January 31, 2008

teaching the arts

* 2008-2009 Faculty Positions University of North Alabama (Alabama) (date posted: 1/28/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000543784-01&pg=e

* Sociology and Theater Tenure Track Positions Southern Connecticut State University (Connecticut) (date posted: 1/28/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544731-01&pg=e

* Tenure Track or Pre-Tenure Track Faculty Positions Gallaudet University (D.C.) (date posted: 1/28/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544856-01&pg=e

* Theatre Arts Covenant College (Georgia) (date posted: 1/25/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000545318-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor - Theatre and Speech City College of City University of New York (New York) (date posted: 1/30/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000546056-01&pg=e

* Department Head, Stage and Screen Western Carolina University (North Carolina) (date posted: 1/28/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544802-01&pg=e

* Faculty - Applied Voice Houston Baptist University (Texas) (date posted: 1/28/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544449-01&pg=e

January 30, 2008

reading by len jenkin

Playwrights Horizons' Literary Staff hopes you can join us for a reading of

or The History of Science

Written and directed by LEN JENKIN

Friday, February 8th at 3:00 PM
Playwrights Horizons
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 4th Floor
416 West 42nd Street

Len Jenkin is a playwright, screenwriter, novelist and director. His plays include MARGO VEIL, DARK RIDE, PILGRIMS OF THE NIGHT, CARELESS LOVE, MY UNCLE SAM, LIMBO TALES and LIKE I SAY. His works for the stage, often directed by him, have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in England, France, Germany and Japan. His novel N JUDAH is currently available in bookstores and on the web at www.lenjenkin.com. He has received many honors and awards, including three OBIE awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Mr. Jenkin is a Professor in the Dramatic Writing Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

January 29, 2008

good dick at sundance

Yes, I know that sounds really dirty but in actuality GOOD DICK is the name of the movie written by, directed by, produced by and starring my new fave actress MARIANNA PALKA and her uber-sweet sweetie JASON RITTER.

For those of you familiar with Jason's work on JOAN OF ARCADIA or THE CLASS, you'll love the fiercely loyal but homeless, video-store clerk character Jason takes on in this surprisingly moving little film. You can't help but cheer him on, even when his actions seem to border on stalking and pathological lying.

But the real star of this film is Marianna who has not only created a complex character worthy of our attention but has also, as a young woman working in Hollywood, defined herself as a "must watch talent." A quadruple threat who can bend a man over a table and give it to him good.

That last line will make sense when you see the film.

And please, find a way to see this film. Not only is this couple extremely talented; they are also nice people - which just makes us want more and more success for them and this project.

Check out more information about Good Dick at: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0944101/

January 26, 2008

more questions for eric maisel

In the book, you say, "The centerpiece of a meaningful life for creators is meaningful creating." In aiming to achieve this, do you think there are benefits for people to create outside their "usual" medium? (i.e., artists try their hand at writing; writers dabble in a visual art project, etc.)

E: There are; and obvious dangers, too. Our first job is to make meaning in a particular discipline over time, because this gives us the best sense of continuity and completion and is the best way to make ourselves feel proud, existentially speaking. If we are a writer, we want to write well and regularly, other mediums come second. If we are a painter, we don't want to neglect our painting because of some momentary meaning enthusiasm. So, first things first: our lifelong apprenticeship in one discipline. That having been said, it can be wonderful to work in another discipline, especially if your primary one is at the mercy of others: for instance, if you are an actor waiting to be hired, it can be grand to get your performance piece written and produced. So the short answer is yes, but beware that you don't shortchange your primary discipline.

Could you explain more about the importance of creating a life plan sentence/statement? Should a life plan statement change over time, or is it best if it is written in general enough terms so that it isn't altered by time, circumstances, and life changes?

E: If you agree to commit to active meaning-making, you need to know where to make your meaning investments, both in the short-term sense of knowing what to do with the next hour and in the long-term sense of knowing which novel you are writing or which career you're pursuing. Having a life purpose statement or life plan statement in place serves as an ongoing reminder of the sorts of meaning investments that you intend to make, both short-term and long-term, and helps you make the right "meaning decision" about where to spend your capital and how to realize your potential. But it also necessarily changes over time, as you have additional life experiences and refine and reformulate your sense of what is meaningful to you. Create a beautiful one for right now and then revisit it periodically, especially if the blues have crept in.

With depression having existential roots in many creative people, do you think that antidepressants and other psychiatric medications are over-prescribed in modern culture?

