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"Being part of the NYCTF was a tremendously valuable and rewarding experience as a playwright. The level of personal attention paid to our production was nothing short of remarkable. From online and newspaper articles to promotional events and videos, the NYCTF did a great job getting the word out. We also received insightful and constructive feedback, from both the co-founders and the advisory board, from beginning to end and beyond. And the finished product, a professional production in a gorgeous Off-Broadway theater, surpassed even my highest expectations. To be involved with a team of industry insiders who believed in the musical and were committed to its success was such
an honor. I can't wait to see what the NYCTF brings us this year and in the years to follow." - Ross Wade 

"I am truly thankful for the care and exposure my project received from the New York Childrens Theatre Festival. Any writer can agree that developing a new work can be a challenging task, however the founders Michael, Renee, and Chelsey exceeded my expectations. Their collaboration, dedication, and passion for children's theatre drove the creative energy for a successful production."  - Andrew M. Frodahl
-Andrew M. Frodahl

"I give five stars to The New York Children’s Theater Festival. Great experience! I am the bookwriter and lyricist for Go Green! Prince Charming’s Quest for Love and Ecology in NYC, one of the three shows presented last year by The New York Children’s Theater Festival in their debut season. I am also the principal of Kaleidoscope Productions, LLC, the producer of Go Green!, so I worked closely on the production side with Michael Shawn Lewis, Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett, the producing team of NYCTF. What impressed me most was their sincere belief in the merits of each show and their willingness to work tirelessly to make them the best they could be. As soon as the shows were selected, they arranged to meet and walk us through the festival process, and at each step of the way, they were there to help, both artistically and production-wise, true signs of hands-on professionals. Communication is the key to getting a show up on its feet in the short amount of time allotted for a festival, and they made it a priority to be available and in touch to solve any problems that arose. It was the first time out of the box for our musical, and they get high marks for providing the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, a jewel box of a theater, as the venue for our premiere. I also commend them for their recognition of the importance of bringing industry professionals to see the shows and their efforts to make this happen. I was similarly impressed with their unfailing commitment to the continuation of the Festival by meeting with me shortly after the run of the show for an open and frank post-mortem session to smooth the way for the shows this year. I feel confident that future shows will have the same positive experience we had, and they too will appreciate the dedication of NYCTF to growing and nurturing the world of
children’s theater." - Joan Ross Sorkin

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