SHOW SHEPHERD TO LIVESTREAM FREE SOLO ONLINE

Theatrical consulting group continues its promotion of new theatrical works with performances livestreamed during the COVID-19 crisis.

ShowShepherd.com/Live

NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2020) – Show Shepherd, a theatrical consulting group that works with writers, independent producers, and theater companies to develop new work, announces its new series of free livestreamed theatrical performances – The At-Home Theater Series – which launches on March 26, 2020, on various platforms including YouTube and Instagram.

In 2019, Show Shepherd launched its Digital Services for promoting new stage works and with The At-Home Theater Series, it expands its online presence to include live streamed performances.

“For 10 years Show Shepherd has worked directly with writers and other industry pros to strategically advance their projects in creative and exciting ways, most recently through Digital Services designed to help them reach decision makers in the field and audiences through online video content. So we’re very proud to take the next step and present these exciting artists and their beautiful, very personal work as part of The At-Home Theater Series during this time when closures and social distancing have focused us even more online,” said Matt Schicker, founder and president of Show Shepherd.

These solo performances, developed for a theatrical setting, will be performed by the artists in their own homes for the first time. All of the shows will be completely free, and filmed LIVE. For the full lineup and schedule of shows, please go to ShowShepherd.com/Live.

Current artists set to perform in The At-Home Theater Series are:

Douglas Waterbury-Tieman – Johnny & the Devil’s Box is a folk musical about a brash young square dance fiddler from Georgia who must navigate young love, evade corrupt revenuers and outwit a devilish preacher on his quest to prove himself as the best fiddler that has ever been.

Ty Autry – A Southern Fairytalebased on real events, this solo show takes you on a wild journey through the Deep South as a young man tries to find his footing in his queer identity and relationship to God. How does he learn to live, survive, and thrive in an area attempting to tear him down?

Vivian Nesbitt & John Dillon – Mother Jones In Heaven is a new musical by folk bluegrass, and roots music legend Si Kahn about ‘The Most Dangerous Woman in America’, Mother Jones, the infamous labor organizer famed for her tireless efforts on behalf of the rights of the working class.

James Patrick Nelson – Speak What We Feel is a rich, touching remembrance of the great stage actor Brian Murray, who starred in dozens of Broadway productions during his illustrious career.

…and more to be announced!

ABOUT SHOW SHEPHERD

Led by Matt Schicker and Blair Russell, Show Shepherd has advanced more than 40 new musicals and plays, working with writers, producers, and theater companies to strategically develop their work. The company was launched in 2011 in response to the growing need for writers and producers to get advice as they navigate this often complex industry. Show Shepherd team members have non-profit and commercial producing experience, which is shared with clients through services that are practical, valuable, personal, and educational at every step. Show Shepherd provides Digital Services, dramaturgy, submissions strategy, collaborator matchmaking, scouting, and more. www.showshepherd.com

Indie Theater Fund Continues to Distribute Funds to NYC Indie Theater Companies

NEW YORK CITY – Rapid relief grants of up to $500 continuing to be awarded to support the indie theater community, prioritizing the consortium of companies, venues, and individuals working in NYC independent theater (Off-Off-Broadway in theater houses of 99 seats or less), operating with budgets under $250,000. 

Randi Berry, Founder of Indie Theater Fund, began planning this emergency campaign with several other indie theater artists on the evening of March 12, 2020 and as of March 21, the fundraising topped $14,000. Says Berry, “Based on responses to the impact of COVID-19 in our community, we are allocating our Community Resource Funding and Urgency Funding to support our indie theater community, including our 546 active members.”

Donations can be made at www.indietheaterfund.org

Berry continues, “The Indie Theater Fund is receiving applications every hour from artists in our community that are in need of food supplies, money for rent and medicine. These theaters and artists are working through how to manage the deep financial impact of theater closings and often times, the loss of other jobs at restaurants, bars etc. The situation is dire and it is important to act now to support the most under resourced folks, who on a good day, live close to the edge financially. We do understand this is a marathon, though, and that industry wide relief through our philanthropic community is going to be needed for some time. The Indie Theater Fund is granting out our funds on a daily basis, as donations come in, and we intend to do so for the foreseeable future”

The Board of Indie Theater Fund has partnered with NYC Low-Income Artist/Freelancer Relief Fund and allocated additional funds to support the needs of low-income, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, queer artists and freelancers whose livelihoods are being affected by this pandemic in NYC. 

