Person of the Decade #4

January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

We're kicking off 2015 with the announcement of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame's fourth Person of the Decade.

The deserving honoree is Kristin Marting. (Learn more about Kristin at the Hall of Fame website.)

If you're reading this, then you probably know that Kristin is the artistic director of HERE, which for more than 20 years has been one of NYC's leading laboraties, incubators and presenters of challenging, diverse, genre-defying, and thrilling new indie theater. Dozens of Hall of Fame members, from Peter S. Petralia to The Talking Band to Taylor Mac, have been produced at HERE under Kristin's leadership. One of the new plays coming to Indie Theater Now's Plays and Playwrights 2015 anthology, Blake Bishton's Unequilibrium, originated in HERE's landmark Sublet Series,

Kristin is also a brilliant and endlessly inventive director and creator of theater. In 2010, the year she was inducted in the Hall of Fame, she collaborated on Sounding, about which I wrote: "Sounding is the kind of visceral, exciting theatre experience that defies genre or label: this new work from Jennifer Gibbs, Kristin Marting, and Kamala Sankaram blends elements from many areas of performance into something full of life and invention. It's a captivating work, brimming with energy..." That's par for the course for Kristin.

Up next for Kristin and HERE is the 2015 Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now Festival, which runs from January 8 - 17 and features seven projects from the world of opera and theater, including world premieres and works in progress. This is must-see theater for those interested in the cutting-edge of musical theater; the cutting edge is always where Kristin and her collaborators operate, after all!

Please join me in congratulating Kristin on being one of Indie Theater's People of the Decade. And watch for the announcement of our 5th honoree, one week from today!

[Note: When NYTE launched the Hall of Fame last month, we asked all of the inductees to vote for those members who, in their view, had made the most significant and outstanding contributions to the NYC indie theater scene during the past ten years. We think that this is a particularly meaningful recognition because it is bestowed upon these individuals and companies by their peers. We're announcing the 10 honorees weekly, one each Friday from now until February 13th. Announced so far: John Clancy and Nancy Walsh, Flux Theatre Ensemble, and Vampire Cowboys.]





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