September 29, 2008

teaching the arts

* Associate Professor/Professor of Art (Visual or Performing) and Head of School
University of Tasmania (Australia)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor in Acting and Directing
University of California at Santa Barbara (California)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Art Education/Assistant Professor of Dance
Kennesaw State University (Georgia)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor/Theatre Historian and Teacher
Ball State University (Indiana)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor, Theater Department
Wabash College (Indiana)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Directing, Dept of Theater and Dance
Amherst College (Massachusetts)
(date posted: 9/26/2008)

* Theatre Arts - Director/Acting Instructor
Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts)
(date posted: 9/23/2008)

* Guest Artist in Costume Design
Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts)
(date posted: 9/23/2008)

* Chairperson/Faculty - Department of Theatre and Dance
Winona State University (Minnesota)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Department Chair, Professor & Artistic Director
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (North Carolina)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Scenic Designer - Theatre
North Dakota State University (North Dakota)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant/Associate Professor/ Theatre & Dance
Kent State University (Ohio)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Theatre
Reed College (Oregon)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant/Associate Professor of Acting and Directing, Department of Theatre Arts
Furman University (South Carolina)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Drama
University of Houston-Downtown (Texas)
(date posted: 9/29/2008)

September 26, 2008


1) National Endowment for the Arts Announces Guidelines for American Masterpieces: Dance
Deadline: October 24, 2008

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius ( is a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts ( to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.

Through the initiative, reconstructions and restagings of significant dance works of the highest quality will be experienced by Americans in communities across the nation. The endowment
plans to support a variety of projects that are artistically, historically, and culturally significant and that reflect the breadth of dance forms, styles, and techniques in America.

Grants will be awarded in two areas: 1) for the reconstruction or restaging of significant American dance works and their performance at home and on tour by dance companies, presenters, and festivals; and 2) to college and university dance programs for the restaging, performance, and documentation of significant dance choreography in order to provide dance students with access to the legacy of American dance history.

All projects must be accompanied by related educational, interpretive, or contextual components. Substantial efforts should be made to engage and expand dance audiences by reaching underserved communities.

For dance companies, presenters, and festivals, grants will range from $15,000 to $150,000 each. For college and university dance programs, all grants will be for $15,000 each. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. A grant period of up to two years is allowed.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.

Program guidelines are available at the NEA Web site.

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2) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Releases Guidelines for Artists & Communities Program
Deadline: December 1, 2008

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ( has announced program guidelines for the 2009-10 cycle of its Artists & Communities program. This year, artists from any of the foundation's nine partner states are eligible to participate.

Artists & Communities supports artist residencies designed collaboratively by visiting artists and host nonprofit organizations that engage the public in the creative process. Artists and non-
profit organizations from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to participate
in the program.

Artists & Communities supports professional creative artists (choreographers, composers, poets, writers, filmmakers, media, and visual artists of all kinds) who partner with nonprofit
organizations on projects that result in the creation of new work. The program is specifically designed to support artists whose work is informed by or developed in conjunction with
community participation. Nonprofit organizations apply in partnership with the artist(s)
they wish to host. The project must be designed collaboratively by the artist and the host organization. The host organization must be a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation or a unit of government.

Artists & Communities grants usually range from $5,000 to $20,000 each and must be matched on a 1:1 basis. Grants funds may only be used toward the artist's stipend, long-distance travel and accommodations, supplies and materials used in the project, and documentation.

Visit the MAAF Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:

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3) New York City African-American and Latino Composers Invited to Apply for Van Lier Fellowships
Deadline: December 8, 2008

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust provides support for talented, culturally diverse young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. Meet The Composer administers the Van Lier Fellowship on behalf of the Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial and career support for New York City's African-American and Latino composers still in the early stages of their careers. Composers, improvisers, singer/songwriters and sound artists working in any style or genre of music and sound will be considered. Funds can be used for any purpose, including the creation of new work, the purchasing of music/tech equipment, travel, or research and development.

The fellowship is open to African-American and Latino composers thirty-two years of age or younger. Applicants must be a fulltime resident of New York City (any borough), show financial need, and not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application (i.e., no students).

The one-year fellowship award is $8,500. Additional monetary support will be provided if the composer develops and participates in an educational outreach program with students and/or youth groups. The educational component is optional. Two fellowships are awarded each year.

Guidelines and application forms are available at the Meet the Composer Web site.

