Update August 2010 


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AUGUST 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 61
Doug Strassler, Editor 

2010 Nominees Announced

The 2010 Nominees were officially announced at a sold out event in the West Village.  James Scruggs, Nicky Paraiso, Tzipora Kaplan, Doug Strassler, Jay Aubrey and Linda S. Nelson had the honor or announcing the 2010 nominees to the very enthusiastic crowd.

Check out the list of the 2010 Nominees
See photos from the event

Tickets for the 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony are now on sale. Don't miss all the excitement, the entertainment and the chance to celebrate OOB's 2009-2010 season with your fellow artists.


Audience Building is a year round activity

What can you do this month to build audiences for your show even if you don't have a show currently running? We have 7 great tips to help you stay in touch and active with potential new audience members.

Read more here...

For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
OOB Reveals Athletic Prowess

Despite a heat index of over 100 degrees, stifling humidity and warnings from the weather service to avoid over heating, nearly sixty intrepid Off-Off-Broadway artists arrived at the Elizabeth Barlow Rogers Ball-field on Central Park's Great Lawn for the 2nd Annual Indie Theatre Mid-Summer Classic.

Read the full story...

Community Corner


Some Possible Good News for 3LD
According to DNAinfo, due to a decision to free money from Con Edison, 3LD is now eligible to receive grant money to help with administrative costs. In addition, there is news that 3LD and the Soho Think Tank will be sharing the space at 80 Greenwich Street, at least temporarily. Read More....

Over 19,000 Emails sent to Albany... We need MORE!!
Over 19,000 emails and letters were sent to Albany in support of rejecting the Governor's proposed 40% cut to NYSCA local assistance funding. A proposed New York State budget will cut arts funding by 12% and NYSCA funding by 40%  (the biggest reduction of any State Agency) which will be devastating to the entire Arts community of New York State. While this money represents a minuscule portion of the State's overall budget, it is the life blood of arts organizations across the state. What can you do?  Write to your state Legislators and leadership 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.)

The arts are important not only for the culture of NYC, but for the economy of NYC.

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.

Rock'n Roll & Roll'n Rock

Our guest bloggers are never gonna stop. After a couple of weeks off to celebrate the 2010 Nominees, our blog is back with a vengeance. Mariah MacCarthy rocked it last week with 3 awesome blogs about theatre for social change.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Neal Freeman    8/23 - 8/28
JD Carter          8/30 - 9/4
Cyndy Marion    9/6 - 9/11
Cat Parker        9/12 - 9/19

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

  BlogSpotWhen 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!


We 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!

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!

For additional information visit: email our Company Manager Akia@nyitawards.com for more info


Header Photos (L to R) -
Teatro IATI'
s production of
The Smell of Popcorn
Gemini CollisionWorks' production of Devils Sister Sylvester' s production of Play America (Life is Short, Wear Your Party Pant s) and Michael Chekhov Theatre Company  production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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



by Christopher Borg

Andrea Caban in You Got Questions?...

Actor, writer, producer, and teacher Andrea Caban received the 2008 New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for her documentary-based play You Got Questions? I Got Answers! which also garnered nominations for Outstanding Short Script & Outstanding Performance Art Production.

Her vast array of New York and regional credits span distances from the Public Theater to the Williamstown Theater Festival to the Boise Contemporary Theater.  She has appeared in several national commercials, is the resident clowning teacher at New York Film Academy and is a Medici Fellowship Recipient for her work in Balinese mask theater.

Her solo piece, Questions My Mother Can't Answer, is currently being re-presented as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. In her interviews with eight "women-of-a-certain-age" including a Moroccan ballroom dancer, a prostitute, and her Aunt Shirley, she seeks guidance from a variety of female role models, and discovers that as flawed beings, life isn't about avoiding tragedy, but how one chooses to deal with it.

I asked Andrea what she likes about working in our community: "The Off-Off-Broadway world always seems to say "yes" to my creating scary, exciting theater to do and to share. I'm so excited to be getting ready to jump up on a bare stage again and talk about what's really going on and grateful that the OOB community is prepared to listen!"

Produced by Coyote REP Theatre Company, the show will be presented at New York Theatre Workshop's 4th Street Theatre.  For more information visit www.coyoterep.org.

Get your IT Awards Merchandise

July is dedicated to Astoria Performing Arts Center's production of Ragtime on the IT Awards calendar.

Show your community spirit and support the IT Awards with the new 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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