July 30, 2007

Tisch West Listserve

Dear NYU Tisch Alumni:

Because our numbers have gotten so large in this last year, we've created our own Tisch West listserve. This is the best way to get information about all the Tisch West activities happening in LA. If you graduated from NYU and currently live in LA or are thinking about moving to LA – you need to get on our listserve. FROM THIS POINT ON, TISCH WEST announcements will ONLY be made via our Tisch West listserve.

For the Fall, you won't want to miss out on our NEW FROM NYU: SCREENPLAY READING SERIES and our 2 nd ANNUAL MONOLOGUE SLAM – we will be casting for actors and directors soon. We're also planning OUR FIRST EVER EMMY PARTY happening in September. And the official launch of our TISCH WEST CINEMA CLUB will happening in conjunction with THE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL in September as well.

These are just a few of the big things we have planned for our Fall. You won't want to miss a moment. If you've been getting your information from other email lists, you need to switch over. TODAY. And make sure your friends who are NYU grads do as well.

Here's how to do it:
Listserve joining info:
To join the Tisch West Listserve:

brooke berman writing workshop in nyc

dear writers or friends of writers:

i'm putting together a kamikaze writing workshop this august inbrooklyn. the workshop(s) will be split between exercise writing andpage-sharing. i've just done a similiar model with anne garcia romero in LA and found the mix to be quitesuccessful. while the workshop will be probably have a playwriting focus, it wlll be open to writers of other forms and accessible anduseful to poets, fiction and memoir writers, screenwriters, etc.

it's my general belief that this kind of exercise-writing can work foranyone and that the way we will discuss each other's work will be useful, as its primary goal is to encourage the writer to write more.

location: brooklyn (address to come)
dates: august 18 and 19, and again, august 25 and 26
noon to 2 sat/sun (this may turn into 1-3 if people need that extra hour in the morning!).
4 sesions total, saturdays for exercises and sundays for pages.
cost: 150 for both weekends. 100/per weekend if you just do one and a discount if you bring a second student (ie if you refer someone, andthey register for the class, you get a ten percent discount...)

rsvp.and feel free to spread the word.
no one turned away for lack of dough.

BROOKE BERMAN's work has been produced across the US (The SecondStage, Steppenwolf, The Humana Festival, The Play Company, SPF) andread and workshopped across the US and the UK (very recently atPentabus Theatre in Shropshire, UK, also, the Royal Court in London,The Royal National Theatre Studio in London, WIlliamstown TheaterFestival, Cleveland Playhouse, Naked Angels, 2 consecutive summers atThe O'Neill, The Ohio Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and others). She has been teaching playwriting and creative process workshops for nearly 10 years in both New York and Los Angeles. Her play HUNTING AND GATHERING will be produced Off Broadway at Primary Stages in early 2008.

For more info: call or email Brooke 917-586-6744 brookeberman@gmail.com

July 25, 2007

even better news!!!!


As many of you know, I was hired (a year ago) to create a book proposal for a currently unnamed author about the behind-the-scenes world of political fundraising. It's being presented as a fictionalized memoir.

Well, last week, we sold the book!!!

Watch this site for updates - the book will be on the shelves next summer 08 - and I'll periodically update this blog with information.

how cissy grew reading in LA

Nick Mills, C. Josephine Hagerty, Erin J. O'Brien and James Denton perform in the reading of HOW CISSY GREW at The Odyssey Theatre in LA.

The reading of HOW CISSY GREW in LA a couple of months ago has stirred up a great deal of interest in the script - which is good news on all fronts. It looks like we're shooting for production next year!

July 16, 2007

playwriting opps


Lodestone Theatre Ensemble accepts both full length and one-act plays. Lodestone is a Los Angeles based Asian American theatre company that has many years of experience putting up cutting edge plays and is currently seeking new work for our upcoming seasons.Our productions usually span beyond just the Asian American experience, thus dealing with themes and stories that do not have to directly address the Asian Pacific American experience though our plays will be cast with (mostly) APA actors. The average age range of theatre company members is 25-35.

Lodestone Theatre Ensemble
C/o Literary Department
P.O. Box 1072
Studio City, CA 91614


Dixon Place is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 to provide a space for literary and performing artists to create and develop new works in front of a live audience. Our mission to support and nurture the development of new work from diverse artists and to build new audiences for the work is carried out through five main programming objectives:-- to present and encourage new and experimental work in performance art, literature, dance, and music by providing a venue for emerging and established artists to develop this new work in a safe, supportive environment-- to discover the needs and interests of artists of color by providing a venue in which cultural, personal, and societal issues may be explored and addressed -- to furnish gay and lesbian writers and performing artists with the opportunity to present their work in a supportive and non-homophobic atmosphere-- to give writers of poetry, prose, nonfiction and science fiction the chance to read and/or speak before an audience -- and to contribute to the community through periodic AIDS benefits and by making Dixon Place available as a meeting place for social change organizations.All the work at Dixon Place is selected and presented (we do not rent out the space for shows), and the artists are remunerated. Dixon Place has performances 5-7 nights a week, and performers are generally allotted one shared evening. Most of the presented work is new and developing. Dixon Place is committed to maintaining an intimate yet relaxed environment, while providing a serious laboratory for performing and literary artists.Please Note: We accept submissions only from artists based in the NYC area.Extensive guidelines and specific program descriptions at:http://dixonplace.org/html/submissions.php

