News and Updates
Free Night of Theater 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:05 PM

Reach new audiences through the new-and-improved Free Night NYC.

It is that time of year again for Free Night NYC. We’ve heard your feedback and have exciting changes to announce. These changes address concerns around the ticketing system and the no-show rates, so please take a look and sign up to participate by September 1, 2011.

In partnership with LA Stage Alliance and through a generous grant from Sony Pictures Entertainment, a brand new, enter-to-win ticketing system has been created for use across the country. 

What’s different about this system?

  1. It will no longer be a race to the finish for our patrons to get tickets. Instead, audiences will have one week to peruse the site and choose their top 5 picks in priority order.
  2. Participating theaters will no longer need to allocate the number of tickets to any given performance until seeing the demand for the particular show. Once the number of requests is received, theaters can determine how many tickets to give.
  3. Free Night NYC will offer two blocks of ticket releases to the patrons. The first block is for performances between October 1-16 and the second block is for performances between October 17-31. This will not affect the inputting of shows for participating theaters, but will assist in the curbing of no-show rates.
  4. There will be a webinar training session hosted by LA Stage Alliance and NYC’s Regional Administrator on Monday, August 15 at 2pm EST.  This will be between 45-90 minutes in duration.

 

Who participates in Free Night of Theater?

Last year 140 theatres across all five boroughs offered over 400 performances that were enjoyed by 10,000 theatergoers; 80% of whom were first-time visitors to their FREE NIGHT theatre.  54% of these audience members were under the age of 35; 20% between 35 and 44 years old!  Women accounted for 66% of the participants, and they were quite diverse: 36% were White; 16% Hispanic/Latino; 14% African-American; and 12% Asian American/Pacific Islanders.  In fact, New York City’s audience was much more diverse than the national average (52% White; 10.7% Hispanic/Latino; 10.6% African-American and 9.8% Asian-American/Pacific Islanders) and skewed slightly younger. 

New to Free Night NYC? For more information or to sign up to participate, visit www.freenightnyc.net or email Jennifer Conley Darling at [email protected].

 

Free Night NYC Managing Partners

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York
The Arts & Business Council of New York
The League of Independent Theater
Theatre Development Fund
Theatre Communications Group

 
A.R.T./New York Members Rock the 2011 New York Innovative Theatre Awards
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 12:00 AM
New York Innovative Theatre Awards

On Monday, August 1, 2011, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation announced the contenders for its 2011 IT Awards. Out of 121 total nominees, A.R.T./New York's member theatres racked up an astounding 51 nominations and were represented in all 19 award categories!

Since 2004, the IT Awards have honored the outstanding work being done by New York City's Off-Off-Broadway artists. And as this year's nominations affirm, A.R.T./New York's prolific small and emerging theatres play a significant role in the continued vitality of this important community. We are so proud to support these innovative artists!

The IT Awards Ceremony will be held on September 19, 2011. For more information, visit www.nyitawards.com. Below is a list of A.R.T./New York members who were nominated for awards.

Outstanding Ensemble

Tonya Canada, Megan Hill, Polly Lee, Michael Levinton, Hugh Sinclair, Laura von Holt, Donya K. Washington, Stephanie Weeks, Merlin Whitehawk, (oh my god I am so) THIRST(y), Little Lord (a theater company)

Whitney Branan, Jennifer DiDonato, Tauren Hagans, Robert Anthony Jones, Edward Juvier, Lorinne Lampert, Aaron J. Libby, Jake Mendes, Trey Mitchell, Jan-Peter Pedross, Colin Pritchard, Megan Rosenblatt, Chloe Sabin, Dawn Trautman, Craig Treubert, Tyler Wallach, Eric Weaver, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Outstanding Solo Performance

Andrea Caban, Questions My Mother Can't Answer, Coyote REP Theatre Company & the terraNOVA Collective

Nat Cassidy, Things At The Doorstep: An Evening of Horror Based on the Works of H.P. Lovecraft, Manhattan Theatre Source

Greg Oliver Bodine, and Nat Cassidy Grant Neale, Polanski, Polanski, terraNOVA Collective

Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role

David Darrow, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Colin Pritchard, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role

Becky Byers, Dog Act, Flux Theatre Ensemble

Nicole Taylor, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Laura von Holt, (oh my god I am so) THIRST(y), Little Lord (a theater company)

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role

Trent Dawson, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Jeff Paul, Interchange, WorkShop Theater Company

Craig E. Treubert, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role

Kelly Anne Burns, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Daphne Gaines, The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Outstanding Director

Michole Biancosino, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Hans Friedrichs, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Leslie Kincaid Burby, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Paul Zimet, The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Outstanding Choreography/Movement

Karina Casiano and Daniel Irizarry, The Orphans, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club presents La Criatura Theater

Aaron Haskell, Wake Up, You're Dead, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Christine O'Grady, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Outstanding Lighting Design

Ben Hagen, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Duane Pagano, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Stan Pressner, Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Outstanding Costume Design

Machine Dazzle, The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Ryan J. Moller, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

