New Works Initiative


New Works Initiative (NWI)

The New Works Initiative (NWI), a special project of Pace Performing Arts, is dedicated to the development and production of new original works for the American theater and dance world. Pace’s New Works Initiative aims to be a home where the American professional performance community can experiment with and develop exciting new professional work that incorporates Pace Performing Arts students.

Each year through a national submission process, one NWI project is chosen for workshop development at Pace. The professional creative team of the selected project (one to four artists) is supported through artist fees, travel and accommodations (if necessary), dedicated rehearsal space(s), stage management support and an auditioned student cast. In addition to receiving an “artist fee”, the principal artist of the team may be invited to teach as an adjunct instructor during the semester he/she is on campus developing the work.

NWI Project Development

NWI project development will span one to two phases:

Phase One: A spring workshop. Artist or Artist teams must be available for rehearsals between mid-March through April for a late April/early May presentation. Rehearsal periods can range from 4 to 8 weeks. The workshop will be presented and advertised as one of the offerings of the Department of Theater and Dance’s season.

Phase Two: Possible World Premiere production. In the event of a successful spring workshop, Pace Performing Arts will have approximately 90 days to commit to producing a fully mounted World Premiere production – either independently or in conjunction with other producers. The World Premiere will be presented and advertised as one of the offerings of Pace Performing Arts during the following academic year.