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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 BIPOC artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists 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 Member 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.

Apply to become a 2021-22 New Victory LabWorks Artist!

Applications are open for the 2021-22 New Victory LabWorks artist cohort from now through February 17, 2021. Sign up for an info session or start your application!
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LabWorks in the World

New Victory LabWorks has helped develop over 60 projects on their journey to the stage, more than half of which have developed 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.