Outstanding Set Design

Kevin Judge, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Duane Pagano, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Jason Paradine, Dog Act, Flux Theatre Ensemble

Outstanding Sound Design

Quentin Chiappetta, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Christopher Loar, (un)afraid, New York Neo-Futurists

Amit Prakash, The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

Outstanding Innovative Design

Volodymyr Klyuzko and Mikhail Shraga, Projection Design, Raven, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Alex Koch, Video and Projection Design, Feeder: A Love Story by James Carter, terraNOVA Collective

Outstanding Original Music

Live Footage, Displaced Wedding, New Worlds Theatre Project

Colonna Sonora, Woyzeck, Toy Box Theatre Company

Outstanding Original Short Script

Vincent Marano, My Baby, Ingenius Short Play Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source

Outstanding Original Full-Length Script

Eddie Antar, The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

Outstanding Performance Art Production

(un)afraid, New York Neo-Futurists

Hold Music, PegLeg Productions / Culture Project's Women Center Stage 2011

Locker #4173b, New York Neo-Futurists

Wake Up, You're Dead, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Woman of Leisure and Panic, terraNOVA Collective

Outstanding Production of a Musical

(oh my god I am so) THIRST(y), Little Lord (a theater company)

Reefer Madnes the musical, The Gallery Players

The Drowsy Chaperone, The Gallery Players

The Human Comedy, Astoria Performing Arts Center

The Walk Across America For Mother Earth, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club

Outstanding Production of a Play

The Navigator, WorkShop Theater Company

The Revival, Project Y Theatre Company

 
Happy 50th Birthday, NYSCA
Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:00 AM

 

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Arts Coalition has launched the first part of Fifty Years, Fifty Stories, an online video campaign celebrating the NYSCA's 50 years of support for the performing arts in NYC. As part of this campaign, A.R.T./New York is seeking 10-12 videos from the theatre community.

Norma Munn of the NYC Arts Coalition suggested that these videos be as much fun as possible, and we encourage you to get creative in showing how NYSCA has helped your organization.  If NYSCA’s Capital Fund helped you build a theater, find a creative way to show off your space.  If you are in rehearsals, try to get your actors to thank NYSCA for making the production possible.  If NYSCA’s GOS money helps pay for your air conditioning, a staff member, your copy machine, your desk, your phones, anything that is tangible –- find a creative way to say thank you, and go for it. If you need inspiration, be sure to check out the What Is A.R.T./New York video that Rehana Leu Mirza, Susan Bernfield and Catherine Porter helped create last year for our website.

If you are interested in speaking on behalf of the theatre community, please read the information below and contact Taylor Gramps at [email protected].

INFORMATION & GUIDELINES

Video Content

Create a DIY video story for the New York City Arts Coalition in celebration of the New York State Council on the Arts’ 50th Anniversary. The cao to hear the personal story of how funding from NYSCA impacted your work as an artist. What difference did such funding make when you were starting out? Were there critical moments in the development of your organization at which NYSCA provided essential support? Did the “good housekeeping seal of approval” of NYSCA support make other funding sources pay more attention? Have you been able to provide more access to a larger audience because of NYSCA support?

NYC Arts Coalition would prefer that these stories come from artists, rather than administrators and artists representatives, and be as personal as possible.

Format

Submitted stories should be one minute or less in length and be in .mov, .mp4 or .m4v format. Videos in these formats can easily be created using a flip cam, iPhone, iPad, webcam or other digital video device.

If you need a camera, please contact Max Dana, Digital Programs Manager at [email protected] york.org to borrow one of the three A.R.T./New York flip cams available for member use.

Additional Guidelines

Please include the following three elements in your submission, with a break between each section.

  1. “Happy 50th Birthday” to NYSCA. This will serve as a tag line for all videos.
  2. Your story. We leave the creative aspects of this part entirely in your hands, but do include a sentence identifying yourself and your organization. Feel free to include as background your work space or whatever you feel is helpful. This is the section which should be one minute or less.
  3. A brief take that describes your organization more fully. Include, if possible, some shots of your rehearsal or organization’s space.

Please do not submit more than the three clips outlined above. We reserve the right to edit your submission, though we will take care not to edit the videos in a way that would alter the meaning of what you have said. 

Note: We are not asking you to include an appeal for support from the state legislators for NYSCA. That can best be done in other ways, and we want these videos to speak to the value of NYSCA and your work as an artist.

Submission

All submissions should be made to the NYC Arts Coalition, who will make the final selection for the campaign. Once you agree to participate, you will receive an email from the NYC Arts Coalition Dropbox account informing you that they have shared a folder with you. Place the video in the Dropbox and send a confirmation e-mail to project manager Lacey Althouse at [email protected] that includes the name, title and organization for the person you would like identified in the video. NYC Arts Coalition will make the final selection of videos to be included in the campaign.

Please contact Taylor Gramps at (212) 244-6667, ext. 228 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

EXAMPLES

Below are example videos from A.R.T./New York members Ping Chong & Company and Lone Wolf Tribe.



 
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