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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY was founded in 1970 by Crystal Field to realize clear purposes and goals: - to embody the vision of a center for new and innovative theater arts that would be truly accessible to the community and its experimental theater artists; - to discover relevant new writing and to nurture new playwrights; - to be a bridge between playwright, experimental theater artist, and the ever-growing audiences in the community; - to create spaces where a new vision can breathe and be nourished by a working process not subject to commercial constraints and pressures; - to create events and ways in which to bring theater into the community and bring the community into the theater; - to involve at-risk and disadvantaged youngsters in theater arts in order to focus their energies away from crime and failure and towards creativity and achievement. In keeping with the philosophy that theater is a civic necessity and not a luxury, TNC continues its dedication and commitment to the community with many programs designed to enrich and support the lives of the people in the community.
RESIDENT THEATER PROGRAM - THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) nurtures and develops writers for the American stage. TNC does only new work - all premiers. It produces a playwright more than once, as the writer gains strength over a period of time. It does full-length plays, many with music and song and choreography. Each year, TNC produces between 30-40 new American plays by both emerging writers, established writers, and theater companies that have no permanent home. Awards for past productions include: the Pulitzer Prize, 43 Village Voice OBIE Awards, 8 Audelco Awards, 2 Bessie Awards, 5 ASCAP Awards, 10 Rockefeller Playwrights Fellowships, The Mayors Stop the Violence Award, the Manhattan Borough President's Award for Public Service and Artistic Excellence in Theater, and NY City Council Proclamation paid tribute to TNC's contributions to improving the quality of life in the City by its "rich tradition of bringing theater to people in multi-cultural neighborhoods." PRESENTING PROGRAM - THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY is home to theater groups without a permanent base, doing new work of quality. ANNUAL SUMMER STREET THEATER TOUR, part of our Resident Theater Program, begins with a workshop led by young actors and professional artists, and culminates with a company of 50 touring an original musical through the boroughs of New York, primarily in low-income areas. Through the vehicle of entertainment, Street Theater encourages and teaches its audiences to participate in the social fabric of their community--it provides an constructive and creative alternative to life on the streets and drug use. The Street Theater Program creates many new jobs along with valuable free training for young performing artists. EMERGING PLAYWRIGHTS PROGRAM carefully selects 15 or more plays that are produced each season within TNC's Resident Theater Program. Its purpose and thrust, since its inception in 1971, has always nurtured and realized the playwrights' vision through the actual testing ground of production and to establish a nurturing relationship, which invites the author to create new works for the following season. In order to realize this effectively, THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY has become a playwrights' theater. FREE TICKET PROGRAM - TNC's extensive Free Admissions Program provides free tickets to over 100 participating community organizations, youth groups, and senior centers throughout the five boroughs. ARTS IN EDUCATION PROGRAM (Development and Education of Urban Youth) consists of two parts: (I) Cultural Arts and Job Skills Training and Internship for Teenagers living in Temporary Housing (Shelters) and (II) Theater Training as a means to Educational success in at-risk and limited English proficient youth. Both programs are integrated by way of the backgrounds of education, theater training and experience of the teaching participants, and the high ratio of teacher to student. TNC began its AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR YOUTH LIVING IN TEMPORARY FACILITIES (SHELTERS) five years ago. The Arts-In-Education program now in its 8th year, serves 3rd and 5th grade at-risk students from Public School #20. THE ANNUAL THUNDERBIRD AMERICAN INDIAN DANCERS ANNUAL DANCE CONCERT AND POW-WOW brings together the ritual and social dances from 17 different tribes throughout the United States. This is the only Native American Dance Concert and Pow-Wow in the East where Native Americans can see the dances of each other's tribes. Native foods and crafts are sold in the lobby. All proceeds from the Box Office for this event go to the Native American Scholarship Fund. THE ANNUAL VILLAGE HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL BALL is a multi-level theatrical event during which the building's 30,000 square feet are transformed by sculptors, painters, and scenic designers into a series of Halloween environments and simultaneous performances of every theatrical kind held throughout the building and outside on the street. More than 450 artists and volunteers have an opportunity to showcase their talents in this one night only extravaganza. ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING CELEBRATION - TNC joins forces with the Tompkins Square Park Neighborhood Coaltion. Christmas carolers from TNC joins musicians from Third Street Music School to help lead in songs of the Christmas season. This tree lighting has become a bright East Village tradition which touches more and more people each year. THE ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS is a celebration of the rich artistic culture and ethnic diversity of this area. For three days in June, TNC produces a cabaret-style festival featuring over 70 performing groups from the Lower East Side. The majority of the groups are Hispanic, however, all cultures are represented. In addition, there is a children's program Saturday afternoon performed by students (K-12) from local schools. The purpose of this festival is to unify the community, create a positive image for the Lower East Side, and discover new writing talent.