Closing Party

2–4am / Oct 7 / VR WORLD (4 E 34th St NYC)

Closing Party + Franky Award

Photo by Richard Greene

The 2017 FRANKY AWARD goes to Charlotte Brathwaite!

New York-based director Charlotte Brathwaite (Canada/Barbados/UK) is known for her unique approach to staging classical and unconventional texts, dance, visual art, multi-media, site-specific installation, video productions, performance art and music events. Her work has been seen in the Americas, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia and ranges in subject matter from the historical past to the distant future illuminating issues of race, sex, power and the complexities of the human condition. Named as one of the “up-and-coming women in theatre to watch” by Playbill, Brathwaite is recipient of several awards and citations including the Princess Grace Award, the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize (Yale), a Rockefeller Residency, and the National Performing Network Creation Fund.  BA Amsterdam School for the Arts (Netherlands); MFA Yale School of Drama; Visiting Professor Amherst College; Visiting artist Williams College; Visiting Professor University of Fortaleza (Brazil); Assistant Professor Music and Theater Arts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Named in honor of MESTC Executive Director and Prelude founder Dr. Frank Hentschker, the FRANKY Award was created to recognize an artist who has made a long-term, extraordinary impact on contemporary theater and performance in New York City.

Previous FRANKY Award recipients:
2016: Miguel Gutierrez
2015: Jay Wegman of the Abrons Arts Center
2014: Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar of Big Dance Theater
2013: Kate Valk

Come to VR World NYC, the largest attraction dedicated to Virtual Reality of its kind! Experience 50+ Virtual Reality activities in our 20,000 sq/ft facility: from 360° art movies and music videos to multi-player games and captivating simulations. Our curated content will satisfy both VR World first-time visitors and VR adepts alike. Located in the heart of Midtown, steps from the Empire State Building. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays noon to 10pm, Sundays noon to 8pm.


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Three Floors • 50 VR Experiences • Limitless Adventures
4 East 34 Street, New York, NY 10016
Proud host of the PRELUDE 2017 After Party
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