2020 Sherwood Award now accepting applications!

Center Theatre Group's $10,000 Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award for theatre artists is given annually to nurture innovative and adventurous theatre artists working in Los Angeles. Two additional finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium.

The Sherwood Award nurtures selected artists and invites them to engage in a professional relationship with Center Theatre Group. Competitive candidates demonstrate leadership qualities, push existing boundaries, and are dedicated to improving the future of their respective artistic fields. Artists are not limited by title, role, or genre, but they must have a relationship to contemporary performance rooted in theatre.

The deadline for the initial application consisting of an artist's statement and resume is June 10, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

Apply here!

After the first round, select candidates will be invited to submit full applications. Full applications, along with letters of recommendation and work sample material will be due no later than July 19, 2019 at 11:59 PM. The winner will be announced at the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards.

The application and more information about the Sherwood Award can be found here.

If you have any additional questions about the Sherwood Award, please contact Sherwood@CTGLA.org


Better Lemons is going to Sacramento

April is Arts, Culture and Creativity Month!

Better Lemons is going to Sacramento to join activists from all over California in celebrating Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month (ACCM) by gathering on Tuesday, April 23, at the State Capital to engage our elected officials in advancing the arts across the state.

Arts and Creativity Activists will be addressing these topics with our representatives:

  • Support Governor Newsom's permanent funding increase of $10 million for the arts in the 2019 budget
  • Position arts and culture as creative solutions to pressing societal issues
  • Ensure that all students have access to arts education
  • Position the arts as a positive economic influence in community revitalization
  • Support the Youth Poet Laureate legislation
  • Enhance legislation for California's Cultural Districts Program
  • Fund the California Cultural and Historical Endowment's Museum Grant Program

The campaign is led by Californians for the Arts and participants will be advocating for increased public funding for arts and arts education and working to ensure that arts, culture and creativity in California is valued, funded, and recognized for its social and economic impact on our lives, our communities, and our state.

The Senate legislation that designates April as Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month says it well:

WHEREAS, Arts are not only an impressive and important agent for economic development, but also impact societal issues that include health, corrections, housing, immigration, veterans, transportation and education; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative for all children and youth in the state to have access to arts education in their schools; and

WHEREAS, California is the fifth largest economy in the world, with a creative economy totaling $407.1 billion in 2017; and

WHEREAS, California employs a higher number of people in creative industries, such as architecture, entertainment, fashion, media, and publishing, than any other state in the nation, according to the 2018 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California; and

WHEREAS, In a state as diverse as California, the arts serve to give voice to our many communities, spark individual creativity, foster empathy and understanding, spur civic engagement, and serve as a continual source of personal enrichment, inspiration, and growth; and

WHEREAS, State support for the arts, arts education, and cultural institutions is crucial in order to achieve equitable access to the arts throughout California; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes April 2019, as a significant time to recognize and celebrate the arts, culture, and creativity of all Californians; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature designates April 2019, and every April thereafter, as Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month

We'd love your participation and your support!

Join us in Sacramento on April 23. If you can join us, please let us know so we can work together!

Email us with a message that we can share with our representatives. “How can our state government do better in supporting you and our creative community and infrastructure?”

Email us with a personal story of how the arts changed your life and/or your community.

But most of all, keep doing the things that you do that have made Los Angeles the center of the creative universe!

For more information visit CaliforniansForTheArts.org


AUDITION: The Wedding Singer

Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Music by Matthew Sklar

Directed by Kristie Mattsson
Music Directed by Daniel Koh
Choreography by Niko Montelibano
Produced by Spencer Johnson

SYNOPSIS

Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.

It's 1985, and once a rock star wannabe, Robbie Hart, is now New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party until his own fiancée leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie suddenly starts making every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. But Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.

The Wedding Singer features a wacky ensemble with a dizzying array of fun, featured roles for actors who sing and dancers who act.

AUDITION DATES

Saturday, April 13, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m (Stage)
Sunday, April 14, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Rehearsal Hall)

No appointment needed. Actors only need to attend one day of initial auditions.

CALLBACKS on Monday, April 15, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. (Stage)

You will be notified by email if you will be needed for callbacks.

PREPARE

For the vocal audition, please prepare two 16-32 bar musical theater selections, at least one of which needs to be in the style of the show (i.e. 80's pop.) Please bring sheet music in the correct key with cuts clearly marked; an accompanist will be provided. Auditionees may be asked to only sing one selection based on time constraints. For this show, all singers must be comfortable singing in 80's pop styles.

Dance audition will take place on the day of callbacks. A combination will be taught.

