Recognize your Awesome Stage Manager 

 
6/21/2010 



Last year, the IT Awards were so excited to be able to honor the work of one of the hardest working and sometimes least recognized members of our production teams, the Stage Manager. We think we are the first awards organization to present an award for Stage Management along with all the other production awards. Something that was long overdue.
 
We were privileged to honor an extraordinary Stage Manager, Jillian Zeman, who was the first ever recipient of the Outstanding Stage Manager Award.
 
Like the other production awards, the judges who attended productions through out the season entered scores for how the technical elements worked together. Those scores will be used to inform the decisions of the Outstanding Stage Manager Committee (OSMC) as they review applications and select the 2010 Outstanding Stage Manager.

Chaired by Stephanie Cox-Williams and assistant chaired by Morgan Lindsey Tachco, the OSMC welcomes two new members this year. Please join us in welcoming Jillian Zeman and Temar Underwood. (see bios below)

If you registered a production with the IT Awards for the 2009-2010 season, your stage manager is eligible for this award. However, the judge's scores and OSMC deliberations are only one part of the process for selecting the OSM.  The rest is up to you and your production team.
 
Please take a moment to review the application for Outstanding Stage Manager at:
www.nyitawards.com/osm.
 
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6pm.

Help us recognize your awesome stage manager.


Temar Underwood is the founder and artistic director of I MEAN! Productions. In New York City, Temar’s most prominent acting work has come with the Vampire Cowboys Theatre company in several of their productions, including Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, and the smash hit Fight Girl Battle World, which received the IT award for outstanding ensemble. As a recording artist he released his 2006 debut album Ad Lib to Fade. From that album he released the R&B track Inside Out as a commercial single, which skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Single Sales chart and subsequently became the best selling R&B commercial single of 2008. As a playwright, his play The Brokenhearteds had its world premiere at The Wings Theatre and his one act play Breaking Kayfabe received a reading at the Chinese Food Theatre. Temar trained in the BFA Theatre Performance Program at the Ohio University School of Theatre.

Jillian Zeman has been stage managing in New York City and OOB for the past 5 years.  Some of her OOB credits include:  Folie A Deux (MTWorks), Ragtime (APAC), Oh Virgil! A Theatrical Portrait (Woodstock Fringe) and Dark Side of the Moon (Thirsty Turtle Productions).  She has stage managed three national tours with Two Beans Productions (Winnie the Pooh, James and the Giant Peach, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) and is one of the stage managers on Nickelodeon presents "Storytime, Live!", currently touring across the country.  Jillian had the honor of being the first recipient of the "Outstanding Stage Manager" award presented by the IT Awards.  She holds a BA in Production and Stage Management and a minor in Management of the Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.


 

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