Prelude 2018 Save the Date

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Presents
PRELUDE 2018 — OCTOBER 4, 5 and 6

(New York, NY. July 18, 2018) The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents the annual PRELUDE FESTIVAL on October 4, 5, and 6 at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).

The Segal Center’s PRELUDE FESTIVAL, dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre and performance, will be curated for the second year by the Public Theater’s Director of Devised Theater Initiative, Andrew Kircher in collaboration with Frank Hentschker. This year, PRELUDE will be produced by Alyssa Simmons.

Panels, workshops, and performances will provide audiences access to work-in-progress presentations that will premiere in this or future seasons.

Since 2003, the PRELUDE FESTIVAL has given audiences a fast-paced, first look at new work and ideas by groundbreaking New York theatre and performance artists by presenting brief readings, mini-performances, installations, panels, and discussions featuring some of New York City’s most thought-provoking performance artists and companies. PRELUDE has presented more than 300 emerging artists, including: Sarah Benson, Big Art Group, Cynthia Hopkins, Young Jean Lee, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and 600 HIGHWAYMEN alongside legendary figures like Richard Foreman, Marina Abramovic, Mabou Mines, Charles Mee, and many more.

PRELUDE remains the only festival of its kind in New York City that remains completely free and open to the public.

Full festival schedule to be announced in early September. For updates, please visit

All PRELUDE events are presented at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York, NY 10016. All are free of charge and open to the public. First come, first served. All programs are subject to change.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a non-profit center for theatre, dance, and film affiliated with CUNY’s Ph.D. Program in Theatre. The Center’s mission is to bridge the gap between academia and the professional performing arts communities both within the United States and internationally.

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