Update: November 2012 

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NOVEMBER 2012                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                  Issue 90
Doug Strassler, Editor                                    www.nyitawards.com  



Indie Theatre Makes a Difference for Children & Families hit by Sandy


I am standing on a corner of Beach Channel Drive in the Far Rockaways. There is a crispness in the air and the sun is bright. A mother crosses the street toward me, pushing a cart with one hand and pulling a 6 year old boy along with the other. A girl, a little older than her brother, follows behind dragging her feet as they cue up with the other families waiting for hot food, water, blankets and other supplies. "Would you like to color?" I ask the girl. She looks at me shyly and shakes her head "yes." "We have markers and crayons inside. Or you could paint." Her eyes light up and she looks at her mother expectantly. "We're doing some workshops for the kids, teaching them to juggle," I explain "and there's arts and crafts." The girl grabs her mother's arm and hops up and down. The mom smiles and says, "go ahead." Before she can even finish her sentence the two kids are running ahead of me as I point to the arts and crafts room.  


20 minutes later the mother pokes her head around the corner and watches her children as they enthusiastically sculpt with playdough. "It's a fish" the girl says. "No, it's a snail" her brother corrects her. The mother looks at one of the volunteer artists, "That's the first time I've seen her smile in weeks" she says. Across the hall artists from the New Victory Theatre are teaching a group of children to balance feathers and juggle with colored scarves. Squeals of laughter and excitement echo through the building. The atmosphere at the whole center seems cheerier somehow as the staff look at each other and chuckle at the sounds of unfettered joy.


What brought these artists and other theatre volunteers to a NYCHA community center in the most remote area of the Far Rockaways?  



Marketing 101 for Actors

For every OOBR/Indie theater show marketing dollars are short, and it is important to empower your actors to get out there and promote themselves and your show. Kampfire has worked to create a 1-hour presentation for the actors in your show to self-promote. Contact us if you are interested in having us present it to your cast.

Here are 10 quick tips:
  1. Change your Facebook (self and page) cover photo and photo
  2. Invite all your Facebook friends to the Facebook event
  3. Update your status/twitter regularly
  4. Change your email signature
  5. Is your headshot presenting your best
  6. Do you have previous press quotes you can use to promote yourself?
  7. Update your website
  8. Create an exciting HTML email blast using a program like constant contact to email friends and family
  9. Use a special discount code
  10. Hand out postcards to places you frequent regularly.

For more helpful marketing tips check out  Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.



  • Indie Theatre Sandy Relief Festival
    We are encouraging all productions negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy to participate in this Festival. It is good for you and good for the community.
  • OOB Audience Survey
    BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WE ARE WRAPPING UP THIS PROJECT. The 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
  • Charitable Giving Incentives in Danger
    From American's for the Arts: December 31, 2011 saw the expiration of several tax provisions that require congressional renewal. The Senate Finance Committee approved a slimmed down extenders package, but several key incentives are now in danger of disappearing. Read more...    and contact your Congressional Representatives.

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.  
Favorites of the Season...

We will ask some of OOB's most prolific theatre goers to give us their end of year wrap up and talk about some of their favorite shows of the season and trends they noticed this year.

There's still a lot more to discuss check back for more posts.

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

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Handwritten letters from SANTA!

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by Christopher Borg

"Kate of my consolation; hearing thy mildness praised in every town, thy virtues spoke of, and thy beauty sounded, yet not so deeply as to thee belongs, myself am moved to woo thee
        ~ Wm. Shakespeare

Stage Managers, arguably the most unsung and yet indispensable members of the theatre producing team, are, themselves, outstanding. And Katie Kavett is the fourth person ever to be honored with the New York Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Stage Manager. 

Kavett was a theatre lover since she first watched Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway at age 10, but she was halfway through a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Olin College before she realized that there was indeed a home for a super-organized brain with engineering skills in the theatre.

Katie was recognized in 2012 for her work on the Attic Theatre Company's The Time of Your Life.  However, she has worked on dozens of other Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including Don't Go Gentle (MCC), Lonely I'm Not (Second Stage), Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects), Sky-Pony: Raptured (The Play Company), and Odyssey the Epic Musical (Araca Project). She has also worked on four NYMF shows, the West Village Musical Theater Festival, the Frigid Festival, and the Fringe Festival. She has her sights set on one day calling a show on Broadway.

I caught up with this busy stage goddess to ask her a few questions!

BORG: So, Katie: was it a surprise receive the Outstanding Stage Manger's Award at the awards ceremony this year?

KATIE: It was incredible! Awards for stage managers don't really exist, and that's something I've known since I started working in this field. To actually receive an award, to be recognized for my work in a field that's all about making sure everyone else can do their jobs, is such an honor and a thrill. I was incredibly nervous during my speech, since I'm not used to being the one onstage with all eyes on me, but it was wonderful to get to publicly thank some of the people who were so important in helping me succeed as a stage manager.

BORG: As a stage manager what irks you the most?

KATIE: When people are late to rehearsal!

BORG: (gulp!) Noted!  And what makes you happiest?

KATIE: Too many things to name....calling a perfect show for the first time...using all the Word and Excel tricks I learned while going to engineering school to make better charts to track information...

BORG: Ha! Of course...the engineer that turned to theatre

KATIE: I love working with amazing theater artists who inspire me and who I love to watch perform/direct/design!  Every show creates a new family, since you all spend so much time together and everyone is working towards the same goal of putting on a great show. I love the load-ins where I can be working side-by-side with the director and one of the producers is painting the set.  I love the camaraderie that results from everyone on the show helping everyone else.

We love that too. This Thanksgiving I say let's give thanks for Stage Managers.  And pie. Stage Mangers and pie.



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Hyper Aware Theater's Devorcification: Medea Reconstructed; Less Than Rent's Desire! [A Varsouviana]; Bam Media Group's Anthony & Cleopatra; Metropolitan Playhouse's The Boss

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