This week, NYSCA grantees announce new leadership and a celebrity-led Poetry Walk, and an incubator of Tony-nominated talent gets its due.
The Birthplace of All Four 2017 Best Play Tony Nominees
“The New Dramatists honored [Paula] Vogel alongside ten-time Tony-winning producer Daryl Roth (who produced Vogel’s Indecent) for their outstanding contribution to theatre [at its annual luncheon.] Dedicated to the nurturing of promising playwrights, New Dramatists provides time, space, staff and financial resources to develop new work—and it’s paying off. All four of this year’s Best Play Tony nominees—Lynn Nottage for Sweat, Lucas Hnath for A Doll’s House, Part 2, J.T. Rogers for Oslo, and Vogel for Indecent—are alumni of New Dramatists…The institution is the birthplace of the careers of a multitude of playwrights because it serves as an ‘incubator’ of talent, as Hnath called it… ‘It’s an organization built to make us the leaders of our own artistic process,’ said Hnath. Added Rogers, ‘It really is the mothership of American playwriting.’ NYSCA supports New Dramatists through our Theatre Program.
Bill Murray to lead annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
“Bill Murray and the Brooklyn Bridge: Two New York City icons, united by poetry. The 66-year-old actor will lead the annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge on June 12, which raises funds for Poets House, it was announced Monday. It’s an event Murray has rarely missed. ‘Bill came to us through [Poets House vice president] Frank Platt — they were neighbors,’ Poets House executive director Lee Briccetti told amNewYork on Monday…Briccetti said after the first pilgrimage across the bridge in 1996 the event became ‘an instant tradition.’ The walk, during which poetry is read under the bridge’s archways, is ‘incredibly powerful; reading poems about New York City in the very places they’re set,’ Briccetti said. Participation in the walk costs $250 and includes a dinner at 26 Bridge. Murray, who donated seed money for the Poets House library in the ’90s, will be among the honorees at the dinner. Poets House, now in its 30th year and based in Battery Park City, boasts a 70,000-volume library of poetry and last year saw 80,000 visitors walk through its doors.” NYSCA supports Poets House through our Literature Program.
Albany Symphony appoints new executive director
“The Albany Symphony announced Friday morning that Anna Kuwabara, currently vice president for orchestra operations and facilities at the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed executive director. The appointment, which takes effect July 3, will end more than two years without an executive director. The last, Lawrence J. Fried, left in early 2015 after only nine months in that position. In a statement, music director and conductor David Alan Miller praised Kuwabara’s ‘experience and her keen intelligence.’ Kuwabara, in turn, said she had been struck over the years ‘by the creativity and innovation’ of the Symphony and Miller and by local audiences who ‘are willing to be curious and open to what is new and different.’ Besides her work with the St. Louis Symphony, Kuwabara has also held administrative positions at the Harvard Business School, the Longy School of Music and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.” NYSCA supports the Albany Symphony through our Music Program and Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
Glimmerglass picks Owens as artistic adviser
“The Glimmerglass Festival has appointed acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens as artistic adviser. As Artistic Advisor, Owens will consult closely with Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello and Music Director Joseph Colaneri on matters of Festival repertoire and casting and will serve as an ambassador for the company, which offers new productions of opera and musical theater, as well as concerts, lectures, a youth opera and more. He will perform roles on the mainstage during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.Known for his roles of both classic works and new music, Owens’s international career has brought him to major opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera and LA Opera to Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and more. Owens…served as the company’s 2012 and 2015 Artist in Residence, coaching and mentoring members of the Young Artists Program, the company’s apprenticeship for rising artists. Owens also serves as Chair of the company’s Artistic Advisory Board…In addition to his busy performance schedule, Owens has worked with young artists at the Merola Opera Program and Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. He also serves as a community ambassador at Lyric Opera of Chicago and on the Board of Trustees of both The Crossing Choir in Philadelphia and the Curtis Institute of Music.” NYSCA supports Glimmerglass through our Music Program.
A Museum Let 6 Awesome GIF Artists Decorate Their Elevators
“GIFs could become the new elevator music, thanks to an experimental installation at the Museum of the Moving Image. The GIF Elevator offers six top-tier animators and media artists the chance to install their work in the enclosed spaces between floors. New four-panel works by Lorna Mills, Mr. Div (Matt DiVito), Dain Fagerholm, Render Fruit (Clara Luzian), Paul Robertson, and Rafia Santana will plunge visitors into the worlds they’ve built over the years of GIF experimentation. Mill’s Yellowwhirlaway will inaugurate the series, running in the Astoria, Queens art museum from June 1 through July 30…This isn’t The Museum of the Moving Image’s first foray into GIF art. In 2012 they exhibited We Tripped El Hadji Diouf: The Story of a Photoshop Thread, which preserved, “One of the Web’s most ‘epic’ Photoshop threads,” depicting a Senegalese soccer player’s wipeout as if caused by Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. They’ve also exhibited work by Evan Roth and had shows devoted to reaction GIFs and cat GIFs.” Museum of the Moving Image curator Jason Eppink: “The GIF is now an important site of cultural and artistic expression; an established and pervasive form defined in part by silence, brevity, shareability, and most importantly, the loop. The participating artists in this series of installations represent some of the most important and influential GIF makers today.” NYSCA supports the Museum of Moving Image through our Museum and Electronic Media & Film Programs.