For the first time ever, Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), CalArts’ center for contemporary arts in downtown Los Angeles, will present its annual — and now virtual — New Original Works (NOW) Festival over three weekends this fall: If you missed the Oct. 8-10 one…not to worry…you still have a chance to catch the festival on Nov. 5-7, or Dec. 10-12, 2020.


The 17th edition of the beloved event, a three-week celebration of Los Angeles’ vibrant community of artists creating new contemporary performance work, will stream direct from REDCAT to viewers around the world.

Each year, NOW Festival transforms REDCAT into a laboratory for premiering new contemporary dance, theater, music, and multimedia performances. This year’s festival launches nine new works by Los Angeles emerging and mid-career artists who are re-defining the boundaries of contemporary performance to invent hybrid artistic disciplines, re-imagine traditions and confront urgent issues. All artistic teams receive free rehearsal space, technical support, and artist fees.

NOW Festival 2020 was organized by Miramontes with artists in the community, including Carole Kim, Jasmine Orpilla, and taisha paggett.  In the spirit of CalArts, REDCAT’s parent institution, the NOW Festival serves as a catalyst for creativity and new ideas. Over its 17-year history, the program has launched over 130 works by an impressive list of artists who continue to be seen on stages throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Each of the three weekends features a triple bill of three premieres in a shared evening, premiered on Thursday evening and repeated Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 pm.

CLICK HERE for more info about Week # 2 (November 5-7, 2020);

CLICK HERE for more info about Week # 3 (December 10-12, 2020); 

CLICK HERE for an overview of the three week event.