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Podcast Vol. 219 – NY IT Awards 2008 Special

Broadway Bullet had exclusive backstage access to the 2008 NY IT Awards (New York Innovative Theatre Awards) and were able to interview all the winners and presenters live backstage! You can hear from all the award winners about their shows, and get the perspective of the award presenters (Tony winners, Pulitzer winners; probably, Oscar and Emmy winners tucked in there as well) as we talked to Edward Albee, Rob Ashford, Anna Louizos, Barrett Foa, Olympia Dukakis, John Buccino, Tina Howe, Catherine Zuber, Bill Irwin, David Cote, Michael Beresse and so many more! Over two hours of behind the scenes interviews with over 40 people should keep you tied over until our next regular episode!

2008 IT Awards Recipients

The 4th Annual New York Innovative Theatre Awards were held on Monday, September 22nd. It was a magical evening celebrating our amazing community, the fantastic artists and their outstanding work from this last season. Heralded by the hysterical Lisa Kron and featuring performances by the Blue Man Group, it was a great night.

Outstanding Ensemble

Elena Chang, Noshir Dalal, Jon Hoche, Kelley Rae O’Donnell, Melissa Paladino, Maureen Sebastian, Andrea Marie Smith, Paco Tolson, Temar Underwood

Fight Girl Battle World

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company

Outstanding Solo Performance

Andrea Caban

You Got Questions? I Got Answers!

Coyote REP Theatre Company

Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role

Rob Sheridan

The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley

Incumbo Theater Company

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role

Megan Byrne

No End of Blame

Potomac Theatre Project

Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role

Cameron J. Oro

The Accidental Patriot: The Lamentable Tragedy of the Pirate Desmond Connelly, Irish by Birth, English by Blood, and American by Inclination

The Stolen Chair Theatre Company

Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role

Stephanie Barton-Farcas

Elizabeth Rex

Nicu’s Spoon

Outstanding Choreography/Movement

Qui Nguyen

Fight Girl Battle World

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company

Outstanding Director

Edward Elefterion

The Night of Nosferatu

Rabbit Hole Ensemble

Outstanding Lighting Design

Kevin Hardy

The Night of Nosferatu

Rabbit Hole Ensemble

Outstanding Costume Design

Jessica Wegener

Fight Girl Battle World

Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company

Outstanding Set Design

Sean Breault

Art of Memory

Company SoGoNo

Outstanding Sound Design

Dan Bianchi

The Island of Dr. Moreau


Outstanding Original Music

Dan Bianchi

The Island of Dr. Moreau


Outstanding Full-Length Script

Bekah Brunstetter

You May Go Now

Babel Theatre Project

Outstanding Short Script

Aliza Shane

The Three Sillies

The Looking Glass Theatre

Outstanding Performance Art Production

Removable Parts

HERE Arts Center

Outstanding Production of a Musical

Yank! A New Musical

The Gallery Players

Outstanding Production of a Play

Burn, Crave, Hold: The James Wilde Project

Blessed Unrest


BARRET FOA               Actor

Presenting                     Featured Actor

May as well have been born in a trunk

Born in Manhattan

Dalton School, Interlochen Arts Camp, U of Michigan, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London

Interned at Johnson-Liff Casting

Years of summer stock


Major works

1st major role in New York, Jesus in Stephen Schwartz’s off-Broadway revival Godspell

Broadway debut in 2001 in the original cast of Mamma Mia!

Played Rod in Avenue Q

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Karel in The Lady In Question with Charles Busch


What’s Next

Tu-Ping in workshop of “The Nightingale” by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, director James Lapine.

In May 2008 he plays Jordy in a workshop of “Giant,” by Michael John LaChiusa


Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The Actors’ Fund.



Presenting                     Artistic Achievement Award to Judith Malina



Recipient Oscar — Moonstruck, Best Supporting Actress

Recipient Obie Award

Recipient Drama Desk Award

Recipient Golden Globe

Nomination Emmy – Tales of the City

… and many more…



Away From Her

Steel Magnolias

Mr. Holland’s Opus

The Thing About My Folks




The Simpsons — Voice of Grandpa’s love interest

Tales of the City — Anna Madrigal, mini-series

Search for Tomorrow as Dr. Barbara Moreno



… several plays…


What’s Next

Hartford Stage, Williams “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore,” Kevin Anderson

Starred in and executive-produced the film Montana Amazon, co-starring Haley Joel Osment


Artistic Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community:


Judith Malina of The Living Theater

Poet, writer, political activist, director, producer, actress

Outspoken ambassador for grassroots and independent theatre

63 year career — courage, tenacity and dedication that the set the standard for others

At 83, still a vital part of the Off-Off-Broadway and NYC theatre community

Continues to perform, direct and act





Began at the New School for Social Research in 1945

Greatly influenced Bertolt Brecht‘s principles of “epic theatre

Collaborator husband Julian Beck — met when they were 17, directed together until his death ‘85

1947 the two foun




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