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Speak Up, Act Out:

Celebrating Student Voices Writing Showcase!

Application deadline EXTENDED to February 29 for all students in Grades 5 – 12.

New Victory Theater and The 24 Hour Plays want to inspire a new generation of writers and activists with Speak Up, Act Out: Celebrating Student Voices! Selected New York City students will have the opportunity to work with professional theater artists to see their original work come to life on stage! The six selected young writers will be supported and mentored by an ensemble of creative professionals to write, stage, rehearse and refine an original short play—all in the span of 24 hours! They will then see their play come to life, performed by professional actors, for a live audience at the New Victory Theater on May 4, 2024!

Important Program Dates

  • April 4, April 11 and April 18, 2024 (4 – 6pm)—Participate in a writer’s workshop with professional playwrights as mentors to further develop their dramatic writing skills, and learn the ins and outs of what it means to write for a live theatrical performance.
  • May 3, 2024 (2 – 9pm)—24 hours before the showcase, students will collaborate with an ensemble of creative professionals to write an original short play and collaborate with a director to cast and stage the piece. 
  • May 4, 2024 (10am – 9pm)—Students will work with the director, ensemble of actors and other theater professionals to rehearse and refine their work. They will then watch their work come to life on stage in front of a live audience! 
The application deadline has been extended to February 29!

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Please share the application questions with your students as they prepare their answers before submitting online. Also, for more information about the event, check out the Student FAQs.

Questions? Contact the New Victory Education team at

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Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry with text that reads, writer, activist, revolutionary.

Lorraine Hansberry as Inspiration

As part of the partnership with the Lorraine Hansberry Initiative created by The Lillys, New Victory Education developed a set of education resources and curriculum providing context on Lorraine Hansberry’s creative and dramatic writing, journalism and activism, as well as tip sheets and activities to encourage creative writing. These resources are available to download for free for individual use.

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About the 2023-24 Project Partners

New Victory

Powered by New 42, New Victory opens new worlds for young people and families through extraordinary performances, engagement and education programs. Every year, New Victory provides more kids with more live performing arts in more grades than any other arts organization in the city.


The 24 Hour Plays®

The 24 Hour Plays bring together creative communities to produce plays and musicals that are written, rehearsed, and performed in 24 hours. Our radically-present approach to theatermaking responds immediately to the world around us, builds communities, and generates new artistic partnerships.