To help us be more efficient in the reviewing of submissions, please read about our ongoing series on our website and submit proposals directly to the series you think is the "best fit". Keep in mind that you are sending an idea or proposal for a performance. Your proposal does not need to be a polished piece when you submit the work, and if selected, it should still be in a 'work-in-progress' stage when you perform it. Works chosen are provided an honorarium, rehearsal time, inclusion in our season brochures, website presence, and technical assistance. If you have any questions, please email submissions@dixonplace.org.

Send submissions to Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012


Philco Radio Players is looking for original scripts for production as a radio play. Seeking scripts of 30 or 60 minutes in length: drama, comedy, adventure, sci-fi, detective, suspense or horror. If you're script is selected, we will produce it for live audience and then it will be broadcast. Philco reserves the right to edit for appropriate content and length. Send your scripts to Scott Lindquist, c/o Philco Radio Players, 201 Parkaire Crossing, Marietta, GA 30068. For more information on the Philco Radio Players, check out the website or call Scott Lindquist at 678-923-4898.Website: www.philcoradioplayers.com

For Colorado playwrights

Deadline: submit between April 31 and July 31 (postmark)Paragon Theatre accepts submissions of original full-length and short scripts by Colorado playwrights for The Trench every year from April 1st through July 31st.Designed to give Colorado playwrights the opportunity to develop and improve their writing while gaining vital exposure to a larger audience, Paragon's Trench series drew over 200 audience members to its staged readings of selected unpublished plays in 2006. Saints and Hysterics, one of the selected scripts from the 2003 season of The Trench, was produced as a fully-mounted production in Paragon's 2004 season. In 2005 Paragon commissioned Ellen K. Graham to write a play as a collaborative development project after she participated in the Trench's inaugural season. A full production of Ms. Graham's commissioned play, How We May Know Him, will be mounted in Paragon's 2007 season.

All submissions must be original scripts not previously produced. Submissions must be postmarked by July 31st for consideration for the following year's Trench season. Submissions received after July 31st will be considered for the next year's Trench season. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes the author's name, mailing address, e-mail address and phone number. Submitting playwrights must be Colorado residents.

Mail submissions to: The Trench c/o Barbra Andrews, 9883 Quay Way, Westminster, CO 80021. Contact thetrench@paragontheatre.org with any questions regarding The Trench.

Deadline: 9-2-2007

Impact Theater, Prospect Heights' neighborhood theater, is announcing a call for one-act submissions for its Third Annual Winter One Act Festival to be held in February 2008.

Submissions are open to all ages and levels of experience. Submissions should meet the following criteria:

* work must either be an unpublished, original piece OR the submitter must retain ALL rights to the piece (submission of piece indicates that submitter retains all rights to their work) * approximately 25 minutes in length (10 - 20 minutes ideal, a little longer or a little shorter is okay) * minimal set/props would be appreciated

No more than two submissions from the same author, please! Sorry, no pay. Playwrights will recieve a DVD copy of their produced work. For detailed information regarding submitting, please visit our website: http://geocities.com/impact_oneacts

To learn about our two previous Winter One Act Festivals, please visit these sites: http://www.geocities.com/impact_oneacts/2006/index.html http://www.geocities.com/impact_oneacts/2007/index.html
For more information, please e-mail: impact_oneacts@yahoo.com

January 26-28, Feb 2 & 3, 2008
Deadline: 9-15-2007

Now in its 7th year, hotINK is an international play reading series, presented by Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, that has featured plays from Austria, Canada, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Qu├ębec, Serbia, Syria, The Netherlands, the U.K. and the U.S. The series brings together professional playwrights, directors and actors with the talented students and alumni of the TSOA Drama Department Undergraduate Acting Studios.

Previous festivals have presented work by U.S. writers such as Migdalia Cruz, Anton Dudley, Jeffrey Hatcher, Len Jenkin, Heather McDonald, Keith Reddin and Mac Wellman.Submission Guidelines· Submission deadline: Postmarked by September 15, 2007.· Full-length plays that have not had productions in the U.S. are preferred but one-acts will be considered. We are currently unable to consider musicals.· Include in your submission: contact information, a writing resume, a short bio and a cast of characters, each briefly described.·

Send submissions to:
Melissa Parrish, Literary Associate
hotINK 2008
Department of Drama
Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

· Please be advised that materials will not be returned. Selected playwrights will be contacted by mid-November.· Due to limited resources, hotINK cannot cover the cost of travel or housing for selected playwrights.

