The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the Graduate Center, CUNY is pleased to present PRELUDE.  The annual PRELUDE festival is dedicated to artists at the forefront of contemporary New York City theatre, dance, interdisciplinary and mediatized performance. PRELUDE offers an array of short performances, readings, and screenings — a completely free survey of the current New York moment and the work being prepared for the next season and beyond—as well as new commissions and panel discussions with artists, scholars, and performers. PRELUDE is a place to discover what voices are shaping the future of theatre and performance in NYC, to observe, engage, commune, and critique.

Prelude 2023

October across New York City

At the Segal Center: Oct 11-14, 16, 19

For more information, please contact:

Ann Kreitman
Co-Producer, PRELUDE ’23
Tayler Everts
Co-Producer, PRELUDE ’23


About The Festival

Since 2003, The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center has presented the PRELUDE Festival.

The last Prelude Festival was held digitally in October 2021. Join our mailing list to stay tuned for the next edition’s festival and explore the Prelude NYC archive below.

Explore the Prelude NYC Archive

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Prelude 2021 Start Making Sense Visit Website
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Prelude 2020 Sites of Revolution Visit Website
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Prelude 2019 Riotous Excursions Visit Event Page
Prelude 2018 Visit Event Archive
Prelude 2017
Prelude 2017 theatre/maker Visit Website
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Prelude 2016 Welcome Failure Visit Website


Edited by Frank Hentschker and designed by Yu Chien Liu

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