Next Generation Works is a suite of programs designed to promote original writing by and for high school student members of the International Thespian Society.
These programs include:
-Thespian Playworks for student playwrights (launched in 1994), sponsored by Samuel French;
-Thespian Musicalworks for student musical writers (launched in 2013), sponsored by TRW;
-Thespian Filmworks for student screenwriters (launched in 2018), sponsored by New York Academy of Dramatic Arts;
-Thespian Criticworks for student arts journalists (launched in 2018);
-a commissioned professional musical (piloting in 2019); sponsored by Concord Theatricals; and
-a commissioned professional play, sponsored by Dramatists Play Service.
These programs allow students to work with theatre professionals in creating, presenting, responding to, and connecting with new works, which embodies Educational Theatre Association’s mission of honoring student achievement and enriching their educational experience by:
-encouraging and celebrating the finest and most diverse student work;
-providing opportunities for students to develop skills and achieve professionalism;
-and encouraging schools to give distinguished productions of new student work.