by William McMahon
"What does a Judge Wrangler do, exactly?" I inquired of new IT Awards Judge Wranger, Rochele Tillman. It sounds dangerously physical to me. "Well, it's basically an administrative job," she replied. She, along with David Stern, are the main contacts for the judges; assigning them to shows that need to be adjudicated, guiding them through their responsibilities, answering any other questions, and recruiting At-Large Judges. "Rochele and David are the back bone of the IT Awards," says Executive Director, Shay Gines. While most of their duties are conducted online, there's a fun part too.
by Natalie Zutter
Like any great love story Diana Oh, Leta Tremblay, Mariah MacCarthy have met multiple times over the years. Mutual adoration and respect for each other’s craft and worldview have coalesced into an unbeatable collaboration of Leta directing Mariah’s plays, often starring Diana—important, incisive, wrenching works about sexuality, queerness, rape culture, bodily autonomy, and love.
by Brian Petty
In 2015 artist, singer, author and philanthropist, Donn Russell received the Founders Award from the Innovative Theatre Foundation. This honor was bestowed in recognition of his 50 years of service to the community. He has dedicated much of his life to discovering some truly exceptional and innovative artists and supporting their work. In addition, he has lived an incredibly bold and adventurous life, which could serve as inspiration for us all. Russell’s art is so prolific and he is such an epic storyteller, that being assigned to write this article was a bit intimidating. Encapsulating a life’s work in a few words seemed a daunting mission. However, even the storyteller needs to have his story told, and an interview offered me the perfect way to break into that story.
The 2015 New York Innovative Theatre Awards were presented on Monday, September 21st at Mason Hall. The event was hosted by Jason Kravits, directed by Tim Errickson with script contributions by John Patrick Bray.
by Mac Rogers
Sometimes a colossal honor can fit inside a tiny circle, no wider than a human finger. The Innovative Theatre Foundation (ITF) received one such physics-defying honor this past July 21st, when Martin Denton and Rochelle Denton of the New York Theatre Experience presented core ITF team members Shay Gines, Akia Squitieri, and Nick Micozzi with a ring that once belonged to a man named Joe Cino. It’s not so strange if you measure the honor inherent in a ring not by its circumference, but by the hands through which the ring has passed. By this metric, there are few objects in American theater of equal value.
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