At the New Victory Theater, we know that kids have amazing capacities for suspending disbelief, getting swept up in fantasy and adventure, and opening their minds to new experiences. We also know that kids are the world's most honest audience members. We keep all of this in mind as we scour the globe year-round, traveling to international, national and local festivals and venues as close as Brooklyn and as far away as Moscow.
While kids deserve theatrical stories and experiences full of the kind of magic that only live performance can deliver, adults who bring kids to the theater deserve this too. We don't put anything on New Victory stages that the very grown-up Artistic Programming Department staff didn’t enjoy as much as the 6-year-old sitting next to them.
New Victory ancillary public programming and in-theater engagement activities are designed for families and kids to learn and play together, while acquiring exciting new skills and deepening their relationships to the arts and each other. New Victory in-school programs are guided by our strong belief that arts engagement has the power to spark imagination, creativity and dialogue, and give students tools for learning in all disciplines. In all New Victory activities, we seek to provide experiences that push boundaries, encourage global thinking and provide lasting memories.
At the heart of the New Victory philosophy is the commitment to break down barriers—be they cultural or economic—and provide access for students, teachers, kids, families and communities of New York City and beyond to experience and engage with the work on our stages. We created the New Victory Arts Award in 2010 to honor individuals who embody this commitment. Bill Irwin, celebrated actor, outspoken advocate for arts education and New 42nd Street founding board member, was honored with the inaugural award in 2010. In 2011, we presented the New Victory Arts Award to Cheryl Henson, President of the Jim Henson Foundation, and, in 2012, we honored the Australian Arts Council.
From hambone to hip-hop, an extraordinary ensemble of dancers, drummers and musicians takes us from West Africa to Washington, D.C., to reveal the hidden histories and resounding rhythms that transformed America.