Cinoman and Baerman Win Festival Artists’ Awards

Susan Cinoman
Susan Cinoman
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Noah Baerman

We’re excited to announce that playwright/screenwriter Susan Cinoman of Woodbridge and jazz pianist/composer Noah Baerman of Middletown are the winners of the inaugural Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards. The two were chosen by festival programmers and independent judges from a field of applicants from throughout Connecticut. Each will receive a $2,500 grant toward the creation of new work.

We created the awards this year with the Guilford Foundation’s support to encourage the development of new work by professional Connecticut artists and to provide a vehicle for the debut of original material at the festival. Cinoman’s and Baerman’s works will be performed in full for the first time at the next Guilford Performing Arts Festival, scheduled for September 26-29, 2019.

Cinoman, who won in the Drama category, will complete work on a full-length play, “Guenevere,” that uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play. In Cinoman’s play, Guenevere, a childhood friend of Arthur, pulls the legendary sword from the stone and becomes the rightful ruler of Camelot—setting up a battle of wills, intrigue, romance, murder and a feminist perspective on the dynamics between men and women, on politics and on destiny. Cinoman plans a staged reading of “Guenevere” at the 2019 festival; a portion of the play while in development was presented previously at Connecticut’s Ivoryton Playhouse as part of its annual Women’s Playwright Initiative.

Cinoman has written for the ABC television shows “The Goldbergs” and “Schooled.” Her one-act plays “Cinoman and Rebeck” and “Gin and Bitters” were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York City, and her short play “Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys” staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles this past August. Several of her plays are available as films, including “All Me, All the Time,” and “Love and Class in Connecticut,” which received The Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award at the Connecticut Film Festival in 2009.

Baerman, winner in the Music category, will develop an extended instrumental jazz composition in tribute to Claire Randall, a musical collaborator and former student who was murdered at the age of 26. The piece, entitled “Cliff Palace” and part of a larger body of work addressing Ms. Randall’s life and the impact of her passing, will be performed by an ensemble featuring piano, acoustic bass, drums and wind instruments.

Baerman has released ten CDs as a bandleader and published ten instructional books with the Alfred Publishing Company. His ninth CD, Ripples, issued in 2014, is one of his many works of socially conscious music, addressing subjects including disability, community engagement and the American foster care crisis. His 2003 release, Patch Kit, revolved around his struggles with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, an incurable connective tissue disorder with which he was born. The musicians on that CD included bassist Ron Carter and the late drummer Ben Riley; he also has collaborated with trombonist Robin Eubanks, percussionist Warren Smith and saxophonists Steve Wilson, Jimmy Greene, Wayne Escoffery and Claire Daly among many others.

Baerman was the recipient of a 2008 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Foundation. He teaches at several institutions including Wesleyan University and is the founder and artistic director of Resonant Motion, Inc., a nonprofit that explores connections between music and positive change.

Cinoman and Baerman will be introduced at a limited-seat reception in Guilford on September 29, 2018. Tickets are $50 per person; to attend or get more information, email gpafest@gmail.com.

The 2019 Guilford Performing Arts Festival will feature a diverse program of music and theater, opera, poetry and storytelling, ballet and contemporary dance, circus acts, buskers and spontaneous happenings. Performances and workshops will take place on and around the Green and in various other places in town—the community center, library, schools, churches, coffee shops, markets, bookstores, farms, arts centers and historic homes.

The festival started in 2017 with the goals of enlivening the Connecticut Shoreline, illuminating social causes and fostering cultural diversity, building audiences for live performance, provoking thought and encouraging the creation of new work by Connecticut artists.

For more information, email us at gpafest@gmail.com.

Artists’ Award Winners Will Be Honored at September 29 Reception

Award Invitation FrontWe’ll be announcing winners of the Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards (yes, that’s a mouthful!) very soon.

In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to a reception introducing the winners on Saturday, September 29. It’ll be held at William and Jan Boughton’s beautiful barn on Little Meadow Road in Guilford, starting at 6:30 p.m.

We’ll introduce the two winners, one in Drama and one in Music, offer light bites and wine, provide some entertainment and give you an update on the 2019 festival. We’re in the process of lining up our marquee acts, and we’re very excited about how the conversations are going.

Award Invitation Back

Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is extremely limited, so get your reservations in as soon as you can. Send checks, payable to GPAF, to Guilford Performing Arts Festival, 316 Little Meadow Road, Guilford, Connecticut, 06437. Hope to see you there!

Much appreciation goes to the Guilford Foundation, which helped us create the awards. They’re intended to encourage the development of new work by professional Connecticut artists and provide a vehicle for the debut of original material at the 2019 festival. The winners’ works will be performed in full for the first time at next year’s festival, scheduled for September 2019.

If you have any questions, send us a note at gpafest@gmail.com.

 

Festival Receives Non-profit Status

IMG_9359 copyThe Guilford Performing Arts Festival (GPAF) was awarded non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service in July, enabling us to accept charitable donations and providing a possible tax incentive for people to invest in the festival and our community-building mission. With the expected expansion of our financial base, we’ll be able to present a larger and more diverse festival in 2019, build an infrastructure for sustainability and increase our impact on Guilford and the nearby community.

We were fortunate to have supporters such as the Guilford Foundation, Guilford Savings Bank, Bishop’s Orchards, Page Hardware & Appliance and other local businesses, which believed in the festival’s value to the Shoreline and were willing to invest without potential tax benefits. Now that we can offer individuals, businesses and foundations a tax incentive for donating, we can increase the scale and artistic range of the festival, extend our reach, and contribute more vigorously to the spirit and economy of Guilford.

The inaugural festival, held in October 2017, presented 44 performances and workshops in 17 venues. It featured 350 individual performers, attracted nearly 3,700 audience members and made a positive contribution to the economy of downtown Guilford.

Planning is underway for the second season, which will take place September 26-29, 2019. Centered around the picturesque Guilford Green, it will feature multiple genres of music and theater, opera, poetry and storytelling, ballet and contemporary dance, circus acts, buskers and spontaneous happenings. Performances and workshops will take place on the Green and in various other places in town—the community center, library, schools, churches, coffee shops, markets and bookstores, arts centers, farms and historic homes.

Our mission is to enliven the Shoreline, bring the community together, foster cultural diversity and illuminate important social issues, build audiences for live performance, provoke thought and encourage the creation of new work by Connecticut artists.

If you’d like to support the 2019 festival and our ongoing mission financially, please send checks, payable to GPAF, to Guilford Performing Arts Festival, 316 Little Meadow Road, Guilford, Connecticut 06437. Unfortunately, we’re not yet set up to accept credit cards, but we hope to be soon.

If you’d like to volunteer, or if you have any questions or suggestions, send an email to gpafest@gmail.com. We promise we’ll be in touch with you quickly. Thank you for your interest and support!