About The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation
The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation was created to bring recognition to the great work being done in New York City's Off-Off-Broadway, to honor its artistic heritage, and to provide a meeting ground for this extensive community. The organization advocates for Off-Off-Broadway and recognizes the unique and essential role it plays in contributing to American and global culture. We believe that publicly recognizing excellence in Off-Off-Broadway will expand audience awareness and appreciation of the full New York theatre experience.
The Innovative Theatre Awards is a not-for-profit arts organization supporting the Off-Off-Broadway community by celebrating and recognizing extraordinary Off-Off-Broadway theatre, strengthening the community and collective identity of Off-Off-Broadway, honoring our artistic heritage, and advancing public interest in and understanding of the theatrical arts. We recognize some of the best work being done by the estimated 40,000 artists working in Off-Off-Broadway each year.
The Selection Process
Want to get involved in the selection process? Find out how to join this year's judging pool here!
The IT Awards’ process involves all levels of the New York theatre community. Here's how our selection process works:
Judging Pool: Artists from all levels of Off-Off-Broadway theatre, as well as professionals from the New York theatre and entertainment community at large, evaluate productions throughout the season. Three registered judges are selected at random for each eligible show.
Volunteers: Members of our community, along with business professionals who give their time and resources to support the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
Audience Participation: Audience members have a voice, too. They can log on and offer their scores for theatre they see. The audience vote counts as the final 25% of each eligible show's score.
Awards Committee: Artistic directors and theatre professionals determine the recipients of the Honorary IT Awards. Learn more about the Honorary Awards here.
Category Selection: Producers of each eligible show select the categories they would like to be considered for upon registration. Each year, the artists or productions with the top scores in each category are honored as the Nominees.
Our "seasons" run from June 1 through May 31 each year. Nominees are typically announced in July, and recipients are typically announced in September at the IT Awards ceremony, where the organization and the Off-Off-Broadway community are invited to gather in honoring the most extraordinary work of the theater season.
The IT Awards Staff
The Honorary Awards Committee
For more information about our Honorary Awards, including:
The Stage Manager Award
Caffe Cino Fellowship
Ellen Stewart Award
The Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award
Please see our NOMINATE page!
A full list of the 2020 Honorary Awards Committee will be posted soon.
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