The campaign also includes plans for:
• Supporting paid, digital Live-streaming of Independent Theater in order to keep our art practice alive, accessible and operational to support the living of NYC-based independent theater artists and companies.
• Creating an “Indie Theater-Makers Wellbeing Group” via Facebook to promote community-wide conversations, focused on well-being with professional counseling to facilitate these digital conversations.
• Strategic fundraising advice available in partnership with Sarah Benvenuti from Benvenuti Arts.
• Legal consultations TBD, to address the legal needs of our community following the cancellation of theater productions, (un)employment, and potential liability concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in the sector.

For inquires, info, or to help, please email info@indietheaterfund.org

IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY 2020 TO BE POSTPONED NOW SCHEDULED FOROCTOBER 2020 IN ALL FIVE BOROUGHS


The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italiana and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU announced today that they will postpone the eighth annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater which was originally scheduled to run April 27-May 11 in all five boroughs of NYC. The festival will now take place in October 2020, with participating artists and venues to be confirmed. 

“Since the news broke in Italy several weeks ago Kairos Italy Theater, together with the artists in Italy and our partners in New York and in Italy, have been working not to cancel but to postpone the Festival. Even if times are very challenging right now and the future looks uncertain, we want to give hope by preparing for a once in a lifetime main edition of In Scena! Festival in the fall. The passion and determination of everyone involved to still make the Festival happen is the beauty that sparkles in such uncharted times. We cannot wait to show NYC and the world the talent of our 2020 artists. In the meantime, we are planning ways to start introducing them online via our social media and on our website.” Artistic Director, Laura Caparrotti

Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features full productions that have already toured in Italy as well as readings of Italian plays in translation, lectures and exchanges between Italian and International artists. The goal is to promote greater awareness of Italian theater and Italian artists among New York theatergoers, and to build a bridge between the artistic scenes in Italy and New York. All shows will be presented in Italian with English supertitles, unless otherwise noted. For more information please visit www.inscenany.com

THE LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONAL THEATRE WOMEN RESPONDS TO BROADWAY SHUT DOWN

The League of Professional Theatre Women (Shellen Lubin and Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been championing women in the professional theatre for over three decades, responds to the recent Broadway shut down by offering full members of the League, in good standing, access to an emergency loan fund.

LPTW recognizes that our beloved theatre community will be hit hard by this in so many ways and we urge you to care for yourselves and each other during this difficult time, and to tap into the open, creative, artistic, generous spirit which has always defined our community.

To that end, the League is supporting its members through its Waldman Emergency Fund. Long-time member Honey Waldman graciously donated money several years ago to create the Fund in memory of her father. The purpose of the fund is to assist LPTW members in good standing who reside in the United States, when an emergency occurs. The loan is intended for true emergencies. A committee will review requests for loans which will be evaluated on an individual basis. All requests are confidential and all loans are discreet. 

LPTW member events are still running through the month of March with the exception of Julia’s Reading Room, originally scheduled for March 25at the Jefferson Market Library, which unfortunately has been canceled.

The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over three decades. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads public programming, advocacy initiatives, events, media, and publications that raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit www.theatrewomen.org

Statuses During Theatre Shut Down for March 2020

Comedy albums:Myq Kaplan (we’ll announce this Monday but I can send to you upon request)

Kelli DunhamNot The Gym Teacher

Grant LyonScheduled Fun Time

Jim TewsOatmeal

Cherith Fuller, Cool, Chill Girl

Comedic Web Series:

Two-MaraTherapy with Pami

Feminist Short Films:

Travis by Melissa Stephens and Leslye Headland (advisory: discussion of assault)

Tingle Monsters by Alexandra Serio

Podcasts:

Family Ghosts with Sam Dingman

First Draft with Sarah Enni

General Activity:

Mara Wilson is voicing this one: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062956606/the-faceless-old-woman-who-secretly-lives-in-your-home-cd/

Amber Rollo continues to write poignant op-eds and is gearing up for her TV show about binge-watching tv, Binge There, Done That

NYC Postponed/ Currently Canceled events:

Raquel Cion‘s David Bowie alt-cabaret

Amy Marcs’ solo breast cancer show

The Giving Tree dance festival

Pink Hulk featuring Valerie David