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New Visions/New Voices

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


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 May 15-17 2020.

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?

*All of the artists and shows from this past New Visions/New Voices should be added to the "past participant" link.

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, Voices, and Perspectives in Theatre for Young AudiencesHowlround

Festival Registration

Applications for participation in the 2020 New Visions/New Voices festival will open to theater companies in winter 2019. Watch this space for application information.


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

Now available

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

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, available for purchase through Dramatic Publishing.

We are looking forward to another 25 years!

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