August 30, 2007

teaching the arts

* Theater Faculty Position University of San Francisco (California) (date posted: 8/28/2007)

* Associate Director, Education and Community Programs Washington Opera (D.C.) (date posted: 8/28/2007)

* Costume Shop Supervisor/Instructor Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois) (date posted: 8/24/2007)

* Assistant Professor Scene Design/Lighting Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (Illinois) (date posted: 8/24/2007)

* Communication Emporia State University (Kansas) (date posted: 8/24/2007)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 8/28/2007)

August 26, 2007

esther chae in nyc

written by and starring ESTHER K. CHAE

"A North Korean Spy, The Korean American FBI Agent that chases her - who will get hit first?"
5 show Engagement in at Stage Left Studio in conjunction with ESTROGENIUS: SOLA VOCE FESTIVAL, NY
438 W. 37th Street,
NY, NY 10018

Sept 20 Thursday (Preview), 21 Friday, 23 Sunday (2 pm & 8pm) , 24 Monday all evenings at 8 PM

Reservations: (212) 838-2134
Click Here for More Information
Manhattan Theater Source - Sept 22 Saturday @ 4:30PM w/ SOLO VOCE
Reservations: (212) 352-3101
Click Here for more Information
Running time 1hr

santa monica airport documentary

Daily Creators Diane and Matthias have created a short doc to bring attention to the situation over at Santa Monica Airport. Please click to see the video and if you're in the area, attend the meeting on the 28th.

The Friends of Sunset Park wants YOU to let our Federal Representatives and the Santa Monica City know that the community is will NOT accept the substandard runway safety proposals of the FAA.

Please email:

Santa Monica City Council
Congressman Henry Waxman
(Rep for Santa Monica)
Congresswoman Jane Harman
(Rep for W. LA and Venice)

Sample points:

· The close proximity of the runways to homes urgently requires an effective safety solution NOW
· Negotiating with the FAA has proven futile, it is time to seek out other options to insure the safety of the communities surrounding the SM Airport

For more information regarding the history of the SM Airport Safety Enhancement battle and the text of the latest FAA offer visit our web site

Attend the Rally (5:30pm) and SM City Council Meeting (6:45pm)

Tues. Aug. 28th
City Hall, 1685 Main St., Santa Monica
Metered Street until 6pm, after 6pm FREE
Validated Parking available at SM Civic Auditorium Parking Lot and Public Safety Parking Structure east of City Hall

Our Congressional reps and a rep from the FAA will be there.

For more info, see Council Agenda and Staff report (Item 3-a) posted on the City web site


"It is the Staff's recommendation that if the FAA Proposal remains unchanged after the study session that it be rejected as inadequate to provide a meaningful safety enhancement to the runway. It is further recommended that the City Council direct Staff to explore the implementation of effective safety enhancements for the Airport and report back at the City Council session on Sept. 25, 2007 with a recommendation detailing an appropriate course of action."

dear abby letter part three

You've done your "problem" letter and your Dear Abby "response" letter. Now it's time to write your "follow-up" letter. This will let you know how things ended up for your character.


Reread the Dear Abby response letter. Take a moment to visualize your character taking her advice. How would his/her life change? How would their behaviour change?

Now, give yourself 10 minutes to write a "follow-up" letter in the voice of your character to Dear Abby. Pretend that six months has passed and you're writing to thank her for the advice and tell her what happened in these last months with the changes you made - the changes she suggested. What were the results? How did other people respond to these changes?

Write for the full 10 minutes. Don't stop - just let your hand keep moving across the page. See what happens.

August 24, 2007

michael zheng sends info about new show


I will participate in the “vier waende kunst” (“Four walls art”) Exhibition Festival organized by all artists spaces in Duesseldorf during the second weekend of September (5th - 7th), 2007. My show, entitled "Not Quite There", will represent Ateliers Höherweg e.V. I will also be the artist-in-residence at Ateliers Höherweg e.V. for the month of September. Please stop by if you're in the vicinity.

Michael Zheng

August 22, 2007

Tisch Actors West Mixer

When: Tuesday August 28th, 2007
Where: E.A.T. -1448 N. Gower (Corner of Sunset)
Time: 7-10 pm

Mix & mingle with other Tisch BFA Acting Grads...Network, eat, drink & be merry with us on the Front Patio.

