According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

2008 Frigid Festival

The 2008 Frigid Festival is upon us. Though it's only in its second year here in New York, it comes with the principles of EXIT (of the San Francisco Fringe) and CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) -- namely:
“…to provide all artists, emerging and established, with the opportunity to produce their play no matter the content, form or style and to make the event as affordable and accessible as possible for the members of the community,”
As with our coverage of the Fringe, we of the New Theater Corps think it's important to support independent theater, especially since with Frigid, the artists take home 100% of the box office, you know, so that they can continue to make theater. So this year, we'll be sending our staff to canvass half the festival, helping you to figure out how best to invest your $10 to $15 and trying to give some perspective to the sort of tenacious creativity that goes into pulling a 12-day, 30-show, 150-performance festival off.

Here's to what we hope is a great start to the '08 independent theater season.

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