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The Golfer Wins Big at The New York Innovative Theatre Awards

The Golfer Wins Big at The New York Innovative Theatre Awards
On Monday, September 26, 2016, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 12 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2016 recipients at its annual awards ceremony, The IT Awards. Hosted by a crowd favorite, Jason Kravits and directed by award winning director and sound designer, DeLisa White the ceremony took place from 7pm to 10pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.
The beautiful event included presenters from the vast theater community, including Jenny Lyn Bader & Ari Laura Kreith (Theatre 167), Ken Billington (lighting designer),Klea Blackhurst (Everything the Traffic Will Allow), Andrew Block (TDF), Anne Bogart (director), Mallory Catlett (Obie award winning director), Rebecca Cunningham (costume designer), Sol Crespo (Missteps of a Salsa Dancer), Alec Duffy (Hoi Polloi, JACK), Richard Frankel (producer), John Gromada (Next Fall, A Bronx Tale), John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart), Elena K. Holy (FringeNYC), Cady Huffman (La Cage aux Folles, Big Deal), Andrew Long (Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime), Neil A. Mazzella (Of Mice and Men, After Midnight…), Terrence McNally (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Crystal Skillman (playwright), Peggy Shaw (Split Britches Theater Company, WOW Cafe Theatre), Alisha Spielmann (Producing Juliet), Carmelita Tropicana (performance artist), Lois Weaver (independent performance artist),Robert Witherow (Violet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth), andEli Zoller (Violet, First Date: The Musical)

The 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominees represent 145 individual nominees, 50 productions and 44 theatre companies. In the past 12 years, the IT Awards have honored nearly 2,200 artists, 600 productions and 550 companies.

And the winners are:

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
** The Golfer, Gemini CollisionWorks
Fred Backus, Broderick Ballantyne, Rebecca Gray Davis, Lex Friedman, Ian W. Hill, Bob Laine, Matthew Napoli, Timothy McCown Reynolds, Alyssa Simon, Anna Stefanic
OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
**Siobhan O’Loughlin
Broken Bone Bathtub, Elephant Run District
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
**Timothy McCown Reynolds
The Golfer, Gemini CollisionWorks
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
**Midori Francis
Connected, Project Y Theatre Company
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
**Fred Backus
The Golfer, Gemini CollisionWorks
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE 
**Maeve Yore
Harper Regan, T. Schreiber Studio
OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT
**Becky Baumwoll
Above Below, Broken Box Mime Theater
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
**Fritz Brekeller
Composure, WorkShop Theater Company

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN

**Aaron Gonzalez
Wait Until Dark, Variations Theatre Group
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
**Kaitlyn Elizabeth Day
The Golfer, Gemini CollisionWorks
**George Allison
Hot L Baltimore, T. Schreiber Studio
OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
**Joe Jung& KJ Sanchez
Unity (1918), Project: Theater
OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE DESIGN
**Berit Johnson
(Props Design)
The Golfer, Gemini CollisionWorks
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC
**Matt Sherwin
Gluten!, Adjusted Realists
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SHORT SCRIPT
**Kim Katzberg
Strays, Kim Katzberg in collaboration with Nora Woolley and Raquel Cion
OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH SCRIPT
**Scott C. Sickles
Composure, WorkShop Theater Company
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ART PRODUCTION
**Above Below
Broken Box Mime Theater
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
**Steve: A Docu-Musical
New York Neo-Futurists
OUTSTANDING PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
**Utility
The Amoralists
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
**Street Theater
TOSOS
Special Awards:
2016 Ellen Stewart Award
The Fringe NYC
2016 Artistic Achievement Award
Carmelita Tropicana
2016 Caffe Cino Fellowship Award
New Stage Theatre Company
The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation is a not-for-profit organization recognizing the great work of New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway, honoring its artistic heritage, and providing a meeting ground for this extensive and richly varied community. The organization advocates for Off-Off-Broadway and recognizes the unique and essential role it plays in contributing to American and global culture. They believe that publicly recognizing excellence in Off-Off-Broadway will expand audience awareness and foster greater appreciation of the New York theatre experience. www.nyitawards.com
Sponsors: Kampfire Films PR www.kampfirefilmspr.com; United Stages www.unitedstages.com; Kyden Machine Inc.  www.kydeninc.com; Theatre Development Fund (TDF) www.tdf.org

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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