Mastermind 2012 Honorable Mention: The Project [theatre]

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Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 150 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling our honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced March 8 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.

The Project [theatre]
Our final Mastermind honorable mention knows a thing or two about a grand finale -- they are in show biz, after all. Places, everyone. The Project [theatre] is about to blow our silky socks off.

"We strive to be Miami's theatre alternative, creating non-traditional theatrical experiences and presenting the art form in a variety of unique, fun, and engaging ways that immerse a new generation of theatre goers and excite long-time patrons."

That's how Project [theatre] describes itself. We figured it was too apt to alter.

Four young theater professionals collaborated to create this alternative theatre form a few years ago. Since then, they have produced 19 world-premiere short plays and one full-length production. Their goal is to "blur the line between spectator and spectacle while igniting a new generation's thirst for their live theater."

The Project made a pledge to remain affected by their environment and to continue to evolve. To us, that made the group particularly interesting, since so many art forms cater to methods and functions from the past... and not all of them are great. So we at Cultist respect Project's goal of artistic evolution. After all, the world "blog" (as in, the Cultist medium) did not exist in Webster's Dictionary until after 2004. Times are changing, people!

That said, their performances are worthy of a social media status update. (Facebook, like Google, is probably a verb by now, anyway.)

This officially concludes the "honorable mention" portion of our MasterMind series. We've greatly respected each of the 21 artists showcased for a Mastermind honorable mention. Without our local artists, painters, performers, and musicians, little ol' Miami would be boring. Here at Cultist, we don't do boring.

Honorable Mentions:
Funner Projects
Robert Chumbley
Charo Oquet

Team Danger

Luis Pinto
John Adkins

Jolt Radio

Regina Jestrow

Yovani Bauta


Kevin Arrow

Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Hialeah Haikus

Jonathan David Kane

Eddy "Earthtone" Vegas

Bannavis Andrew Sribyata
Sarah Kontoff Baker
Jason Snyder
Valeria Yamamoto
Jayme Gershen

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