Yank! Director Reflects on a by Doug Strassler
Name aside, IT Award-recipient Igor Goldin is a true-blue indie theater
artist. He has toiled in many an Off-Off-Broadway show for more than
two decades, and his perseverance has paid off in a smash hit. Yank!
has been running in various houses throughout not just New York but
also across the country. I spoke with Goldin, and found the
conversation to be a lesson in the life a show can have.Read the rest of the article...
It is important to support those who support you Patrick Lee
enormous supporter of the Off-Off-Broadway community. In December, when
Patrick saw the production of Working Man's Clothes
' She Likes Girls
made sure that I had notified the GLAAD committee so that the show
would get noticed -- and it did, winning a GLAAD Award for writer Chisa
Hutchinson. This month, when I learned Patrick had passed away, my
heart broke as a huge champion of the theatre community, and my friend,
was now gone - read about him here
Patrick was a lover of theatre and a support of the craft; he attended
more Off-Off-Broadway shows than anyone I know and wrote about them on
Just Shows to Go You
and Show Showdown
. I am sure he's reviewed one of
your shows. Let's gather and remember him by making a donation in his
name to nyitawards.com
. Show him you appreciate his
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Luminary Award Presented to
May 17th, at a special presentation prior to the IT Awards benefit,
Cabaretion, the very first Luminary Award was presented to Playwright
and Actor, Christopher Durang.
A luminary is someone who is an inspiration to others and has achieved eminence in their field. There
is no one who more truly embodies this distinction than Christopher
Durang. As an OOB alumnus, he knows the challenges and limitations that
face the artists working in this sector today. He is a dedicated actor
and playwright who, while reaching great heights, has never forgotten
his roots. He continues to be an inspiration to the artists working
Off-Off-Broadway and a point of pride for our community.
Read more about it ....
June 1st marked the end of the 2010 season, which means that the nominees will soon be announced.
Please join us:
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
at the historic Off-Off-Broadway Venue
Demo Hall / Carmine St. Center at Our Lady of Pompeii
located at 25 Carmine Street (corner of Bleecker)
from 7pm to 10pm
actual public announcement starts at 8pm, so come early, have a drink,
get your picture taken and rub elbows with some of the most talented
and exciting theatre artists in New York City!
Do you have an
Outstanding Stage Manager?
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.
scores will be used by the Outstanding Stage Manager Committee (OSMC)
to inform their decisions as they review applications and select the
2010 Outstanding Stage Manager.
If you registered a production with the IT Awards that 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
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.
HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
NYSCA's (New York State Council for the Arts) budget to be cut by 40%
(the biggest reduction of any State Agency)
What can you do? Write to your state Legislator
and let them know how important the arts are to you and your community. (check out the Community Action
page to find your elected officials.) THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD.
3LD in a Fight for It's Existance
Most of our community is by now aware that 3-Legged Dog
is in a battle for its existence with the MTA. It is a complicated rent
dispute with extenuating circumstances. Congressman Nadler and State
Senator Squadron have intervened in an almost certain eviction process
to bring the MTA to the table to negotiate. Read more about it
2nd Annual Midsummer Classic (Picnic and Softball Game)
your fellow Off-Off-Broadway artists as we celebrate the summer, enjoy
a day in the park and share your community spirit. SAVE-THE-DATE,
Saturday, July 24th. Check out the details
Money for arts complex in Lower Manhattan
At a recent meeting Community Board 1 and board
member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Julie Menin,
revealed that $150 million in unused funds for downtown had been
discovered. She proposed
the money be used to immediately build a performing arts center on the
Deutsche Bank site. Read more about it...
Tax Abatement Proposal that benefits OOB All
12 Manhattan Community Boards have voted to support the tax abatement
that will give a tax credit to landlords who provide either
free or significantly discounted rent to not-for-profit arts
organizations. Learn more
an achievement that this proposal has reached this level of success.
However, in order for this proposal to be enacted into law, it needs
support of the other four NYC Boroughs.
We will, We will ROCK YOU!Our guest bloggers are so super, they are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Zeman reveals her motto, "I can't... I have rehearsal." John Patrick
Bray says that OOB defines itself through the community. Jon Hoche is
twitterpated with Twitter. Connie Hall draws the parallels between
restaurants and theatre and Leigh Goldenberg tells us that everything
she learned about arts management she learned Off-Off-Broadway.
