November 18, 2014
This past summer, the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation polled theater community members and asked them to name the most iconic people in the world of off-off-Broadway. It turned out that I was one of the top ten mentioned (along with true indie theater pioneers like Judith Molina and Joe Cino).
But there's more. The NYIT folks came up with this fellow, "Flat Martin," and he got instagrammed and tweeted all over the place as part of their 10th anniversary festivities. (There's a Flat Judith and a Flat Joe, too... and others, of course!) It made for a pretty heady few weeks-and they happened to coincide with our own 15th anniversary here at NYTE.
Now, as we begin our 16th year as a theater service organization (and our 19th year online), we have to live up to (and hopefully surpass) this record of achievement. We've undergone countless changes in our various service offerings over the years, but our fundamentals remain the same.
We've just come off reviewing every show in the New York International Fringe Festival on our nytheater now website for the 13th year in a row, for example; and on August 7th, we published our 1,000th play on Indie Theater Now. (That's in just three years of existence; has any other publisher brought more new excellent American plays to the public in such a short period?)
As we have since we opened our virtual doors, NYTE has a simple vision:to make it easy and fun for people to discover rich and rewarding theater experiences within the world of indie theater.
Indie Theater Now--which encompasses not just www.indietheaternow.com but also nytheater now, The Farm Report Blog, our Twitter feed with more than 4,000 followers, our Facebook page, the ITN podcast, and much more--is the manifestation of that mission.
We're proud to bring exciting new plays and playwrights to our readers' attention via an array of diverse and engaging digital content. For example, during the past month we've featured two new works by emerging playwright Tyler Grimes by publishing both scripts as well as interviews with Tyler on our websites and podcast. And we highlighted a pair of brand new plays by rising Latina author Cecilia Copeland with online content and at a talkback that I hosted this past Saturday after a performance of the show, RCulture.
Yours truly with actors Romy Nordlinger, Rachel A. Collins, and Jennifer Harder at the RCulture talkback; Nov 15 '14
We can only continue to do what we do thanks to the generous folks like you who support our work with tax-deductible contributions each year. Revenues and grants from organizations like the New York State Council on the Arts are not sufficient to meet our annual budget. So if you are able, please show your commitment to discovering tomorrow's theater pioneers by making a secure donation with your credit card at http://goo.gl/28VKZ (this will take you to our donation processor, Network for Good).
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We want to keep finding innovative and useful ways to serve the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on us to help them discover the best indie theater that America has to offer. With your help, we will.
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