LOCATION

Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Street parking available. Venice Family Clinic's parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6 p.m. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.

PERFORMANCE DATES

June 29 through August 3, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances.

REHEARSAL DATES/TIMES

Rehearsals begin Sunday, May 12 and are held Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from 1:00pm to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Actors are not called for all rehearsals - only rehearsals when they are being used for a scene.

BRING

Picture, resume and list of all conflicts for the rehearsal period (May 12 - June 29). All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

In reference to the character descriptions that follow—most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following descriptions. But, however limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, gender fluid, transgender and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with.

We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities; we encourage Arab, Asian, Black, Caucasian, Latino, Native, and Multiracial actors to audition for all roles. In addition, we will list disability when specific to a character, but are otherwise seeking actors with disabilities as well as non-disabled actors for all roles. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.

We are actively committed to casting an inclusive show that reflects the community.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWNS

This is a high energy show with many upbeat numbers. Accordingly, all cast will be expected to perform some degree of movement and dance.

Ensemble
We are seeking a wild, eclectic, brilliant assortment of brides, grooms, bridesmaids, groomsmen, banquet servers, wedding guests, parents, strippers, Wall Street executives, club goers, bartenders, waiters, priests, old folks, maitre'd, best men, bums, shopkeepers, engaged couples, airline agents, valets and Las Vegas impersonators including Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T, Billy Idol and others. The ensemble is a vital part of this show, chock full of hilarious, scene-stealing potential. Everyone is encouraged to audition and bring your most hilarious character choices.

Robbie Hart
The charismatic lead singer of the in-house wedding band in a chintzy wedding hall in New Jersey. A truly 'nice' guy that has the classic lead singer aura and personality. Also a bit of a dreamer. A true romantic at heart until his fiancée, Linda, leaves him at the altar and shatters him to pieces. Movement required.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: very strong, HIGH tenor (B2-A4, falsetto to C5) Note: Ability to play the guitar is a plus, but is not necessary.

Sammy
The bass player in the wedding band and one of Robbie's best friends. The epitome of a Monster Ballad, Sammy is a total guy's guy. However, beneath his bad boy bachelor antics, he is actually sensitive and very in love with Holly. Movement required, dancing ability a plus.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: Tenor/High baritone (C3-G4)

George
The wedding band's keyboardist and one of Robbie's best friends. He is sensitive, flamboyant and endearing. Out of all the characters, he is living life to his truest self. The perfect counterpart to Sammy's super guy attitude. Movement required, dancing ability a plus.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: Tenor, including comfortable falsetto; must also be able to rap (C3-A4)

Julia Sullivan
A starry-eyed waitress at the banquet hall, she is a sweet and quirky “girl next door" in looks and personality. So in love with the idea of love, she gets engaged to her long term boyfriend, Glen, but, ultimately, truly falls for Robbie and is conflicted as to who to choose. Movement required.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: Strong and flexible Mezzo/Alto, must have versatility between belt and lighter head voice (A3-E5)

Holly
Julia's cousin and also a waitress at the banquet hall. Holly is sassy, in control of her body and mind, and always up for a good time. Deep down she dreams of romantic fulfillment, but for now she's having fun in looking for love in all the wrong places. She ultimately reignites the flames with her ex, Sammy. Dancing required.
Gender: Female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: Mezzo/Alto, must belt high (A3-E5)

Glen Guglia
Julia's fiancé. A Wall Street broker. Sexy, seductive, and charming. He is rich, shallow, and materialistic. He is a bit of a womanizer. Movement required, dancing ability a plus.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range: Tenor/High baritone (D3-G4)

Rosie
Robbie's grandmother who raised him. Motherly but adventurous and always trying to remain "hip" regardless of her age. Movement required, some dancing ability a plus. Performs a rap number with George.
Gender: Female
Age: 55 to 75
Vocal range: Alto, must be able to rap (C4-C5)

Linda
Robbie's fiancée who leaves him at the altar. Keeps Robbie around as a back-up plan. Is more in love with the idea of Robbie being a rock star than she actually is with Robbie.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range: Alto/Mezzo, maybe with a rock edge; must belt high (A3-D5)

Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Kristie Mattsson at kristierutledge@gmail.com.

