And the Winners of the 2015 OBA Awards are…

Best New Play
*Between Riverside & Crazy
Dry Land
Father Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
The NetherPunk Rock

Best New Musical
Brooklynite
Clinton The Musical
Disenchanted!
*Hamilton
Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical

Best Play Revival
*Abundance
Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest
Fashions for MenTamburlaine the Great
A Walk in the Woods

Best Musical Revival
Allegro
*Into the Woods
John & Jen
Pageant

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Drunk Shakespeare
Ghost Quartet
The Pigeoning
*Scenes From a Marriage
Tail! Spin!

Best Solo Performance
Jonny Donahoe, Every Brilliant Thing
Dael Orlandersmith, Forever
Anne Hathaway, Grounded
*Jim Dale, Just Jim Dale
Sylvia Milo, The Other Mozart

Best Family Show
*A Band of Angels
Camp Kappawanna
The Lightning Thief
The Little Prince
Swamp Juice

Legend of off-Broadway Honorees
Robert Kalfin
Linda Lavin
Austin Pendleton

Hall of Fame Awards
Arthur Gelb
Judith Malina
Marian Seldes

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR 5TH ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

NOMINEES AND HONORARY AWARD RECIPIENTS

2015 OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

 

Best New Play

Between Riverside & Crazy

Dry Land

Father Comes From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)

The Nether

Punk Rock 

 

Best New Musical

Brooklynite

Clinton The Musical

Disenchanted!

Hamilton

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical

 

Best Play Revival

Abundance

Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest 

Fashions for Men

Tamburlaine the Great

A Walk in the Woods

 

Best Musical Revival

Allegro

Into the Woods

John & Jen

Pageant

 

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

Drunk Shakespeare

Ghost Quartet

The Pigeoning

Scenes From a Marriage

Tail! Spin!

 

Best Solo Performance

Every Brilliant Thing

Forever

Grounded

Just Jim Dale

The Other Mozart

 

Best Family Show

A Band of Angels

Camp Kappawanna

The Lightning Thief

The Little Prince

Swamp Juice

 

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Robert Kalfin

Linda Lavin

Austin Pendleton

 

Hall of Fame Awards

Arthur Gelb

Judith Malina

Marian Seldes

 

Some past winners of the top awards bestowed by The Off Broadway Alliance include Fun Home, Hand to God, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Freud’s Last Session, Buyer & Cellar, and SILENCE! The Musical.

* Winners will be announced on May 19th.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 4/26/2015 – “Building the Off Broadway Team”

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

The seminar, titled “Building the Off Broadway Team”  will feature JIM BRADY from Maximum Entertainment (50 Shades The Musical Parody, Found The Musical, The Lion), DANIEL KUNEY from Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions (39 Steps, Rock of Ages, Altar Boyz), ROBERT LEVINSTEIN from 22Q Entertainment (My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral, 2015 national tour of Always Patsy Cline), MARTIN PLATT from Perry Street Theatrical (My Life as a Musical, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan). HUGH HYSELL (National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher) will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, April 26, 2015

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS:  The seminar will discuss the process of building the various teams (ranging from creative, design, marketing/advertising management and production teams) necessary to create a successful Off Broadway show. Attendees will learn from industry insiders about how those teams are created as well as timelines for success.  In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW!  http://buildingtheoffbroadwayteam.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

JIM BRADY joined Maximum Entertainment Productions in 2014, a producing, developing and management company founded in 2005 by Eva Price, Avram Freedberg and Mary Beth Dale. General Management credits on Broadway, Off Broadway, and On Tour include: 50 Shades, The Musical Parody (NY & Tour); The Lion; Ivy + Bean The Musical; Found The Musical; Blank! The Musical. More info at www.maximumcompany.com

DANIEL KUNEY is a General Manager with Roy Gabay Theatrical Productions & Management. Broadway: Rock of Ages, Fela!, Reasons to be Pretty, The 39 Steps, The Homecoming, Talk Radio. Off-Broadway: Heathers, Altar Boyz, Dog Sees God, My Name is Rachel Corrie, In Masks Outrageous. More info at www.roygabayproductions.com

