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New Visions/New Voices

Published 28.05.07

21-27 April 2008, Washington, DC, United States. Application Deadline: 1 August 2007

Since 1991, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has sponsored a biennial festival called New Visions/New Voices, a program which helps theaters develop new American plays for children and young people.

During each festival, between six and eight artistic teams rehearse and rewrite over a five day period, and then all the projects are presented as staged readings before a national audience of fellow artistic, administrative, and academic practitioners in the field.

For the next festival, in April of 2008, Center is planning on again having two international projects join five projects from the United States. Because all the writers and directors work with local Washington DC professional actors, the scripts must be in English.

2006 was the Center’s first festival to include international projects, and we had successful ones from the Unicorn Theatre in London and Windmill Performing Arts in Adelaide, Australia.

Projects may be at any stage of the development process, from a completed draft nearly ready for production to a treatment at the conception stage. Artistic teams - playwrights, directors, composers - will come to Washington and rehearse and evaluate their work for five days and then present the projects as staged readings, followed by a monitored discussion before an invited audience of fellow artistic, academic and administrative advocates in the field.

The artistic teams have the freedom to move at their own pace in setting their week's end goals and almost everyone who's participated in past festivals has found it to be a wonderfully creative experience. Remember, please, that applications need to come from theaters.

A complete listing of past participants - playwrights, directors, and theaters - is at www.kennedy-center.org/education/nvnvlist.html and an article about the 2002 edition of New Visions is at www.kennedy-center.org/education/nvnv_article.pdf

The deadline for submission is August 1, 2007.

Please see Additional Information and Application Form (courtesy of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts).

For further information please contact:

Kim Peter Kovac


Copyright 2007 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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