A glimpse of PRELUDE from the past two decades.​

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.

Explore past archives of the festival:

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Sites of Revolution

PRELUDE 2020

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Welcome Failure

PRELUDE 2016

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Riotous Excursions

PRELUDE 2019

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Prelude 2015

PRELUDE 2015

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PRELUDE 2017

Read 10 years PRELUDE

Edited by Frank Hentschker Designed and design concept by Yu Chien Liu

Meet The Team

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About Segal Center

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About Prelude 2021

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Support PRELUDE with a donation

If you would like to support PRELUDE's current and future editions, please consider making a donation to The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. We are a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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