Event Details
  • June Panel: Theater Awards
    June 12, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Available Tickets Price Qty*
TRU member ticket $0.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Non-member ticket (in advance) $12.50 (USD)  / ticket  
Free AdmissionNon-member (at the door) $15.00 (USD)  / ticket  

*Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

Winning Ways: The True Meaning of Theater Awards

Tuesday, June 12th
The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl. 

Speakers to include: Michael Feingold, critic for the Village Voice, creator of the Obie Awards; Shay Gines, founding co-director of the Innovative Theatre (IT) Awards; Isa Goldberg, former president of the Drama Desk, presenters of the Drama Desk Awards; Simon Salzman, president of the Outer Critics Circle.

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?  

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door).  Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail  TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

    graduated from the Actors Training Program at the University of Utah with a dual degree in theatre and marketing. She then made the smartest decision of her life and (despite her father’s wishes) choose to pursue a career in theatre. Since then she has done everything from spackling walls at the Pasadena Playhouse and running follow-spot for the Pioneer Theatre Company to serving as the Artist in Residence for Touchstone Theatre. She has performed in theatres of all sizes from 30 seats to 1,000 across the country, from L.A. to NYC. She is an award winning producer whose Off and Off-Off-Broadway shows include: Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig, What the F**k?!, Hamlet and Muse of Fire. Shay was a Founding Member and the Producing Director for Esperance Theatre Company. She is currently one half of the producing team for Theatrical Fair, an active member of TOSOS II and of Emerging Artists Theatre Company where she also serves as an Associate Director.