Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Ways to Navigate the NYC Theatre Scene on nytheatre.com

Yesterday, we added two new features to nytheatre.com that I hope will be useful to our readers.

PICK A PLAYWRIGHT provides you with an alphabetical listing of playwrights whose work is currently playing (or about to be playing) in NYC. It's a simple, convenient way for you to keep up with the dramatists that matter to you. Who's the most popular playwright in New York right now? I don't think you'll be surprised, but you'll find the answer right here. (There's a tie for 2nd place between two very successful contemporary American playwrights.)

SEE SHOW WEBSITES is a portal to the official websites of shows with currently scheduled runs in New York theatres. What I love about this feature is that it lets you move rapidly from one show's site to another without having to hunt for the links--you can get a real feel for what a show is like by visiting its official site (usually!). The journey from one to another is fun and entertaining.

These are two additions that I've been looking forward to bringing to nytheatre.com for a while now. And they are just the beginning of what we have planned.

As you may recall, nytheatre.com won the "Show Your Impact" contest sponsored by Microsoft last summer, and received both a cash grant and a ton of software as the prize. Well, we've started working with some of our new software and we've made subtle but far-reaching changes to the nytheatre.com infrastructure. Maybe you've noticed some of the new little ways we've started enhancing our site: the design of the individual show/review pages has been improved, and we're listing more information about closed shows... we've added venue links to the festival calendar... we've upgraded the way festival productions are displayed throughout the site... and those are just a few examples.

I'll be announcing some new technology-related enhancements to nytheatre.com and to NYTE's suite of services to the NYC theatre community quite soon in upcoming posts on this blog. In the meantime, please let me know what you think of our new features and what changes/additions you'd like to see on nytheatre.com.

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