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

New Victory LabWorks

New Victory LabWorks supports artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the creation of 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

In an effort to diversify the field of performing arts for young audiences and the productions seen on stages across the nation, New Victory LabWorks supports adventurous performing arts for family audiences that amplify a multitude of voices. We commit to welcoming and uplifting all BIPOC artists, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and those who identify as disabled.

Hear from New Victory LabWorks Artists, Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers, about the program’s impact.
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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 as well as professional development, networking and community support. Artists also have the opportunity to hold invited rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and kid and family audiences with facilitated feedback sessions (currently digital).

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

New Victory LabWorks Launch is a new addition to the LabWorks program, supporting a single artist as they further develop a particular project for young audiences with the aim of presenting them on the New Victory stage in a future season. New Victory LabWorks Launch allows the artist to continue to receive individualized support from the program focusing on taking steps toward bringing their theatrical work to the stage with production support, dramaturgical input, industry relationship connections, rehearsal space and a fee of $5,000.

Christopher Rudd
Christopher Rudd

The 2021-2022 New Victory LabWorks Launch Artist is choreographer Christopher Rudd, developing his work Witness Part I, II, and III.

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.
Meet New Victory LabWorks Artists

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.

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