OTHER

Non-Equity, no pay


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Idol Minds


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Wonder


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The Phantom Cabaret: A Benefit Gala Supporting Arts Education


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Faith Healer by Brian Friel


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CarneyMagic


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AUDITION: She Loves Me

Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Based on the play Parfumerie by Miklós László
Directed by BRANDA LOCK
Music Directed by DANIEL KOH
Choreography by MICHAEL MARCHAK

SYNOPSIS
Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don't see eye to eye. After both respond to a "lonely hearts advertisement" in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves... and of all the twists and turns along the way!
AUDITION DATES
Wednesday, July 11, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m (Stage)
Saturday, July 14, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (Stage)
No Appointment Needed. Actors only need to attend one day of auditions.
CALLBACKS on Sunday, July 15, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (Stage)
You will be notified if you will be needed for Callbacks.
PREPARE
Please prepare two contrasting songs (16-32 bars each) from a standard musical theater repertoire in the style of the show. Please no pop/rock. You may only be asked to sing one song. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the key you will be singing. Dance auditions will be done at callbacks if called back.
LOCATION
Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre, 2627 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405. Street parking available. Venice Family Clinic's parking lot is available on weekends and on weekdays after 6 p.m. Do not park at our neighbors AAMCO/Viking Motors or SGI or you will be towed.
PERFORMANCE DATES
September 22 through October 14, Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Please note that actors MUST be available for all performances. This is non-negotiable!
REHEARSAL DATES/TIMES
Rehearsals begin August 10th and are held Monday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturdays from 12:00pm to 6:00 pm and Sundays from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Actors are not called for all rehearsals, only rehearsals where they are being used for a scene.
TECH DATES
September 15 – September 21. Preview performance will be on September 21st.
BRING
Headshot/Resume, sheet music in appropriate key, and list of all conflicts for the rehearsal period. All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks. If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actor being replaced.
CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS
Amalia Balash
(Female, 20 – 35, Soprano) The eager new employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. Despite being a skilled saleswoman, she easily becomes intimated and nervous. Attractive, bright, spunky, and a lover of literature. Vocal range top: B5, bottom: C4
Georg Nowack
(Male, 25 – 35, Baritone) An established employee of Maraczek's Parfumerie, he resembles a hopeless romantic. Shy, intelligent, and soft spoken. Vocal range top: F4, bottom: B2
Ilona Ritter
(Female, 25 – 25, Mezzo) Employed at Maraczek's Parfumerie. She is sexy and learned in the ways of romance, but longing for something more from the game of love. Vocal range top: E5, bottom: F#3
Steven Kodaly
(Male, 25 – 35, Tenor) A well respected and liked employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. Though he is considered dapper and occasionally charming, he is more of a shallow womanizer. Vocal range top: A4, bottom: B2
Ladislav Sipos
(Male or Female, 40 – 55, Baritone or Mezzo) Not the brightest employee at Maraczek's Parfumerie. A confidant to Georg, he or she is an optimistic family man or woman who looks like a huggable father or mother/everyman type. Vocal range top: E4, bottom: A2
Mr. Maraczek
(Male, 55 – 65, Baritone) Owner of Maraczek's Parfumerie. With a commanding presence, his dedication to the trade is rivaled only by his faithfulness to his wife.
Vocal range top: C4, bottom: B2
Arpad Laszlo
(Male or Female, 14 – 18, Baritone or Mezzo) Delivery boy at Maraczek's Parfumerie. His/her exuberance is infectious and commitment to his/her job is remarkable. He/She is ambitious and adorable.
Vocal range top: E4, bottom: Bb2
Waiter/Detective
(Male, 30 – 60, Tenor) Maître d' of the romantic Café Imperiale. Determined to keep a romantic atmosphere in the café despite a clumsy waiter and quarrelling patrons. Double as the Detective.
Busboy
(Male, 20 – 30) Busboy at the Café Imperiale. It's his first day on the floor and much to the chagrin of the Maître d his clumsy nature keeps ruining the romantic atmosphere of the café but he has a secret he is eager to reveal. Must be an excellent dancer.
Ensemble
Open to all genders and ages to fill out the cast and create dynamic, quirky, comedic, romantic, perfume shop customers, carolers, café patrons, etc. Looking to cast 3 women and 2 men. The Ensemble will be heavily featured in this production as rich fully developed characters that the audience will know as well as the perfume shop employees.
Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Branda Lock at brandalock [at] gmail [.] com
OTHER
Non-Equity, no pay


Casting, Activism, Connecting the Public to the Arts, and More News

LOCAL

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, an activist, a person of color fighting for representation is; strong, powerful, angry. Dutt is quite disarming and funny. She laughs easily and often. She is petite, pretty and slightly self effacing. read more here


Audio Interview: Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau of Star Trek) and the cast of "South Pacific" at La Mirada Theatre

Enjoy this interview about “South Pacific” featuring an opening interview with Barbara Luna (Lt. Marlena Moreau of Star Trek) who was in the original 1949 production. Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, runs until May 13th. listen to the interview on SoundCloud


Fire, Glass-Walk With Me: A Revealing Interview With Vixen DeVille

Fire-eating, glass-walking, circus aerial, magic, burlesque, costume crafting, comedy, and acting—British actress Cat LaCohie fits all of these skills into her life and her new solo show “Vixen DeVille Revealed”, coming to the Hollywood Fringe Festival this June.

