2009 Honorary Award Committee  


We are very excited to welcome the new members to the Honorary Awards Committee. Each year the committee selects the recipients of our Honorary Awards: The Caffe Cino Fellowship, Artistic Achievement Award and the Stewardship Award. This requires committee members to research and suggest recipients for the Artistic Achievement and Stewardship Awards, read the many applications submitted by the community and participate in the spirited and passionate deliberation.

This year we are joined by some very experienced and knowledgeable people who are deeply committed to the Off-Off-Broadway community. We are delighted to have them on board.

Here's a little information about our newest members:

Abby Marcus is the Managing Director of Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company. Previously, she has worked as a Stage Manager and Administrator with The Hangar Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; The Shakespeare Theatre DC; Nosedive Productions; and A.R.T./New York. She was Company Manager for LAByrinth Theater Company and General Manager for HERE Arts Center. With Vampire Cowboys, Abby has produced VampireCowboy Trilogy, A Beginner's Guide to Deicide, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, Fight Girl Battle World and Soul Samurai.  Currently,Abby is the General Manager for The Dramatists Guild of America.

Adam J. Natale is currently the Director of Membership &Program Development and oversees the organization's professional development programs as well as any new program development. With Fractured Atlas, Adam has spearheaded an artist health care advocacy/awareness campaign in Washington, D.C., created an innovative audience development program with organizations including Theatre Development Fund and High 5 Tickets to the Arts, and helped launch Fractured Atlas' online learning system, Fractured U. He has served as a panelist and/or conducted presentations at several arts organizations,including: Theatre Communications Group, Tisch Schoolof the Arts (NYU), National Performance Network, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (among others). He served the Theater & Musical Theater disciplines at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he worked on such programs as Shakespeare in American Communities and American Masterpieces and adjudicated grant applications for the Coming Up Taller Awards. Adam has served as an Associate Producer with the New York Musical Theatre Festival, past chair of Americans for the Arts' Emerging Leader Council, and is a freelance theater/musical theater director. He is a graduate of American University with a degree in Directing for Theatre and Film and is originally from Philadelphia.

Aaron Riccio is a creative writer, creator of the arts and entertainment site That Sounds Cool, and the lead critic and editor for Theater Talk's New Theater Corps. As part of the Show Showdown's race to review the most plays in a year, he has seen over 600 plays since January 2007, an endeavor that he realizes still pales in comparison to the work the  individual artists themselves put in on each production. Nonetheless,he's determined to continue to contribute in this way, driven by a passion for the arts and a committment to exploring, defining, and revealing the theatrical landscape of New York City. If it's new, he's interested.

James Scruggs was awarded the first ever NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his work in Disposable Men. A multi-channel video installation and performance,Disposable Men examines New York City shootings of unarmed black men. The production also garnered James the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Grant, the Edith and Bel Geddes Grant and an artist in residence position at HERE Arts Center. Disposable Men has toured through-out the East coast to; Seven Stages in Atlanta, Perishable in Providence, New World Theater in Amherst, The Painted Bride in Philadelphia and performances in Boston. James received a 2005 fellowship form The New Jersey State Council on the Arts for artistic excellence. He has served as a resident artist with Mabou Mines and was a featured American Playwright in a chapter contrasting his work with Suzan-Lori Parks called Interrogating America Through Theater And Performance, a textbook. He performed as the lead actor in Thomas Bradshaw's Purity at PS 122. He premiered his new piece (RUS)H, another collaboration with Kristin Marting and HERE Arts Center in  February 2008 at 3LD. He has a BFA in Film from School of Visual Arts.

DanielTalbott is the Artistic Director of Rising Phoenix Rep and a Literary Manager of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. He received a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award and two Dean Goodman Choice Awards for acting and is a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre's ATP. Most recently he has worked as an actor on Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film "Pretty Bird." Recent directing work includes Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC), Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), and The Reaching (Rising Phoenix Rep). His play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and at The Side Project in Chicago this past winter, and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology.

Lanie Zipoy is a public relations and marketing consultant for the arts. Her clients include Ground UP Productions, Impetuous Theater Group, and The Bridge Theatre. She created campaigns for Thoroughly Stupid Things (Outstanding Playwrighting Award, 2008 FringeNYC), 12th Night of the Living Dead, Michael Rubenfeld's Spain (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto), Jesus in Montana (Outstanding Solo Show, 2005FringeNYC), Twelfth Night: The Drinking Game (named one of the best Off-Off-Broadway productions of 2005 - 2006 by OffOffOnline.com), This Is Not A Pipe Dream, and Canadian import One Good Marriage. Lanie served as the Executive Producer of the Estrogenius Festival in 2007 and 2008.  She most recently produced Mac Rogers' Universal Robots at Manhattan Theatre Source.

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