IT Awards Board
Jason Bowcutt - is one of the Executive Directors for the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation. Upon graduating from the University of Utah's Actors Training Program, Jason received the Kenneth Washington Scholarship to move to Washington, DC and work with the Shakespeare Theatre. Jason's acting career eventually brought him to New York where he received a Drama Desk nomination, Helen Hayes Award nomination and recognition from the Drama League for his role as Nathan Leopold in the Outer Critics Circle Award winning play Never the Sinner. Jason continued to act in New York as well as many Regional Theatres including Signature Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Rep Theatre of St. Louis and Cincinnati Playhouse. Jason's varied work activities have had him working in theatrical casting agencies as well as non-theatrical businesses throughout New York. Artistically Jason began directing and producing Off-Off-Broadway leading to his co-founding of the IT Awards. Since that time Jason has produced and event managed with many organizations including serving as Conference Planner for the Utah Arts Council's 2007 'Mountain West Conference on the Arts'.
Shay Gines - graduated from the Actors Training Program at the University of Utah with a dual degree in theatre and marketing. Since then she has done everything from spackling walls at the Pasadena Playhouse and running follow-spot for the Pioneer Theatre Company to serving as the Artist in Residence for Touchstone Theatre. She has performed in theatres of all sizes from 30 seats to 1,000 across the country, from L.A. to NYC. She is an award winning producer whose Off and Off-Off-Broadway shows include: Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig, What the F**k?!, Hamlet and Muse of Fire. For 5 years, she was the Event Manager at Time4 Media and the Outdoor Company at AOL Time Warner. Shay was a Founding Member and the Producing Director for Esperance Theatre Company. She is one of the Executive Directors for the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation.
Ben Hodges - is founder and president of Theatre World Media, which publishes the annual publications Theatre World and Screen World. He is also editor in chief of Theatre World—at sixty-seven, the oldest pictorial and statistical record of the American theatre, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and regional theatre. Screen World, edited by Barry Monush, is the oldest pictorial and statistical record of the foreign and domestic film seasons. His The Commercial Theater Institute Guide to Producing Plays and Musicals (Applause Books, 2007) is recognized as the definitive book on commercial theatre producing. With Forbidden Acts: Pioneering Gay and Lesbian Plays from the Twentieth Century (Applause Books, 2003; Lambda Literary Award finalist) and Outplays: Landmark Gay and Lesbian Plays from the Twentieth Century (Alyson Books, 2008), he became the most prolific single anthologist of gay and lesbian plays either in or out of print. The American Theatre Wing Presents The Play That Changed My Life: America's Foremost Playwrights on the Plays That Influenced Them, edited by Hodges, was released in fall 2009. Also an actor, director, and producer, he has been executive producer of the Lambda Literary Awards and the Theatre World Awards, and received a 2003 Special Theatre World Award for his stewardship of that ceremony. He received his BFA from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and will receive his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey, in May 2012.
Robert E. Lee, III - is President of the Board of American Opera Projects, a Fort Greene based Opera Company devoted to the revitalization of contemporary opera and musical theater in the United States through its exclusive devotion to creating, developing, and presenting new American opera and music theatre projects. He was a Federal Funds broker for over 35 years and lectures on the funds market to professional organizations including at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Bob is an at-large judge and Honorary Awards Committee member of the New York IT Awards and on the Honorary Board of TOSOS II.
Roger LeFevre - is Chief Executive Officer, Target Interact US, LLC, New York, NY. Roger spent the five years previous to joining Target Interact as Executive Vice President of ACI Telecommunications Corporation (ACI). Prior to ACI, he served as Vice President of Consolidated Leasing Company, an affiliate of McDonnell Douglas Finance Corporation. Roger brings a wealth of successful experience in marketing, finance, and law. Mr LeFevre is a contact/call center trailblazer and a nationally recognized expert for his leadership in advancing multimedia call center technologies. In 1996-97, he led a successful development collaboration between ACI and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) to develop an IP-based Automatic Call Distributor (ACD). Roger attended the University of Utah and The Program of Instruction for Lawyers at Harvard Law School. He is actively involved in community and civic affairs and serves as Chairman of The Center for Justice Reform, is a member of the University of Utah's President's Club and an advisory member of Pioneer Theatre Company.
Leone Rendón de Litt, Esq. - graduated from New York Law School in 2003, and is a member of the New York Bar. She serves on the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the City, State and American Bar Associations. She has previously worked at The American Museum of Natural History, Debovoise & Plimpton, LLP and Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP.
Nick Micozzi - is a producer, actor, and director. He has worked with Esperance, Pure Pop, Emerging Artist Theatre, and Blessed Unrest, among others. He trained and worked with Jim Slowiak (Grotowski's Objective Drama) and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. He also works as a marketing communications professional and consults businesses in brand strategy and visual communication, as well as technology application. An art/science hybrid, Nick has a B.S. in Natural Science (biology/chemistry) and completed Masters level research in Molecular Biology and Genetics. In 1998 he founded the first free Off-Off-Broadway theatre listings service, nyonstage.com, and since has created numerous web sites and interactive applications for OOB companies and artists. He also works on webcasts for large-scale events such as New Years Eve at Times Square.
Linda S. Nelson- is a producer, director and actress. She began her acting career at the age of eight in community and regional theatres and has been active in all aspects of theatre since. Among her many favorite roles are Frankie in Frankie and Johnny..., Hannah in Night of the Iguana, Beverly in The Shadow Box, the Mill Worker in Working, the Wigmaker (traditionally a male role) in Rashomon and all three woman in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers! Her film and television credits include Lola in Q and A with Nick Nolte and Claire, the lovable hooker, in Ryan's Hope. Though acting is her first love, she holds a degree in directing from Southern Utah University and has directed and produced both regionally and in NYC. Ms. Nelson’s directing credits include the North American Premier of The Choice by Claire Luckham, The Subject Was Roses as a guest director at SUU and NYC Showcases of The Boys Next Door and A Loss of Roses to name a few. In 1989 Ms. Nelson founded Shotgun Productions, Inc. First started as an artistic outlet for a small group of friend’s, Shotgun has developed into a not-for-profit production company dedicated to promoting emerging women artists, (www.shotgun-productions.org). Today she still serves as its Co-Artistic/Producing Director.