Originally from Newcastle, LaCohie began her career in London, with appearances at Cafe De Paris, The Ritz Hotel and at the Charing Cross Theatre in West End, since relocating to Los Angeles. read more here


Deanne Bray and Troy Kotsur

Now Casting: World premiere ASL/Spoken English love story “Arrival & Departure” at Fountain Theatre

The Fountain Theatre is now accepting submissions from hearing actors for the world premiere of Arrival & Departure, a funny and poignant new play written and directed by Stephen Sachs that will blend American Sign Language and spoken English. read more here


Face To Face: Street Artist Teachr and Fairfax High School Students Come Together To Teach Peace

Renowned street artist Teachr (Keith Biele) will display his work and highlight the art work of 16 Fairfax High School students he has mentored, on Thursday, May 25th from 4-10 PM.

The art show will take place at Flux Rebellion (7763 Melrose Avenue), who generously donated their space to allow the students to sell their pieces and keep 100% of the income while learning the business of art and harnessing their creative energy in a positive way. read more here


Antaeus Academy Classes Open for Enrollment

Antaeus Academy is offering now 12 classes and this is the time to enroll for these summer sessions! read more here


NATIONAL

Larry Harvey during the Burning Man festival in 2011.CreditJohn Curley, via Associated Press

Larry Harvey, the Man Behind Burning Man, Is Dead at 70

Larry Harvey, the guru-like driving force behind Burning Man, the globally celebrated anti-establishment, anti-consumerist festival that he and a friend began 32 years ago on a San Francisco beach, died on Saturday at a hospital in San Francisco. He was 70. read more here


Students in every Putnam City school are offered a variety of art instruction by 95 fine arts teachers. Western Oaks Elementary second-grader Siriwan Adsawathanat practices for a school program in vocal music class.

Interviews: Putnam City school district puts emphasis on the arts to inspire students to success

Whether playing the national anthem at an Oklahoma City Thunder home game or performing an intriguing string quartet cover of the Beach Boys' classic “Barbara Ann” at an Oklahoma Autism Center fundraiser, members of The Silver Strings of Putnam City stay on the move. read more here


Young Audiences Program Brings Teaching Artists To Students


‘You Did It So Well': Traveling Theatre Connects Shakespeare With Everyone

The team, called “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” takes their show on the road, performing at local schools and parks.

“Shakespeare is for everyone. It can pop up, and perform in your parking lot,” said Allison Watrous, Executive Director of Education for the DCPA.

Using an old Ford pickup truck as their set, cast members perform iconic Shakespeare plays like “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” read more here


CPHS teacher to receive national theatre award

Charles Page High School teacher Andrea Campfield will receive the Distinguished Merit Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).

The AACT Distinguished Merit Award is reportedly presented to individuals and organizations in recognition of contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre. The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the international theatre festival aactWorldFest 2018 June 18-23 in Venice, Florida. read more here


24 Teachers and Teaching Artists Board Educational Theatre Association's Model Curriculum Framework Project

The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) has named 24 individuals to form its Model Curriculum Framework Project, which aims to expand instructional practices for both teachers and teaching artists around the country.

The project, supported by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, pairs 12 teachers with 12 teaching artists, each selected from a pool of over 100 candidates. The pairs will receive online training in standards-based teaching and assessment strategies before convening in Cincinnati July 12–15. read more here


AROUND THE WORLD

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America. Photograph: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/AP

EU rule could leave theatres dark

The president of the Association of Lighting Directors warns that a new directive could make all existing equipment obsolete
I am writing to you as the president of the Association of Lighting Designers, and as the Founder of Theatre Projects, an international theatre design company that for 60 years has been at the forefront of British theatre technology, responsible for the stage design of the National Theatre, and for over 1,500 theatre projects in 80 counties. read more here