RFP Link:

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4) USArtists International Announces Global Expansion
Deadline: January 9, 2009; and May 4, 2009

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts (, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding (, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ( has announced a major expansion of USArtists International, a national initiative solely dedicated to promoting the work of American performing
artists abroad.

Formerly limited to supporting dance and music ensembles invited to perform at international festivals in Europe, USAI will now encompass festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States. The program also will be open to support American theater companies and solo performances in all performing arts disciplines.

Grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to participate in international festivals outside the United States.

Eligible applicants must be dance, music, or theater ensembles, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, that work at a professional level; consist of a majority of members who
are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.; and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization status or a fiscal sponsor with such status.

Eligible festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S. based organization; be international in scope with representation from at least two countries outside the host country,
or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. performing groups; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival; and provide some support to the invited ensembles in the form of cash remuneration, paid travel-related expenses, or in-kind contributions.

Upcoming deadlines for the program are January 9, 2009, for projects taking place between March 1, 2009, and February 28, 2010; and May 4, 2009, for projects taking place between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

The USAI guidelines are available at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Web site.

RFP Link:

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September 24, 2008

catching up with spearhead

Big shout out of Love to Franti and the Spearhead boys as they head off into the world to spread the message. We loved having you here in LA!!!! And congrats on breaking into the Top 40!!!!

Raleigh Ral - so proud of you!!!

michael franti & spearhead

September 16, 2008

SPF 2009 Submissions Open

Submissions are now being accepted by The Living Room for Artists for the sixth annual Summer Play Festival (SPF), which will be presented at The Public Theater in New York City from July 7 through August 2, 2009.

Submissions are open to all emerging writers of plays and musicals, with or without representation. There is no fee to submit.

For application and submission guidelines, visit

Since its inception in 2004, SPF has produced over 70 original works, and has provided an opportunity for writers to present their material and craft in a protected environment, guided by established professionals, with full financial support. SPF has had tremendous success in helping to identify talented, emerging artists, and many of our writers have enjoyed Broadway, off-Broadway, international and regional productions. Others are now developing projects with film and television companies.

In the coming year SPF alumni will continue to be seen across the US and the world, including Noah Haidle, SPF 2004 (Saturn Returns, Lincoln Center), Beau Willimon, SPF 2007 (Farragut North, Atlantic Theater Company), Jacquelyn Honess-Martin, SPF 2008 (Smith, The British Museum in London, England), and Jamie Pachino, SPF 2006 (Splitting Infinity, San Jose Rep).
In the past year alone, several SPF alumni have had their work produced around the world, including Quiara Hudes, SPF 2005 (In The Heights, Broadway), John Bucchino, SPF 2004 (A Catered Affair, Broadway), Brooke Berman, SPF 2004 (Hunting & Gathering, Primary Stages), Jim Knable, SPF 2006 (Spain, MCC), Anton Dudly, SPF 2004 (Substitution, SOHO Playhouse), Catherine Trieshman, SPF 2005 (Crooked, Julia Miles Theater), and J.T. Rogers, SPF 2005 (The Overwhelming, Roundabout Theatre Company).

Visit for more information.

September 15, 2008

tickets on sale for How Cissy Grew

Tickets are now on sale:

teaching the arts

* Open Positions at West Alabama University
University of West Alabama (Alabama)
(date posted: 9/15/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Violin
Biola University (California)
(date posted: 9/12/2008)

* Assistant Professor in Performance and Voice
Florida State University (Florida)
(date posted: 9/11/2008)

* Advanced Assistant/Associate Professor of Film/Video Production
University of Iowa (Iowa)
(date posted: 9/10/2008)

* Assistant/Associate Professor of Drama
Transylvania University (Kentucky)
(date posted: 9/11/2008)

* Associate Professor of Theater Studies
Duke University (North Carolina)
(date posted: 9/15/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Dance
Kent State University (Ohio)
(date posted: 9/15/2008)

* Director of the School of Theater
Ohio University (Ohio)
(date posted: 9/10/2008)

* Assistant Professor - Studio Teaching, Dance
Ohio University (Ohio)
(date posted: 9/12/2008)

* Assistant Professor of Theater (History and Literature); Department of Theater and
Christopher Newport University (Virginia)
(date posted: 9/9/2008)

September 13, 2008

smart writing about palin

Thank God, finally someone is pointing a finger where it belongs. Not at Palin herself but at the party that has held her up as an equivalent subsitute for Hillary Clinton and has, in effect, created a catfight of national proportions.

