From workshops to readings to regional and world premieres, The Human Race Theatre Company is the place for new works.
Our development of new works is made possible through the generous support of the Jesse & Caryl Philips Foundation, and the 200+ donors who support the New Works Fund.
Launched in 2015, the Festival of New Works is a 2-day summer event featuring readings from a collection of musicals and plays in various stages of development. Through both full-length and “snapshot” readings, theatre lovers get a sample of works by local and national writers, and can participate in the future shaping of the scripts with post-reading discussions with their creators. Readings are performed in the Loft Theatre and The Human Race’s Caryl D. Philips Creativity Center.
Read more about the August 2015 Festival of New Works.
The Human Race’s Musical Theatre Workshops program focuses on the development of original musicals, providing an avenue for that very important “second production” and to encouraging appreciation of rarely produced musicals. Through a process of residencies, workshops and staged readings, the program not only contributes to the art form, but helps build an audience for new musicals. For years, the highlight of the MTW program has been the Festival of New Musicals.
Named after The Human Race Theatre Company’s late Artistic Director, Marsha Hanna, who passed away in 2011, the New Play Workshops program provides playwrights a residency opportunity in order to further develop a new play in a workshop setting, guided by a seasoned director and supported by professional actors. The process culminates in the staged reading of the play.
As part of our commitment to new works, we continually seek out comedies, dramas and musicals that are ready for a regional or even a world premiere to produce in our Loft Season or as a show we produce for Victoria Theatre Association’s Broadway Series. Recent past premieres include Family Shots, Band Geeks!, Under a Red Moon, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, Ordinary Days and Was.