New Visions/New Voices (NV/NV)
is a rigorous after-school theatre training program for New York City metropolitan area high school students.
It is the only after-school program in the nation to exclusively focus on the techniques of stage direction as the lens into exploration -- empowering students with creative skills, personal agency and leadership techniques to discover, trust, speak, and amplify their personal voice and vision. Working with professional actors and directors as teachers, the learning in NV/NV can spark a future career interest in theatre, the creative industries, or non-artistic professions -- law, medicine, marketing, politics, science, and more -- where the tools are directly applicable and essential.
NV/NV is offered at no cost to the student. NV/NV takes place after school at the Drama League Theater Center in Tribeca.
NV/NV gives the student the power and ability to critically analyze and respond to multiple perspectives. Through understanding the power of perspective, one can influence and meaningfully impact a community and the world at large.
Across ten weeks, students will be in conversation with theatre professionals from Broadway and Off-Broadway, learning techniques and exercises to envision and stage scenes, explore concepts around personal points of view, and attend performances across several cultural practices (visual art, theatre, film, etc.). This immersion broadens and refines their own aesthetics, while "pulling back the curtain" on the realities of a career in the cultural sector.
During the final weeks of the program, students begin rehearsing scenes from a play with professional actors under the guidance of a Master Directing Teacher. A workshop presentation of the directorial work of the student body is presented on the last day of class.
- Meet, Speak and Work with professional directors and directors
- Visit art galleries, Off-Broadway, Broadway, etc.
- Learn directorial techniques/exercises
- Learn about career paths inside (and outside) the arts
- Strengthen public speaking skills
- Learn time management skills
- Learn how to lead a team
- Learn techiniques how to manifest/articulate your artistic visions
This program is open to all New York City resident high school students across the five boroughs.
Students must be able to commit to coming to the entire session below (mass transportation is provided):
Classes/Workshops - Every Wednesday from October 9, 2019 – December 11, 2019, 4-7pm
(There will be no classes on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, due to Thanksgiving.)
An invited showing of the scenes the students are working on will be on December 11, 2019 at 7pm.
Mandatory rehearsals will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2019 & December 7, 2019 from 10-7pm. A meal will be provided.
Performances - the dates of the performances that the class will attend are TBA, but please note that the class will have the opportunity to go to up to 3 performances, usually with curtains at 7pm or 8pm. The shows will be scheduled after a class day only.
To participate, students will have to turn in sign approval from their parent/guardian once offered a spot in the program.
Applications Open: August 26, 2019
Application Deadline: October 7, 2019 at 11:59pm
If you have any questions, please email:
For questions or concerns please contact Nilan Johnson, Associate Artistic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-244-9494 x116
Programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
New Visions/New Voices is made possible by a generous grant from The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts.