Thursday, June 28th (note this is a Thursday)
The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl.
Speakers to include: Peter Breger, president of the off Broadway Alliance, presenters of the Off Broadway Alliance Awards; Michael Feingold, Obie Awards; Shay Gines, founding co-director of the New York Innovative Theatre (NYIT) Awards; Simon Salzman, president of the Outer Critics Circle; Charles Wright, current president of the Drama Desk, presenters of the Drama Desk Awards.
The unique identity and purpose of different theater awards, the complex and probably exhausting process of managing and administering an annual awards ceremony and how it functions in stimulating the development of our theater culture. Come learn the history of some of our current theater awards and why each was created, the philosophies behind each, and their differences in terms of esthetics (if there are differences). What do they look for? What do they value? You will learn about eligibility, of course, and how the awards are run and produced. Should art even be competitive? Are awards healthy acknowledgments that offer artists something to aspire to? Isn't this inevitably subjective, or are there ever objective criteria to consider when choosing nominees and winners?