-- Susan

Palin: wrong woman, wrong message
Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.
By Gloria Steinem
September 4, 2008

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.

But here is even better news: It won't work. This isn't the first time a boss has picked an unqualified woman just because she agrees with him and opposes everything most other women want and need. Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a pi ece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.

Selecting Sarah Palin, who was touted all summer by Rush Limbaugh, is no way to attract most women, including die-hard Clinton supporters. Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Clinton. Her down-home, divisive and deceptive speech did nothing to cosmeticize a Republican convention that has more than twice as many male delegates as female, a presidential candidate who is owned and operated by the right wing and a platform that opposes pretty much everything Clinton's candidacy stood for -- and that Barack Obama's still does. To vote in protest for McCain/Palin would be like saying, "Somebody stole my shoes, so I'll amputate my legs."

This is not to bea up on Palin. I defend her right to be wrong, even on issues that matter most to me. I regret that people say she can't do the job because she has children in need of care, especially if they wouldn't say the same about a father. I get no pleasure from imagining her in the spotlight on national and foreign policy issues about which she has zero background, with one month to learn to compete with Sen. Joe Biden's 37 years' experience.

Palin has been honest about what she doesn't know. When asked last month about the vice presidency, she said, "I still can't answer that question until someone answers for me: What is it exactly that the VP does every day?" When asked about Iraq, she said, "I haven't really focused much on the war in Iraq."

She was elected governor largely because the incumbent was unpopular, and she's won over Alaskans mostly by using unprecedented oil wealth to give a $1,200 rebate to every resident. Now she is being praised by McCain's campaign as a tax cutter, despite the fact that Alaska has no state income or sales tax. Perhaps McCain has opposed affirmative action for so long that he doesn't know it's about inviting more people to meet standards, not lowering them. Or perhaps McCain is following the Bush administration habit, as in the Justice Department, of putting a job candidate's views on "God, guns and gays" ahead of competence. The difference is that McCain is filling a job one 72-year-old heartbeat away from the presidency.

So let's be clear: The culprit is John McCain. He may have chosen Palin out of change-envy, or a belief that women can't tell the difference between form and content, but the main motive was to please right -wing ideologues; the same ones who nixed anyone who is now or ever has been a supporter of reproductive freedom. If that were not the case, McCain could have chosen a woman who knows what a vice president does and who has thought about Iraq; someone like Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison or Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine. McCain could have taken a baby step away from right-wing patriarchs who determine his actions, right down to opposing the Violence Against Women Act.

Palin's value to those patriarchs is clear: She opposes just about every issue that women support by a majority or plurality. She believes that creationism should be taught in public schools but disbelieves global warming; she opposes gun control but supports government control of women's wombs; she opposes stem cell research but approves "abstinence-only" programs, which increase unwanted births, sexually transmitted diseases and abortions; she tried to use taxpayers' millions for a state program to shoot wolves from the air but didn't spend enough money to fix a state school system with the lowest high-school graduation rate in the nation; she runs with a candidate who opposes the Fair Pay Act but supports $500 million in subsidies for a natural gas pipeline across Alaska; she supports drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, though even McCain has opted for the lesser evil of offshore drilling. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.

I don't doubt her sincerity. As a lifetime member of the National Rifle Assn., she doesn't just support killing animals from helicopters, she does it herself. She doesn't just talk about increasing the use of fossil fuels but puts a coal-burning power plant in her own small town. She doesn't just echo McCain's pledge to criminalize abortion by overturning Roe vs. Wade, she says that if one of her daughters were impregnated by rape or incest, she should bear the child. She not only opposes reproductive freedom as a human right but implies that it dictates abortion, without saying that it also protects the right to have a child.

So far, the major new McCain supporter that Palin has attracted is James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Of course, for Dobson, "women are merely waiting for their husbands to assume leadership," so he may be voting for Palin's husband.

Being a hope-a-holic, however, I can see two long-term bipartisan gains from this contest.

Republicans may learn they can't appeal to right-wi ng patriarchs and most women at the same time. A loss in November could cause the centrist majority of Republicans to take back their party, which was the first to support the Equal Rights Amendment and should be the last to want to invite government into the wombs of women.

And American women, who suffer more because of having two full-time jobs than from any other single injustice, finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are campaigning on their belief that men should be, can be and want to be at home for their children.
This could be huge.