Antaeus Academy Classes Open for Enrollment

Antaeus Academy is offering now 12 classes and this is the time to enroll for these summer sessions!
If you're interested in any of the classes below, visit http://antaeus.org/arts-education/academy/academy-3/ and click on the "Enroll Now" button to use the enrollment form on the website.
If you take more than one class, you can get a "buy one, get one 50% off" discount.
Friends and Colleagues: Harold Pinter & Simon Gray
Moderated by Nike Doukas
Mondays 12-4pm, June 25-August 27 (10 weeks)
$450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due by June 11)
Class Size: 14-16
Harold Pinter and Simon Gray wrote very different kinds of plays: Pinter is terse and mysterious; Gray is verbose and more naturalistic - but they are both darkly comic and subversive. They were great friends and Pinter directed Gray's perhaps most popular play, Butley. In this class, the class will focus on the plays of Pinter (Betrayal, Lovers, The Birthday Party, The Homecoming, etc) but also take a look at some by Gray: Butley, Otherwise Engaged, Quartermaine's Terms, and others. Both men are dazzling masters of language who demonstrate those skills with vastly different approaches. Prepare to be thrilled by the experience of interpreting their work.
Myth, Superstition & the Blues: The Poetry of August Wilson
Moderated by Gregg Daniel

Mondays 7-11pm, June 11-July 16 (6 weeks)
$310 (Early Bird Discount $280, due by May 28)
Class Size: 14-16
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson is arguably one of the great playwrights of the 20th century. His ambitious ten-part play series known as “The Century Cycle” chronicles the African American experience during each decade of the 20th century. His work has garnered a Tony Award as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
In this workshop, the class will examine the themes, sources and personal history that make the playwright's work so resonant. Through scene and monologue work, you will delve into the musicality, rhythm, prose and poetry which distinguishes Wilson's text. As Wilson stated, “the more my characters talk, the more I find out about them.”
This class is open to students of all ethnicities, races and backgrounds.
An Amuse-Bouche of Masters: A Scene Study/Technique Class
Moderated by Daniel Blinkoff

Tuesdays 2-6pm, June 12-August 14 (10 weeks)
$450 (Early Bird Discount $400, due by May 29)
Class Size: 14-16
This 10-week Intensive will focus on Chekhov, Stanislavski, and Earle Gister's technique of acting developed at The Yale School of Drama. Whether you have a lot of experience with any of these innovators of the theatre, or none at all, it doesn't matter. Your curiosity and passion is all that is required. Just like the Master's Program at Yale, this class will start exactly where you are and work from there. With a main focus on Chekhov's plays and short stories, the class will focus on The Moscow Art Theatre's approach to Chekhov, examining Stanislavski's scene analysis while combining it with the exercises that The Moscow Art Theatre utilizes in interpreting Chekhov's plays so the actor is no longer thinking about the play but experiencing it in a kinesthetic physical manner. Once this is established, Earle Gister's technique of acting will be introduced as an aid in releasing the work. Through this scene study, focusing on Chekhov and then possibly bridging out towards more modern texts, the class will experience the common threads between all of these master teachers and how they resonate in all different kinds of texts. This class is an opportunity to strip away our own misconceptions with these three masters of the theatre and to experience their approaches in a positive and beneficial way that we can use today.
Mind the (Gender) Gap
Moderated by John Sloan

Tuesdays 7-11, June 5-August 21 (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 24)
Class Size: 16-18
Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.--Carolyn See
In the 21st century, female playwrights are taking center stage (and creating some of our favorite television shows too). But for so many years, the work of female playwrights hasn't been given the attention it deserves. In this class the company will focus their scene study work on plays written by women from all over the world, from the earliest days of the theater to the rich and varied works of contemporary times. Through the exploration of what dramaturg Susan Jonas called "the other canon," the class will challenge our assumptions, expand our horizons, enrich our craft, and add depth to our experience as actors and as people.
The Dive In: Othello
Moderated by Elizabeth Swain

Tuesdays 1-5, July 3-31 (5 weeks)
Tuition: $280 (Early Bird Rate $250, due no later than June 19)
Class Size: 14-16
How well do you really know this play? Through deep textual analysis, set against knowledge of Shakespeare's times, the class will dig and dive and gain more understanding of Shakespeare's meanings. In the long held Antaean tradition the actors will read the play together, playing any parts they choose. Occasionally the class participants might stage a scene to clarify (he did intend the plays for performance!) but the intention is to gain a new understanding of Shakespeare's text through extended table work, readying them all for a production. The final class will include a reading of the play, all participants alternating roles.
A Holistic Look at Dialects: UK Edition
Moderated by Lauren Lovett-Cohen