*There will be Raffle Prizes like last time when some lucky girl won FREE Headshots!, Info on our Fall Programming, ample opportunity to pitch us YOUR pet projects you want the NYU Alumni Council to explore...And if you're in a show or directing one, don't forget to bring Postcards to hand out!!!

We'll be holding auditions on Sunday, September 9th for the MONOLOGUE SLAM II . We hope to see you there! Times & Venue for Auditions to be announced...

Tisch Actors West is comprised of graduates from the Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama Department, working as professional Actors, Writers and Producers in Theatre, Film, Television, Voice-Overs and Commercials. TAW is committed to offering programming and resources for the career advancement of the Tisch Drama graduate based in Los Angeles. TAW will work to connect with key industry players, form alliances with other NYU/Tisch alumni and performance groups, and aggressively foster opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and education among its members.

All TAW events are supported by NYU & The Tisch West Alumni Council...Contact us at:

doc pitch workshop call for entries

Documentary Pitch Workshop: Call for Entries (Deadline: September 15)

In this workshop/competition, a panel of television executives and producers will discuss the process of developing a documentary and will hear and evaluate pitches from five preselected filmmakers who are hoping to sell either a nonfiction concept or a documentary work-in-progress. The winner of the pitch competition will receive a $5000 grant, sponsored by American Documentary Inc., to be used towards the completion of their project.

August 21, 2007

dear abby letter part two

Okay, so you've got your "problem letter" all written and you've either handed it off to someone else or you haven't looked at it for a day. Now it's time to write the "solution letter" in response.


Write 10 helpful statements on slips of paper. The statements should be directive, one sentence and can be as specific or vague as you care to be. They can be sincere or they can be cheeky. Don't censor yourself

A fun way to do this is to pick any self-help book and pull sentences randomly. You should feel free to use any of these as well:

Sleep on it.
Take a good look at yourself in the mirror.
Pick the path of least resistance.
Go ahead and wallow in your pity.
The early bird may catch the worm, but who wants to eat worms?
I suggest you pray for forgiveness.

Take the slips of paper with the solutions written on them, fold them over, throw them in a bowl or a hat and shake them up.

Randomly pull two slips. Don't look at them yet. Reread your problem letter now.

Using the two "solutions" give yourself 10 minutes to write the response letter. You must use both solutions and you must write for the full 10 minutes. Make references back to the original letter, give examples of how your solution would work, be as specific or sincere as you care to be.


August 19, 2007

fake dear abby letters for character development

Hello Daily Creators -

Last week, in our Creativity Ladies group, we wrote fake Dear Abby letters that turned out to be quite helpful in quickly discovering a great deal about a new character and their six month dramatic arc.

I'd like to pass this exercise on - which we did in fun only to find out, it was a fast and extremely productive way of finding out a lot of backstory and projecting an ending.


Brainstorm a list of 10 "problems" - keep them to one sentence and write them in the first person. Write them on slips of paper.

If you're working in a group, have everyone come up with 2 problems each and do the same thing.

An example of a problem might be:

My boyfriend left me for his ex-wife.
My cat hates me.
I can't seem to get out of bed in the mornings.
My mother-in-law judges my cooking.
My sister and I haven't spoken in four years.

Keep it very simple. Fold the slips of paper so you can't see the writing and put them in a basket or a hat. Shake them up and pull out one slip.

Give yourself ten minutes to quickly write a Dear Abby letter based on that problem. Make sure to write in the first person and come up with a catchy name at the end to sign off like: Dumped in Detroit or Sad About Sister.

Try to be very specific about how the problem effects your life - who else is involved and why you need help. Don't worry about keeping it "newspaper short" - write for the full ten minutes. Tell how the problem first started, what you do to try to fix it and why Abby is the only person you can talk to about it - have you tried talking to anyone else? Who and what happened?

When you're done with the letter - fold it over, address it to Dear Abby and put it away for the day.

If you're writing with a group - give the letter to someone else in the group.


