Martin Denton over at NYTheatre.com is hosting a "Convocation" Saturday afternoon to rally the "Indie Theatre" community and discuss future plans for advocacy and organization. For an overview of objectives, check out his podcast interview with co-founders John Clancy and Paul Bargetto.
Meanwhile, here's a preliminary agenda on his blog:
(we're expecting John Clancy, who was one of the founders of FringeNYC; Shay Gines of the New York Innovative Theatre Awards; Erez Ziv of Horse Trade Theatre Group; Paul Bargetto of East River Commedia; independent producer John Pinckard; and hopefully some other folks who have been involved in getting this new organization off the ground).This will also be a chance to become a "charter member" of the League of Independent Theater and to discuss in general what such an umbrella organization might reasonably accomplish to benefit you--the typical NYC downtown/Off-Off theatre artist/company.
The presentation starts at 2:00pm. There are really two main focuses of the Convocation -- first, to talk about some initiatives and programs that I believe will be genuinely valuable to the NYC indie theater community; and second, to provide a forum for folks involved with indie theater to share their ideas and feedback with us and with each other.
So if that indeed is you, you might want to show up at the Barrow Street Saturday at 1:30.
Off-Off's getting it's act together, baby. Watch out!