ROBERT LEVINSTEIN  Co-Founder/Executive Producer of 22Q Entertainment LLC, a NYC based production company specializing in site-specific theatre as well as producing corporate events, general management, and casting.  Robert is General Manager of the Off-Broadway hits My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral.  Later this Fall 22Q Entertainment is producing a mini tour of the hit Off-Broadway production of ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE.  Robert and 22Q Entertainment were nominated for a 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for their Producing work on Tainted Dreams, a new online soap opera.  Under his leadership, 22Q was also lead producer of the critically acclaimed NYC premieres of The Spoon River Project in the historic Green-wood Cemetery and It is Done produced in a working bar.  An award winning Los Angeles production of It Is Done was also produced by 22Q Entertainment. Robert is Associate Producer for Shakespeare on the Sound, a non-profit organization providing free Shakespeare in the Park to the Darien/Rowayton area of Connecticut.  Robert spent 10 years of his career splitting his time between NYC and the Historic Ogunquit Playhouse, starting out as Production Stage Manager and then taking over the role of Associate Producer. More info at  www.22qentertainment.com

MARTIN PLATT has produced on London’s West End, Broadway, Off-Broadway; US and UK tours, as well as European Tours. His productions have won the Tony (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike), the Obie (In The Continuum and The Oak Tree), Drama Desk, Drama League, and all other NY theatre awards. Several of his West End productions have been Olivier Award nominated. As a GM (Perry Street Theatricals) he has worked off Broadway as well as having several pre-Broadway projects coming up. Mr. Platt was also the founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and General Director of Birmingham Opera Theatre. As a director he has worked throughout the U.S., as well as in England, Austria, and Spain. More info at www.pstheatricals.com

HUGH HYSELL (Moderator)
Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral(just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 1/25/2015 OFF BROADWAY SHARK TANK

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers.  Spots are filling up fast!  Sign up now.

OFF BROADWAY SHARK TANK – or HOW TO PITCH A PRODUCER will feature EDMUND GAYNES  (owner of St Lukes Theater and The Actors Temple Theater and producer of Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Cougar The Musical, Zero Hour) and BARBARA WHITMAN (Fun Home, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, If/Then).  HUGH HYSELL, National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher, will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, January 25, 2015

TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm (Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee & bagels)

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS: The seminar will discuss the process of pitching a producer and the audience will observe three pre-selected teams pitch their shows to the team of theater “Sharks” (in a SHARK TANK format) in the hopes of making a deal. In addition, questions from the audience will be asked live at the seminar (as time permits).

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW! http://offbroadwaysharktank.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE PANELISTS:

EDMUND GAYNES  (Panelist) 
As a theatre producer, Mr. Gaynes’ Off-Broadway productions include the current hitBlack Angels Over Tuskegee, as well as recent long-running productions of Zero Hour(Drama Desk Award), Cougar The Musical,  The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk & Lortel nominee), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, Picon Pie and Bein’ With Behan, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. He produced the West Coast premieres of Marry Me a Little and Starting Here, Starting Now and was nominated for four Ovation Awards, Los Angeles’ highest theatre honors, for his productions of The Taffetas and Songs the Girls Sang. Mr. Gaynes also produced the National Tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, playing coast to coast. He owns two Off-Broadway theatres in New York City: St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, as well as the Whitmore-Lindley Theatre Center, the Avery Schreiber Playhouse and the BrickHouse Theatre in Los Angeles.  He has also appeared as an actor in 13 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows includingGreenwillow with Anthony Perkins, The Body Beautiful  with Jack Warden, Promenade with Madeline Kahn, Edward Albee’s Bartleby and Best Foot Forward, in which he co-starred with Christopher Walken and Liza Minnelli and sang “Buckle Down, Winsocki” on the original cast album. Directors he has worked with include Elia Kazan, Stella Adler, Herb Ross, George Abbott, George Roy Hill, Bobby Lewis, Peter Hunt, George Schaeffer, Robert Moore, Alan Schneider, Joe Layton, Gene Saks, Martin Charnin and Jerome Robbins. TV credits range from Mary Martin’s “Peter Pan” to “Cheers”, “Kojak”, a recurring role on “The Patty Duke Show”, “N.Y.P.D.”, “The Sid Caesar Hour”, “Playhouse 90”, “The Ed Sullivan Show”, among many others, as well as a two-year run as Paul Stewart on “As the World Turns”.

