Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NEW YORK INNOVATIVE THEATRE AWARD WINNERS 2018








 For several years now, it has been my privilege to serve as a judge for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The organization brings recognition to the great work being done in New York City's Off-Off-Broadway, honors its artistic heritage, and provides a meeting ground for this extensive community. 

For me, however, the great honor of being a judge is that it gets me to all sorts of out-of-the-way spaces, where I have had the thrill of experiencing the magic that creative, dedicated, and highly talented theater artists are able to conjure, generally with very limited resources.   



















Outstanding Premiere Production:
THE SNOW QUEEN
The 2018 IT Award winners were selected from a pool of nominees that include 157 individual artists, 53 different productions, and 52 different theatre companies in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. 

Kudos to the winners listed here and, indeed, to all who work so diligently to bring live theater to all corners of the city. 













Outstanding Production of a Musical:
1917-2017: TYCHYNA, ZHADAN and the DOGS











Outstanding Play Revival:
DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Outstanding Ensemble:
FOLLIES










Outstanding Revival of a Play
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea    
Sea Dog Theater

Outstanding Premiere Production
The Snow Queen    
Blessed Unrest in association with New Ohio Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical
1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs    
Yara Arts Group in association with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

Outstanding Performance Art Production
Soot and Spit    
Our Voices Theater in association with New Ohio Theatre and IRT Theater

Outstanding Ensemble
Follies    
Astoria Performing Arts Center

Outstanding Original Full-Length Script
Eric Avil├ęs 
Where You From? What You Be About?    
Liberation Arts Collective    

Outstanding Original Short Script
Joseph Hefner 
Agency    
The Company Ink in association with Michael Johnson    

Outstanding Director
Mark Lewis 
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea    
Sea Dog Theater    

Outstanding Choreography/Movement
Sara Brians 
Follies    
Astoria Performing Arts Center    

Outstanding Set Design
Maruti Evans 
Precious Little Talent    
Shea Delves Productions    


Outstanding Lighting Design
Stacey Boggs 
AMP    
Goode Productions    


Outstanding Sound Design
Dan Bianchi & Wes Shippee 
The 9th Annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival    
Radiotheatre in association with Theater At St. John's    


Outstanding Costume Design
Jennifer Jacob 
Follies    
Astoria Performing Arts Center    

Outstanding Innovative Design
Lisa Renkel 
Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home    
Poetic Theater Productions    

Outstanding Original Music
Julian Kytasty, Serhiy Zhadan & the Dogs 
1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs    
Yara Arts Group in association with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club    

Outstanding Solo Performance
Valerie Redd 
You / Emma    
Wandering Bark Theatre Company in association with IRT Theater    

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role
Ryan McCurdy 
Greencard Wedding    
Goode Productions    

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role
Maggie Low 
Chickens in the Yard    
Adjusted Realists    

Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role
Todd Ritch 
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee    
5th Floor Theatre Company    

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
LaDonna Burns 
Follies    
Astoria Performing Arts Center    



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