Update: May 2013 


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MAY 2013                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                  Issue 96
Doug Strassler, Editor                                    www.nyitawards.com  

New Faces at the IT Awards

We would like to congratulate Hillary Cohen. She has accepted a new position representing a significant move in her development career, and has therefore resigned from the IT Awards staff.  Hillary has managed the Judge Coordinator position for several years, and has been a key staff member since the launch party on Summer Solstice in 2004. We are deeply grateful for all of her contributions to the Foundation across numerous areas over the last 9 years.

We are very excited to welcome David Stern and Jenna Rafferty to our core staff. Starting in June, they will take over the Judge Wrangler duties.

David Stern
has been an At-Large judge since our first year, and is one of our finest. He has a broad perspective in theatre and has great insight into how the IT Awards judging process works.


Jenna Rafferty
first joined us with the 2012 Ceremony, and recently on the Sandy relief outreach.  She is well-organized, friendly and enthusiastic.

Please join us in thanking Hillary, and welcoming David and Jenna to our team!



The 2013 Innovative Theatre Awards Nominee Announcement Party 
Monday, July 22, 2013 
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It's a brave new world with print press...
On Friday, the Village Voice let go long time contributor Michael Musto and Chief Theater Critic Michael Feingold. Two weeks ago, days before the close of the Broadway season, Back Stage announced that they were NO longer going to be reviewing ANY theater. On the phone with Adam Feldman at Time Out, I remarked "you're one of the last men standing..." and he acknowledged that and added "I am very saddened by the end of Michael Feingold's tenure at the Voice. The changing media landscape seems to offer less and less space for professional arts journalists, even the best of them." Even online listings and reviews from high-profile outlets are not guaranteed when the manpower is diminished and resources are scarce. Things are bad, and we are feeling it on our end, they are feeling it in their jobs.

What do we do? We embrace what we do have: social media, online listings (that we manually upload), friends and family, our Indie Theater network--support EACH OTHER, support work that you believe in, embrace change, embrace strangers that are doing work that you are passionate about, network, use the phone, use yourself, create a new art of criticism, create a new outlet to get the word out, push on, newspaper and television replaced the town meeting, now we get to figure out what will replace newspaper. With the support of each other, our work will be seen, heard, interpreted, critiqued, amplified, and respected. 
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Work with us, learn with us! Intern with ITF in 2013!

We are currently accepting applications for our internship program for our 2013 season The Innovative Theatre Foundation Internship Program offers a rich and challenging experience for qualified college students, graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater.


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Spotlight On: Virginia Bartholomew



Virginia "Ginny" Bartholomew

by Christopher Borg 

Virginia Bartholomew
We try not to repeat our subjects in the IT Awards Spotlight. And sadly, it is with heavy heart that we break our own rule to say goodbye to one of our own. Thankfully, it is also an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate the life and work of a member of our community who left too soon.

I first wrote about Ginny Bartholomew in 2011, the year she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of the infamous Scottish Queen in Redd Tail Theatre Company's riveting production of Macbeth. She was working with the Pearl Theatre Company, covering roles in their production of Richard II.

On April 22, 2013, Virginia Bartholomew passed away after losing a heroic battle with a rare cancer.


A Manhattan-based actor, director and teaching artist, Ginny grew up in rural Ohio listening to her dad tune pianos and turning pages for her mom who played in the orchestra pit. In New York, she worked in indie film, improv comedy and classical theatre. Her one-woman show, Frankenstein with Mary Shelley won the Best Adaptation award with United Solo. As a founding cast member of The Powel Crosley Theatre's Shakespeare on the Bay Festival in Sarasota, FL, Virginia played Titania, Beatrice, Adriana, Maria in Twelfth Night and Lady Bracknell in Earnest. Other favorite roles included Beth in Dinner with Friends and Carol Burnett This Time Together.

She was a teaching artist with Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival where she was developing Shakespeare workshops for persons with early Alzheimer's. She was a kayaker and a hiker and a dog lover.

Byrne Harrison, a friend and theatre critic for StageBuzz.com, said of her: "One of the things that most impressed me about Ginny was her genuine enthusiasm for the work she was doing. When she would talk to me about her current or upcoming projects, she was so excited. It was never just marketing. It was the joy of someone who cared about her craft and knew how lucky she was to be successful doing something she loved."

Ginny and her fiancé Jim had decided that they would prefer a green burial, meaning that no embalming or chemicals would be used. "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." So on April 25th, she was laid to rest in a woven casket at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to return to the earth in a beautiful, emerald green, fully-biodegradable evening gown. A final gesture of giving back.

And a very elegant and graceful exit by a leading lady. 





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