The nominations announcement news conference will be held 11 am Friday, April 26 at 54 Below.
Drama Desk Awards, which are presented annually, honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater, “without any vested interest in the results.” For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect both enthusiasm for all aspects of New York’s professional theater and a level of erudition and theatrical experience unparalleled in our industry’s other prize-giving organizations.
The awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group) and will be webcast live on www.TheaterMania.com. Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania.com, which will present the awards ceremony, is managing executive producer of Drama Desk Awards. Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry are xecutive producers.
The 2012-2013 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: Barbara Siegel, Chairperson (TalkinBroadway.com and freelance); David Kaufman (author and freelance), Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center), Martha Wade Steketee (urbanexcavations.com; editor and contributor, Chance Magazine), Adrian Wattenmaker (Theater Faculty, Brooklyn College; Director, School of Creative and Performing Arts), and James Wilson (Professor of Theatre, CUNY; co-editor of Journal of American Drama and Theatre).
The 2012-2013 Board of Directors of the Drama Desk is composed of: President Isa Goldberg(Broadwaychannel.com;Theaterlife.com), Vice President Leslie (Hoban) Blake, (Theater Critic/City ARTS-Downtown; Co-Host/TWO on the AISLE, MNN, You Tube), Trasurer and Second Vice President Charles Wright (A+E Networks; Editorial Board, Best Plays Theater Year Book), Secretary Richard Ridge,(BroadwayWorld.com, Backstage with Richard Ridge), Arlene Epstein (South Shore Record/Herald Community Newspapers & LIHerald.com;), Elysa Gardner (USA Today critic/reporter; New York Drama Critics Circle), Randy Gener (American Theatre; New York Theater Wire); John Istel (Freelance Editor and Arts Journalist; Managing Editor, Drama Desk website), David Kaufman (Author and Freelance), William Wolf (wolfentertainmentguide.com; Adjunct professor, NYU), Lauren Yarger (Reflections in the Light; BroadwayWorld.com).