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Heather Cohn Nominated For NYIT Award!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Leave a Comment

We're all thrilled to report that our own Heather Cohn was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Director for The Lesser Seductions of History! For those of you who took the time to vote for us, your votes contributed to this nomination, so from all of us, THANK YOU.

This is Flux's second consecutive year being nominated - last year, we were nominated for 7 awards, with Angel Eaters Sound Designer Asa Wember taking one home.

It was a great ceremony, with many Indie friends in attendance. We were excited to see friends recognized like Crystal Skillman and Impetuous Theater Group, James Comtois and Nosedive Productions (for Infectious Opportunity, which we featured here), Piper McKenzie (for Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury, which we also featured here), Tim Errickson's work with Retro Productions, and of course, perennial NYITA all stars, terraNOVA, the Brick, and the Neo-Futurists.

Work was also recognized from companies we admire like PL115, The Management, CollaborationTown, Vampire Cowboys, Electric Pear, and Astoria Performing Arts Center. But most importantly - and here is the signature magic of the NYITA - a number of companies I'd never heard of were recognized. The Mad Ones, The Associated Mask Ensemble, Down Payment Productions, and WeildWorks were all new to me, yet all of them brought home multiple nominations.

I would have loved to have seen Flux nominated for more - like Best Ensemble for Lesser Seductions and Best Set Design for Jacob's House - but the bad news with the NYITA is always good news, too - the Indie theatre community that we're all a part of is wider and deeper than we thought.

On a personal note, I'm especially disappointed to see Viral by Mac Rogers and Gideon Productions not nominated - it was by far the best Indie play I saw this NYITA year (I saw it twice, something I never do).

What plays and artists were you thrilled to see recognized? What do you think was missed?


  • Anonymous said:  

    Yes. I loved Viral and think it was a fantastic production, but they did not register it. It was part of the Fringe Festival so my guess is that they did not have enough performances to qualify. But the good news is, it means they can register it in the future. And I absolutely look forward to it.
    -- Shay Gines

  • Anonymous said:  

    Oh, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO FLUX! Lesser Seductions was such an epic piece and so well produced. I was really happy to see it represented.

  • August Schulenburg said:  

    Thank you! And thanks for reminding me about the Fringe and number of performances qualification - I remember they were extended, but probably did only have 5 shows to start.

    And THANK YOU for all the amazing work you do!