Before I worked at The New Victory, I wrote and produced two plays for kids. For a few summers my downtown theater cohorts and I had some moderate critical and financial success bringing our productions to various playgrounds around New York City- and we had a great time. But summer ended, and with it the life of my plays. The props and costumes went to storage. The actors went back to their day jobs. However, my passion for family theater was solidified and a few short years later, I was incredibly fortunate to somehow find my dream job: working in the programming department of The New Victory Theater.
|Collaboratory event focusing on Shakespeare for TYA|
Photo: Alexis Buatti Ramos
And here is where we arrive at the The New Vic Collaboratory: a TYA Artist Initiative. The New Victory has dramatically broadened my personal understanding of the TYA field; The Collaboratory was created with the idea that the New Vic could offer similar enrichment, guidance, support and resources to NYC performing arts companies who are creating work for kids. This pilot project aims to create a robust network of New York-based theater artists, arts educators, teaching artists, presenters and arts funders who share an interest in expanding the repertory of outstanding, high-quality theater for young audiences. The Collaboratory will explore ways in which the New Victory Theater can support artists and encourage the creation of innovative and artistically-challenging work for young people
|Patrick Lynch, center, mid-workshop on theater |
for the very young.
Photo: Melinda Berk
|Discussion starts on Post-its|
"Universal themes common
to even the youngest"
Photo: Melinda Berk
In the spirit of a collaborative laboratory, we are excited to see how artists involved in the project will share the results of their artistic experiments and the ideas they mine with each other. And, in the years to come, we hope that this project will grow and expand into a program that enables great work for kids to get up on its feet and start touring the world.
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Carrie DuBois is the Assistant Director of Programming at the New Victory Theater. Since 2004, Carrie has helped evaluate and select the diverse international productions that make up The New Victory's seasons. She also curates the FYI Lobby Exhibits and makes costumes for Victor Bee. In the past, she has written two plays for kids and collaborated on unusual, environmentally-staged theater in various locations around the city including the Tall Ship Peking, Belvedere Castle, a store front window on 42nd Street and many NYC playgrounds.
The 2010-2011 season of the New Vic Collaboratory is supported by a grant from New York State Council on the Arts.