Wednesdays 1-4, July 11-August 29 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $310 (Early Bird Rate $280, due no later than June 27)
Class Size: 14-16
It's 2018, and thankfully there are more and more TV/Film/Web and theater projects that include roles from all over the world. The idea of a Standard American dialect or RP or the “correct” way to speak is giving way to the specificity of the who/what/where and the history of each character.
Join Antaeus for this class where they open up a new way of looking at dialects -- with a concentration on the UK for this round -- to give you the tools for getting more work in today's projects. There will be monologues and scene work from various plays penned by British authors from the turn of the 20th century through today.
Shakespeare: Making the Bard's Words Your Words
Moderated by Rob Nagle

Wednesdays 7-11, June 6-August 29* (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 25)
Class Size: 16-18
*no class the week of July 4
Why is Shakespeare such a challenge to so many, not only to perform, but also to comprehend? Could it be that we get caught up in the academic, an analytic study of the text through reading it, and then find ourselves neglecting the characters, the people we are attempting to bring to life. In this class, through action and scene study, participants will find a way to use the scansion and the poetry to make them bolder actors — and in so doing, participants will find his words coming out of their mouths as conversational and current, but not casual or contemporary.
Fitzmaurice Voicework
Moderated by Scott Ferrara

Thursdays 1-5pm, July 19-September 6 (8 weeks)
$350 (Early Bird Discount $300, due by June 7)
Class Size: 14-16
Whether you work in theatre, film or television, all mediums of our craft call for vocal strength, flexibility, and specificity. This class uses a holistic approach to body/mind/ voice work, to help the participant explore the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence.This approach liberates the mind, body and voice by strengthening the connection between what the participants are feeling and what they're expressing. By integrating physical exercises with mental focus, the class will bring the full richness of the actors' experiences to their work. By strengthening the “support” for the participants voice, the class will also add more variety to the expression of the performers use of it, be that in pitch, volume, singing – all without straining the voice or vocal chords. And then the class will combine Classical Text with the voice work, further developing the awareness, trust and freedom with the actors' breathing, body, feelings, imagination, and voice and add more vibrancy and presence in performance.
Shaw, Wilde & Coward
Moderated by Kitty Swink

Thursdays 7-11, June 7-August 30* (12 weeks)
$550 (Early Bird Discount $500, due by May 19)
Class Size: 14-16
*no class on July 12
"This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last." Oscar Wilde
This class will engage participants in the wit, craft and social commentary of three of the English language's most celebrated playwrights, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward. Participants will learn to contextualize their times, manners and behaviors, and using scene work they will embrace truthfulness, imagination, concentration and living in the actor's body while performing biting satire and high comedy. The powerful combination of technical expertise and emotional truth brings each of the playwrights to life and makes the participants understand why these three have been performed for more than a century. Open to actors of all ages.
Shakespeare 2.0
Moderated by Armin Shimerman

Saturdays 10am-2pm, June 9-July 28 (8 weeks)
$400 (Early Bird Discount $350, due by May 24)
Class Size: 14-16
This class is a further exploration of Shakespearean acting skills for people who have already studied with Armin at Antaeus. This class will further intensify the actor's awareness of the text and how to clearly communicate that to an audience. To enroll, participants must apply and be approved.
Real, Safe, and Kicka**: Stage Violence for Actors
Moderated by Ned Mochel

Saturdays 10am-2pm, July 7-August 25 (8 weeks)
Tuition: $350 (Early Bird Rate $300, due no later than June 22)
Class Size: 14-16
This class focuses on an exciting, new approach toward stage violence in the American theater that's rougher, tougher, and more realistic. This is not your traditional stage combat class; this class prepares the modern actor to engage in a more realistic, intense style of stage action.
Ned Mochel has been building stage violence for over 25 years. His violence design has been showcased in plays at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, on and off Broadway in NYC, Geffen Playhouse, as well as at Antaeus Theatre Company. He's been changing the way audiences perceive stage violence one production at a time. If you've been immersed in stage action in the past or if you're interested in diving in for the first time, this is the class for you. It's a rough, tough, fun approach--an experience you'll never forget. Learn how to make it real, stay safe, and kick ass. From hand to hand fighting and gun work to detailed sword training, you'll find yourself building new skills to set you apart from the others. This is new cutting edge stage action and it's happening at Antaeus.
Shakespeare: Getting Started - WAIT LIST ONLY
Moderated by Armin Shimerman

Wednesdays 1-5pm, June 13-August 8* (8 weeks)
$400 (Early Bird Discount $350, due by May 30)
Class Size: 14-16
*no class the week of July 4
This class is designed for those who have never studied Shakespeare with Armin before. It will include monologue/scene study and a thorough approach to acting, understanding, and communicating through language, history, religion, social mores, and - the Rosetta stone to performing Shakespeare - Elizabethan rhetoric. Any fear of performing/reading Shakespeare will be cured. You may laugh as well.