BARBARA WHITMAN  (Panelist) 
Current productions include Hedwig and the Angry Inch starring Michael C. Hall (Tony and Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revival), If/Then starring Idina Menzel,, and on tour, Murder for Two.  This spring she will also be represented by Fun Home.  Other credits include Hands on a HardbodyRed (Tony and Drama Desk Award, Best Play),Next to Normal (Pulitzer), Hamlet starring Jude Law, 33 Variations starring Jane Fonda, Mary StuartLegally Blonde – The Musical… Spelling BeeDirty Rotten Scoundrels and A Raisin in the Sun. A native New Yorker, Barbara attended NYU’s Gallatin School and received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University. She’s on the Board of the Tectonic Theater Project and the Leadership Council of Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights Aids. Her proudest productions are her sons, Daniel and Will.

HUGH HYSELL (Moderator)
Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral(just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 9/28/2014 RAISING MONEY FOR OFF BROADWAY

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway Producers. Sign up now!

The seminar, titled “Raising Money for Off Broadway Shows” will feature KEN DAVENPORT (It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots , Altar Boyz, Awesome 80’s Prom), ROBERT DRIEMEYER (Forbidden Broadway, The Two-Character Play, La Cage aux Folles) and MEREDITH LUCIO (Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess). HUGH HYSELL, National Broadway and Live Arts Lead for Groupon and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher, will moderate the discussion.

DATE: Sunday, September 28, 2014

TIME: Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 3rd Floor

HOW IT WORKS: The seminar will discuss the process of raising money to produce an Off Broadway show from financing the early development stage of readings and workshops to finding investors for productions in the Off Broadway arena. * Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

REGISTER NOW! Click here (RSVP by 9/26/14)

 

About The Panelists:

KEN DAVENPORT Broadway: It’s Only a Play, Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit, 13. Off-Broadway: The Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time, Altar BoyzMiss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage. Featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone and named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40,” Ken is the writer of the popular blog TheProducersPerspective.com. Other projects include smartphone app AT THE BOOTH™, and Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. Upcoming: Somewhere in Time, Gettin’ The Band Back Together

ROBERT DRIEMEYER was an associate producer of the 2010 Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles and a producer of Elling on Broadway. Off Broadway, he produced Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, and was an associate producer of Forbidden Broadway. He produced Slap&Tickle by David Parr and directed by David Drake in Provincetown, MA; and co-produced the 2004 pre-election event Dear George: Letters to the President which was presented in 40 theatres nationwide. Robert has been a presentations and graphics consultant at major investment banks and is an alumnus of the Commercial Theatre Institute.

MEREDITH LUCIO Meredith Lucio made her Off-Broadway debut (so-to-speak) as an Associate Producer of Off-Broadway’s Rooms: a rock romance. Other Off-Broadway: Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan (Off-Broadway Alliance Award, Best Revival, 2014) and The 39 Steps. Broadway productions: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical, 2012.) Other productions: From Broadway with Love: a Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook, (PBS). Meredith served as the Program Director for TRU’s Producer Mentorship Program and has been a panelist for the Commercial Theater Institute. She is currently developing a theater game app (release date Jan/2015) as well as two new plays for West End/Broadway.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award ® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical, and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He currently plays “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding and My Big Gay Italian Funeral (just celebrated his one year anniversary in both shows). He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

For more information, visit http://raisingmoneyforoffbroadway.eventbrite.com

THE OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE 2014 AWARD WINNERS!

The Off Broadway Alliance announces the winners of the 4thAnnual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2013-2014 season.  

The 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 17th at 4:30 PM at Sardi’s.

