Prelude Festival 2021: Start Making Sense! by The Segal Center

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 is pleased to present individual submissions created under the digital initiative…

Prelude Festival 2021: Start Making Sense!


by The Segal Center

Country: United States | Language: English  | Year Of Inception: 2021

About Prelude Festival 2021: Start Making Sense!

The Prelude Festival has been providing a platform for artists, critics, activists, and producers since 2003. Over the years, Prelude has given New York audiences a first look at new work and ideas by over three hundred artists, including the likes of Marina Abramović, Richard Foreman, and The Living Theatre.

In this digital edition, it will explore the many ways in which the theatre community continues to adapt to present times through panels and performances that put artistic practice in conversation with critical discourse. Along with a radical approach to curation (chain curating), the festival has also, for the first time since its inception, invited seven pan-US theatre and performance companies to explore their artistic practice and engage in critical discourse.

Here’s what’s in store:

19 artists who will be sharing interdisciplinary works-in-progress.

14 pre-recorded pieces available for viewing at the Festival website ( and the Segal Center YouTube Channel until October 31, 2021.

5 live-streamed performances on all weekdays across and our long-standing digital collaborators

We will be hosting daily Segal Talks with the Prelude 2021 artists and curators, Panel Discussions with contemporary creators on conversations spanning criticism, Indigenous art, the resounding effects of the ’70s and more. We also have the much-awaited Franky Award Ceremony.

Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
Executive Director and Festival Founder Frank Hentschker.
Prelude 2021 is produced by Andie Lerner and Tanvi Shah.

The 2021 Prelude Festival is supported by the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

About The Segal Center

The Segal Center bridges the gap between the academic and performing arts communities through dynamic public programs and digital initiatives that are free and open to all.

Home to theatre artists, scholars, students, performing arts managers, and the local and international performance communities, the Segal Center provides a supportive environment for conversation, open exchange, and the development of new ideas and new work. Year round, the Center presents a wide variety of FREE public programs which feature leading national and international artists, scholars, and arts professionals in conversation about theatre and performance. Programs include staged readings to further the development of new and classic plays, festivals celebrating New York performance (PRELUDE) and international plays (PEN World Voices), screenings of performance works on film, artists in conversation, academic lecture series, televised seminars, symposia, and arts in education programs.

In addition, the Center maintains its long-standing visiting-scholars-from-abroad program, publishes a series of highly regarded academic journals, as well as single volumes of importance (including plays in translation), all written and edited by renowned scholars.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Explore projects created under Prelude Festival 2021: Start Making Sense! from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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