E: Yes. They work for some people some of the time and checking in to them may make good sense, but they are not at all as effective as the public has been led to believe. A recent study showed that 95% of published reports praised the effectiveness of antidepressants and 90% of unpublished reports disputed the effectiveness of antidepressants - reports that went unpublished because of the clout of pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrists, and the medical-industrial complex. They sometimes have their place, but they are no real substitute for actively making and maintaining meaning.

January 24, 2008

teaching the arts

* Open Positions North 14 (California) (date posted: 1/21/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000543237-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor, Musical Theatre Young Harris College (Georgia) (date posted: 1/21/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000543568-01&pg=e

* Multiple Faculty Positions Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland)
(date posted: 1/18/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000543492-01&pg=e

* Lecturer in Theatre Pennsylvania State University-Erie (Pennsylvania)
(date posted: 1/21/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre and Speech University of South Carolina at Lancaster (South Carolina) (date posted: 1/21/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000543339-01&pg=e

* Dance Instructor/Voice Instructor/Acting Instructor Institute for Commercial Arts (South Korea) (date posted: 1/18/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544356-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts University of Wisconsin Colleges (Wisconsin) (date posted: 1/23/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544914-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts University of Wisconsin Colleges (Wisconsin) (date posted: 1/23/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544908-01&pg=e

* Assistant Professor of Communication & Theatre Arts University of Wisconsin Colleges (Wisconsin) (date posted: 1/23/2008) http://chronicle.com/jobs/id.php?id=0000544918-01&pg=e

January 23, 2008


First Quarter Postmark Deadline is Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

ARC grants provide rapid, short-term assistance of up to $3,500 to individual artists who live in Los Angeles County. Funds must be used to enhance work that is near completion and scheduled for presentation between March 18, 2008 and August 5, 2008. Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a secure invitation from an established organization to present their work. There are four grant cycles per year.

for more information, application, or guidelines visit

The Durfee Foundation


Agape Media International
AMI Productions Film, Television, & Theater

Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center, has launched Agape Media International (AMI) as an innovative company dedicated to promoting artists and art forms that uplift the human spirit and inspire individuals to contribute their own talents to the creation of a world that works for everyone. The French word ami means "beloved friend," and AMI's purpose is to be just that as a vehicle within the Agape Movement that creates, promotes and distributes the message of Agape unconditional love worldwide.

Mark R. Harris, the producer of CRASH, the 2005 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing, is leading AMI Productions.

Grammy-winning record producer, Stephen Powers, is responsible for AMI's music, books and streaming media divisions.

AMI is committed to creating transformative content of cinematic and theatrical excellence. If you have a story that supports this vision, then please send us your screenplay, television pilot, or play.

Interested writers may email InspiredScripts@gmail.com for a submission/release form. No script will be accepted without a signed release. Please include the signed original release with your script and mail to:

Agape Media International
Attn: AMI Productions
5700 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
(Allow 6 weeks for review and response.)

Some examples of films that reflect our vision: Groundhog Day, The Pursuit of Happiness, Crash, Oh God!, Whale Rider, In America, Philadelphia, Into the Wild, Defending Your Life, The Matrix, Cocoon, An Inconvenient Truth, To Kill a Mockingbird, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Field of Dreams, Angels in America, Tsotsi, Schindler's List, K-Pax, American Beauty, Little Miss Sunshine, Kundun, Ghandi, The Truman Show, Good Will Hunting, On the Waterfront, The Secret, What the Bleep, Forrest Gump.

upcoming deadlines

January 28

Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens’ Long Island City neighborhood offers artists who are New York State residents the opportunity to create large-scale sculpture projects and multimedia installations in an outdoor environment. The Emerging Artist Fellowship is a residency of between two and six months in an outdoor studio with access to facilities, materials, equipment, and technical assistance to create a work for public display in September. Recipients also receive a grant in the amount of $5,000. Socrates Sculpture Park also offers a Spring Exhibition and an Open Space program for all artists, both with a January 28 deadline. For full guidelines on how to apply, visit www.socratessculpturepark.org.

January 29

The Washington University College School of Architecture’s Steedman International Design Competition invites applicants to submit proposals for adaptive reuses of abandoned industrial buildings on the waterfront of the Mississippi River, just north of downtown St. Louis. A comprehensive and sustainable approach is required. The competition is only open to individuals, not groups or firms. There is an application fee of $75. The January 29 deadline is for registration only; the submission deadline is March 13. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.steedmancompetition.com.