 

Best New Musical
Disaster!
* Fun Home
Heathers: The Musical
Murder for Two
What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

Best New Play
Bad Jews
Breakfast With Mugabe
* Hand to God The Heir Apparent
Regular Singing

Best Revival
I Remember Mama
Measure for Measure
The Model Apartment
The Mystery of Irma Vep
* Saint Joan

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Eager to Lose
Cirkopolis
* La Soirée
Queen of the Night
Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat

Best Family Show
Dear Albert Einstein (Making Books Sing)
The Civil War (Theatreworks USA)
Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money (Atlantic Theater Company)
The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! (Off Sides Entertainment)
* The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! (La MaMa in association with Ma-Yi Theater Company)

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Edmund Gaynes
Andre Gregory
Terrence McNally
Wallace Shawn

Hall of Fame Awards
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ruth Maleczech
Nicholas Martin

 

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 6/1/2014 CASTING FOR OFF BROADWAY

Join the Off Broadway Alliance for a FREE panel discussion featuring Casting Directors and General Managers. Sign up now!

The seminar, titled “Casting for Off Broadway” will feature Cindi Rush (Under My Skin, Silence!, Urinetown), Michael Cassara (Forbidden Broadway, I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Fat Camp) and general manager Scott Newsome (Handle With Care, Two Character Play, Iluminate, Triassic Parq). Hugh Hysell, producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher, will moderate the discussion.

The panelists will discuss the process of casting a show from the early development stage of readings and workshops through the opening of the production Off Broadway.

DATE: Sunday, June 1, 2014

TIME: Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

LOCATION: Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), 4th Floor

COST: FREE!  (reservations are a must)

HOW IT WORKS: Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

REGISTER NOW! Click here (RSVP by 05/31/14)

About The Panelists:

CINDI RUSH, CSA is the principal at Cindi Rush Casting. Casting credits include NY: Under My Skin, Silence!, Anthem, Homo, Legacy Falls, Mother Wife, God’s Country, Bonnie and Clyde, Foreverman, My Mother’s Jewish Lesbian Wiccan Wedding, Rooms, Jacques Brel, Urinetown. Upcoming: Academia Nuts, Disenchanted, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Serrano, Freed, Madam, Galactic Cigarettes. Many Regional Theaters including Triad Stage, Hudson Stage Company,Penguin Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Charleston Stage Co. Film: The Woman (Sundance 2012), Ghoul, Theresa is a Mother, Jugface (Slamdance 2013), In The Family (Independent Spirit 2012) The Grief of Others. Consultant for NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (1999-Present).

MICHAEL CASSARA, CSA is a casting director, educator, and producer working on theatre and film projects in New York City. Recent credits include Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! (off-Broadway and cast recording), Bubble Boy: The Musical (world premiere), Fat Camp (off-Broadway and regional), the national tour of I Love Lucy® Live On Stage and the international tour of Barbie™ Live! for Mattel, Inc.  Regional theatre credits include Gulfshore Playhouse, San Jose Rep, The Old Globe, Infinity Theatre Company, Olney, Mercury Theater Chicago, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and many others.  Resident Casting Director for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) since 2007, where he has cast over 60 new musicals since the festival’s inception in 2004.  Additionally, in 2013 he began serving as the Resident Casting Director for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT).  Film credits include The Hyperglot (dir. Michael Urie), Paper Dreams, Contest, and Grantham and Rose (dir. Kristin Hanggi, starring Marla Gibbs and Jake T. Austin).  Native Clevelander.  Member of the Casting Society of America.

SCOTT NEWSOME has been working in theatrical management for 15 years and along with his business partner formed Brierpatch Productions. Off-Broadway credits include: Handle With Care (Westside Theatre); Grounded (Walkerspace); Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play (New World Stages); iLuminate: Artist of Light (New World Stages) and Triassic Parq (Soho Playhouse).  Prior to Brierpatch, Scott worked as a company manager on shows including: Menopause the Musical; I Love You Because; My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m in Therapy; and Fuerzabruta.

HUGH HYSELL is a Tony Award® winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award ® and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards), and Impressionism. Off Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay The Musical and Seamen The Sailor Musical. Hugh ran HHC MARKETING where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows, and served as Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He is currently playing “Maurizio” in the Off Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral. He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD, QSAC and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a Nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

FREE SUNDAY SEMINAR 3/30/14: CONTRACTING FOR OFF-BROADWAY PROJECTS

Come to a FREE panel discussion featuring Off Broadway producers, general managers, and attorneys.  Sign up now!

