New Victory LabWorks
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
New Victory LabWorks fosters the creation of new work for young audiences and champions innovative, adventuresome performing arts for audiences of all ages.
In an effort to promote the creation of high-quality American performing arts for family audiences, New Victory LabWorks provides the necessary resources and mines opportunities for exchange among a diverse spectrum of New York City-based arts professionals, including artists, educators, presenters, producers and other practitioners in the field of performing arts for young people.
New Work Development: For artists of all disciplines who desire an experience tailored to their specific needs and individual creative processes, New Victory LabWorks offers artists, selected by application review, a stipend, ample dedicated rehearsal space in the New 42nd Street Studios and the possibility of holding Open Rehearsals for industry professionals, fellow artists and New Victory Member families. Facilitated by New Victory staff, these experiences provide the invaluable feedback of peers and target audiences alike.
Applications are now open for the 2019-20 New Victory LabWorks program. Applications are due Friday, February 1, 2019.
- Prior to submitting an application, please review the PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS below.
- Complete the application via this link, and include support materials via a Dropbox link.
- View a PDF list of all application questions here.
- If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@NewVictory.org.
- Submit the complete application by Friday, February 1, 2019. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed.
Once all applications are reviewed, a select group of applicants will be contacted to participate in an interview with members of the New Victory Artistic Programming staff. All applicants will receive notification of final decisions. Questions can be addressed to LabWorks@NewVictory.org. No phone calls, please.
- Artist(s) must be NYC-based and available to participate between August 2019 and July 2020.
- Artist(s) must be 18 years of age or older.
- Artist(s) must apply with a concept for a specific project. The project must be intended for family audiences (artist does not need prior experience in creating work suitable for families).
- Proposed project must still be in development, including initial concept.
- Artist(s) must have secured the rights to use or incorporate any pre-existing material (if applicable) as part of the proposed project.
- Artist(s) must be able to attend rehearsals in Manhattan. Rehearsal hours are typically Monday through Saturday, within the hours of 10am to 6pm.
Artist(s) must be interested in actively participating in all aspects of the New Victory LabWorks program, including professional development, monthly meetings with the 2019-20 LabWorks cohort, peer-based exchange and peer and/or audience feedback.
For further clarification on New Victory LabWorks, please read our FAQs below.
NEW VICTORY LABWORKS PARTICIPANTS
Who is involved in New Victory LabWorks?
The LabWorks community includes 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.
In addition, each season, a group of individual artists and companies are selected (via an application process) to be LabWorks Artists and receive resources to help them foster the creation of a specific project for young and family audiences.
How many New Victory LabWorks Artists are selected to participate in the program each year?
The number of participants is dependent upon the pool of applicants and available resources.
If I am not selected as a New Victory LabWorks Artist, can I still participate in any LabWorks events?
Yes! There are opportunities to attend professional development workshops, panels and networking events. Examples of past events include workshops and panels on theater for the very young, playwriting and puppetry. Additionally, there will be opportunities to attend select New Victory performances (as available) and engage in discussions with local, national and international arts professionals.
I want to receive information on all of the New Victory LabWorks events. How do I do that?
If selected as a New Victory LabWorks Artist, what space(s) will I have access to?
The space provided will depend on the nature of the work, company needs, timing and availability. Space will be located in the New 42nd Street 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 as a New Victory LabWorks Artist?
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.
Do New Victory LabWorks Artists receive a stipend? How much is it?
LabWorks Artists receive a small stipend. This is NOT a commissioning or producing fee, and there are no separate travel or housing stipends.
Is housing or relocation assistance provided for New Victory LabWorks Artists?
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?
Will I have the opportunity to present my project at The New Victory Theater if I am selected as a New Victory LabWorks Artist? Will The New Victory present or produce my work?
LabWorks is a developmental platform and intended to be process-oriented. There may be an opportunity for an Open Rehearsal (for purposes of project feedback), but participation in the LabWorks program does not guarantee presentation in a future New Victory season.
If my application is successful what is the time commitment requirement of being a LabWorks Artist?
In addition to rehearsal space and time, LabWorks Aartists are expected to attend monthly meetings with other 2019-20 artists, professional development events, and networking opportunities over the course of the year.
Who is eligible to apply?
Artists of all levels of experience, working in all genres of live performing arts.
Do you accept applications from individual artists or companies?
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?
Fill out the application form available at this link. Supporting materials should be submitted via Dropbox link when prompted in the application linked above. 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 July 1, 2019.
Can I send physical materials as a part of my application (e.g. paper copies, CD, DVD, etc.)?
If you have physical materials to submit, please let us know by emailing LabWorks@NewVictory.org.
I have never created a performance for kids and family audiences before. 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 have multiple projects, can I submit more than one application?
Each artist or company can submit only ONE application for ONE project. If you currently have more than one project in development, you must choose one to submit in your application.
Which phase of development should my project be in?
Your project 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 project has received a full production or premiere, but you would like to continue its development, please indicate this in your application and describe the next phase of development.
Do I need to acquire the rights to use pre-existing material in my project?
Yes. You must have secured any rights required for any pre-existing materials (if applicable) as part of the project. Projects for which rights have not been secured will not be accepted.
Who reviews LabWorks applications?
Applications are reviewed by a panel-review process. Panels are comprised of New Victory staff members 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.
For any other questions regarding your application or the New Victory LabWorks program, email LabWorks@NewVictory.org. No phone calls, please.