Gloria Steinem is an author, feminist organizer and co-founder of the Women's Media Center. She supported Hillary Clinton and is now supporting Barack Obama.

September 12, 2008

tcg grant

Theatre Communications Group Accepting Applications for New Generations Program
Deadline: October 6, 2008 (Online Registration)

An initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation ( ), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( ), and the Theatre Communications Group ( ), the New Generations Program is accepting preliminary proposals for its Future Leaders and Future Audiences components.

The Future Leaders program provides emerging leaders in the theater field with mentoring by accomplished theater professionals through a paid mentorship. The program provides $76,000 ($38,000/ year) to the host theater in support of a two-year mentorship, with an additional $15,000 available to the mentee for student loan repayment. The program seeks to nurture future leaders in all areas of theater, including but not limited to acting, administration/management, craft areas, design, directing, dramaturgy/ literary management, playwriting, producing, stage management, or technical production. The proposed mentor must be a full-time employee of the host theater at the time of application. The mentee may not be enrolled in a full-time university or conserva- tory training program at the commencement of the mentorship.

The Future Audiences program provides a matching grant of up to $65,000 ($32,500/year) to the theater in support of the expansion and strengthening of relationships with young, culturally spe- cific, disabled, and/or underserved audiences through creative audience cultivation efforts that have proven to be effective.

Applications will be accepted from theaters for whom support will allow expansion or significant improvement of efforts that have proven to be successful and have been implemented for at least two years. Applications will not be accepted to create new programs, but new strategies created as part of an existing program are eligible. All applicant theaters must meet the following requirements: possess 501(c)(3) status; be located within the United States or its territories; employ at least one full-time salaried staff person; have a minimum of three years' prior existence as a non- profit professional organization; have a history of mounting its own theater productions within the previous year; and possess organizational capacity to implement the projected activity. Theaters may only apply to one program, either Future Leaders or Future Audiences. See the TCG Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

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grant for chamber music

National Endowment for the Arts Invites Applications for American Masterpieces: Chamber Music
Deadline: October 10, 2008

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius ( ) is a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. Through American Masterpieces, the National Endowment for the Arts ( ) will sponsor performances, exhibitions, tours, and educational prog- rams across all art forms that reach large and small communities in all fifty states. The Chamber Music component of American Masterpieces will pro- vide grants for chamber music performances in conjunction with educational activities that highlight specific repertoire by American composers and enable ensembles to engage with communi- ties in a variety of settings.

The NEA is particularly interested in projects that have at least one performance and two educa- tional activities. For the purposes of this initiative, chamber music generally is defined as one player to a part, performed without a conductor, with between two and ten players; duos must perform as an en- semble of equal partners. Chamber music encompasses music for traditional ensembles such as string quartets and trios, as well as compositions for mixed ensembles, traditional and indigenous instruments, and jazz. Projects may include recordings and broad- casts. Commissions and premiere performances are not eligible. Projects must be accompanied by related educational, inter- pretive, or contextual components. Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S.-based organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal com- munities or tribes may apply.

Projects may be initiated by eligible organizations of all sizes, genres, and aesthetics, including ensembles, presenters, festivals, and colleges and universities. Applicants must have a three-year history of programming that includes the production or presentation of chamber music perfor- mances and educational activities prior to the application deadline. Grants generally will range from $5,000 to $75,000 each and require a non-federal match of at least 1:1. See the NEA Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:

grant for visual artists

Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Seeks Entries for Visual Arts Contest
Deadline: December 1, 2008

As part of its mission to identify talented artists who are in need of financial assistance in order to reach their goals, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation ( ) is spon- soring a juried visual arts contest. Artwork must fall into one of the following categories: oil, acrylic, and mixed media. All subjects and styles are eligible. Cash awards will total up to $5,000. Artists will have their work exhibited and offered for sale at Madison Avenue's Hollis Taggert Galleries. Entry requires a non-refundable application fee of $25. Visit the foundation's Web site for complete entry guidelines and information on the foundation's other programs.

