About the IT Awards


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 IT 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

Advancing public interest in and understanding of the theatrical arts

The IT Awards’ process involves all levels of the New York theatre community.


Off-Off Broadway Community – We recognize some of the best work being done by the estimated 40,000 artists working in Off-Off-Broadway each year.


Audience Participation – Audience members have a voice, too. They can log on and offer their scores for theatre they see.


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 through out the season.


Awards Committee – Artistic directors and theatre professionals determine the recipients of the honorary IT awards.


Volunteers – Members of our community, along with business professionals who give their time and resources to support the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

At the end of the theatre season, a high-profile awards ceremony celebrates this entire community while honoring some of the most extraordinary work of the year.