The 11th Annual Innovative Theatre Awards Honor Off-Off Broadway’s Finest

 

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By Marcina Zaccaria

 

 

The New York Innovative Theatre Awards were held on Monday, September 21 at Mason Hall. The 11th Annual Awards celebrated a year of the best performances Off-Off Broadway.

The winners were in great spirits, often thanking their spouse, and wishing the best for years of theater to come. The swift evening, directed by Tim Errickson, proceeded without a hitch. With a goal of recognizing Off-Off-Broadway in order to “expand audience awareness and foster greater appreciation of the New York theatre experience,” the NY Innovative Theater Awards have a great sense of ease.

The suave Jason Kravits (who played ADA Richard Bay on TV’s The Practice) made for a fine host, introducing theater artists, Woodie King Jr., David Auburn, David Greenspan, and Vallejo Gantner, among others. The show featured a live webcast. Theater devotees reminded the audience that theater is about experimentation and collaboration.

The Awards got off to a great start with a rap performance of the song, Tick, Tick, Tick, Boom. Then, Featured Actors Awards were announced. Before the end of the evening, actors, designers, and stage managers were awarded. The recipients came from a pool of 145 individual nominees, 57 productions, and 55 theatre companies. Nearly 2,000 artists and 500 companies have been honored in year’s past.

To share an evening like this among friends seems like a bit of a homecoming, and can feel like the best of all possible worlds. Although it would have been great to hear longer tributes about the downtown theater scene since the 1960s, I was glad to see theater artists – young and old – filling the large space at Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Mason Hall and celebrating the year’s victories.

 

 

Special awards were presented in the following categories:Artistic Achievement Award Recipient:  Marshall W. MasonEllen Stewart Award:  HERE Arts Center

Caffé Cino Fellowship Award:  Theatre 167

Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award:  Andrea Alton

Outstanding Stage Manager:  Juni Li

 

A complete list of winners follows:

 

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLEMuch Ado About Nothing, Smith Street Stage, Inc.OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCESylvia Milo

The Other Mozart , Little Matchstick Factory

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE

Dan McVey

Pretty Babies , Elsinore County

 

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE

Mel House

In The Bones , Astoria Performing Arts Center

 

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

Matthew Trumbull

The Temple, or Lebensraum,  Tin Drum Productions in Association with MozzleStead

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

Emily Koch

In The Bones , Astoria Performing Arts Center

 

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT

Isaac Bush

The Mountain, The Circle Theater of New York

 

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Isaac Byrne

In Vestments, Theatre 4the People

 

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

Nicole Pearce

The Law of Return, Newsom Zipoy Productions

 

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN

Debbi Hobson

Unmentionables, Nylon Fusion Collective

Magdalena Dabrowska & Miodrag Guberinic

The Other Mozart, Little Matchstick Factory

 

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN

Carolyn Mraz

The Twelfth Labor, Loading Dock Theatre Company

 

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN

Jeanne Travis

The Temple, or Lebensraum, Tin Drum Productions in Association with MozzleStead

 

OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE DESIGN

Stephanie Cox-Williams

(Gore & Blood Effects)

R & J & Z, Hard Sparks

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC

Phyllis Chen  &  Nathan Davis

The Other Mozart, Little Matchstick Factory

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SHORT SCRIPT

Lisa Bruna

Invasion from Estrogenius: Andi’s Night, manhattan theatre source

 

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH SCRIPT

Micheline Auger

Donkey Punch, Ivy Theatre Company

 

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ART PRODUCTION

Night

The New Stage Theatre Company

 

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL

Merrily We Roll Along

Astoria Performing Arts Center

 

OUTSTANDING PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF A PLAY

In Vestments

Theatre 4the People

 

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY

Much Ado About Nothing

Smith Street Stage, Inc.

For more information about the New York Innovative Theater Awards, feel free to visit www.nyitawards.com.

 

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