From Our Desks

12 Years a Nominating Chair

Barbara Seigel's skein of seasons as Drama Desk Nominating Chair was unprecedented. The Board honored that commitment at its Annual Meeting.

As Barbara Seigel herself noted upon accepting a replica trophy of the Drama Desk Award, she'd served on the Nominating Committee for almost a third of Drama Desk's 60 years of award-giving. First for seven years as a regular committee member, and then for 12 more seasons as Chair, Seigel may have seen more theater than any other but a handful of human beings.

Eyes on the Prize

An ensemble of 2015 Drama Desk nominees wax wise to Doug Strassler about the wonderous news that their hard work won recognition. 

On Wednesday, May 6, there was plenty of talent buzzing about New World Stages long before typical matinee time. That’s because it played host to the Drama Desk nominee reception for the 2014-2015 theater season.

Can Theater Change the World?

Journalist, critic, and Drama Desk member Jonathan Mandell posed this essential question to more than a score of 2015 Drama Desk Award nominees at this year's reception.

“I think that every revolutionary idea begins in the theater, and that we have a responsibility as theater artists to put forth the vision of what we want our world to look like,” says Tonya Pinkins, one of the twenty-one New York theater artists who were asked this basic question.

Dream Panel: Shakespeare Parley at Sardi's

"A muse of fire" lit up the Eugenia Room, as Charles Wright recounts, for Drama Desk's panel, "Why Shakespeare? Why Now?" 

Eighty Drama Desk members and guests gathered to celebrate - a few days early -William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on Friday, April 4, 2014, for a luncheon-panel that featured five distinguished theater professionals, moderated by scholar-author-translator Carol Rocamora, addressing the topic “Why Shakespeare?  Why Now?”