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Got Theater? Project in the News (UPDATED April 6th, 2005):

SALT Shakes (Syracuse NewTimes April 6, 2005)
SALT stands for Syracuse Area Live Theater, the academy founded last year by Syracuse New Times publisher Art Zimmer. Only Zimmer and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young, LLP know the names of all the members, consisting of a large cross-section of theater professionals and enthusiasts. There are more members this year, and they had more categories in which to vote.

Among the additions is a new slot for the summer season, which includes not only out-of-town companies Cortland Repertory Theatre, Ithaca's Hangar Theater and Auburn's Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, but also the Talent Company's No, No, Nanette, Wit's End Players' Pippin and Syracuse Civic Theatre's The Laramie Project. Also new are awards for musical directors and non-performing personalities. Clearer now is the distinction between the Lifetime Achievement Award, for still-active people, and the Hall of Fame Award, which represents people no longer active on the scene.

Earlier categories remain, for professional (meaning Syracuse Stage), touring road shows (e.g. Famous Artists) and community theater. This last designation is the most elastic as at least two companies here are partly professional, the Talent Company and the Redhouse. College companies from Syracuse University and Le Moyne College do not compete.

As with the Tonys and the Oscars, some nominees are longtime favorites whereas some omissions will raise eyebrows. M. Burke Walker is nominated in the professional theater category for Director of the Year, but his Syracuse Stage production of Stones in His Pocket is not nominated. SALT Academy members continue to smile on Appleseed Productions (two out of three nominations for Actress of the Year) and Wit's End Players (two out of three nominations for Musical of the Year). Nominations for directors and performs appear to be for the year's work and do not specify an appearance in an individual production.

The 2004 nominees are:

Best Original New Production (Play): All I Want for Christmas (Baldwinsville Theater Guild), Fever 1793 (Gifford Family Theater), Flame (Got Theater? Project), The Stonecutter (Open Hand Theater).

For full list of nominees click here!


**Press Release**


2nd Annual Got Theater? Family Festival Beneficiaries and Dates Announced


(Syracuse, NY 03/04/05) The Got Theater? Project is happy to announce the Syracuse Home (nursing home) Activities Department as the main beneficiary for the 2nd annual Got Theater? Family Festival. The festival will raise funds for the Westcott Community Center’s after school program as well.


The event will be held on May 14th and 15th from Noon to 4pm at the Carousel Mall in Syracuse. This year’s theme is: A Walk Through History and activities at the event will include: a performance stage with reenactments of Syracuse and NYS history, Mother Goose story telling time, Bubbles the Clown, face painting, arts & crafts, informational booths from local organizations, interactive history display booths and much more. An entire list of events will be published closer to the event date and will be available at


The event is being held in memory of Ellie Jones-Bissell, the Grandmother of Got Theater? Project’s artistic director, Jason Dinant. Mrs. Jones-Bissell was a resident of Syracuse Home and loved the activities department there. This will be a fitting tribute to her memory and to the history of the CNY area.


For more information please visit the Got Theater? Project online at or email


**The history-writing contest is still seeking submissions of 5 – 10 minute monologues about historical New Yorkers; visit the site for more information**




Got Theater? in Hollywood Reporter
                On June 13th, 2004 the Annual Hollywood Reporter Philanthropy issue hit the news stands. The Got Theater? Project was listed on the Hollywood Reporter's annual guide to philanthropic companies with ties to the entertainment industry. This marks the first international publication that the Got Theater? Project has been mentioned in.
           This is a sign of great things to come and the entire staff and volunteers of the Got Theater? Project are excited about the oppourtunities coming our way.

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Click the headlines below to read published articles on the Got Theater? Project:

Got Theater? Project * Syracuse, NY * Las Vegas, NV * "Raising funds for charity through theater!"