Update January 2010 

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JANUARY 2010                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 54
Doug Strassler, Editor 

OOB Demographics Study Released 

The Innovative Theatre Foundation has just released a new report that examines the demographics of the artists working Off-Off-Broadway (OOB).  This is the third study in a series of five designed to capture statistical information about the diverse community that comprises Off-Off-Broadway.  Among the first known publicly available data focused specifically on this sector, some of its highlights include:
  • 85% of the OOB population holds a college degree. This is 58% higher than the national average.
  • 86% voted in the 2004 presidential election. This is 22% higher than the national average of 64%.
  • 68% of respondents are age 21-40
  • 53% of respondents are female
  • Income level of Off-Off-Broadway artists is near the national average, and slightly below the NY state average
  • 91% of respondents live in New York City
  • 10% of respondents reported making their living exclusively from their work in the theatre
  • 48% of the respondents currently belong to at least one theatrical union
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TOP 9 of 2009
Each year we do a wrap up of the top events and stories that affected Off-Off-Broadway. Here is our list of the most important happenings in the Indie Theatre world from 2009.

  • Ohio Theatre in Danger
  • Public Forum on Small to Mid-Sized Theatre
  • Theatres in the Archive Building Saved
  • NYSCA Funding
  • Changes to the Showcase Code
  • 1st Annual Indie Theatre Midsummer Classic
  • Jillian Zeman presented the 1st Outstanding Stage Manager Award
  • OOB vs. Indie Theatre
  • Free Night of Theater Huge Success
Read more about these important stories.

Community Corner


Performance Space in Hudson Rail Yards
As a direct result of Manhattan Community Board 4's working with The Related Companies, the NYC City Council and concerned members of the community, 16,000 sq. ft. of cultural performing art space will be created within the confines of the Hudson Yards Project.   Read more about it.

OOB Aids in Haiti Releif
The Innovative Theatre Foundation is urging OOB artists to organize collections on behalf of the victims of the Haiti earthquake.  Collecting funds at a curtain speech or following your performance is an easy and effective way to contribute to these people who are in such need of our support. It is important to support reputable organizations such as The Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders.
If you or your company are participating the Haiti relief efforts let us know and you will be entered to win an OOB T-shirt. Winner to be announced in our next update.

Exciting news to be announced soon
Community Boards throughout Manhattan have been hard at work trying to secure more rehearsal and performance space for OOB.  Big happenings are in the works check back on 1/21 for more details and how you can get involved.

For details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to see how you can help and get involved,  check out the Community Corner.

Holy Blogs Batman!

We've started a very exciting program. Every week in 2010 the IT Awards blog will feature a guest blogger from the OOB community.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers

  Paul Bargetto                January 17 - 23
  Zachary Mannheimer     January 24 - 30
  Heather Cunningham    January 31 - February 6
  Kampfire Films PR         February 8 - 13
  Doric Wilson                  February 15 - 20

Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.

You can keep up with us on Blogspot, Twitter, Facebook & MySpace.

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Ivanna Cullinan

by Christopher Borg

Ivanna Cullinan
in The Granduncle Quadrilgoy

An amazing quality of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre scene is the opportunity for artists in one discipline to cross-over and explore their talents in another.
Multitalented Ivanna Cullinan, who was nominated last year for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role for her work in Piper McKenzie's production of The Granduncle Quadrilogy: Tales from the Land of Ice, is the director of A Brief History Of Murder which just opened this past weekend at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn.  
A Brief History of Murder, which Ivanna describes as "a mind-bending collision of Grand Guignol, David Lynch, Broadway musicals, and police procedurals,"is actually a double bill of two interlocking plays about the events surrounding a series of grisly killings in a small Oklahoma town: "Detectives" follows an intrepid private investigator and her colleagues as they try to track down the killer and "Victims" reveals the dark underbelly of the town and its colorful inhabitants.   As the absurd mystery unfolds, characters become entangled in horrific events beyond their control.   
It is interesting to note that the playwright, Rich Lovejoy was selected this year as a "Person of the Year" by NYTheatre.com and Ivanna was a "Person of the Year" in 2009 and that the cast includes previous IT Award recipient, Sarah Thigpen!  
A Brief History of Murder, in its two parts, Detectives and Victims was produced by Sneaky Snake Productions and is playing through Sunday, January 31st at the Brick Theater.  For tickets and more information, visit the Brick Theater website.

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