Sam Rosenberg, John Doherty, Patrick Harvey in Smith Street Stage, Inc.'s production of "Much Ado About Nothing". (Photo courtesy of Smith Street Stage, Inc.)

Smith Street Stage, Theatre 4the People Take Top IT Awards

The ceremony honors artistic achievement Off-Off Broadway.

NEW YORK CITY: The Innovative Theatre Foundation (ITF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the Off-Off-Broadway community, announced the recipients of the 11th annual Innovative Theatre Awards at the Baruch Performing Arts Center on Monday. Top prizes went to Smith Street Stage, Inc., for their production of Much Ado About Nothing (Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Revival of a Play), and Theatre 4the People, for In Vestments (Outstanding Director, Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play).

Actor Jason Kravits (“The Practice”) hosted the ceremony, and playwright David Greenspan, composer Jon Goldstein, and director Igor Goldin were among the presenters.

The Innovative Theatre Awards were established in 2004 with the aim of strengthening the Off-Off-Broadway community and advancing public interest in the theatrical arts. Theatrical professionals, entertainment artists, and audience members determined the winners from a nominee pool of 145 individuals, 57 productions, and 55 theatre companies.

A complete list of winners is below.

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
Much Ado About Nothing, Smith Street Stage, Inc.

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Sylvia Milo, The Other Mozart, Little Matchstick Factor

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Dan McVey, Pretty Babies, Elsinore County

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
Mel House, In The Bones, Astoria Performing Arts Center

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Matthew Trumbull, The Temple, or Lebensraum, Tin Drum Productions in Association with MozzleStead

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Emily Koch, In The Bones, Astoria Performing Arts Center

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT
Isaac Bush, The Mountain, The Circle Theater of New York

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
Isaac Byrne, In Vestments, Theatre 4the People

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Nicole Pearce, The Law of Return, Newsom Zipoy Productions

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Debbi Hobson, Unmentionables, Nylon Fusion Collective

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Carolyn Mraz, The Twelfth Labor, Loading Dock Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Jeanne TravisThe Temple, or Lebensraum, Tin Drum Productions in Association with MozzleStead

OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE DESIGN
Stephanie Cox-Williams, R & J & Z, Hard Sparks

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC
Phyllis Chen & Nathan Davis, The Other Mozart, Little Matchstick Factory

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SHORT SCRIPT
Lisa Bruna, Invasion from Estrogenius: Andi’s Night, manhattan theatre source

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH SCRIPT
Micheline Auger, Donkey Punch, Ivy Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ART PRODUCTION
NightThe New Stage Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Merrily We Roll Along, Astoria Performing Arts Center

OUTSTANDING PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
In Vestments, Theatre 4the People

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Much Ado About Nothing, Smith Street Stage, Inc.

OUTSTANDING STAGE MANAGER
Juni Li

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Marshall W. Mason

ELLEN STEWART AWARD
HERE Arts Center

CAFFÉ CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD
Theatre 167

DORIC WILSON INDEPENDENT PLAYWRIGHT AWARD
Andrea Alton

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