Community Corner 2014
HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES AFFECTING OFF-OFF-BROADWAY
Curated by Heather Cohn
Here is a list of important events and happenings and ways for you to get involved now, support the community and help promote the needs of Indie Theatre. (Community Corner was originally created in May of 2009)
- Babie, Babies, Everywhere
There seems to be A LOT of OOB babies recently. Being an organization dedicated to celebration OOB, we can not think of a better reason to raise a glass (or a bottle):
- David Sedgwick & wife Jennifer welcomed Astrid in Jan. 2014
- Amanda & Craig Feldman added Maggie to their family in March 2014
- Julie Bain & husband Chas had little Aurora in May 2014
- Bobby Gore & Darlene Rae Heller brought home Livia in June 2014
- David Pincus & wife Colleen introduced Marai in July 2014
- Heather Cohn & Gus Schulenberg welcomed Marcena in August 2014
- Joe Mathers & Felicia Hudson are expecting
- and Rich Ferraioli is also anticipating a little arrival
- NYSCA survey
NYSCA is conducting a survey that will help determine its work plan for the next four years. Please take a moment to complete the survey and forward it to your colleagues and friends.
- NEA budget in jeopardy
Once again there are proposed cuts to the NEA budget, this year a decrease of $8 million from the current funding level. Take 2 minutes to write to your Congressperson using this easily customizable letter from Americans for the Arts.
- Happy 15 years to Project Y
Project Y Theatre Company celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. Congratulations!
- Who Pays Artists?
Check out this interesting new website that is trying to collect true information about how much artists get paid and expect to get paid. Fill in your own info anonymously.
Yes summer is a time of many festivals and two staples are fast approaching. The Midtown International Theatre Festival celebrates 15 years this summer and runs through early August. And the New York Musical Theatre Festival runs July 7-27. Tickets on sale now.
- Indie Theatre Week
Save the dates for Indie Theatre Week: July 20-27, including the famous Indie theatre softball game in Central Park (scheduled for July 26) Check out the details.
The subsidized rental program at HERE Arts Center is calling for applicants. They not only provide subsidized performance space, but rehearsal space, technical assistance and administrative support. For details visit HERE.
- NYSCA deadline approaching
Just a reminder that NYSCA's deadline is July 27th, and their new timeline for support is Jan-Dec 2015. Go to nysca.org for more info
- OOB <3 Sound Designers
When the American Theatre Wing announced that they would no longer present an award for sound design, there was a reaction from theatre creators across the country and it wasn't one of stunned silence. Many in the OOB community have been advocating for the Tony's to reinstate the award. Read more and find out how you can get involved.
- Planet Connections Festival
It's earlier than usual this year, and we wouldn't want you to miss it! Running through June 9. Details at planetconnections.org
- NYSCA applications open
New York State Council on the Arts applications for 2015 are now open (due June 27). Make sure you check the guidelines because there's a new step to this year's application.
- LIT space grant
Looking for rehearsal space for your Fringe show or another summer project? The League of Independent Theater is offering the next round of their space grants. Application due June 2nd. Learn more...
- Do you teach?
History Matters/Back to the Future's One Play at a Time Initiative is looking for college and university professors who teach drama to commit to teaching one historic woman playwright each semester. And students who are in classes with a One Play at a Time committed professor are eligible for the Judith Barlow Prize ($2,500 for an original one-act play). Check out the details
- FAB Load OUT
Head on down to East 4th Street on Saturday, April 26th from 12-3pm for this reuse & repurposing event where you can take home all the donated costumes, props, and furniture you can carry! Or is your storage space getting cramped? You can also donate items by scheduling an appointment with email@example.com. Check out the details.
- Women Stage the World
The League of Professional Theatre Women will be leading a parade on May 8th at 5:30pm in Times Square to advocate for more opportunities and visibility for women theatre artists. Learn more.
- Looking Glass 20 Years
Happy 20th Anniversary Season to the Looking Glass Theatre!
- New DCA Commissioner
This month Mayor de Blasio appointed Tom Finkelpearl, Executive Director of the Queens Museum, as the new Commissioner for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
Hopefully most of you are already taking advantage of this great program through TDF, but just in case you don't know about it (or missed the note back in November), here's the deal. Off-Off Broadway producers can register with TDF's "Off-Off@$9" program to offer $9 tickets to your shows. This is a great way to fill the house during that first week when ticket sales are often low.
- World Theatre Day is March 27
Be sure to check out the Around-the-World-Chain Play at the Lark that night at 7pm. Or watch it on live stream And this year's annual International Message will be written by South African playwright, designer & director Brett Bailey.
- 30/30's Latina/o theatre scheme
There are over 30 readings of US Latina/o plays scheduled this month and next across the country as part of NoPassport's 30/30 initiative. NYC companies participating include Pregones, Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Dramatic Question Theatre. It's not too late to get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the full schedule of readings.
- Looking for a home?
ArtCondo is a community-focused real-estate project based in New York City established to help artists, creative businesses and arts non-profits buy buildings together in various locations throughout the 5 boroughs. Buildings can be used as studio/work spaces or live/work, and will be organically connected to surrounding neighborhoods through the inclusion of neighborhood residents. If you're interested, fill out their survey now.
- Professional Development Opportunity
The Arts & Business Council of NY is holding a workshop on March 26th on segmenting your marketing and fundraising efforts. And it's FREE. Sign up.
- Arts Advocacy Day
Registration is now open for the March 24-25 Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by Americans for the Arts. You can get involved to meet with your members of Congress to advocate in support of issues like arts education and funding. Check out the details. Even if you aren't going to D.C., you can keep up-to-date on the Arts Advocacy Day Facebook page.
- Frigid Festival 2014
It's February which means it's Frigid time! The Frigid Festival run Feb 19 - March 9, with shows from Chicago, Canada, Texas, New York and more. Show schedules and ticket details are available on the FRIGID website.
- ART/NY Internship Fair
The Internship Fair will take place on March 15. Members of ART/NY must register if they want a table by March 6. Check out the details.
- NEA Chair
President Obama nominated Jane Chu as the chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, a position that has been vacant for more than a year! Chu is currently the president of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City. Find out more.
- News from The Brick
Indie theatre mover and shaker Mariah MacCarthy is a new Associate Artistic Director of The Brick. And feelance dramaturg Maryanne Olson is their new Literary Manager.
- Opportunities with LIT
The League of Independent Theater has several exciting opportunities right now: there are openings for 3 new board members and applications are available for both the LIT's subsidized rehearsal space and a new pilot program for working in schools in exchange for discounted space.
- National Center for Arts Research Report
Ever wish all the available data on U.S. arts and cultural organizations was analyzed by one source? On Feb. 10th at the Pershing Square Signature Center, there will be a FREE presentation of the NCAR's research on solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing arts leaders. You can read the report online or watch the Livestream of the presentation. Twitter @artsresearch
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