Writer: Nancy Dobbs Owen

Nancy Dobbs Owen is passionate about the intersection of arts and activism. She began her professional career with the Joffrey Ballet, danced with numerous ballet and modern companies then joined the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. She has performed in countless theater productions, independent films, on television, national commercials, web series and music videos. She's a prolific director/choreographer for theater, film, video and commercials, earning numerous awards for both choreography and direction. LA theaters: The Production Company, Theatre of Note, Sight Unseen Theater, Sacred Fools, The Hudson, Fierce Backbone, 2 Cents Theater Co, and SkyPilot. Nancy is faculty for AMDA, the Performing Arts Center and the Gabriella Foundation and teaches open classes throughout LA. Nancy holds a BA from UC Irvine, completed the Music Center's Teacher Artist Training Program and participated in the 2011 Directors Lab West. AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC (assoc).

Marsha Hunt, Actor, Activist and Survivor

In today's volatile political and social climate, actors and celebrities are often as well known for their causes as for their movies and plays. Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Yoko Ono, and Alyssa Milano, to name just a few, are known for numerous foundations and humanitarian causes, for speaking up and out, and for making huge financial donations. It seems as if this is a new development, due … Continue reading Marsha Hunt, Actor, Activist and Survivor


Female Fusion - The Intersection of Art and Activism

Reena Dutt is exactly the artist that this column is named for. She creates art; theater, film, web, and video, that moves the conversation forward. The subject of the conversation changes, the message is sometimes obvious, sometimes more obtuse, but the medium stays constant. Art speaks and Dutt knows the language intimately. There are so many stereotypes of what an ardent feminist, … Continue reading Female Fusion - The Intersection of Art and Activism


Female Fusion: The Intersection of Art and Activism Invertigo Dance Theatre's Laura Karlin

Laura Karlin, the visionary artistic director of Invertigo Dance Theatre, shares a sunny Culver City home with her partner Isak Ziegner, an artist and woodworker. There is a converted garage serving as the dance company office with room for 2 full time staffers in addition to Karlin, gorgeous wood throughout the remodeled kitchen, a bountiful … Continue reading Female Fusion: The Intersection of Art and Activism Invertigo Dance Theatre's Laura Karlin


Heather Lipson Bell

Heather Lipson Bell is a genuine Los Angeles hyphenate; dancer, choreographer, actress, educator and entrepreneur.  She has carved out a successful career by following her heart and soul, connecting experiences and collaborators and weaving them together to create a tapestry of creativity, artistry, education, altruism and family. Bell is a force in the world of dance … Continue reading Heather Lipson Bell

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