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The New York Children’s Theater Festival is New York's only 501(c)(3) non-profit festival dedicated to the development of theater for youth!

Mission Statement

The New York Children’s Theater Festival , a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves family audiences by supporting upcoming artists and industry professionals who are passionate about creating theatrical experiences and productions for children. NYCTF will foster critical awareness for the art form, through professional development and enrichment opportunities for those dedicated to the craft of creating new works for young audiences. As well as annually presenting new works, NYCTF will also provide resources and services that will support artist in their work to develop and inspire the next generation of theatergoers.

Our Vision

The future of theater for young audiences is found in the work of artists, innovators and industry professionals who understand the integral part that theater plays in a child's development. These leaders and creative minds are in need of an outlet to create, develop and showcase new works. The New York Children's Theater Festival serves as an inspiring environment and provides a focused platform along with a pool of resources for creative professionals to be seen in New York City.

The New York Children's Theater Festival seeks to expand the dialogue on the importance of theater for youth within the New York theater community as a whole. Theater for Young Audiences, as it currently exists, has a stong passionate community at its core and NYCTF looks to broaden constructive dialogue within the community. By supporting the development of innovative work, NYCTF looks to influence the conversations taking place about theater for young audiences and bring awareness to the needs of artists.

In addition, NYCTF will cultivate a bolder presence of TYA and shine a light on the needs of the children and families as an audience. NYCTF will promote the crucial part that this theater plays in a child's development, and assist artists in fulfilling their artistic vision while staying true to the emotional, educational and playful needs of the children in mind!

By encouraging innovation in development, supporting the artist through mentorship, networking and education and strengthening the important presence of theater for youth, The New York Children's Theater Festival will stand as an advocate for a new generation of Theater for Young Audiences and actively participate in transforming the landscape of this genre.

Coming Up. . .

2015 Festival

The 4th Season of NYCTF will run April 24th-May 17th 2015!  The Festival will feature 4 productions, Free workshops, activities, refreshments and fun! LEARN MORE

2016 Open Submissions

Submissions for the 2016 Festival Season will open July 1, 2015 and close August 3, 2015. We encourage Artists from all experience levels to submit their work for consideration! We look forward to reading your work, and planning our 2016 Season! 

Looking Back. . .

2014 Festival

NYCTF's 3rd Season saw many changes and grew in amazing ways!  We received our first major grant from The Walt Disney Company, which funded our Free Festival programs and allowed us to expand our season to add another show. With 4 productions in our line up, we were also able to diversify the productions to include a bi-lingual production, a musical, classic fairy tales, puppetry and mythology stories! As one of our most diverse line ups, we reached over 1,200 people in one season and are thrilled to see many of our shows moving on to future productions.

2013 Festival

The New York Children's Theater Festival's 2nd Season was a great success & premiered April 19th - May 5, 2013! Reaching nearly 1,000 audience members, the festival truly connected with the community & offered free activities, programs and fun for the whole family!  Supporters included, Whole Foods, Baked By Melissa, Appleseeds, New York Kids Club, Jacadi Paris, WICKED and many many more! Visit our 2013 Supporters page to see who helped make the 2013 Season possible. 

2012 Festival

With the incredible support of our advisory board and generous donors, the spring of 2012 brought about the festival debut and with great success!  The first ever New York Children's Theater Festival featured three new works of theater for youth over the course of three weekends.  In partnership with The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the West Side YMCA, the Festival reached over 1,000 audience members.  

Artist Updates. . .

The festival has drawn an impressive group of TYA industry members from the New York Community and Festival participants are moving forward with their work as a result! 
Rescue Rue - After the Festival, the show moved on to the 2015 New York Musical Theater Festival with a successful run! It is currently being further developed for a future NYC production!  

Molly Bloom Lately - The writers, Ashleigh Catsos and Brian Ray Stearns, are currently working with The Walnut Street Theatre creating a touring version of Molly that will reach the PA, NJ and DE Tri state area this spring! 

The Tale of Jamie Freel - The writer of Jamie Freel, Brad Raimondo, is currently working with Vital Theatre to create a new Theater for Young Audiences work.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The New York Children's Theater Festival relies on the generosity of our donors. Be a part of the development of innovative theater for youth and help us reach our goals by clicking HERE to become a donor today.

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