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SEPTEMBER 2008                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                            Issue 36
Emily Sandack, Editor 

2008 Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony
The fourth annual New York Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony is less than a week away and it is going to be a great event hosted by Lisa Kron and featuring performances by the Blue Man Group.
We have a kick-ass line up of presenters including: Edward Albee, Olympia Dukakis, David Cote, Barrett Foa, Leonard Jacobs, Rob Ashford, Tina Howe along with a lot of other fantastic folks. 
See a list of the artists and companies that are nominated for the 2008 awards.

Each year we have the honor of recognizing some of the folks that have make a real impact on our community. We are so pleased to announce the 2008 Honorary Award recipients: 
Judith Malina - Artistic Achievement Award
New York Theatre Experience (nytheatre.com) - Stewardship Award
The Boomerang Theatre Company - The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award
Get your tickets now
One of the most anticipated events of the year, the 2008 Awards Ceremony is a chance for the OOB community to recognize its own and celebrate the crazy and wonderful world of Off-Off-Broadway.
$25 in advance online or $30 at the door

This event is sponsored by:


We need your help
The Demographics Survey (for individual artists)
establishing demographic statistics for artists working OOB
The New York Innovative Theatre Awards invites you to help us reach our study group goal of 6,000 participants by October. That's a lot.
To get involved in this groundbreaking research, you can take the survey here
There are 17 quick questions and it only takes about 4 minutes to complete the easy online form.  
Please take a moment now to help us reach this goal.
And if you have taken it already, please encourage your friends and company members to do the same. 
How does the IT Awards Judging Process work?
We get asked that alot. So, we produced a fun 5-minute video to explain how the process works.  It features many of the OOB artists we all know and love. We hope it helps answer some of the questions that you might have.
You can also check out the powerpoint presentation of the process. 
Share your performance space experience!    
We are working on a story about performances spaces for OOB.  Fill out this quick online form and tell us about the good, the bad and the ugly spaces that you've performed in.  

We know there are some juicy tales. Let us hear 'em.  

And leave your email in the comments section if it is okay to ask you further questions for the article.
IT Awards Staff Blog  
Get to know us. The amazing all-volunteer staff of the IT Awards continues to think of ways to reach out to you. So we have created a fun and informal forum to share our opinions, thoughts and impressions of this active and hugely entertaining community in a casual and personal way.   So read our blog and keep checking in with us.  
We love hearing from you!
Header Photos L to R: Judith Malina, Screen shot of nytheatre.com and photo of Burning the Old Man produced by Boomerang Theatre Company

For info on great shows currently running OOB, check out our website.


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The Blue Man Group
by Morgan Lindsey Tachco    

About twenty years ago, three caterers developed a performance art piece that moved from the streets of Manhattan to venues such as La MaMa, P.S. 122 and Dixon Place, to name a few. Satirizing modern culture using rock & roll, handmade instruments created from found objects from junkyards and Materials for the Arts (including a lot of paint), their show Tubes moved from La MaMa to the Astor Place Theatre in 1991 and still runs today.
Blue Man Group has since expanded into an international cultural organization, extending performances to Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Berlin, Oberhausen, Orlando, Tokyo, Toronto and Stuttgart. In addition to international performances, the company has used their creative process to venture into music recording and a live tour. The Company has even developed the Blue Man Creativity Center as an independent school for children and families. The Blue Men have been featured and guest starred on a myriad of television shows and events and have even been Simpsonized.
Blue Man Group has become so ingrained in our popular culture that it's hard to remember their innovative beginnings - thank goodness they do. We're excited for the Blue Man Group to participate in The New York Innovative Theatre Awards' 4th annual ceremony on September 22nd.  I had the pleasure of meeting with two Blue Men to talk about their performance roots and what it's like to be a Blue Man.
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