MetroNEXT Festival of New Work

This brand new event which premiered May 3-5, 2013, invited the community to engage in the riskiest part of Metro Theater Company’s artistic mission:  creating original theater for young people.

A wild dream became a reality when the Regional Arts Commission awarded the Company an $80,000 Innovation Fund grant.  This support allowed us to transform our new Grand Center home into an innovative incubator. “Although the organization has been making new work throughout our forty-year history, only now do we have a home where we can welcome the community into an intimate experience with our creative process,” said managing director Matt Neufeld.



“Our mandate as artists is to dig into big questions and catalyze conversation about issues and ideas that matter to people,” said former artistic director Carol North.  “We also dive unabashedly into the wonder and joy of playful transformation.” During our last MetroNext, The Festival embraced this spectrum of our work with three projects in development:

  • Unsorted by Wesley Middleton (NY) explores gender identity and self-worth in a play appropriate for children ages five and up.
  • Talkin’ Trash by Nicholas Kryah (Metro Theater Company’s resident artist) examines the emerging relationship between a boy fascinated with recycling and a reclusive neighbor struggling with mental illness.
  • Baby Garden invites children into joyful discovery of story, music and movement. Guest artist Roger Sams (OH) composed original music.   


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