Lewis has aligned with Chelsey Shannon and Renee Barnett to oversee the festival that will showcase original works from across the country and across the globe. The goal is to present the festival in April-May 2012.
Submissions for original children's theatre works are currently being accepted through Dec. 20. Festival organizers are seeking a range of works, including drama, musical theatre, puppetry, story-telling, solo works, multimedia and clown.
The Festival, according to its website, will provide "a platform for industry professionals passionate about developing innovative theatrical experiences for children. We seek out, encourage and foster the creation of diverse new works that excite and inspire the next generation of theatergoers. We aim to widen the spectrum of existing theatre for children and bring a higher respect and awareness to the art form and the artists involved."
Selected applicants will be expected to produce their own productions, with the Festival serving as the presenter. Festival executives are aiming to announce the selected titles in February-March 2012.
To apply, visit NewYorkChildrensFestival.com.