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Artists from New Victory LabWorks project, How to Break, rehearse a moment of choreography.

New Victory LabWorks

New Victory LabWorks is for NYC-based artists of color creating original work for kids and families.

Reimagining work for Young Audiences

Established in 2012, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be by supporting New York-based artists of all disciplines in making works that challenge preconceptions commonly held about theater for young audiences.

Amplifying voices and stories

New Victory LabWorks supports adventurous performing arts for family audiences that amplify a multitude of voices. We welcome and uplift NYC-based artists of color, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and who identify as disabled.

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Hear from New Victory LabWorks Artists about the program.
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New Victory LabWorks provides artists with an individualized experience and resources to create.

The artists from New Victory LabWorks project, Fountain, a New Musical, in a rehearsal at New 42 Studios.

What LabWorks Artists receive

New Victory LabWorks Artists each receive $15,000 and bespoke professional development, networking and community building. Artists also have the opportunity to hold invited rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and kid and family audiences with facilitated feedback sessions.

By connecting artists with New Victory families and education partners to garner invaluable responses and feedback from kids, New Victory LabWorks invites artists to hone their craft, expand their skills, make contacts in the field, take artistic risks and make bold choices with their work.

LabWorks Launch & Beyond

Established in 2021, New Victory LabWorks Launch invites a particular project for young audiences to be further developed with the aim of presenting the work at the New Victory and/or on other national or international stages in the future. New Victory LabWorks Launch provides individualized support focusing on specific steps needed to bring a work to a performing arts venue. This includes production support, dramaturgical input, industry relationship connections, rehearsal space and a fee of $20,000.

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HUMAN by Nehprii Amenii

New Victory LabWorks Launch Project

A crowd of people in an outdoor auditorium watch artists perform with a whale puppet onstage.

2024-25 New Victory LabWorks Artists

Get to know the artists selected for the 2024-25 season!

Meet the Artists

LabWorks in the World

New Victory LabWorks has supported over 100 artists on their journey, more than half of which have developed projects into full productions, touring across the country and around the world.

New Victory LabWorks Supporters

New Victory LabWorks is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by grants from the Madeleine L’Engle Fund of the Crosswicks Foundation, The Ford Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

The participation of puppetry artist Nehprii Amenii in the LabWorks program is supported by Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.