Upcoming Guest BloggersBecky Comtois 6/21 - 6/26TBA 6/28 - 7/3
Michael Criscolo 7/5 - 7/10
Kevin Townley 7/12 - 7/17
Qui Nguyen 7/19 - 7/24
Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.
When you're not producing, registering, performing in, or
judging shows, please stop by FULL OF IT!
We Want You!
Ever want to get in on the IT Award
action? Rub elbows and break a sweat backstage? Help get the parties
started and the awards handed out? The IT Awards is entering into its 6th event season and now's your chance to get involved!
are looking for people to join the IT Awards in short term and long
term positions for the event season. Here are just a few positions
open for the season:
Computer Savvy, Super Organized and Self Motivated? Perfect! There's a position for you: Office Coordinator, a New Year Round Staff Position!
Love Parties & Feeding People? Great! Want to be our Event Food & Beverage Manager?
Are you a super geek who loves web development and systems? A Website Programmer is needed all year round!
Want to stretch your production skills and learn more about the backstage antics of the NYITA? Be a Production Assistant from June to October!
Want to inspire through the moving image? We need Film Makers & Editors for seasonal projects!
Got skills you want to share? Drop us a line!
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by Christopher Borg
JeffGrow at the 2008 IT Awards
"Seeing is believing, but perception can be manipulated for beauty or deception"
-- Jeff Grow
Save the date now because Jeff Grow, accomplished
magician and performance artist, is reprising his runaway hit of 2009,
, which took home 2009 Innovative Theatre Awards for
both Outstanding Solo Performer and Outstanding Performance Art
Production. And judging from the amazing performance that I saw at the
IT Awards "Cabaration" benefit in May, I have no doubt he will be
making tickets to the limited 2-performance run at PS122 disappear
before our very eyes!
If you are like me you tend to be cynical about magicians,
thinking of them less as performance artists and more as gimmicky
variety acts, but even in the short set I witnessed, it was clear that
Jeff's low-key and honest style of magic is neither cheesy nor gimmicky
and creates a genuine cross-over genre.
When asked what he enjoys about working in indie theatre, Grow said,
"the people and the community that is created. I love (good)
festivals...one gets to meet and hang out with extremely driven,
intelligent, creative, and often @#&*! hilarious people. It takes a
lot of extra ordinary effort to produce theatre...in order to take it all
on, one has to be a little out of their mind - which, actually, is even
more delightful - meeting and hanging out with folks who are a little
out of their minds!"
Besides Creating Illusion,
Jeff (a handsome fellow who has
also appeared in films and TV commercials) has presented his stage
shows Magicians, Wise Fools & Ordinary Magic
, and A Story About
Magic in New York
and at venues across Europe. He has been featured in
the City's top venues and boasts a long roster of corporate clients. He
consults on film, commercials and theatre, including recent productions
for Arena Stage and Long Wharf Theatre. Creating Illusion
produced by East River Commedia
in association with terraNOVA Collective
as part of the fourth annual undergroundzero festival at
PS122. Described as "a journey where elegant sleight of hand and
insight into human behavior collide to dismantle everyday experience
and tempts us to question: Why do we choose to believe the
unbelievable?" Creating Illusion
will run July 17th & July 18th, for
times and tickets you may visit www.PS122.org
TOO MUCH PRIDE
MAKES THE BABY GO GAY!
Neo-Futurists (recipients of the 2009 IT Award for Outstanding
Ensemble) are presenting their
fourth annual Gay Pride Benefit show: Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go
30 gay plays in 60 straight minutes on June 25 and 26 at the
Kraine Theatre. (I, along with Dan McCoy, have the pleasure of curating this work.)
Like the title suggests, 30 short plays (hand-picked
from their best and sexiest and funniest) are packed into 60 minutes
creating a collage of the personal, political, dance and spoken word to
reveal the struggle, the joy, the power of being human, being different
and being out and proud in New York City. In support of freedom for all
the world's citizens, proceeds of the show go to benefit LGBT advocacy
in Uganda through the Fund for Global Human Rights.
population is estimated to be 500,000, but homosexuals face widespread
discrimination and harassment at the hands of the police, media,
teachers, and the government. They live in hiding and those that are
caught face terrible repercussions, including arbitrary arrests,
illegal detentions, beatings, torture, and even death at the hands of
the authorities or their own communities. Come celebrate freedom and
support Ugandan activists with the me at Too Much Pride Makes The Baby
June 25 and 26 at 10:30 pm go here to tickets
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