Fringe Friday: #HFF18 FringeTV Theme + Upcoming Events

FringeTV's theme for HFF18 is "Superheroes", so you can expect some more segments like this gem from HFF14. Thanks to those of you who helped pick this year's theme. Have ideas for coverage? Contact FringeTV at fringetv@hollywoodfringe.org.
Thanks to those of you who attended the Money & Promotion Workshop on Sunday. If you weren't able to join, you can check it out here.


Coming Up:

  • Open houses and tours are still happening at participating venues this month. Check out the comprehensive list here.
  • First Office Hours is Wednesday, March 28th from 7-10pm at St. Felix (1602 N. Cahuenga Blvd.)
  • Registration (for those who want to be included in the printed version of the guide) must be completed by April 1.
  • Town Hall 2: Marketing will be Tuesday, April 3rd from 8-10pm at Assistance League Playhouse.
  • Print Ad purchases for this year's guide (including artwork) are due by April 15.

Questions? Send them to support@hollywoodfringe.org.


Fringe Friday: The HFF18 Twitter Chat Schedule + Interns + Upcoming Events

Twitter Chats are back for HFF18! Fringers can get advice, ask questions, share experiences and mingle online with fellow Fringers and Fringe staff before the festival begins. This is a wonderful way of recruiting audiences and making #fringeships long before June. Not producing a show but interested in learning about the festival? You are welcome to participate!
This year we'll be hosting the Twitter Chats at the following times:
February 27th (Tues) - 7-8pm
March 14th (Wed) - 2-3pm
March 27th (Tues) - 7-8pm
April 11th (Wed) - 2-3pm
April 24th (Tues) - 7-8pm
May 16th (Wed) - 2-3pm
May 29th (Tues)- 7-8pm
All you have to do to join the discussion is use the hashtag #hff18. The chat will be moderated by the @HollywoodFringe account. Can't make the time but still want to participate? All you have to do is schedule a tweet or two using one of the many available Twitter clients.
For details and a list of Twitter Chat Tips visit the Fringe blog.


Hollywood Fringe is currently seeking interns for the 2018 festival! The following positions are available: Fringe Central Set Design Intern, Events Intern, Volunteer Coordinator Intern and Cabaret Intern.
To apply, please review the position details here and submit a cover letter and resume to internships@hollywoodfringe.org. Please specify which position(s) you are applying for in your cover letter. The deadline to apply is April 1st.
To learn more about internships and volunteering, click here.


Registration is now open! The deadline to be included in the printed version of this year's guide is April 1st. Guide ads are currently available at hollywoodfringe.org/market.
Workshop II: Money & Promotion is coming up on Sunday, March 11th from 2-4pm at the Complex, so make sure to reserve your seat! You can now see recordings of Workshop I: Working with Venues and Town Hall I: The Registration Process if you weren't able to attend. Check out the full schedule of this year's Town Hall & Workshop series here.


Make sure to tour some venues to make sure you get the best fit for HFF18!
Thymele Arts is currently hosting an open house today, February 21st, until 3pm.
Epiphany Space will host an open house on Friday, February 23rd from 4:30-7pm. For more information please see this Facebook event.
The Hobgoblin Playhouse will host an open house on Saturday, March 31st from 5-7pm.
Actors Company hosts tours Monday-Friday from 11am - 5pm by appointment. Email info@theactorscompanyla.com with desired time to schedule appointment.
Asylum theaters (2nd Stage, McCadden Theatre, Stephanie Feury Theatre, and Studio C) host tours Monday - Friday from 11am-5pm. Email mquinn@theaterasylum.com to schedule and check availability.
The Broadwater hosts tours by appointment on Monday from 6-11pm, Tuesday through Friday from 11am-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am-11pm. Please contact rentals@thebroadwaterla.com to schedule a tour.
The Complex Hollywood is hosting tours Tuesdays from 3-6pm and Thursdays from 1-3pm through the end of March.
The Lounge Theatre gives tours by appointment. Email Fringe@theatreplanners.com to schedule a tour.
Hudson Theatres hosts tours daily by appointment. Email zeke@hudsontheatre.com to schedule and check availability.
You are encouraged to notify the venue if you plan to attend their open house. Please visit the venue's page at hollywoodfringe.org/venues for more information and contact details. You can also check out a number of other venues offering space at this year's festival.


Questions? Send them to support@hollywoodfringe.org.


