meet John Doe) pens a musical adaptation of The Great Blueness by Arnold Lobel (author of the beloved Frog and Toad series), about a town where everything is gray until the local Wizard accidentally discovers a magical new world of color.

Blessed Unrest
Blessed Unrest (NY Innovative Theatre Award for Sustained Excellence) led by Artistic Director Jessica Burr (LPTW Lucille Lortel Award) adapts The Snow Queen, using physical theater to build peculiar lands and wild creatures encountered by the courageous heroine as she journeys to rescue her friend.

Spellbound Theatre
Spellbound Theatre (Wink, 2014-15 LabWorks Artist, two-time Henson Foundation Family Grant recipients and winner of AATE'S 2017 Zeta Phi Eta-Winifred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award), New York's only theater company creating work exclusively for ages 0-5, explores how the human body works through humor, music, puppetry and digital media in The World Inside Me.

Kathleen Doyle
Kathleen Doyle, a two-time Fulbright Grant recipient and costume and puppet designer, shares the ancient art of Vietnamese water puppetry in a new, untitled work.

Puppet Kitchen Productions
Puppet Kitchen Productions (The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean) employs puppetry and clowning to tell the story of two best friends who disappear into the art they were tasked to hang. Pictures at an Exhibition is inspired by the real life story behind Mussorgsky's piano suite of the same name.

Louisa Thompson Pregerson
Louisa Thompson, a two-time Obie Award-winning designer, creates a new work inspired by her recent project Washeteria, a site-specific piece set in a fantastical laundromat. Washeteria premiered at Soho Rep with the generous support of the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.

Maaa Theater
Maaa Theater, co-founded by theater director Mohammad Aghebati (Hamlet, Prince of Grief) and filmmaker Mehrnoush Alia (Scheherazade) stage The Little Black Fish, one of Iran's most celebrated stories for kids, about a young fish who leaves his home stream for new waters and goes on an eye-opening adventure.

Village of Vale
The Village of Vale, 2015 Kevin Spacey Foundation Artist of Choice Winners, use live music, storytelling, puppetry and visual arts to animate a series of dark folk tales all set in a mysterious village.

Drew Petersen
Drew Petersen, Artistic Director of Trusty Sidekick Theater Company and drama teacher at the Blue School, brings to life the unlikely friendship between Nera, a Wassily Kandinsky and abstract art-obsessed Brooklyn 5th grader who has synaesthesia, and Chester, a middle-light class boxer with more passion for the sport than skill in The Prizefighter of P.S. 217.

Zachary Fine
Zachary Fine (Walled In, Manifest Destiny) takes a closer look at Dennis, a character that appears only once in Shakespeare's As You Like It, in So Please You or The Tragical Comical Tale of Dennis, The Almost Silent Shakespearean Actor. So Please You was first developed with a world premiere at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival with the 2016 Conservatory Company.

Chad Beckim
Chad Beckim, finalist for the 2015-16 Jerome Fellowship and Kevin Spacey Foundation, explores the mental, physical and emotional landscapes that American trans youth and their families must navigate in Little Man.
View a complete list of past LabWorks Artists.

Photo Credits: Yindy Beckim (Little Man), Lia Chang (The Great Blueness), Ashley Garrett (So Please You...), Mickey Hoelsch (Story Hour), Alan Roche (The Snow Queen)