New York Voices is the artist commissioning program of Joe’s Pub at The Public. As part of The Public’s long history of cultivating the country’s most celebrated artists, the program supports the creation of new works by critically-acclaimed musicians and performers. Encouraging artists to explore their own storytelling, narratives and songwriting, New York Voices includes a development workshop with The Public’s artistic staff as well as practical resources like rehearsal space, time and financial backing. Each commission culminates with a run of live shows on the Joe’s Pub stage. New York Voices has experienced great success in helping artists connect with their contemporaries and reach wider audiences – many of the program’s works have gone on to tour nationally and internationally.
Artists commissioned by the program include Abigail Washburn, Bridget Everett, Noche Flamenca, Toshi Reagon, Lady Rizo, Allen Toussaint, Angelique Kidjo, Dawn Landes, Martha Redbone and Ethan Lipton. Everett’s Rock Bottom and Lipton’s No Place To Go have both won Obie Awards.
"New York Voices has become an indispensable addition to The Public’s programs for developing new work."
-Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater