Pre-Premieres of New Musicals



SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Cherry Bomb |  Marcus Scott

Eastbound | Khiyon Hursey / Cheeyang Ng

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

Coyote | Michael Aman / Tim McCorry

The Goree All-Girl String Band | Michael Bradley / Artie Sievers


DECEMBER 4, 2017

Question 1| Chris Reza

Oswald | Tony LePage / Josh Sassanella 


7PM & 9PM @ The Cell | 338 W 23rd St., NYC


PRE-PREMIERES of New Musicals

Theatre Barn’s original core program is the New Works Series, an incubator of new musicals now in its 10th season. New Works Series presents bi-monthly, “pre-premieres” of untold stories in the early stages of development. As the primary incubator, Theatre Barn serves as the first curator and developer of these untold stories. We consider more than 100 new musicals each year before choosing the twelve eclectic stories we present. Our selection process becomes a showcase for burgeoning talent and a powerful platform for feedback on a work in its early stages. At each installment, two new musicals are showcased before a live audience, as well as a worldwide virtual audience. Since the series’ inception, we have presented more than 400 writers in 100 pre-premieres, and have amassed a catalogue of nearly 2,000 videos with a million views on our YouTube channel. New Works Series originated at the Daryl Roth Theatre and is now in residency at our creative home The Cell.  

The series has launched dozens of notable new works, including: Small Town Story (about a controversial TX high school production of the musical Rent), Tiananmen (the story of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing - research was compiled from interviews with student survivors and journalists), The Boy Who Danced On Air (an intimate all-male story about the sex-slaves/dancing boys of Afghanistan; Jonathan Larson Award Winner), Eastbound (about an Asian-American boy who travels to China in search of his biological family in an effort to find a bone marrow donor) and I Married Wyatt Earp (the all-female musical about the heroic women of the American West), Sticks + Stones (bullying stories pulled from the headlines led by an all-teenage cast), and Ryan White (about the teenage hemophiliac who became the poster child for AIDS in the 1980's). The inspiration for telling untold stories evolved as we were developing and producing Wyatt Earp, and our mission was born.



The New Works Series is the first step in our developmental process. Each installment includes two 35-minute concert presentations of new musicals. Each piece varies in its developmental stage. 

The series is filmed before a live audience, and is eventually seen by a virtual audience. The video footage is yours for archival purposes or to promote your show publicly on our YouTube channel, or privately to institutions that you'd like to target. Artistic Director Joe Barros and our line producers work with you to assemble a cast and creatives. Theatre Barn promotes the event in the press and through our online marketing. Additionally, we work with you to invite industry members with whom we have contact.

We currently offer a limited amount of rehearsal space made possible in part from ART/NY’s Creative Space grant.


  • your RESUME and a short BIO

  • a SCRIPT and DEMO RECORDINGS (any level of completion)


  • an ARTISTIC STATEMENT explaining

    • 1) Why you and your team are telling this untold story

    • 2) Why you are telling this story now

    • 3) What this piece may personally mean to you and your collaborators

    • 4) anything else important or interesting to note

  • Please also outline the show’s DEVELOPMENTAL JOURNEY

  • Materials should be sent to the Artistic Director, Joe Barros:

  • When submitting, please use the subject: NWS / Submission / [Title of Show]

  • Submissions are FREE and are accepted anytime throughout the year

520 8TH AVE  | #331 | NEW YORK, NY 10018



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