RFP Link:

a new website launching

I am very excited to share with you the announcement of our new business - CITY BEAUTY GUIDE. While the information below will introduce you to the concept, this first phase of the business is the most critical and I want to personally ask for your help to get the email circulating. Please click the link below, take the survey (it's quick and easy) and submit your reviews for the beauty or grooming services you do. Please then forward the email below to your friends, family and business associates and ask them to do the same. Remember your Facebook and LinkedIn networks too! Your contribution will help us build a robust database of salon and spa reviews before we launch the fully searchable CITY BEAUTY GUIDE website. Thank you for your time and support. I know you both have such a great network of friends and contacts and hope that you will forward this and ask them to do the survey and spread the word!

xo Julie

We are very excited to introduce you to CITY BEAUTY GUIDE, our new business venture. Our goal is quite simple - to create a comprehensive guide to salons and spas based on collective consumer reviews and ratings.

CITY BEAUTY GUIDE will solve the problem of "too much choice," "best value for money," "how do I know it's really good?" and "don't know where to go" a little like your favorite restaurant guide.

While magazines continue to be a great resource for expert editorial opinion and what's "hot," nothing beats real life recommendations from women who have experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly. In the world of beauty and grooming, peer opinion is King (or Queen, as the case may be!).

Before the CITY BEAUTY GUIDE website and book come to life, we need to capture thousands of consumer reviews. We ask you to take this brief online survey and share your opinions of the various salons and spa services that you visit.

Looking and feeling good isn't just our passion, now it's our business. CITY BEAUTY GUIDE will fast become your "go-to" guide to beauty and grooming spots from coast-to-coast, starting with New York City.

So go ahead, in the name of beauty, click here: and share your point of view!


P.S.Please forward this email to your friends, family and associates and ask them to participate.

September 08, 2008

James Denton to Star in El Portal's How Cissy Grew

And another listing on today's site:

By: Brian Scott Lipton · Sep 8, 2008 · Los Angeles

James Denton, who plays Mike Delfino on the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, will star in Susan Johnston's play How Cissy Grew, to play North Hollywood's El Portal Theatre, October 16-November 23. The production will be directed by Casey Stangl

The show involves a baby girl named Cissy, who is abducted but quickly returned to her parents, who evolves over the next 20 years into a sexually promiscuous, fearless, and sometimes callous young woman. It will also star Erin J. O'Brien, Liz Vital, and Stewart V. Calhoun.For tickets and information, call 818-508-4200 or visit

"Housewives" Star Denton Cast in World Premiere of How Cissy Grew

Check out the article in today's feature:

08 Sep 2008

James Denton, best known for playing Mike Delfino on the ABC hit "Desperate Housewives," will co-star in the world premiere of Susan Johnston's How Cissy Grew.

Directed by Casey Stangl, the production will begin previews at the El Portal Forum Theatre in North Hollywood Oct. 16 with an official opening scheduled for Oct. 18. Performances will continue through Nov. 23.

In addition to Denton, the cast will also feature Erin J. O'Brien, Liz Vital and Stewart W. Calhoun.
How Cissy Grew, according to press notes, is described as such: "In West Virginia, a baby girl named Cissy is abducted, and then swiftly returned to her parents. While she has no memory of those few terrible days, their ramifications haunt her family for the next twenty years. While her parents take sides in a battle that can't be won, Cissy becomes a sexually promiscuous, fearless and sometimes callous young woman with a penchant for her mom's stash and innocent boys. By turns tough and fragile, smart and foolhardy, savvy and naïve, Cissy is a complicated soul … but is she a creation of a long-ago tragedy, or of her parents' inability to cope?"

D-I-Y Project produces in association with SeaGlass Theatre.

Show times are Thursday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

The El Portal Forum Theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. Tickets, priced $20-$40, are available by calling (818) 508-4200 or (866) 811-4111 or by visiting

teaching the arts

* Assistant Professor of Theatre Acting
Fairfield University (Connecticut) (date posted: 9/8/2008)

* Faculty, Theater - 016701
Miami Dade College (Florida) (date posted: 9/2/2008)

* Assistant Professors: Department of Music
Keene State College (New Hampshire) (date posted: 9/8/2008)

* Design/Technical Theatre Position
State University of New York College at Potsdam (New York) (date posted: 9/4/2008)

* Assistant, Associate Professor or Full Theatre Professor
Ohio State University (Ohio) (date posted: 9/3/2008)

* Positions in School of Communication and Theatre
Temple University (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 9/8/2008)

September 05, 2008

Side Dish: Party's over for GOP tell-all

Friday, September 5th 2008, 4:00 AM

Former top Republican fund-raiser Nicole Sexton's roman à clef, "Party Favors," may have hit too close to home for some old party grandees. Sexton, who exposes the underside of campaign financing in her novel, was due to have a book-signing this week in Minneapolis. But unnamed GOP officials "put pressure" on Sexton and her current employer, Bono's One organization, to scratch the Barnes & Noble appearance, according to her lit agent, Maura Teitelbaum. "Her signing at the DNC went off smoothly, but the Republicans felt that her book could embarrass politicians," Teitelbaum tells us.

