2nd Indie Theater Convocation  

Doug Strassler 
8/18/2008 

Although last year saw no meeting, things got back on track with the 2nd Indie Theater Convocation on July 12, hosted by John Clancy and Martin and Rochelle Denton at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The three spoke in front of a full house comprising a who’s who of the versatile world of Off-Off-Broadway. After a hysterical introduction by first Martin and then Rochelle, the Dentons spoke about progress made since the first Indie Theater Convocation in 2006 and introduced specific initiatives either recently or soon to be launched to unite the community. Specifically, Martin Denton spoke about a web 2.0 launch on www.indietheatre.org. This site is to include an artist directory, podcasts and video trailers, among other uses of media.

Denton also broached the topic of The League of Independent Theater, the Off-Off-Broadway advocacy group. The goals of LITNY are “to unify the community, articulate its positions and convince the controlling powers to adopt those positions,” according to the website, www.litny.org. LITNY emerged from the 2006 convocation.

John Clancy led an open forum during the second hour of the meeting. Many attendees voiced concerns and asked about other ways to bridge the OOB community. For instance, members of Actors’ Equity Association learned how to use their position within the AEA Off-Off-Broadway committee. They can contact the appropriate representative at Equity and tell them about their interest in joining. As long as they attend two meetings, anyone can become a member. Also mentioned was the possibility of a TCG event with a free night of theatre.

Much headway was made at this year’s convocation, both in terms of ideas broached and new relationships forged among members of the community. Here’s looking forward to the third convocation.

Minutes from the meeting are available on www.indietheater.org.

 

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