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OBA MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Please note that the application deadline for the Mentorship Program has been extended to April 10, 2018.

Do you have a theatrical project but feel you need advice, support or even a push to get it started, developed or produced? The OBA Mentorship program can provide you with a mentor who is an Off-Broadway theater professional – a general manager, theater owner, producer, publicist or marketing expert to help you with guidance, ideas, a sounding board or a plan to get your show in front of an audience.

The OBA Mentorship Program accepting applications now! For more information and application instructions, click here.

 

2017 OBA Awards – Video

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Video from the 2017 OBA Awards is now available! Check out some highlights from the event below:

For more videos from the event – including acceptance speeches from winners and honorees! – click here.

All videos courtesy of Jeremy Handelman of Off The Leash Productions.

 

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards – Winners Announced!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards!

The OBA Awards are presented in seven competitive categories and honor the best in commercial and not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatre. Click here for a full list of this year’s nominees and here for past winners.

The recipients of this year’s awards will be honored at a ceremony at Sardi’s on June 20.

Without further ado, the winners!

Best New Musical
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Best New Play
Indecent

Best Musical Revival
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Play Revival
The Emperor Jones

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Spamilton

Best Solo Performance
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose

Best Family Show
The Commedia Cinderella (RagTag Theatre)

As previously announced, this year’s Legend of Off Broadway Honorees are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horovitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel. The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will honor the late James Houghton, founder of Signature Theatre.

Congratulations to the winners and to all of this year’s nominees!

 

SATURDAY SEMINAR 5/20/17 – “MAKING IT WORK: TALES FROM SUCCESSFUL SHOWS THAT SHARED A THEATER”

Friday, May 12th, 2017

The Off Broadway Alliance Presents a Panel Discussion & Seminar

Making It Work:

Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater

Saturday, May 20th at 11AM

at The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street)

Admission is $5

Pre-Registration is Mandatory

Complimentary bagels and coffee for all registered attendees.

Register: www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday May 20th, 2017.

The seminar, titled “Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will feature producer David Carpenter (Puffs, Hands on a Hard Body), Theater operator and producer Edmund Gaynes (Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Zero Hour), director, writer and composer Marshall Pailet (Baghdaddy, Triassic Parq, Caudio Quest) and Anthony Wilkinson (The My Big Gay Italian trilogy … Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis). Hugh Hysell (producer of Six Degrees of Separation, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will moderate the discussion curated from questions submitted by attendees.

The seminar will discuss the many benefits and challenges of creating and producing new work in the Off Broadway arena while sharing a theater with other shows. This seminar will feature a panel of industry professionals who are currently running shows in a shared Off Broadway theater.

“Making It Work: Tales From Successful Shows That Shared a Theater” will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Doors will open at 10:30am for complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar. Register (first come first served) at www.SharedTheaterSeminar.eventbrite.com.

About the Panelists:

David Carpenter is currently a Managing Partner of Tilted Windmills Theatricals, an entertainment Production Company based in New York City. He and John Pinckard are currently producing the hit off-Broadway play Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matthew Cox. Tilted Windmills is also developing a new off Broadway immersive / interactive play Joe’s NYC Bar scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2017, a new interactive play by Matt Cox The Mysterious Revengers being developed in conjunction with the University of Florida at Gainesville and a Broadway production of the cult hit Reefer Madness the Musical. Previous positions include the Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatrical, the Director of Sales and Marketing for Group Sales Box Office ,the Manager of Ticket Center Operations for The Broadway League and the Sales and Marketing Associate for Dodger Touring, Ltd. He graduated from Bucknell University with a double major in English and Theatre and a minor in Dance. He has lectured on producing at Bucknell University, The University of New Mexico and the University of Florida at Gainesville.

