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

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