January 31

The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Space Program awards studio space in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn for the period of one year to visual artists over the age of 21. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and may not be in school. Artists who presently have a studio of larger than 400 square feet are ineligible. The studios offered are non-living spaces and are available beginning September 15. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.sharpeartfdn.org.

The Center for Documentary Studies’ Dorthea Lange/Paul Taylor Prize is a $20,000 award given to collaborative work by a writer and photographer in the formative or fieldwork stages of a documentary project. Collaboration is required, and while more than two may apply as a collaborative group, at least one member must be a writer and one must be a photographer. There is an application fee of $35. For complete information on how to apply, visit http://cds.aas.duke.edu.

The Amy Foundation’s Writing Awards are grants of up to $10,000 given to the author of creative articles that present a biblical position on issues affecting the world today in a sensitive and thoughtful manner. Submitted articles must have been previously published in a secular publication during the past calendar year and must contain at least one passage of scripture. For full information on how to apply and the requirement of the award, visit www.amyfound.org.

The David T.K. Wong Fellowship is a £26,000 British pound award allowing a fiction writer seeking to write about the far east to spend a year at the University of East Anglica in Norwich, England. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample of no more than 2,500 words. Applicants may be of any nationality. There is a £10 application fee. For complete information on how to apply, visit www1.uea.ac.uk/cm/home/schools/hum/lit/awards/wong.

February 1

The American Music Center’s Composer Assistance Program makes project-based grants of up to $5,000 to help American composers realize performances and recordings. Composers must associate a specific work with their proposals. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.amc.net.

The Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN offers one-year residencies to American artists. Residents receive a private studio, accommodations and meals, a monthly stipend, access to workshops and professional development, teaching experience, and exhibition opportunities. There is a $25 application fee. For complete information on eligibility and how to apply, visit www.arrowmont.org.

The Common Counsel Foundation’s Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, CA supports creative writing on the natural world. Projects should address the environment and economy. Nonfiction projects are generally preferred although novelists and filmmakers are also invited to apply. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.commoncounsel.org.

The Corning Museum of Glass’ Rakow Grants for Glass Research are awarded to scholars seeking to undertake projects that entail the use of the Corning Museum’s research library. Preference is given to projects that are able to be completed, as opposed to advanced, by the funding received. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.cmog.org.

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies’ Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction by an American Woman is a $5,000 given to a book-length work of prose fiction by a woman writer and US citizen. All entries must be submitted by publishers and must have been published in 2007. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.rochester.edu/College/WST/SBAI/kafka.html.

February 5

NYFA’s Strategic Opportunity Stipend (SOS) program awards mini-grants to New York State artists of between $100-$600 for specific, forthcoming opportunities that are distinct from works in progress. SOS funding is available to all New York State artists except those who live in one of the five boroughs of New York City. Literary, media, visual, music, and performing artists are all eligible. For complete information on how to apply, visit www.nyfa.org/sos.


Schermerhorn House—a joint project of Common Ground and the Actor’s Fund—is a permanent housing residence in Downtown Brooklyn reserved for local actors and artists as well as various low income and special needs tenants. The gross annual income of applicants may not exceed $29,760 and may not be less than $18,500. Rentals start at $600 per month. For full eligibility requirements and information on how to apply, call 212.221.7300 x264.

a conversation with eric maisel

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting excerpts from an interview with author and artist advocate, Eric Maisel re: his book THE VAN GOGH BLUES. Check back weekly for more of our conversation.

WHAT ADVISE DO YOU GIVE TO ARTISTS TO HANDLE THE POST-CREATION BLUES? The blues that happen when a project is done and you've worn yourself out.

Meaning must be made at all times or else we start to get those existential blues. But that isn't to say that we can't frame a day by the beach or a week incubating a project as meaningful time. The art is in our self-talk, where we consciously address our meaning needs by announcing where we want to invest meaning today: in a good rest, in a visit to the bookstore, in a little office organization, in a visit with a friend, and so on. What we want to guard against is the experience of meaninglessness that follows the completion of a project, and this we do by investing meaning wisely even though we may not have a new big project wanting to launch.


The answer revolves around how long the period of dormancy is and what the quality of that period is. If you tend to take three years off between projects, there is something going on there that needs to be addressed and you need to do a better job of forcing life to mean. If we're taking about two weeks, that's a very different matter. If it's that shorter amount of time, then you can catch up on business matters (there is always something in that realm that needs doing), remind yourself why you love your art discipline by visiting a museum or reading a book, and passionately living your "parallel life," that life of relationships and other meanings not connected to your creative projects.


