Before Elaine Del Valle took stage in her Off Broadway debut this summer at New York’s prestigious 59E59 Theaters in her solo show Brownsville Bred, (produced by Pamela Moller Kareman, Theater 808 and The Schoolhouse Theater) she was self producing at downtown’s Nuyorican Poets Café.  It was at the café, where she also played to sold out houses and got the chance to be seen by her current producers as well as the judges of the New York Innovative Theater Awards.

Ironically, the day after the finale show of her Off Broadway Limited Engagement, Elaine Del Valle picked up a 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance by The Innovative Theatre Foundation.

“I felt so proud and humbled. It reminded me that even without all of the bells and whistles, stripped down to its core, Brownsville Bred garnered this esteemed recognition from my peers…Actors who come to NYC (the Mecca of theater) to marinate in a craft we all love, support and appreciate. It is such a gift to be a part of that!” said Del Valle.

Also known as the IT awards, the Foundation recognizes the great work of New York’s Off-Off-Broadway — honoring its artistic heritage and providing a meeting ground for this extensive and richly varied community. As advocates for Off-Off-Broadway, they recognize its unique and essential role in global culture.

Brownsville Bred is Elaine Del Valle’s true and inspiring journey out of Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. Set in the 1980s it follows one latino family, whose story (as one critic put it) “transcends the cultural and transports you to the universal”.

While the Off Broadway limited engagement was an extreme success by all accounts, “You’ll Eat Up Sweet Bred” said the New York Post, the engagement could not be extended due to the theater’s prior commitments.  The producers of Brownsville Bred are in talks to resume the play in an unlimited Off Broadway engagement, in the meantime Elaine looks forward to the IT Awards ceremony set to take place September 19th, 2011, while working on her adult fiction novel being packaged with Parachute Publishing.

To learn more about Brownsville Bred visit and for more on The Innovative Theatre Foundation and its programs, visit or reach press agent, Katie Rosin / Kampfire PR at 917-438-9223/



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