Edmund Gaynes As a theatre producer, Mr. Gaynes’ Off-Broadway productions include the current hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee (7 years), as well as long-running productions of Zero Hour (Drama Desk Award), The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), Danny and Sylvia: The Danny Kaye Musical, The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, Cougar The Musical, Picon Pie, Emily Mann‘s Annulla, A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe, Trolls, Panache, Chaim’s Love Song, Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson 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, for his productions of The Taffetas and Songs the Girls Sang. Mr. Gaynes produced the National Tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. He currently operates two Off-Broadway theatres in New York City: St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, as well as four theatres in Los Angeles. In 2014, Mr. Gaynes was presented with a “Legend of Off-Broadway” honor by the Off-Broadway Alliance at Sardi’s in New York City.

Marshall Pailet is a director, writer and composer for musical theater, plays, animated films. He directed, composed, and co-wrote the Off Broadway musicals Baghdaddy (currently playing, New York Times Critics’ Pick) and the now internationally licensed Triassic Parq (Chance Theater ’13; Ovation Award, Best Musical; Ovation Nom; Best Director). Other Theater: Claudio Quest (winner of six 2015 NYMF Awards for Excellence); Loch Ness (Chance Theater ’15; Best Musical, OC Weekly); Shrek the Halls (DreamWorks Theatricals); The Chocolate Tree (NAMT). Film: VeggieTales: Noah’s Ark starring Wayne Brady (Original Songs). As Director Only: Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat (Adirondack Theater Festival); Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Company – OBA Nom ’17); Eudaemonia; Uncle Pirate; Stuck; The 49 Project; Thursday; With Kings in the Back; Bat Boy; Escape Artists; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. He is also on faculty at Molly College and the Broadway Dreams Foundation. Graduate Yale University. www.marshallpailet.com.

Anthony Wilkinson began his career as an Intern Writer at ABC Daytime’s One Life To Live in 1996 and during his fourteen years there he worked his way up to the position of Associate Director. While in that position he earned three Daytime Emmy Awards, seven nominations and was a two-time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award. Anthony’s original production of My Big Gay Italian Wedding started his other passion in the theatre world, when it opened Off-Broadway in 2003 at the Actor’s Playhouse and later moved to Theatre Four in the spring of 2004. In 2006, Anthony wrote and starred as “Rio La Rocca” in the Off-Broadway production of Boys Just Wanna Have Fun. Anthony restaged My Big Gay Italian Wedding in September of 2009 at the St. George Theatre. Rave reviews prompted a revival on Restaurant Row with a full Equity cast in 2010. The run was expected to last six weeks, and extended 14 times in the same location. Aside from NYC, the show has already played in multiple cities in the US as well as Edinburgh, London, Vancouver, Hong Kong and parts of France. In 2013 Anthony opened the sequel to My Big Gay Italian Wedding, My Big Gay Italian Funeral which ran for over two years at St. Luke’s Theater, and has also been licensed by Samuel French. Wilkinson’s final chapter to the trilogy, My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis opened at the Theater Center in 2015. Anthony originated the role of Anthony Pinnunziato, a spin off of his real life persona and played the role for the entire run. My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis has also been published and licensed.

Hugh Hysell (Moderator) is a Tony Award winning Broadway producer, award winning marketer and performer. His Broadway producing projects include this spring’s revival of Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Award Nomination for Best Revival of a Play), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award and Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play), Peter and the Starcatcher (winner of 5 Tonys) and Impressionism. Off Broadway, Hugh runs Hysell Marketing has served as marketing director of over 200 Broadway and Off Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Gazillion Bubble Show, Altar Boyz, Cirkopolis, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Funeral and Midlife Crisis and others. He won the Globes Award for “Best Small Budget in the World” for creating Spamalot’s Guinness World Record setting “The Largest Coconut Orchestra In the World” promotion. In addition to current marketing clients, Hugh also performs Off Broadway as the cross dressing, loony psychiatric patient in the 30th Anniversary cast of Perfect Crime and recently appeared on HBO’s Divorce. Like every other actor, Hugh has appeared on Law and Order. He is a founding member of The Off Broadway Alliance and currently serves as a nominator for the Off Broadway Alliance Awards. @hughhysell www.HysellMarketing.com

2017 Off Broadway Alliance Awards Nominations

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

We’re pleased to announce the nominees for the 7th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards! Awards are presented in seven competitive categories: Best New Musical, Best New Play, Best Musical Revival, Best Play Revival, Best Solo Performance, and Best Family Show.

