Family Engagement

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.


Arts Express events happen right before or after specific New Victory performances. Led by New Victory Teaching Artists who are experts in the art forms or themes of the show, the activities are designed for families to gain insight into the show while having fun together. Teaching Artists and ushers might manipulate penguin puppets after seeing Mr. Popper's Penguins juggle with your family before going to see Water on Mars or make an instrument before experiencing Aging Magician.

Arts Express events are available for select performances. Look for the Arts Express icons on the performance calendars for the following 2016-17 productions:
Pre-Show Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Mother Africa: My Home
Water on Mars
The Aging Magician
Nivell's War
Grug and the Rainbow

On the calendars, Pre-Show event times are represented by Arts Express Pre-Show Icon
Post-Show Mr. Popper's Penguins
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!

On the calendars, Post-Show event times are represented by Arts Express Post-Show Icon


Pre and Post-Show Learn more about The New Victory and the shows on our stage by playing our text-based scavenger hunts. All it takes is for your family to have a text message-enabled phone and 10 minutes before or after the show. Once you log into the game, a series of text messages clues will lead you on a walk throughout the theater. TXT Marks the Spot is available any time you come to see a show.

We encourage families to use phones in our lobbies as part of TXT Marks the Spot, and ask that the phones be turned off and powered down once the curtain lifts and the magic of the show begins.


Post-ShowAsk questions and get to know the performers and creative team. New Victory Teaching Artists, who have in-depth knowledge of the show and art form, lead these lively discussions.

Look for the Talk-Back icons on the performance calendars (there are no Talk-Backs after The Way Back Home or Grug and the Rainbow).


Pre and Post-ShowEven when there is not an Arts Express event scheduled before or after a performance, there are always self-guided Try This activities in our lobby. On your visit, your family might participate in craft-making inspired by the sets and costumes, experiment with props like the ones in the show, or learn more about the characters on stage. We hope you will try this every time you visit the theater!

For each production, the award-winning New Victory Education Department also prepares a free, online Family Activity to do right in your own home. Enjoy the latest one here.


Family Workshops take the onstage art forms into the Studio (the professional New 42nd Street Studios, where Broadway companies rehearse). Taught by New Victory Teaching Artists and created to engage both kids and adults, these 90-minute workshops are the perfect opportunities to deepen relationships to the arts and make memories.

Family Workshops: $12 / participant for Members; $17 / participant for Non-Members.