For more information, contact hotINK festival director Catherine Coray at 212-992-9349

July 06, 2007


Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Accepting Visiting Senior Fellowship Program Applications
Deadline: September 21, 2007

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the NationalGallery of Art ( http://www.nga.gov/resources/casva.shtm )announces its program for Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon BruceVisiting Senior Fellowships. Fellowships are for full-timeresearch, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington,D.C., and to participate in the activities of the center throughout the fellowship period.Applications will be considered for research in the history,theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture,architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints anddrawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design,and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period.

Applications are also solicited from scholars in other discipl-ines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for theanalysis and criticism of visual form.Visiting senior fellowships are intended for those who have heldthe Ph.D. for five years or more or who possess an equivalentrecord of professional accomplishment at the time of application.Visiting senior fellowships are awarded without regard to the ageor nationality of applicants.

The center awards up to twelve short-term (up to 60 days) PaulMellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships.Visiting senior fellows receive stipends that include round-triptravel and local expenses. Stipends for two-month fellowshipsrange from $6,000 to $8,000, depending on relocation require-ments. Visiting senior fellows may be eligible for a $1,500-per-month housing allowance.The center will consider appointment of associates who haveobtained awards for full-time research from granting institutionsother than their home institutions and would like to be affili-ated with the center. Appointments to associate status will beconsidered for periods of up to 60 days.The center is accepting applications for fellowships and associ-ate appointments for the period March 1 to August 31, 2008

Visit the NGA Web site for complete program guidelines.RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10007915/nga


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Invites Applications for Art in Public Spaces and Production Grants Programs
Deadline: September 25, 2007

Made possible by a grant from the September 11th Fund, the LowerManhattan Cultural Council's ( http://www.lmcc.net ) DowntownCultural Grants are now in the third year of a major three-yearinitiative to rebuild and strengthen "the creative heart and soulof the city."

LMCC invites applications for the following programs:

Grants for Art in Public Spaces Program: Grants of up to $20,000each will support artists and arts organizations citywide toproduce art projects in the myriad public spaces of LowerManhattan, including building lobbies and atria, parks, andplazas. Applications will be accepted from individual artists,arts groups, or 501(c)(3) organizations with a significanthistory of creating and/or presenting arts or cultural program-ming. Individual artists must be working at a professional level,with a minimum three-year history of presentation in arts/cultural venues, or must demonstrate a record of prior accomp-lishments on a scale comparable to the proposed project. Organi-zations must have been in existence for at least three years, ormust demonstrate a record of prior accomplishments on a scalecomparable to the proposed project.

Production Grants Program: Grants of up to $20,000 each willprovide funding to organizations based in Lower Manhattan toaddress production-related costs for new or expanded public artsand cultural programming, including first-time presentations ofevents, or new components that significantly expand or enhanceexisting events. Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations or from collectives or arts groups with a501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Applicant organizations must have beenin existence for at least three years. Applications will not beaccepted from individuals.

Visit the LMCC Web site for complete program guidelines andapplication procedures.RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10007916/lmcc


Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Invites Applications for 2008 Individual Artists Fellowships
Deadline: August 1, 2007

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts ( http://pacouncilonthearts.org ) is now accepting online applications to the 2008 IndividualArtists Fellowship program, which offers $5,000 to $10,000fellowships.

Discipline categories for this year's fellowship program are asfollows: Dance -- choreography; Folk and traditional arts --performing traditions and apprenticeships; Literature -- poetry;Media arts -- narrative and documentary; Music -- classicalcomposition; Theater -- scriptworks; and Visual arts -- drawing/artists books/printmaking or new technologies or painting.

Artists applying for a PCA Fellowship must be permanent residentsof Pennsylvania who have established residency for at least twoyears prior to the application deadline. Students in high school,undergraduate, or graduate programs at the time of applicationare ineligible to apply for a fellowship.Fellowships are distributed based upon demonstrated artisticexcellence.

Application guidelines are available on the PCA Web site.RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10007918/pacouncilonthearts

For additional RFPs in Arts and Culture, visit:http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_arts.jhtml

i'm speaking in nyc next week

A Playwright’s Journey To “Cross Over” To The LA TV Biz
Guest Speaker: Susan Johnston

The TV business has changed dramatically with non-union reality programming claiming more air-time, shrinking writer’s tables and most staff writer positions open only to network fellowship writers. Add to the mix that the industry is now looking for short, “telenovella” programming for the web but doesn’t know how to hire or pay for it and the industry is turning topsy-turvy. And hey, guess what – there might be a strike in the Fall!

