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2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Recipients 

The 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards were presented on Monday, September 22, 2014 at Baruch College's Mason Hall. The event was hosted by the charming and irreverent Jason Kravits. The 2014 nominees represented 133 individual artists, 59 productions and 56 producing organizations. It was a very exciting and energetic evening filled with community spirit.

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The Joe Cino Ring 

by Mac Rogers 
8/25/2014 

Sometimes a colossal honor can fit inside a tiny circle, no wider than a human finger. The Innovative Theatre Foundation (ITF) received one such physics-defying honor this past July 21st, when Martin Denton and Rochelle Denton of the New York Theatre Experience presented core ITF team members Shay Gines, Akia Squitieri, and Nick Micozzi with a ring that once belonged to a man named Joe Cino. Its not so strange if you measure the honor inherent in a ring not by its circumference, but by the hands through which the ring has passed. By this metric, there are few objects in American theater of equal value.

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Spotlight On: Saviana Stănescu 

by Christopher Borg 
8/25/2014 

Saviana Stănescu is one of the most prestigious, prolific and honored members of the Off-Off-Broadway theatre community. An award-winning Romanian-American poet, playwright and journalist, Saviana is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and has taught at NYUs Tisch School of Arts where she, a Fulbright fellow, received her MA in Performance Studies and an MFA in Dramatic Writing. She is currently the NYSCA playwright-in-residence for Women's Project, writer-in-residence of East Coast Artists, Director of New Drama Program for the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and teaches script analysis and playwriting at Ithaca College.

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2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominees 

The 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominees were announced on Monday, July 21st at 42West Night Club. A distinguished group of artists announced the nominees: Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy, Actor, Playwright, and Producer; Jody Christopherson, Performer, Writer, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of New York Theatre Review; Blake Lawrence Bradford, Event Producer and Fundraising Consultant; Jason Cicci, Artistic Director of Monday Morning Productions; Chis Harcum, Actor, playwright, Executive Director of Elephant Run District and Managing Director of the League of Independent Theater; Sara Thigpen, Actor and Director at Boomerang Theatre Company. The 2014 Nominees represent of 130 individual nominees, 57 producing organizations, and 58 productions.

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How are they Chosen? The IT Awards Judging Process 

We get asked that a lot. So, we produced a fun 5-minute video to explain how the process works. It features many of the OOB artists we all know and love. We hope it helps answer some of the questions that you might have. Check it out on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuwCMk0ZU98 You can also check out the powerpoint presentation of the process. http://www.nyitawards.com/aboutus/judgingprocess.asp

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