|Top Stories of 2011 |
new year, our staff reviews stories from the previous season and
assembles our list of the most important things that happened. Here is
our list of the top 10 stories that affected OOB in 2011.
- Loss of OOB Pioneers (Ellen Stewart, Lanford Wilson & Doric Wilson)
- The Recession
- World Theatre Day Celebrated in NYC
- Under St. Marks
- Big Milestones in 2011
- Voices Inside Playwrighting Residency
- Launch of Indie Theatre Now
- Theatre Closures Continue
- Ohio reopens at former Wings Theatre site
- NEA releases study on the value of the arts
Read more about these important events....
| | Focus on customer service.
all think that if we provide a great show, with a talented cast,
fantastic sets, interesting script and perfect costumes that our
audiences will be pleased. Perhaps they will, but push yourself to take
that enjoyment one step further. For example, the the cell theater offers wine before and after the show, or MTWorks provides homemade refreshments, or a smiling face greeting them at the door before and after the performance.
about ways you can add-on to their night's experience... can you get a
local restaurant to offer a discount meal, can you send them home with a
free gift? In Danny Meyer's book, Setting the Table
he talks about the whole customer experience and not just the food at
his fine-dining establishments. We can learn something from
concentrating on the whole experience, from ease of ticket purchasing,
to a thank you for coming to a performance. Pay as close attention to
details off the stage as you do to what is on the stage to make a
For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
Our blog is so cool, it's like
the wind chill factor in January.
We closed out 2011 with a bang with Duncan Pflaster
giving us a peek at reviewing from the other side. And we kicked off 2012 with Trav S.D.
asking if you have a secret commercial yearning and Sean Williams
telling us "You don't deserve anything
week our Judge Coordinators take over the blog reminding us all of some
good judge etiquette, sharing advise and answering questions. Make sure
to check it out
.February 2012 is dedicated to DIVERSITY on the IT Awards blog - curated by Christopher Borg.
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!
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES
- OOB Audience Survey
Innovative Theatre Foundation is conducting the fourth part of our OOB
research project. This study focuses on OOB Audiences. If you are an OOB
Audience member, please take the survey today. If you have a production that will be performing in the next few months, we could use your help. Please email us at email@example.com.
- 2012 Nonprofit 'State of the Sector' Survey
the Arts & Business Council of New York: The Nonprofit Finance Fund
is conducting its fourth annual nationwide survey examining the current
state of the nonprofit sector from a financial perspective, and invites
you to add your voice. The survey, which is anonymous and takes only
10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on important financial and
management issues facing the nonprofit sector. (View previous year's
findings and media attention here.) To take the 2012 survey, please click on this link before February 15th. There is also a live link on the home page of NFF's website.
- Charitable Giving Initiatives Expired
American's for the Arts: December 31, 2011 saw the expiration of
several tax provisions that require congressional renewal. Read more...
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Flux Theatre Ensemble
by Christopher Borg
is no better way to kick off 2012 than by spotlighting the 2011 Caffe
Cino Award recipient company Flux Theatre Ensemble, who is presenting
the world premier of Menders
, opening on January 19th, directed by Heather Cohn (who was nominated in 2010 for her direction of Flux's The Lesser Seductions of History
is an ensemble-driven company who's mission is to produce
"transformative theatre that explores and awakens the capacity for
change" and advocates for long-term collaboration and development."
Since 2006 they have produced over 13 productions and have received
numerous accolades for their performances in New York (many of them from
their work in the International Fringe Festival). Over the past three
years, they have been nominated for 10 IT Awards for their productions
of The Angel Eaters Trilogy
, The Lesser Seductions of History
and Dog Act
and received the award for Outstanding Sound Design.
They are starting the year off with Erin Browne's Menders
which will run through February 11th at The Gym at Judson. Inspired by
Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall", the play tells the story of Corey
and Aimes, new recruits to mending a wall that guards their city from an
unnamed threat. But as they are warned of the subversive world they are
supposedly defending themselves from, cracks form in their
protectionist philosophy and among themselves as a group.
The Playwright, Erin Browne (a Brooklynite who works in TV documentaries) has written several full-length plays including A Meth Play
, Devil to Pay
, Narrator 1
, Not As of Yet
, and Trying
was a winner of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center Contest and has been
produced on Theater Row, the Bushwick Starr and a radio play version of
Trying was broadcast on BBC World Service.
It also should be
noted that the Judson Memorial Church is one of the original pioneers of
the Off-Off-Broadway theatre movement, along with the famed Caffé Cino
and "The Gym" in which they are performing is actually a new theatre
space dedicated to rekindling Judson's role as a home for the
Off-Off-Broadway community. Fitting for the recipients of the 2011 Caffé
Cino Fellowship Award to christen the space as a new home for indie and
Congratulations to Flux and a happy
new year to them and to all the hard-working artists making new and
innovative theatre Off-Off-Broadway, let's keep it going!
For more information on Menders and to purchase tickets, visit www.fluxtheatre.org.
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