The 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominees were announced on Monday, July 21st at 42West Night Club. A distinguished group of artists announced the nominees: Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Actor, Playwright, and Producer; Jody Christopherson, Performer, Writer, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of New York Theatre Review; Blake Lawrence Bradford, Event Producer and Fundraising Consultant; Jason Cicci, Artistic Director of Monday Morning Productions; Chis Harcum, Actor, playwright, Executive Director of Elephant Run District and Managing Director of the League of Independent Theater; Sara Thigpen, Actor and Director at Boomerang Theatre Company. The 2014 Nominees represent of 130 individual nominees, 57 producing organizations, and 58 productions.
by James Comtois
New York independent theatre has seen a surge of science fiction plays in the past couple of years – and the trend appears to be growing. James Comtois explores how Off-Off-Broadway is taking on this exciting trend.
by Christopher Borg
Tom Wojtunik is the director with the golden touch! A two-time IT Award nominee for Outstanding Director for his productions of Edenville (Emerging Artists Theatre) and Blood Brothers (APAC), two other productions he directed received IT Awards for Outstanding Production of a Musical: Children of Eden (APAC) and Urinetown, The Musical (The Gallery Players). I caught up with Tom to ask him about the sci-fi-themed shows he is currently directing at the NYMF Festival.
by Zack Calhoon
Kevin Cunningham is an award-winning New York based artist, designer, writer, director, producer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and 3LD Art & Technology Center, 3-Legged Dog's multi venue high tech development studio in Lower Manhattan. Work at 3LD is some of the most innovative work currently happening in the United States.
Hi! I'm Flat Indie! My friends and I love to see Independent Theatre. Whenever you go to an Off-Off-Broadway show, take me along, snap a photo and share the fun.
by Zack Calhoon
Saundra (Sandy) Yaklin is a freelance set designer/fabricator living in Queens. In December 2013, she opened The Sand Box, a rehearsal and shop space in Long Island City. In late spring 2014, she will be launching "The Shared Independent Theatre List" (a.k.a. the Sh.I.T. List), a website for recycling set pieces and other theatre goods funded by the LIT Fund. Current theatrical projects include Richard 3 (Queens Players, set design), Dark Water (MT Works, technical direction), The Family Play (Collaboration Town, technical direction/set consultant) and The Understudy (Secret Theatre, set design). Recent projects include the 2013 Gotham Awards (IFP, set management and fabrication), Frankenstein Upstairs (Gideon Productions, set design), You Will Make a Difference (AliveWire Theatrics, set design) and Sovereign (Gideon Productions, set design). Zack Calhoon interviewed Yaklin about her many endeavors.
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