CONTRACTING FOR OFF-BROADWAY PROJECTS

The seminar will feature Adam Hess (General Manager for Buyer & Cellar, Traces and My Name is Asher Lev), David Elliott (Producer of Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and the upcoming Broadway production of Dames at Sea) and attorney Peter Breger (Disaster!, Forbidden Broadway, The Two Character Play, The Fantasticks). Hugh Hysell (Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and producer of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Peter and the Starcatcher), will moderate the discussion.

DATE:  Sunday, March 30, 2014

TIME:  Doors open at 11:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel will take place from Noon – 1:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

LOCATION:  Snapple Theater Center, 210 West 50th Street (at Broadway), 4th Floor

COST:  FREE!  (reservations are a must)

HOW IT WORKS:  Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

REGISTER NOW!  Click here  (RSVP by 3/29/14)

 

About The Panelists:

Adam Hess is the Executive General Manager of DR Theatrical Management overseeing the Theatre (venue), Management, Advertising, and Licensing divisions within the Daryl Roth organization. Over the course of the last 13 years, he has supervised the construction of the DR2 Theatre, the renovation of the main venue, creation of the D-Lounge, the formation and development of the general management company, and the establishment of the advertising division. General Management credits include Buyer & Cellar (New York & national tour); My Name Is Asher Lev; Love, Loss, And What I Wore (New York & national tour); The Divine Sister; Through the NightDear Edwina; The Temperamentals; Die! Mommie! Die!; Manuscript; and Thom Pain. Hailing from Toronto, Mr. Hess holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, where he received an MFA in Theatre Management and Producing. He currently serves on the Board of the Off-Broadway League and is Chair of the Marketing Committee.

 

David Elliott is the Co-Director of Perry Street Theatricals. Producing credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Play, Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (West End, Olivier nom.), Bedlam’s Hamlet/Saint Joan (Culture Project), an oak tree (Barrow Street, OBIE), In the Continuum (OBIE), Exits and Entrances (Edinburgh), Shylock, Treason (Perry Street), The Exonerated (Drama Desk, Lortel, Outer Critics). As General Manager: Bedlam’s Hamlet/Saint Joan (Culture Project), Date of a Lifetime (New Jersey Rep), Ethel Sings: Espionage in High C (The Beckett), White People (Atlantic), an oak tree (Barrow Street), and two seasons at Perry Street Theatre. Upcoming: Dames at Sea (Broadway), My Life is a Musical (Bay Street) and The Mapmakers Opera (NYMF).

 

Peter Breger is an entertainment attorney and general manager who has represented theatre and film producers, investors, commercial and non-profit theatres, writers, directors, and performers for over 25 years. He is a Tony-nominated producer of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatre. He owned and operated The Actors’ Playhouse in Greenwich Village for 12 years. Mr. Breger is the Chairman of the Off Broadway Alliance.

 

Hugh Hysell is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and award winning marketer. His Broadway producing projects include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tony Awards) and Impressionism. Off-Broadway, he has produced, conceived and directed The All-Male Importance of Being Earnest, Y-2-Gay the Musical and Seamen the Sailor Musical. Hugh is Director of Marketing and Development for NYU Skirball and formerly ran HHC Marketing where he has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He serves on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Multicultural Diversity Action Committee and is an Associate Professor at Columbia University. He is currently playing Maurizio in the Off-Broadway companies of My Big Gay Italian Wedding/Funeral. He has provided pro bono services to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, HRC, GLAAD, QSAC, and The Commercial Theatre Institute. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards.

LAST CALL – Mentorship Application deadline extended!

Due to popular demand the OBA Mentorship Program has extended the application deadline.

HOW TO APPLY:

1. Online
Fill out the online application form here

2. Email
Download the application here and submitting it via email to obamentorship@gmail.com.

 

The OBA Mentorship Program accepting applications now!

The Off-Broadway Alliance Mentorship program returns in 2014 and is ready to pair theatrical Off-Broadway professionals with OBA members!