In addition to the competitive awards, six Legend of Off Broadway Awards will be presented for sustained achievement in the world of Off Broadway. The 2017 honorees are Harvey Fierstein, Athol Fugard, Israel Horovitz, Charlotte Moore, Estelle Parsons, and Paula Vogel.

The 2017 Off Broadway Alliance Hall of Fame Award will be presented posthumously to Signature Theatre founder James Houghton.

Competitive category winners will be announced May 16. A complete list of nominees follows. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

Missed last year’s OBA Awards? Check out video from the ceremony here!

Best New Musical
The Band’s Visit
Ernest Shackleton Loves Me
Hadestown
Othello: The Remix
The View UpStairs

Best New Play
Church and State
Daniel’s Husband
Indecent
Skeleton Crew
Small Mouth Sounds
The Wolves

Best Musical Revival
Finian’s Rainbow
The Golden Bride
Pacific Overtures
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweet Charity

Best Play Revival
The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead
The Emperor Jones
The Hairy Ape
Othello
Picnic

Best Unique Theatrical Experience
Her Opponent
Puffs
Spamilton
Taylor Mac – A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
Vanity Fair

Best Solo Performance
Chris Gethard, Career Suicide
Marin Ireland, On the Exhale
Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date
Joe Morton, Turn Me Loose
Anna Deaveare Smith, Notes From the Field

Best Family Show
1001 Nights: A Love Story About Loving Stories
The Commedia Cinderella
Love That Dog
Pip’s Island
Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure

Legend of Off Broadway Honorees
Harvey Fierstein
Athol Fugard
Israel Horowitz
Charlotte Moore
Estelle Parsons
Paula Vogel

Hall of Fame Award
James Houghton

 

2016 OBA AWARDS – VIDEO

Monday, October 10th, 2016

OBA President Peter Breger welcomes the audience to the 2016 OBA Awards:

Philip Himberg, Artistic Director of the Theatre Program at the Sundance Institute, accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award on behalf of the late Robert Moss:

Press agent Merle Debuskey accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award from presenter Philip Birsch, president and CEO of Playbill:

James Leynse and Sara Garoznick accept the award for Best Play for EXIT STRATEGY:

Roz Lichter accepts the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award on behalf of her late wife Elizabeth Swados:

Todd Haimes and Alex Timbers accept the award for Best Musical Revival for THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM:

Julian Christenberry of TDF accepts the Friend of Off Broadway award:

Jesse Berger and Marc Vietor accept the award for Best Play Revival for Red Bull Theater’s THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL:

Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan and Nate Weida accept the award for Best Family Show for THE PIRATE LA DEE DA:

César Alvarez, Eric Farber and Sammy Tunis accept the award for Best Musical for FUTURITY:

Roberta, Katherine & Peter Wallach accept the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award in honor of their late parents, Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach:

Amy Stiller and Ben Stiller accept the Off Broadway Hall of Fame Award in honor of their mother, the late Anne Meara:

Kate Hamill and Andrus Nichols of Bedlam Theatre Company accept the award for Unique Theatrical Experience for SENSE & SENSIBILITY:

Lois Smith accepts the Legend of Off Broadway Award from Peter Breger, President of the Off Broadway Alliance:

OBA President Peter Breger’s closing remarks:

2016 OBA Awards – Highlights

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Check out the highlight reel from the 2016 OBA Awards!

And the Winners of the 2015 OBA Awards are…

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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.

THE OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE 2014 AWARD WINNERS!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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