August 16, 2007

teaching the arts

* Multiple Faculty Positions in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts San Diego State University (California) (date posted: 8/13/2007)

* Open-Rank Professorship in Acting University of California at Davis (California) (date posted: 8/13/2007)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre Davidson College (North Carolina) (date posted: 8/13/2007)

* Assistant Professor in Theater, Dept. of Theater, Dance and Film Franklin & Marshall College (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 8/15/2007)

* Career Opportunities in the Academy for the Performing Arts University of Trinidad and Tobago (Trinidad) (date posted: 8/13/2007)

theatre lab in latvia

Konstantin Stanislavsky
Vsevolod Meyerhold
Michael Chekhov

Theatre Methods Today
September 20-23, 2007 Riga, Latvia

To register, please send your CV and a brief letter of motivation to

If you'd like to know a little more…

The Laboratory program was designed for professional performing artists inspired by the teachings of Stanislavsky, Meyerhold and M. Chekhov, interested to establish deeper understanding of their approach and to integrate their ideas into contemporary practical work - rehearsal process, performance and teaching. It focuses on the practical and playable aspects of theatre training, particularly in terms of exercises .

August 03, 2007


Brooklyn Arts Council Accepting Grant Applications
Deadline: September 27, 2007

The Brooklyn Arts Council ( ) will grant more than one hundred Brooklyn-based artists and nonprofit arts and/or community organizations funding of up to $5,000 each through the BAC 2007 Community Arts Regrant Program. Funding is for specific projects in the following areas: visual arts, film/video, media, photography, crafts, folk arts, multi- discipline, literature/writing, dance, music, opera, theater, and drama. In addition, through the JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, funding will be provided for capacity-building projects for arts organizations. BAC cannot provide total funding for the appli- cant's project. Additional funding sources are required.

Applicant organizations must be Brooklyn-based, not-for-profit arts and community organizations recognized as tax exempt by the IRS under section 501(c)(3) or recognized under Article 7A as a NYS Charities Registration. Individual artist applicants must be Brooklyn residents. Applicants may submit up to three requests to BAC, totaling a maximum of $5,000, not including JPMorgan Chase. Eligible org- anizations can apply for an additional $3,000 from the JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program.

To apply, all applicants are required to attend a BAC Regrant Application Seminar, for either artists or arts organizations, to learn about guidelines and instructions. Visit the BAC Web site for guidelines and application seminars information.

RFP Link:


New York Foundation for the Arts Announces Guidelines for Artists Fellowships Program
Deadline: October 3, 2007

For the past twenty-three years, the New York Foundation for the Arts ( ) has awarded Artists' Fellowships of $7,000 each to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian nations located in New York State. NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2007, NYFA awarded 122 fellowships to 124 artists, with two collaborations. Applicants must be 18 years old or older and be a resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian nations located in New York State for at least two years prior to the October 3, 2007, application deadline.

Graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program at the time of the application deadline are not eligible to apply. For the 2008 program, the fellowship categories are Architecture/ Environmental Structures, Choreography, Fiction, Music Composition, Painting, Photography, Playwriting/Screenwriting, and Video. The following categories will not be reviewed until the 2009 program (deadline: October 2008) -- Computer Arts, Crafts, Film, Nonfic- tion Literature, Cross disciplinary/Performative Work, Poetry, Printmaking/Drawing/ Artists' Books, and Sculpture.

Program information and guidelines are available at the NYFA Web site. The online application will be available during the first week of August 2007.

RFP Link:


Southern Theater of Minneapolis Invites Submissions for Electric Eyes: New Music & Media Festival
Deadline: September 14, 2007

The Southern Theater ( ) in Minneapolis has announced the second year of Electric Eyes: New Music & Media Festival, a program that commissions and presents new work. The festival is intended to encourage collaboration across dis- ciplines and is seeking to commission works involving original music, new media, and multiple art forms. Up to five full- or partial-evening works (duration ten minutes up to full evening) will be selected to receive a commission fee ($2,500 to $5,000 each) and support services.

The festival takes place May 27- June 8, 2008, and grant recipients must be available for those dates. All or most of the collaborators must be from the Jerome Founda- tion's funding area (Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City).

The complete Call for Submissions can be downloaded at the Southern Theater Web site.

RFP Link:

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