This program was created for those seeking guidance and advice on a specific artistic/theatrical project.  It is mandatory for the mentee to be working on a project during their mentorship.  All pairings are handled through an application and interview process in order to match professionals with mentees in their specific theatrical field. Accepting applications now through February 21, 2014!

HOW TO APPLY
1. Online
Fill out the online application form here

2. Email
Download the application here and submitting it via email to obamentorship@gmail.com by 2/21/14.

For more information click here.

Recent News

OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS FOR 2013

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2012-2013 season.

2013 Off Broadway Award Nominee List

(Winners in Bold)

Best New Musical

o   F#%king Up Everything

o   Here Lies Love

o   Murder Ballad

o   Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

o   The Other Josh Cohen

 

Best New Play

o   Cock

o   Disgraced

o   Finks

o   My Name is Asher Lev

o   Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

Best Musical Revival

o   Closer Than Ever

o   The Good Person of Szechwan

o   The Last Five Years

o   New Girl In Town

o   Passion

 

Best Play Revival

o   All in the Timing

o   Golden Child

o   The Piano Lesson

o   Talley’s Folly

o   Uncle Vanya

 

Best Unique Theatrical Experience

o   Buyer & Cellar

o   Ingenious Nature

o   Jukebox Jackie

o   Old Jews Telling Jokes

o   The Old Man and the Old Moon

 

Best Family Show

 

o   Bunnicula

o   Piggy Nation

o   Show Way

o   The Velveteen Rabbit

o   Wanda’s Monster

 

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees

Christopher Durang

A.R. Gurney

Kristine Nielsen

Daryl Roth

Stomp

Sigourney Weaver

The Off Broadway Alliance is a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences.  Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors 20at20, the event that runs twice a year for 20 days and lets theatergoers purchase $20 tickets to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes before curtain.  It produces a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene.  And the Alliance created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which outlines Off Broadway’s over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York.

Last year’s Off Broadway Alliance winner for Best New Musical (SILENCE! The Musical) is still running strong Off Broadway, and the Best New Play winner (Tribes) transferred to L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum immediately following its extended run at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 18th at 4:30 PM at Sardi’s.

 


OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES NOMINEES FOR 3RD ANNUAL OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARDS

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 3rd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2012-2013 season.

Awards will be presented in five competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Family Show, and Best Unique Theatrical Experience.  Winners in all categories will be selected by secret ballot by members of the awards committee of the Off Broadway Alliance.

In addition to the competitive awards, six Off Broadway Alliance Legend of Off Broadway Awards are being presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway.  The 2013 Legend of Off Broadway recipients are Christopher Durang, A.R. Gurney, Kristine Nielsen, Daryl Roth, Stomp, and Sigourney Weaver.

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AND THE FANTASTICKS

SUNDAY, APRIL 7th, 2013 AT THE SNAPPLE THEATER CENTER

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold another in its series of seminars focused on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway next Sunday, April 7th.

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THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 AT THE SNAPPLE THEATER CENTER 

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold another in its series of seminars focused on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway this Sunday, February 3rd.

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Great Deal on Off Broadway Tickets

January 22 to February 10, 2013
Buy tix to any of 40 Off Broadway shows
$20 Tickets 20 minutes before curtain

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Seminar Was Held Sunday, Sept 9th, 2012

On September 9th, 2012 there was a

FREE PANEL ON CASTING OFF BROADWAY

“Casting Off Broadway: A How to Guide” was the next installment in the OBA free Sunday Seminar Series. This one featured a panel discussion with Producers, Directors, and Casting Directors from Silence! The Musical, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Southern Comfort, and more.

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The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, presented its 2nd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards Ceremony June 19 at Sardi’s.

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The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, has announced the nominees for the 2nd Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2011-2012 season.

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Inaugural Off Broadway Alliance Awards Ceremony June 21 at Sardi’s

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, presented its inaugural Off Broadway Alliance Awards Ceremony June 21 at Sardi’s.

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The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents and marketing firms, has announced the winners of the 1st Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2010-2011 season.

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