Sunday, February 10, 2008

NY Innovative Theatre Awards -- Honorary Award Applications Now On Line


New York, NY-February 7, 2008: The New York Innovative Theatre Awards (the IT Awards), the organization dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2008 Honorary Awards are now available online and are due by 5pm on May 1, 2008.

The Honorary Awards are:
The Artistic Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community;
The Stewardship Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership;
The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, presented to an Off-Off-Broadway theatre company that consistently produces outstanding work. This award also includes a grant ($1,000-$5,000) to be used toward an Off-Off-Broadway production.

The Honorary Awards Committee, chaired by Leonard Jacobs, is comprised of people deeply grounded in the Off-Off-Broadway community. A complete list of committee members is available on the IT Awards website at,

The recipients of the 2007 Honorary Awards were Doric Wilson-The Artistic Achievement Award, ART/NY - The Stewardship Award and Rising Phoenix Repertory- The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award

"We're so proud to be a part of the independent theatre community and the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. Receiving this year's Caffe Cino Award meant the world to us, especially because it came from a group of our peers. RPR is an ensemble based endeavor in every sense of the word and the best thing about the award is that it honors every single person who helps to make our work possible--from the producing heads of the company, actors, directors, designers and playwrights down to our friends, family and volunteers who help us stuff programs, sweep floors and run the light boards." said Daniel Talbot, Artistic Director of Rising Phoenix Repertory.

About The New York IT Awards:
The IT Awards are given annually to honor individuals and organizations who have achieved artistic excellence in Off-Off-Broadway theatre. The New York IT Awards recognizes the unique and essential role Off-Off-Broadway plays in contributing to American and global culture, and believes that publicly recognizing excellence in Off-Off-Broadway theatre will expand audience awareness and appreciation of the full New York theatre experience.

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