The old apprenticeship of moving up the rungs from staff writer to EP is a rare trajectory now. Emerging writers must learn to find the back door. Come hear Susan Johnston speak about her move to LA, playing the agency games, developing original work, the uselessness of spec scripts and how she’s worked and is still working to “cross over” from playwright to a developing EP in her three years in LA.

Wednesday, July 11th
6:30 - 8:00pm
TSOA Student Affairs
8th Floor Conference Room

Susan Johnston is a four-time published playwright whose plays have been presented at The O’Neill, The Peter Norton Space, The Lark, The Echo, The Jungle, Mill Mountain, Provincetown Playhouse, and other regionals. She has been the recipient of an NEA grant, a Jerome Fellowship and was a Fulbright nominee. She’s written for Interview Magazine, A&E’s popular Biography series and developed properties for legendary Broadway producer Marty Richards. She is currently selling a novel “Fundraiser”, selling an original TV drama “The Widows” and in development with her new play “How Cissy Grew”. She is repped by Abrams Artists (NY, legit, books) and CAA (LA, tv).

This event is open to all Tisch alumni and current students. For more information or to RSVP:

Kelsey Richardson
Assistant Director
Career Development
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003
phone: 212-998-1824
fax: 212-995-4060
email: kelsey.richardson@nyu.edu


Submit your headshot and resume to: David Lasdon DBLasdon@ca.rr.com Contact David directly for more information.

“I have confirmed that the Mayflower workshop will be Tuesday, July 24 – Friday, July 27 from 7 pm to 10 pm at the Sons of Semele Theater in Silverlake. http://www.sonofsemele.org/No actor will be needed all four days, and the schedule will be set up based on availability. If one date is unworkable, July 30 and 31 are alternatives. While the characters are certain ages, I’m not concerned with ages for the purposes of a workshop. I want actors who can help make the play better. A 30 year old can play a 60 year old. So actors should keep that in mind.”


CHET – Early 60s, Roofer, swimmer
MEL - Mid 20s, Chet’s son, works in corporate relocation for Mayflower Moving
STAVROS - Mid 40s, Greek immigrant who owns the bar
PHIL - Early 40s, insurance salesman
BOB - Late 40s, African-American, Strong, stocky street cop
CHERYL - Mid 20s, Third year law student. Mel’s girlfriend
LESTER - Early 20s, African-American, Bob's son. Former high school football star.
SHARON - Mid 40s, Phil's practical traditional wife
ALICE - Late 50s, Mel's mom
KIM - Early 20s, sexy college student

July 02, 2007

playwriting opps


The Sky Cooper/Marin Theatre Company New American Play Prizes. Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, CA is pleased to announce two new monetary prizes for playwrights. The Sky Cooper Prize will be awarded to an established or emerging playwright. The winner will receive a full production at Marin Theatre Company and receive a $10,000 award, as well as travel and accomodations for the MTC rehearsal period. The Calicchio Prize will be awarded to a professionally unproduced playwright. The winner will receive two public staged readings at Marin Theatre Company and a $2,500 award, as well as travel and accomodations for the MTC rehearsal period. For more information, please visit: http://www.marintheatre.org.


Proctor's Theater is inviting playwrights to submit new, full length plays for a new works/new plays festival which will be held in April 2008. Three plays will be chosen and presented in festival format in repertory during the three-week period. Artistic Director: Kevin McGuire. Playwrights are encouraged to send their scripts to: Proctor's Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305. For more information, please contact Kathy Jarvis, Director of Public Relations and Promotions, kjarvis@proctors.org or 518-382-3884 x 138


The Ma-Yi Writers Lab is now accepting membership applications for the 2007-08 Season. Currently led by Co-Directors Qui Nguyen and Lloyd Suh, the Lab is a professional peer-based workshop in permanent residence with the OBIE Award-winning Ma-Yi Theater Company, designed to nurture and showcase emerging and early-career Asian American playwrights in New York City. To apply, please submit the following: a cover letter with all relevant contact information; an artistic resume; a one-page artist's statement describing your interest in the Lab and how you hope it will benefit your work and your further development as a writer; and a writing sample or samples of any length (10 page minimum, no maximum), preferably recent work written for the stage. Electronic Submissions may be e-mailed to: mayilab@gmail.com.


Larkee Steven Somkin is producing an evening of one-act play readings at the Guthrie Center in late August. All themes welcome, but 4 or fewer actors preferred. For more information please call: 413-232-7182 or email: ssomkin@nyc.rr.com.


On Thursday, July 5, from 4 - 5:30pm, there will be an informational meeting for playwrights who are considering applying to New Dramatists. The application process will be discused followed by a question and answer session. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to New Dramatists, 212-757-6960. If you can’t attend the meeting, but have questions, you are welcome to contact Emily Morse at emilymorse@newdramatists.org, or 212-757-6960, x 23.