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The Kennedy Center

New Visions/New Voices

Applications Now Open

Adi Stein, Manu Kamasi, Laura C. Harris, and Lynette Rathnam in Shadowplay by Robert Schenkkan. Photo by Margot Schulman.

About New Visions/New Voices

New Visions/New Voices is a week-long biennial workshop/festival 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 April 27-29, 2018. Since its inception in 1991, the program has assisted in the development of 111 new plays, musicals, and operas from 97 playwrights and 38 composers, working with 61 U.S. and 12 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.

Has there been a past participant from your home state or country?

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.

There are two different ways you can participate in New Visions/New Voices 2018

  1. Submission of a work-in-progress from a theater in the U.S.;
  2. As a registered conference attendee for the weekend showcase.

Applications and Guidelines for New Visions/New Voices 2018 Workshop

Applications for the New Visions/New Voices 2018 workshop are now available at the link below.

For U.S. Works-in-Progress

New, unproduced plays and musicals for young audiences, submitted by a theater.

Conference Registration

For registration information to attend the conference portion of New Visions/New Voices 2018

The 2018 New Visions/New Voices readings will begin on Friday, April 27, 2018 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater and will conclude in the early afternoon of Sunday, April 29, 2018.

More registration information and materials will be available on this webpage closer to the date of online registration, which begins in early 2018.


For more information on New Visions/New Voices, please contact us at:

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

Phone: (202) 416-8830

A celebration of our 25th Anniversary in 2016, now available for purchase, is our two volume anthology, New Visions/New Voices: 25 years/25 plays.

As a celebration of our 25th Anniversary, now available for purchase is our two volume anthology, New Visions/New Voices: 25 years/25 plays.

We are looking forward to another 25 years!

Available for purchase through Dramatic Publishing