Art Superstar Bradley Theodore Installs Two Downtown Murals Celebrating Anniversary of Obie Awards
Rick Miramontez / Andy Snyder / Michael Jorgensen
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
ART WORLD SUPERSTAR
INSTALLS TWO DOWNTOWN MURALS
CELEBRATING THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF
THE OBIE AWARDS
2015 OBIE AWARDS WILL TAKE PLACE
ON MONDAY, MAY 18
AT WEBSTER HALL
New York, NY (April 15, 2015) — Acclaimed street artist Bradley Theodore has painted two original murals in downtown Manhattan celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the OBIE Awards, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor. Presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, the 2015 OBIE Awards will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). Tickets to the ceremony are now available via www.ObieAwards.com.
Explaining his inspiration for the murals, which are located at 19 Stanton St. and Cultura Pizza E Vitta at 151 Mott Street, Mr. Theodore said, “Classic theater was always created by bands of creative individuals that followed their hearts to perform in theaters using, most of the time, the outside walls of castles and towns as theater, and eventually becoming the main performance within the castle. In today's world Broadway is the castle and off-Broadway the outside walls. Using traditional classical subject I want to pay tribute to the future new classics in the making.”
Images of the Mr. Theodore and the murals are available for download here.
(Credit: Timmy Blupe)
Since the early days of Bradley Theodore’s career he has been inspired by what he sees around him and in particular the people that make up our media-driven world. Born in Turks & Caicos, Bradley has a fresh perspective on art and what constitutes an expression of thought. Now living in New York City, he has become an integrated part of the art scene – creating his sometimes controversial, but always inspiring installations. Art has been the life force that has launched Bradley into the mainstream and into the media spotlight. Due to his unique and notable form of art visible throughout the cities of New York and Tokyo, Bradley has often been described as Jean-Michel Basquiat meets Banksy. Bradley believes that the audience of his art should be the reviewers of his art. Thus he is dedicated in making his art available for all to see in the streets of international cities. His commitment in bringing art to the public is underlined by his involvements in public viewings. He recent work, Anna Wintour x Karl Lagerfeld mural and Cara Delevinge x Kate Moss mural, can be seen on Kenmare Street.
As was previously announced, the American Theatre Wing has entered into a partnership with The Village Voice to co-present The OBIE Awards,.
The Village Voice and the American Theatre Wing are grateful to the following sponsors and partners for their support of The OBIE Awards: Athletics, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Casa Nonna, Clear Channel Spectacolor, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Trine Group, The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, and Presenting Sponsor Stella Artois.
For more information, visit www.ObieAwards.com.
The Village Voice created the OBIE Awards, at the suggestion of then editor Jerry Tallmer, soon after the publication's own inception in 1955, to encourage the newly burgeoning Off Broadway theater movement and to acknowledge its achievements. The OBIES are structured with informal categories, to recognize artists and productions worthy of distinction in each theatrical year. Over the decades, the OBIE Awards have played a major role in the Voice’s long history of championing work of innovative and exceptional quality Off and Off-Off Broadway. The Village Voice put the new downtown theater movement on the map with its in-depth coverage, becoming a forum for conflicting viewpoints which helped generate excitement over new works and new approaches to theater-making. The OBIES have become a theatrical tradition, a meaningful way to acknowledge the best artistic achievements of downtown theater. The list of actors, writers, directors, and designers who have received OBIES at pivotal moments in their careers is a virtual who's who of contemporary theater. While the categories of the awards have continued to change almost annually, the creative spirit remains the same. The OBIE Awards continue to salute a theatrical movement that's as important, and as vibrant, today as it was in 1955.
The American Theatre Wing is dedicated to advancing artistic excellence and nurturing theatre’s next generation: on the stage, behind the scenes, and in the audience. For nearly a century, the Wing has pursued this mission with programs that span the nation to invest in the growth and evolution of American Theatre. Traditionally, the Wing has encouraged members of the theatre community to share their off-stage time and talent directly with the theatre audience at large–whether it was singing for the troops in the Stage Door Canteen of the 1940's, or sharing their stories on a podcast today. As the founders of The Tony Awards®, the American Theatre Wing has developed the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway. Yet the Wing's reach extends beyond Broadway and beyond New York. The Wing develops the next generation of theatre professionals through the SpringboardNYC and Theatre Intern Network programs, incubates innovative theatre across the country through the National Theatre Company Grants, fosters the song of American theatre through the Jonathan Larson Grants, honors the best in New York theatrical design with the Henry Hewes Design Award, and illuminates the creative process through the “Working in the Theatre” program and media archive. The American Theatre Wing has also entered into a long-term partnership with The Village Voice to co-present The OBIE Awards, Off Broadway’s Highest Honor, beginning this year, which will mark the Award’s 60th Anniversary in May 2015. Visitors to americantheatrewing.org can get inspired and gain insight into the artistic process through the Wing’s extensive media collection, and learn more about its programming for students, aspiring and working professionals, and audiences. Follow the Wing on Facebook.com/TheAmericanTheatreWing and Twitter.com/TheWing.
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in 1955, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation's first and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voice carries on the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it embraced when it began publishing nearly 60 years ago. The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, the Voice remains a vigilant investigative watchdog and a go-to source for coverage of New York's vast cultural landscape. The Voice's unique mix of in-depth news writing and reporting, incisive arts, culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews, daily web dispatches, and comprehensive entertainment listings provides readers with an indispensable perspective on the inner workings of the world's most vibrant city. The Voice's daily-updated Web site www.villagevoice.com has twice been recognized as one of the nation's premier online sites for journalistic quality and local content. The site is a past winner of both the National Press Foundation's Online Journalism Award and the Editor and Publisher Eppy Award for Best Overall U.S. Weekly Newspaper Online. The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as Choice Eats, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Brooklyn Pour, Holiday Spirits as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Arts Preview guides.
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