New Faces at the IT Awards
THANK YOU HILLARY!
We would like to congratulate Hillary Cohen
She has accepted a new position representing a significant move in her
development career, and has therefore resigned from the IT Awards
staff. Hillary has managed the Judge Coordinator position for several
years, and has been a key staff member since the launch party on Summer
Solstice in 2004. We are deeply grateful for all of her contributions to
the Foundation across numerous areas over the last 9 years.WELCOME NEW JUDGE WRANGLERS
are very excited to welcome David Stern and Jenna Rafferty to our core
staff. Starting in June, they will take over the Judge Wrangler duties.
has been an At-Large judge since our first year, and is one of our
finest. He has a broad perspective in theatre and has great insight into
how the IT Awards judging process works.
first joined us with the 2012 Ceremony, and recently on the Sandy
relief outreach. She is well-organized, friendly and enthusiastic.Please join us in thanking Hillary, and welcoming David and Jenna to our team!
The 2013 Innovative Theatre Awards Nominee Announcement Party
Monday, July 22, 2013
More details soon
WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT
DIMINISHING PRINT PRESS?
It's a brave new world with print press...
Friday, the Village Voice let go long time contributor Michael Musto
and Chief Theater Critic Michael Feingold. Two weeks ago, days before
the close of the Broadway season, Back Stage announced that they were NO
longer going to be reviewing ANY theater. On the phone with Adam
Feldman at Time Out, I remarked "you're one of the last men standing..." and he acknowledged that and added "I
am very saddened by the end of Michael Feingold's tenure at the Voice.
The changing media landscape seems to offer less and less space for
professional arts journalists, even the best of them." Even online
listings and reviews from high-profile outlets are not guaranteed when
the manpower is diminished and resources are scarce. Things are bad, and
we are feeling it on our end, they are feeling it in their jobs.
What do we do?
We embrace what we do have: social media, online listings (that we
manually upload), friends and family, our Indie Theater network--support
EACH OTHER, support work that you believe in, embrace change, embrace
strangers that are doing work that you are passionate about, network,
use the phone, use yourself, create a new art of criticism, create a new
outlet to get the word out, push on, newspaper and television replaced
the town meeting, now we get to figure out what will replace newspaper.
With the support of each other, our work will be seen, heard,
interpreted, critiqued, amplified, and respected.
|CURATED BY HEATHER COHN
- Support Women's Equality in Theatre
Join the League of Professional Theatre Women on June 11 from 6-7:30pm as they march in support of women's equality in theatre - learn more...
- Ice Factory festival celebrates 20 years
The New Ohio celebrates 20 years of its Ice Factory
festival, which presents cutting edge new works. Their Benefit Sunset
Cocktail Party will take place on the roof of their new venue on June 20 from 7:00-10:00pm. Tickets are available now.
- TCG Blog Salons
In the lead up to the TCG National Conference in Dallas this June, the TCG Circle is hosting blog salons this month on: Artistic Innovation (curated by Caridad Svich), Diversity & Inclusion (curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton), Financial Adaptation (curated by Adam Thurman) and Audience Engagement (curated by David J. Loehr).
- Cultural Resource Network
The new Cultural Resource Network is an exciting open-source network on culture-related research. And while you're visiting Ian David Moss' post, if you aren't familiar with the wonderful Fractured Atlas' blog,
you should be. There are always interesting posts relevant to Indie
theatres on topics such as fundraising, policy, technology, business
models and jobs.
- Planet Connections kicks off
The Planet Connection Theatre Festivity, the only eco-friendly theatre festival in NYC, kicks off May 29th and runs through June 23rd. Check out the full calendar.
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
Internship Applications Now Available
Work with us, learn with us! Intern with ITF in 2013!
are currently accepting applications for our internship program for
our 2013 season The Innovative Theatre Foundation Internship Program
offers a rich and challenging experience for qualified college
students, graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing
careers in professional theater.
Should I Do This?
Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.
find yourself trying to decided whether or not to take on an additional
project? If so maybe these guidelines can help you decide.
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Virginia "Ginny" Bartholomew
by Christopher Borg
We try not to repeat our subjects in the IT Awards Spotlight. And
sadly, it is with heavy heart that we break our own rule to say goodbye
to one of our own. Thankfully, it is also an opportunity for us to honor
and celebrate the life and work of a member of our community who left
I first wrote about Ginny Bartholomew in 2011, the year
she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role for her
portrayal of the infamous Scottish Queen in Redd Tail Theatre Company's
riveting production of Macbeth
. She was working with the Pearl Theatre Company, covering roles in their production of Richard II
On April 22, 2013, Virginia Bartholomew passed away after losing a heroic battle with a rare cancer.
Manhattan-based actor, director and teaching artist, Ginny grew up in
rural Ohio listening to her dad tune pianos and turning pages for her
mom who played in the orchestra pit. In New York, she worked in indie
film, improv comedy and classical theatre. Her one-woman show, Frankenstein with Mary Shelley
won the Best Adaptation award with United Solo. As a founding cast
member of The Powel Crosley Theatre's Shakespeare on the Bay Festival in
Sarasota, FL, Virginia played Titania, Beatrice, Adriana, Maria in Twelfth Night
and Lady Bracknell in Earnest
. Other favorite roles included Beth in Dinner with Friends
and Carol Burnett This Time Together
was a teaching artist with Hudson Valley Shakespeare festival where she
was developing Shakespeare workshops for persons with early
Alzheimer's. She was a kayaker and a hiker and a dog lover.
Byrne Harrison, a friend and theatre critic for StageBuzz.com
said of her: "One of the things that most impressed me about Ginny was
her genuine enthusiasm for the work she was doing. When she would talk
to me about her current or upcoming projects, she was so excited. It was
never just marketing. It was the joy of someone who cared about her
craft and knew how lucky she was to be successful doing something she
Ginny and her fiancé Jim had decided that they would
prefer a green burial, meaning that no embalming or chemicals would be
used. "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust." So on April 25th, she was laid to
rest in a woven casket at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to return to the
earth in a beautiful, emerald green, fully-biodegradable evening gown. A
final gesture of giving back.And a very elegant and graceful exit by a leading lady.
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