New Victory Blog

The New Victory Blog is a place to learn more about New York's theater for families and the shows we produce. Find out what we do and what we're passionate about—exploring the arts as a family.


Catch Me Arts Express
Hula hooping during Catch Me's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos

"What do most Nobel Laureates, innovative entrepreneurs, artists and performers, well-adjusted children, happy couples and families, and the most successfully adapted mammals have in common? They play enthusiastically throughout their lives."
—Stuart Brown, Institute of Play

The New Victory Theater is dedicated to creating opportunities for you and your family to play together. We invite you to share a giggle, try some new moves and deepen your awe and understanding of the performing arts by participating in our celebrated public engagement programs with your family. With every visit to the theater, join in the fun of exploring the art forms presented on our stage. Our lobbies aren't just a place to wait for the show to start—they're an important part of your family's trip to the New Vic.

Have you ever attended an Arts Express event? In order to encourage play in every family's life and deepen the experience of seeing live performance, The New Victory Theater began the Arts Express program during our 2012-13 season. Led by New Victory Teaching Artists, audience members participate in arts-based activities based on the shows on our stage. For the past four years, families have participated before shows to learn more about the pieces they were about to see. This year, you may find yourself learning a magic trick after seeing Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic, testing out your juggling skills before seeing Water on Mars, or playing with puppets after Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Whether it's for five minutes or one hour, families can explore each and every activity up until the show begins. 


Pedal Punk Arts Express
Pedal Punk's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
See what our audiences are saying! 
"We had so much fun with the Teaching Artists. A great new way to digest the various art forms on stage." - Stacey R

"The activities prior to the show were really instrumental in helping children acclimate to the space in a fun way as well as help them relate to what they would eventually see in the upcoming show. My children as well as my husband and I really enjoyed the whole experience. " - Shannon W.

"The activities before the show were terrific! They were fun and really engaged the kids as they watched the show in understanding how much expertise the performers had gained." - Michele C.

"As part of the show, during intermission kids could try to do tricks similar to the ones in the show. They loved it and felt they experienced the performance themselves, and how hard tricks were. " - Lucilla I.R.

"Everyone was welcoming and the pre-show games were so fun! Our shy little boy was right in the mix with all the kids giggling away." - Gail I.


Magic Flute Arts Express
Playing the marimba at The Magic Flute's Arts Express. Photo: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
Some things will always stay the same:
—The Arts Express events are led by our fabulous Teaching Artists who are professional artists in NYC and who teach throughout New York City. 
—The Arts Express events are FREE for ticketholders.
—The Arts Express events are created with your family in mind–each activity is for you and your child to participate in and enjoy together! 

But for our 2016-17 Season, there will be a few exciting changes to the Arts Express program. 
—We have more Arts Express events than ever before! 
—Arts Express events are now being offered PRE-show (from 60 minutes before show time) or POST-show (until 60 minutes after show time). Check the calendar icons for select dates and times.

To see if your show has an Arts Express performance before or after it, look below and visit our website!

The Pre-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar. 
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Mother Africa: My Home
Water on Mars
The Aging Magician
Nivell's War

The Post-Show Arts Express, represented by  on the calendar.  
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Grug and the Rainbow

New Victory Thumb Want to get in on the fun? Join us for Arts Express or any of the other shows during the 2016-17 Season
Posted by Beth Henderson