Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

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Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jon Steingart & Jenny Wiener Steingart, Executive Producers) is currently presenting its inaugural A.N.T. FEST (Ars Nova Theater Festival), dedicated to new work and emerging artists. Featuring over 175 artists performing in 30 nights of music, comedy, theater, dance and genre-defying acts, A.N.T. FEST is running Thursday through Monday evenings, October 16th through November 24th, at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Performances begin at 8pm. The festival will kicked off Wednesday October 15th at 7pm with an invited press launch and industry presentation featuring performances from select A.N.T. FEST artists. BroadwayWorld.com made sure we were there to catch it for you!

In six weeks of mayhem featuring fresh material from today's most daring emerging artists, the festival will push the boundaries of live entertainment by bringing together talented performers from many disciplines under one roof. Ars Nova is dedicated to spotlighting New York's next wave of songwriters, bands, comedy artists, theater-makers, storytellers and genre-defying performers. A.N.T. FEST 2008 takes that mission to the next level.

Ars Nova received over 250 submissions consisting of scripts, CDs, DVDs, YouTube videos, Myspace pages and even one VHS tape. After reviewing material ranging from soul steppers, bands, pirates, ninjas, drag queens, plays, eggmobiles, monologists, Mormons, and everything in between, Ars Nova selected the top thirty submissions and offered each one night in the festival. For more information about each show and a full lineup, visit www.arsnovanyc.com.

Photos by Pablo Pimienta

 

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jason Eagan opens the show

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Sara Schaefer

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
'Soul Steps' performs the opening number

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jared Weiss

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jared Weiss

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Josh Halloway

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Josh Halloway

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Chris Dreyer of 'Goodbye Picasso' sings!

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Chris Dreyer of 'Goodbye Picasso'

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Chris Dreyer of 'Goodbye Picasso'

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Chris Dreyer of 'Goodbye Picasso'

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Scott Taylor of 'Goodbye Picasso'

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
'Goodbye Picasso' performs

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Becky Yamamoto

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Becky Yamamoto

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Becky Yamamoto

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Sara Schaefer and Becky Yamamoto

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Francesca Harper, Chad Schiro and Katrina Yaukey

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Francesca Harper, Chad Schiro and Katrina Yaukey

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Francesca Harper, Katrina Yaukey and Chad Schiro

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Francesca Harper, Katrina Yaukey and Chad Schiro

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Katrina Yaukey and Chad Schiro

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Francesca Harper

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Chad Schiro

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Francesca Harper

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jason Eagan closes the show

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
The cast closes the show!

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
The cast closes the show!

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
The cast celebrates at the after party!

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Chad Schiro and Francesca Harper

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Joe Nero and Chris Dreyer

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Tony Carnevale and Becky Yamamoto

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Lance Rubin and Ray Munoz

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party

Jon Steingart, Jenny Wiener Steingart and Jason Eagan

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
JonJon Battles and Jason Eagan

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jason Eagan with Soul Step!

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Josh Halloway and Kerry Whigham

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Carly Mensch, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Aya Cash and Evan Cabnet

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Sean Thomas, Heather DeLeon, Maxine Lyle and Dionne Norton

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Satya Bhabha

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jared Weiss and Eric March

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Teddy Bergman

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jason Eagan, Chris 'Shockwave'? Sullivan and Nick Jones

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener Steingart

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Max Vernon and JonJon Battles

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Trixie Little and The Evil Hate Monkey

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Francesca Harper, Chad Schiro and Katrina Yaukey

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Tim Lappin, Chris Dreyer, Joe Nero and Scott Taylor of 'Goodbye Picasso'

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Daiva Deupree and Andy Donald

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Jason Eagan and Troy Deutsch

Photo Coverage: A.N.T. Fest 2008 Kickoff Party
Satya Bhabha

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Pablo Pimienta Born and raised in Miami Florida, Pablo's interest in photography began when he was in his early 20's. What started out as a hobby soon blossomed into a great passion. A fan of the theater since his youth, it was a viewing of "Les Miserables" that first introduced him to Broadway. A desire to combine his love of theater and photojournalism finally brought him to New York City in the summer of 2008. He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Monica.