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New Visions New Voices

New Visions/New Voices is a week-long biennial program for playwrights and theaters to stimulate and support the creation of new plays and musicals for young audiences and families. The next New Visions/New Voices will be in May of 2014.

Since its inception in 1991 and including this showcase, the program has assisted in the development of 96 new plays, musicals, and operas from 86 playwrights and 37 composers working with 57 U.S. and 10 international theater companies and has received awards for exemplary service to the field from both the American Alliance for Theater and Education and the Children's Theatre Foundation of America.

For a list of past projects, click here.

While at the Kennedy Center, selected playwrights, directors, music directors, composers, and actors work collaboratively in a weeklong intensive to further develop new works. After revisions, rewrites, and rehearsals of the new plays and musicals, the works are presented as rehearsed readings during a three-day conference for theater professionals, educators, and others interested in the field.

New Visions/New Voices 2014 Registration

The 2014 New Visions/New Voices readings will begin on Friday, May 16, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and will conclude in the early afternoon of Sunday, May 18, 2014.

For more information and to register on-line, click here.

New Visions/New Voices 2014 Selections

A listing of the eight works part of New Visions/New Voices 2014, alphabetically by title:

Discussion Facilitator: Daniel Renner, Director of Education for New York's Theatre Development Fund

The Arrival
Adapted from Sean Tan’s graphic novel, conceived and created by Peter C. Brosius and Jocelyn Clarke, from the Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN.

Written by Suzan Zeder, directed by Kate Bryer, from Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD.

The Gift
Written by Charles Way, with music composed by Garth McConaghie, directed by Paul McEneaney, from Cahoots NI, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Louise/the Bears Written by Karin Serres of Vincennes, France and directed by Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas. Part of the Translation Project.

Oliver of Brazil
Book and lyrics by Karen Zacarías with music by Deborah Wicks La Puma and directed by Scot Reese. Commissioned by Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences (Washington, DC).

Melody of the Moon/ Gile Na Gealaí
Devised and directed by Emelie FitzGibbon and Sile Ní Bhroin, composed by Fiona Kelleher, from Graffiti Theatre, Cork, Ireland.

Tell Me My Dream
Written by Pearl Cleage, directed by Rosemary Newcott, from Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA.

This is Modern Art
Written by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, directed by Jessica Thebus, from Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Chicago, IL.

Additional information coming soon.

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New Visions/New Voices
Education Department
The Kennedy Center
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

Phone: (202) 416-8830

Fax: (202) 416-8297

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