Director needed for 5 Fringe tours of The Cardboard Countess

Thecardboardcountess.com
Rehearsals in April **Please note rehearsals are outdoors*
The Cardboard Countess explores the developing friendship between a troubled teen and a homeless woman who wears a gown of garbage bags and proclaims she is a Countess. United by concerns of conservation, and feeling isolated from their communities, their friendship grows.
The Cardboard Countess tackles many issues of women, including homelessness, over consumption, mental health, teen depression, and the difficulties of forging human connection in today's increasingly technological world.
At times tragic, at times hilarious, the ongoing battle between these two characters, both fighting to be heard in an ever hostile world, is a play audiences of all ages can relate to. As EVER's real world collides with the COUNTESS' imagined reality, EVER finds bravery and frees the COUNTESS in a heart wrenching open ending.
Ms. Goring received 2 residences to work on this play: Artist in Residence at San Gabriel National Monument, and at Hot Springs National Park.
For questions please contact: urbanspine@gmail.com


Fringe Friday - Registration Open, The HFF18 Fringe Scholarship Winners, and Fringe TV

After intense deliberation by the Fringe selection committee, they are proud to announce the 2018 Fringe Scholarship winners. Each production reflects Hollywood Fringe's commitment to expand and diversify the pool of artists producing work at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
The Winners of the 2018 Fringe Scholarships are:
Baba, Jee (Father, Yes)
Unapologetically Black
Trafficked 2.0
Paisajes Marinos Con Tiburones y bailarines
Love, Locs & Liberation
I Came To Make Noise
Liao Zhai: Tale of Extraordinary
A Mile in My Shoes
Gay Men Like Young Boys
The Goddesses Guide: Adura for the Women of African Diaspora
Land of No Shadows
Fringe Scholarships provide each recipient with complimentary festival registration, a $550 stipend toward venue and production costs, a Fringe mentor, and marketing and networking opportunities as a member of the Fringe community.


Registration for LA's largest performing arts festival is now open.
Now is the time to seize the day, to realize your dreams and propel your vision onto the stage. The good news is that you aren't alone. By your side is a legion of veteran and aspiring fringers, each sharing your grit, hope and ambition. It's the Fringe community that makes all this possible and that community is behind you!
Check out this video for a registration tutorial.
Complete the three steps of registration by April 1st to be included in this year's printed guide (if you don't register by that time you can still take part in the festival and have your project listed at hollywoodfringe.org). Guide ad sales close on April 15th and tickets go on sale on May 1st.
If you have questions about anything Fringe, check out the Hollywood Fringe support portal filled with advice, information and reference. Or send your questions to support@hollywoodfringe.org.


The Hollywood Fringe Festival is looking for ideas for this year's FringeTV theme.
Last year's FringeTV theme was SPACE, which you can see in the HFF17 Staff Intro as well as many other videos on the HFF17 FringeTV Playlist.
Visit the Hollywood Fringe Festival on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to submit your ideas by using the hashtags #FringeTVTheme and #HFF18. If we pick your theme, you could be featured on FringeTV!


Finally, February 1st marks the official opening of the Hollywood Fringe registration period. Start your season ahead of the game by creating a project today.


Fringe Friday: Pick the Hollywood FringeTV Theme + Hollywood Fringe Open Houses This Week + More!

The Hollywood Fringe Festival is looking for ideas for this year's FringeTV theme and as always, we rely on the creativity and enthusiasm of the Fringe community!
Last year's FringeTV theme was SPACE, which you can see in the HFF17 Staff Intro as well as many other videos on the HFF17 FringeTV Playlist.
Visit them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to submit your ideas by using the hashtags #FringeTVTheme and #HFF18. If they pick your theme, you could be featured on FringeTV!


 
The first Hollywood Fringe Town Hall is rapidly approaching! This Town Hall, led by Festival Director Ben Hill, is all about Registration and takes place on Monday, January 29th from 7-9pm at The Actors Company.
As always, if you can't attend one of these events, they will be posting recordings of the proceedings on the Fringe YouTube Channel.


Here is the number of venues that are hosting open houses this week:
Lounge Theatre: Saturday, January 20; 2:30 - 5:30pm
The Complex Hollywood: Tuesday, January 23; 3 - 6pm
The Complex Hollywood: Thursday, January 25; 1 - 3pm
You are encouraged you to notify the venue, if you plan to attend their open house. Please visit the Fringe venue's page at hollywoodfringe.org/venues for more information and contact details.
Finally, February 1st marks the official opening of the Hollywood Fringe Festival registration period. Start your season ahead of the game by creating a project today.