Help us make 20 years of reviews, podcasts, and interviews from nytheatre.com, nytheater now, and nytheatrecast completely available and accessible online to all
In this project, we are going to build two different but complimentary resources:
In addition to the seed money provided by our initial campaign last year, we need funds to cover ongoing operational and developmental costs:
The body of work we created on nytheatre.com and our other websites over the past 20 years is literally a one-of-a-kind resource that documents the foundational innovative art created by tens of thousands of theater practioners. No one else covered the NYC indie theater scene with the breadth, depth, and care that NYTE brought to it. nytheatre.com was the only outlet that reviewed every show in FringeNYC from 2002-2014. nytheatrecast was the only regular podcast that brought the work of indie artists to the digital airwaves every week from 2005-2013.
Here are some of the indie artists who told us they got their first review on nytheatre.com: Christina Gorman, Crystal Skillman, Penny Jackson, Kelly McAllister, Kevin Augustine, Cheryl King, Matthew Trumbull, Jordan Seavey, Arthur Adair, Daniel Maté, David Johnston, Bob Brader, Daniel Irizarry, Timothy Nolan, Rob Reese, Jill Jichetti, Adam R. Burnett, Melisa Annis, Stephen Gracia, Noah Diamond, Kari Bentley-Quinn.
This is the history of an artistic community. Its preservation is essential, as a monument to the great work that it encompassed and as a guidepost and inspiration to future generations of theater-makers.
Well, we are living in interesting times, to say the least. But the good news is that there are virtually no technical challenges to the fulfillment of this project. Mostly we need the funding support to cover our costs and to sustain us as we spend the next several months downloading reviews and other files from our servers and going through the various steps of integrating the material into the archive.
And, of course, Martin needs to make an ebook. That's going to take some time, but we don't foresee any difficulties. Especially if we can get dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of the indie artists whose work will be part of that ebook to volunteer some time and reminiscences to ensure that it's as complete as it can be. (See the next section for a bit more about this.)
The one thing we are certain of: we are committed to making this happen. No matter what.
In addition to contributing $, you can help make the nytheater indie archive project a reality by doing any of the following:
Roi "Bubi" Escudero
Wendy vanden Heuvel
Christopher Carter Sanderson
Bob Brader & Suzanne Bachner
Ellen K. Anderson
Judith Jarosz & David Fuller