Founded in 1999, The New York Theatre Experience, Inc. (NYTE), is a nonprofit corporation that uses new and traditional media to provide tangible support and advocacy for the theatre community in New York City.
Through our major programs—Indie Theater Now and NYTE Small Press—we highlight, nurture, promote, and advance the work of thousands of theatre practitioners making groundbreaking and foundational art in New York City and around the US.
I am the founder/editor/curator of Indie Theater Now, a digital platform where people explore and help each other discover contemporary American drama. I created and edited nytheatre.com, for which I wrote about 3,000 reviews and edited 7,000 more. As the initiator and host of two widely attended convocations in 2005 and 2008, I helped define and brand the indie theater movement in New York City. I've edited 13 play anthologies and produced the first podcast series about NYC indie theater.
With Martin, I founded NYTE and quickly became a publisher, blogger, podcast editor and avid follower of indie theater. Along the way, I have gotten to meet the most creative, talented group of artists around -- and even got to be on a real stage several times. What a fun way to spend my time. Prior to all this I owned and ran a wholesale hobby/crafts business, again meeting and working with talented/creative folks -- this time in Washington, DC. I'm responsible for the administrative and financial aspects of running NYTE.
In the fall of 2008 NYTE received the Stewardship Award given for significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership (presented by the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation). Previous winners of the Stewardship Award are Ellen Stewart/La MaMa (2005), The Field (2006), and the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) (2007). View a short video that was shown at the ceremony. After the Award Ceremony was completed Martin and Rochelle had the honor to meet playwright Edward Albee, who was one of the presenters. Shown are Martin Denton, playwright Doric Wilson, playwright Edward Albee, and Rochelle Denton. (Photo by Matt Cohen)
Each year Our Town newspaper, the largest community newspaper on the East Side of Manhattan, salutes New Yorkers whose accomplishments deserve to be highlighted with their OTTY (Our Town Thanks You) awards. Founder and Executive Director of NYTE, Martin Denton, is one of the honorees for 2008. He was honored as part of the Culture Club for his "passion for the stage" where his "love of theater found a life online".
Thank you, Martin, Rochelle, and everyone involved with NYTE, for giving megaphones to all of us whose voices are quiet and could have been easily ignored.
"As an Artistic Director who is known for finding unusual and obscure plays and scripts from around the world for programming, your website and its resources are invaluable to me. i am delighted to be able to sample perusal scripts without breaking my bank- and to have so many exciting new voices and ideas that i would not normally have access to. I LOVE Indie Theater Now."
Nita Congress, President
Rochelle Denton, Sec/Treas