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LabWorks FAQ

New Victory LabWorks Participants

Who is involved in New Victory LabWorks?

Each season, a group of individual artists and companies are selected (via an application process) to be New Victory® LabWorks Artists. New Victory LabWorks supports artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the creation of original work for kids and families. We commit to welcoming and uplifting BIPOC artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists who identify as disabled. 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. As an artistic home for artists of all disciplines, New Victory LabWorks explores, devises and reimagines what theater for families can be.

LabWorks artists and alumni include New York City-based arts professionals, including artists, practitioners, educators, presenters and producers from a broad range of experience, who are invited to participate in professional development and networking events throughout the year.

How many LabWorks Artists are selected to participate each year?

The number of participants is dependent upon the pool of applicants and available resources. For the 2020-2021 season, four artists were selected.

Program Resources

What space(s) will I have access to?

At this time, space is not a guaranteed element of the program.

The space provided will depend on the nature of the work, company needs, timing and availability. Space will be located in New 42 Studios or the New Victory Theater unless another similar venue is otherwise specified by the New Victory. Most spaces come equipped with tables, chairs, a piano or keyboard and ballet barre. Other modest amenities may be available upon request. Please note that the New Victory does not have an in-house scene or costume shop or resident actors, designers, etc. Studios have limited lighting and sound capabilities. Studios cannot support rigging for aerial work.

What type of rehearsal schedule can I expect?

At this time, in person rehearsals are not a guaranteed element of the program.

Rehearsal schedules can range from one to three weeks, generally Monday-Saturday from 10am – 6pm, not to exceed 42 hours in any given week. Spanning from August – July in a given year, specific schedules will vary based on the needs/availability of each artist and the availability of space.

Is there a stipend?

LabWorks Artists receive a $15,000 stipend. This is not a commissioning or producing fee, and there are no separate travel or housing stipends.

Is housing or relocation assistance provided?

No. The program is solely for artists based in New York City. Housing, travel or relocation assistance will not be provided. The stipend is not sufficient for living expenses.

Is the building ADA accessible?

Yes. Please let us know if you have any specific requests or needs and we will do our best to accommodate.

Will I have the opportunity to present my project at the New Victory Theater?

LabWorks is a developmental platform and intended to be process-oriented. There may be an opportunity for an Invited Rehearsal (for purposes of project feedback), but participation in the LabWorks program does not guarantee presentation in a future New Victory season.

What is the time commitment required?

LabWorks Artists are expected to attend monthly meetings with other 2021-22 artists, professional development events and networking opportunities over the course of the year.

Application

Who is eligible to apply?

Artists of all levels of experience, working in all genres of live performing arts.

New Victory LabWorks supports artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the creation of original work for kids and families. We commit to welcoming and uplifting BIPOC artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists who identify as disabled. 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.

Do you accept applications from individual artists or companies?

New Victory LabWorks is designed to support individual artists. Payment can be made to an individual or a company, but an individual artist will be accepted into the program.

Can I apply if I am under the age of 18?

No, all applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

How do I submit my application?

Supporting materials should be submitted via Dropbox link when prompted in the application. All supporting application materials should be included in one Dropbox folder. Please make a folder specific to your LabWorks application and do not remove any materials from the folder until six months after the application deadline.

Can I send physical materials as a part of my application?

If you have physical materials such as paper copies, CDs, DVDs, etc., please let us know by emailing LabWorks@New42.org.

If I’ve never created a performance for kids and family audiences, can I still apply?

Absolutely! Artists do not need to have prior experience creating work for young audiences. However, the project detailed in your application must be specifically for, or appropriate for, young family audiences.

If I am not selected, can I reapply in a future year with the same application?

You can apply up to three times, but significant changes must be made across seasons.

Which phase of development should my work be in?

Your work and any projects you are focusing on may be in any phase of development (initial concept to workshop). Have an idea that you’ve been wanting to explore, but just haven’t had the time or resources? Apply! We’d love to hear about it. If your projects have received a full production or premiere, but you would like to continue its development, please indicate this in your application and describe the next phases of development.

Who reviews LabWorks applications?

Applications are reviewed by a panel-review process. Panels are comprised of New Victory staff members, Youth Corps members, industry professionals and previous LabWorks Artists.

What happens after I submit my application?

After all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. Unfortunately due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to offer individualized feedback at this time.

For any other questions regarding your application or the New Victory LabWorks program, email LabWorks@New42.org. No phone calls, please.

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