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PRELUDE Festival

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

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

20th anniversary edition!
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Prelude 2019

Riotous excursions!
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Prelude 2021

Start making sense!
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Prelude 2017

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Prelude 2020

Sites of revolution!
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Prelude 2016

welcome failure!
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Prelude 2013


The PRELUDE Archive


Edited by Frank Hentschker and designed by Yu Chien Liu

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