“Season after season, PROTOTYPE introduces to New York pieces that shift the whole paradigm of what opera is and can be.” — New York Observer
PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now launched in January 2013, unleashing a powerful wave of opera- and music-theatre from a new generation of composers and librettists. Across its first six seasons, PROTOTYPE produced and presented a total of 200 performances of 39 presentations, and shared the work of more than 600 local, national, and international artists. Now in its seventh season, PROTOTYPE, as Opera News proclaimed, “has become a major leader in opera theatre for the twenty-first century."
Founded by Kristin Marting (of HERE), Beth Morrison (of Beth Morrison Projects), and Kim Whitener (of HERE), and now produced and led by them along with new co-director Jecca Barry, PROTOTYPE supports and spotlights a diverse range of culturally and socially engaged work from intrepid creators across ethnicity and gender. Half of PROTOTYPE’s lead artists to date have been women, and the Festival has presented work from Armenian-American, Belgian, Chinese, Dutch, Egyptian-American, Indian-American, Iranian-American, Irish, Kazakh, Korean-American, Lithuanian, Mexican, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish and Ukranian lead artists. www.prototypefestival.org