The New York Children's Theater Festival will provide a birthplace in NYC to expose children to live theater from around the world and is kicking off its inaugural season with a contest for a chance for students and industry professionals to produce their works for the NYC stage.
Committed to bringing ecellence in live children's theater to NYC, The New York Children's Theater Festival will premiere its inaugural season on April 20, 2012. To celebrate, the festival has invited students and industry professionals from all around the world to submit musicals, plays, puppetry, event presentations, and any other live theatrical form of children's entertainment through December 20, 2011. Three winners will be selected by a team of industry professionals, including artists from leading national theaters, Broadway, and children's TV, and have the opportunity to produce their works for the NYC stage.
"We wanted to create a festival devoted to the development of children's theater in New York City," says actor Michael Shawn Lewis, one of the festival's founders and also a 2011 Drama Desk Award nomination as producer of an internationally-acclaimed children's musical. "Our aim is ot greatly wident the scope and spectrum of existing theater offerings for children abd bring new respect and heightened awareness to the art form and hte artists involved. We hope this festival will bridge the missing link within the entire theater community and help foster the growth of theater audiences of all ages."
To learn more about The New York Children's Theater Festival and ot enter the contest, visit www.newyorkchildrenstheaterfestival.org.