The first step is remember that everyone has an opinion, that great works have been roundly panned, and that you and you alone are the arbiter of meaning and quality in your life. If you don't buy that at a visceral level, you will block when criticism comes. You have to have more than an intellectual understanding that your opinion must count the most: you must feel it in your bones. Once you possess that absolute certainty, then you can examine the criticism to see if there's something there for you to learn, for often there is. The tricky dance is to reject all criticism while at the same time making use of feedback that serves you, a dance that no artist manages perfectly. Some err of the side of grandiosity and listen to no one; others, lacking in self-confidence, err in the direction of caving in and blocking.


It is my opinion that we should fight them, though not necessarily in the first five minutes or the first hour. Being in "that space" for a little while may be unavoidable and even necessary, but remaining in that painful place of inaction and despair has nothing really to recommend it. As soon as we can - and if we have gotten in the habit of disputing the blues, this will be sooner rather than later - we stand up tall, remind ourselves that we make the meaning in our life and that there is no meaning until we make it, and decide where we want to make our next meaning investment: in a new project, in the business of art, or in another sphere like relationships. If we can nip the blues in the bud before they even come by making that next meaning investment before meaninglessness even has a chance to rear its head, so much the better!

January 15, 2008

congrats to misnomer dance company!

With a little help from their friends, Misnomer just won a $10K grant! They send us this news:

Thanks so much for this post! It really made a difference. with your help, we won the $10k!!! IdeaBlob announced it today.

You can check out the original post about the contest in my December 6th archive or you can look up Misnomer at http://www.misnomer.org/

ARC grant


First Quarter Postmark Deadline is Tuesday, February 5, 2008.

ARC grants provide rapid, short-term assistance of up to $3,500 toindividual artists who live in Los Angeles County. Funds must be used to enhance work that is near completion and scheduled for presentation between March 18, 2008 and August 5, 2008.

Artists in any discipline may apply. Applicants must have a secure invitation from an established organization to present their work. There are four grant cycles per year.

For more information, application, or guidelines visithttp://www.durfee.org/programs/arc/index.html

January 13, 2008

upcoming: interview with eric maisel

Watch this blog for upcoming excerpts of An Interview with Eric Maisel. For those of you unfamiliar with Eric, he's a licensed therapist whose focus turned toward the specifics issues faced by creatives. He's been working with artists for over twenty years to explore, understand and celebrate the unique challenges artists face as creators and people.

His book, VAN GOGH BLUES, is out in paperback now and is part of thirty or so books Eric has written for artists.

You can learn more about Eric at his website: http://www.ericmaisel.com/

January 10, 2008

cooking as creativity

Check out the new blog MEN WHO LIKE TO COOK written by David Latt. David turned the stress of being a TV producer into something delicious. He posts recipes and food stories and it's a good reminder that life is a creative process - even when we eat!

Beyond the careers, beyond the deadlines, beyond the hustle, we can find creativity in every little moment of our day. A creativity that sustains us when the career aspects of our artistry seems to overwhelm.

Check out his site and restock your fridge: http://www.menwholiketocook.blogspot.com/

teaching the arts

* Assistant Professor of Theatre
Southern Arkansas University (Arkansas)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Faculty and Administration Opportunities
College of the Canyons (California)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Multiple Openings
College of the Desert (California)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Administrative Positions and Faculty Full-time, Tenure-track Positions
San Jose/Evergreen Community College District (California)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Multiple Employment Opportunities
Santa Rosa Junior College (California)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Claire Trevor Endowed Chair (Distinguished Faculty Position)
University of California at Irvine (California)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Assistant Professor in Secondary Music Education
University of Saskatchewan Department of Music (Canada)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* World Dance / Artist-in-Residence, Dance Department
Wesleyan University (Connecticut)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Assistant Professor (Adjunct)/Associate Professor (Adjunct) in Sound Design at the Yale School of Drama; Director
Yale University (Connecticut)
(date posted: 1/8/2008)

* Multiple Positions - Music School
Yale University (Connecticut)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Theatre - Assistant to Associate Professor tenure track
University of Guam (Guam)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Director of Costume Shop
Ball State University (Indiana)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Assistant Professor, Musical Theatre Dance/Choreography
Wichita State University (Kansas)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Assistant/Associate Professor, Program Director of Theatre
Wichita State University (Kansas)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Multiple Faculty Positions
Bowie State University (Maryland)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Anticipated Fall 2008 Faculty Positions
Community College of Baltimore County (Maryland)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Full-time Faculty and Professional Positions
Harford Community College (Maryland)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Film Studies - Production, Faculty
Keene State College (New Hampshire)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Multiple Summer Staff Positions
French Woods Festival (New York)
(date posted: 1/7/2008)

* Assistant or Associate Professor (Dance Program/Music Department)
Hunter College of the City University of New York (New York)
(date posted: 1/4/2008)

January 06, 2008

patience, please

Sorry I've been so bad about posting. I received notes from the publisher on December 26th and have been banging out a new draft of the book. The new pages are due on January 16 and then it's off to Sundance!

