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2017 Jon Lipsky Award for Excellence in Playwriting
The recipients of this year's award are Lindsay Genshaft, Jessica Robblee, Mitch Slevc, and Mike Kasper for their script Art Emergency: Code Red! at the Denver Art Museum.
image courtesy Denver Art Museum
In 2014, IMTAL established an annual award dedicated to the memory of playwright Jon Lipsky. Jon was Professor of Acting and Playwriting at Boston University’s School of Theater, and he created many wonderful short plays on science themes for Boston's Museum of Science. The winner of the Lipsky award will have written the play that most exemplifies standards of excellence in Museum Theatre. The award will be presented at The IMTAL luncheon during the American Alliance of Museums Conference and Expo in St. Louis on May 9.
2017 IMTY Award
This year's IMTY Award, given annually to Senior Management who show outstanding support for museum theatre programming goes to Phillip Yuris, Park Supervisor at Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, CT for “undying support of the East Haddam Stage Company, resident theatre company at Gillette Castle State Park."
CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Secretary: Elysia Segal, New York Transit Museum, Vice President: Todd D. Norris, Children's Museum, IndianapolisPublications Officer: Ilana Gustafson, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
Their terms begin in May. Our thanks to outgoing Publications Officer Judy Fort Brenneman and Secretary Amber Parham for their dedicated service. We will hold a special election later in the year to select a new Membership Officer (the position that Mr. Norris vacates when he assumes the Vice Presidency.)
Build Your Library
(This post originally appeared on our blog. We've re-posted on the home page because if you make a purchase through the links below, IMTAL will receive a small percentage as an Amazon Associate.)
Several of our presenters at our 2014 Chicago conference mentioned books that can help you and your institution get a better handle on museum theatre practices. Others in attendance were actually the authors of a couple of those books, and the following is a list of the available texts, along with a some of our recommendations.
Catherine Hughes (Monday session "Opening Doors")
Greg Allen (Tuesday Keynote)
Michael Gellman (Tuesday Keynote, Thursday session "Process Theatre")
Josh Sigal (Tuesday session "Class Act: Using Basic Theatre Techniques to Invigorate the Learning Experience"
Heather Barnes and Natalie Shipman (Tuesday sessions "Improv 101" and "Improv 202")
Douglas Coler (Wednesday session "An Actor Walks Into an Exhibit...")
Tara McGowan (Wednesday Session "Asian Picture Storytelling Performance in the Museum")
Natalie Shipman (Thursday session "White City...Then and Now)
Performances and Gatherings