2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards
HOSTED BY LISA KRON
Monday, September 20, 2010
begins at 7:00 pm
Cooper Union's Great Hall, located at 51 Astor Place
Hughes, Debra Monk, Jill DuBoff, Basil Twist, Christian Parker, Abby
Marcus, Tim Errickson, Matt Opatrny, Jessica Burr and many other
Don't miss all the excitement, the entertainment and the chance to celebrate OOB's 2009-2010 season with your fellow artists.
Honorary Awards to Go to Major Players in Off-Off Community|
by Doug Strassler
Every year, in addition to the production categories, the IT Foundation
doles out three honorary awards at its annual ceremony. These Honorary
Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made
significant contributions to the Off-Off-Broadway community and are
selected each year by the Honorary Awards Committee, co-chaired this year by Abby Marcus and Ben Hodges.
Get to know the 2010 Honorary Award recipients:
Artistic Achievement Award - Lanford Wilson
Stewardship Award - Dixon Place
Caffe Cino Fellowship Award - New York Neo-Futurists
Read more about these noteworthy recipients...
Audience Building is a year round activityCopying is the highest form of flattery and it can do your show a world
of good when it comes to marketing and PR. Take a look at what some of
the marketing experts on Broadway are doing and see how you can implement some of
their campaign strategies into your outreach. What are some things that
really draw your attention? What are techniques they are using which
you can incorporate as well? One thing I always point out is the use of
photography in their collateral. I find that photos can sell you and
your product much better than any other artwork--see me on Monday,
September 20th at my photo wall at the IT Awards for 10 tips on how
to use these and other photos.
Read more here...
For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
We Want You!
VOLUNTEER AT THE AWARDS CERMONY MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20th!
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! Awards is having its 6th Awards Ceremony and now is your chance to get involved!
We are particularly looking for people to join our volunteer team in the following areas:
Front of House (Ushers, Box Office, Greeters, Merchandise)
General Event Support
Daytime Load in & Set Up
Riggers, Technicians & Production Assistants
Load Out Help
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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.
Sign up for Free Night of Theatre
Annual Free Night of Theater NYC is just around the corner, and LIT
wants OOB to be well represented. If you or your company are planning
any public presentation during the month of October - reading,
production, event - sign up to participate in the activities.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM)?
Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, NAHM is
the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the
nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to
banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join
together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily
NAHM will kick off with the announcement of the winning video entered in the "Why Arts Matter" video contest!
There is still time to participate.
Why do the arts matter to you?
Blog til you drop!Our guest bloggers are never gonna stop.
Freeman gave us some random, but profound thoughts on Shakespeare. JD
Carter told us that it is out with the old and time stop lamenting the
past and start celebrating the now. Cyndy Marionbrought us words of
wisdom from 3 of OOB's most prolific producers.
We can't wait to see what our next bloggers have to say...
Upcoming Guest BloggersCat Parker 9/12 - 9/19
David Johnston 9/20 - 9/25
Mark Armstrong 9/26 - 10/2
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!
by Christopher Borg
Edward Albee autographs Lisa Kron's arm at the 2008 IT Awards Ceremony
Lisa Kron, celebrated Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway writer-performer,
has been creating theater that inhabits "the gray area between theater
and performance art" for over 20 years. Kron works from the humorous
and poignant point of view of a self-described outsider; using her
experiences as a Jewish woman living in the Christian Midwest and her
life as a lesbian in the New York theater to create plays that are
simultaneously real-time conversations with audiences and carefully
constructed theatrical events.
With theater roots tracing back to the Purim plays she
performed as a child, Kron studied at the Chautauqua Professional
Actors Studio and the British European Studies Group in London before
arriving in New York in 1984. In her early days she worked as an office
temp and various other jobs while pursuing her acting career (she
chronicled some of these in her play 101 Humiliating Stories
In 1989, along with fellow collaborators, Maureen Angelos,
Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Babs Davy, she co-founded the theater
company The Five Lesbian Brothers, a group creating satiric plays from
a feminist, lesbian perspective. These works have been produced by the New York Theater Workshop
, the Public Theater
the WOW Cafe and others. The Brothers have toured across the country
and have received numerous awards, including an Obie Award.
On her own, Lisa has developed autobiographical plays about
her family that have received critical acclaim in New York and London.
Her play 2.5 Minute Ride won an Obie award and garnered comparisons to
celebrated monologist, Spalding Gray.
In 2006, Kron took the
little-known path from downtown lesbian theater artist to Broadway star
when her play, Well, opened to critical acclaim at the Longacre
Theater. Well was listed among the year's best plays by The New York
Times and received two Tony Award nominations. Lisa herself was
nominated for Actress in a Play and Jayne Houdyshell was nominated for
Her newest play, In the Wake
about a family gathering set after the presidential election of 2000,
premiered in March of this year at the Kirk Douglas Theater in LA
directed by Leigh Silverman (who directed Well) and will be opening at
The Public Theater this Fall.
It is notable that the first performance of Well
in 2008 at Kalamazoo College played alongside a performance of the Five Lesbian Brothers' famed The Secretaries
a production of which is currently being produced by 2005 IT Award
nominated Off-Off-Broadway company, TOSOS, in this year's Fringe
Favorites series at the Lucille Lortel!
Lisa has told the IT Awards that while she enjoyed
representing her community on the Great White Way, she is very happy to
be back home in the downtown theater community hosting the IT Awards.
And we are glad to have her back!
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your community spirit and support the IT Awards with a 2009 wall
calendar, T-Shirts, hats, photos & DVDs from the 2009 IT Awards
ceremony, and books about OOB and NYC Theatre.
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