So be patient with me during the month of January - this little blog suffers most when I'm swamped. I guess I need an iphone!


cultural exchange grant for composers

French American Cultural Exchange Announces Deadline for Contemporary Music Fund
Deadline: March 1, 2008

Administered by the French American Cultural Exchange ( http://www.facecouncil.org/ ), the French American Fund for Contemporary Music supports contemporary music projects (commissions, residencies, performances, tours, and master classes) that foster cultural exchange between France and the United States.

The fund awards grants to nonprofit institutions celebrating the work of living composers in both countries. Collaborations com- bining new French and American works are especially encouraged. Only projects involving works by living composers or works composed during the last fifty years will be considered for funding.

The repertoire should fall within one of the following categories: contemporary music for classical instrumentation; computer-assist- ed composition and research with multimedia tools; and new forms of improvised and electronic music. Special consideration will be given to projects involving the commission of new works.

Only nonprofit institutions may submit applications. American institutions must provide proof of their 501(c)(3) status; French organizations must prove equivalent status for eligibility. Examples of eligible institutions include university-level music departments or conservatories; research studios; perform- ers, including orchestras, ensembles, soloists, and conductors; and artistic programmers, including festivals and concert halls or any organization favoring interdisciplinary collaborations with professionals in other fields, such as dance, theater, film, visual arts, or new media. The amount requested cannot exceed 50 percent of the project's total budget.

Visit the FACE Web site for complete program information. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10010525/facecouncil

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



Saturday, JAN. 12
One night only

Fundraiser Event
Esther K. Chae's solo performance "SO THE ARROW FLIES"?
Directed by Casey Stangl

So the Arrow Flies is about double agent Catherine, a North Korean National Actor who is exiled to South Korea, becomes an intelligence asset for Seoul and the FBI, while all the while spying for North Korea. Korean American FBI Agent Park discovers and exposes Catherine's espionage scheme.

Originally developed at the Mark Taper Forum's Solo Performance Workshop under the direction of Roger Guenveur Smith, SO THE ARROW FLIES is a composite of real events: the recent arrest of a Chinese-American FBI asset on espionage charges, and exiled North Korean film star Soon-young Chu.

Amazing and beautiful show -- David Henry Hwang (Tony award winning playwright)

Wonderful- full of insight and feeling and complexity -- Charles Mee (Award winning playwright & Historian)

Esther K Chae's show So the Arrow Flies is a well-crafted, gripping piece of theatre. Her performance is truthful, and direct, and her characterizations are apt and fully embodied. Esther's sense of humor, and that of her characters, is present throughout, and lends a unique touch to this powerful spy story. -- Cheryl King, (Artistic Director, Stage Left Studio, NYC)

**Tickets $35

Buy on line at www.plays411.com/arrowflies


**David Henry Hwang Theater and parking info East West Players
120 North Judge John Aiso Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

**Play info http://www.myspace.com/sothearrowflies

International Performing Arts Laboratory

Performer's Physicality: physical action, psychological gesture, biomechanics under the direction of Sergey Ostrenko

April 20 - 25, 2008Prague, Czech Republic

The Lab is focused on practical exploration of performer's psycho-physical instrument. The program includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussion club. Each day will begin from the morning warm-up based on the Biomechanics of Meyerhold. The Lab is open to performers from different creative genres, techniques and styles interested to enrich the professional arsenal with new practical methods and devices, to explore contemporary aesthetics in communication with a spectator and to reconsider cooperation principles in a creative group.

REGISTRATION. Candidates should send a CV and a brief letter of motivation to info@iugte.com stating the title, dates and location of the event. Places are limited, the registration will be closed once the group is full.

Participation fee: 490 EUR if payment is made before January 20th. The fee covers attendance of the programme, accommodation and meals. (550 EUR if payment is made before February 20th).

MORE DETAILS: http://www.iugte.com/projects/PAL.php