September 04, 2008

Heard on the Hill: Too Sexy for the Twin Cities?

By Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton
Roll Call Staff
September 4, 2008

Her novel dishes about the seamy side of the political fundraising world — particularly the one inside the GOP’s money-making machine — so one wouldn’t expect former Republican fundraiser Nicole Sexton, who’s now with the ONE Campaign, to be the GOP’s favorite author.
Still, those who felt exposed by the truth-as-fiction book “Party Favors” apparently took their literary tastes a bit further than just taking the book off the list for the next book club gathering. According to his agent, Sexton canceled a book signing scheduled for Sept. 2 at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore because “top GOP officials” put pressure on her and on the nonpartisan ONE Campaign to nix the event.

A similar event at a Denver-area Borders bookstore during the Democratic National Convention went off without a hitch.

Sexton’s literary agent, Maura Teitelbaum, who’s with Abrams Artists Agency, says Republicans didn’t like the way their buck-raking operations were portrayed in the novel, which follows a young fundraiser who becomes disenchanted with the venality and loose ethics of her profession.
“It’s a shame that in this historic presidential election, when we should be focused on important issues like the economy and the war and global warming, that there are politicians that feel it’s important to squash a book signing,” she tells HOH. “It’s disheartening.”

GOPers might not have liked the book’s (fictional, of course) depiction of some fundraisers who skimmed huge amounts of money from their donors, or the way fundraisers REALLY view many donors — with a combination of pity and repulsion. An RNC spokesman said he knew nothing of the incident. But Teitelbaum says the book should open people’s eyes to dirty secrets on both sides of the aisle. Besides, she says, it’s just a fun read.

“I mean, it’s a pink-and-fuschia-covered book!” she tells us.

Former NRSC Staffer Told to Leave Her Party Favors at Home

Word of our book signing cancellation is spreading:

September 4, 2008

Ex -NRSC Finance guru Nicole Sexton, recent author of a tell-all fiction book about the ugliness of raising political monies, has been told by her former employers, thanks, but no thanks - and was gently forced to cancel a book signing this week in the Twin Cities.

According to Roll Call:

Her novel dishes about the seamy side of the political fundraising world - particularly the one inside the GOP’s money-making machine - so one wouldn’t expect former Republican fundraiser Nicole Sexton, who’s now with the ONE Campaign, to be the GOP’s favorite author.

Still, those who felt exposed by the truth-as-fiction book “Party Favors” apparently took their literary tastes a bit further than just taking the book off the list for the next book club gathering. According to his agent, Sexton canceled a book signing scheduled for Sept. 2 at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore because “top GOP officials” put pressure on her and on the nonpartisan ONE Campaign to nix the event.

But just how did the “other” party in Denver receive the book signing?

A similar event at a Denver-area Borders bookstore during the Democratic National Convention went off without a hitch.

Perhaps her “fiction” book hits a little too close to home.

September 03, 2008

GOP Rejects Party Favors at Republican National Convention

Fishbowl NY
Wednesday, Sep 03
Gustav may have shut down most of the Republican National Convention, but the Republicans have shut down a Party Favors book reading and signing. Nicole Sexton, co-author with ghostwriter Susan Johnston and the woman whose life has been fictionalized in the book's pages, has been asked to cancel her upcoming events in Minneapolis by one of the biggest players in the Republican party. This Senator Who Shall Remain Nameless (though if you put your spyglasses on, is also a character in the book) seems rather threatened by this "beach read," "chick-lit," work of fiction. If he's even bothered to read it, then the light that authors Sexton and Johnston shed on fundraising and campaign-related tactics must be more natural than fluorescent.

But, as Johnston details in a release sent today announcing the event's cancellation, Sexton no longer has any affiliation with the Republican party, is critical of both sides of the aisle, continually espouses the book's fictional status, and just held a similar signing event in Denver with the Democrats. "Apparently the GOP feels that the book is critical of GOP fundraising and campaign related tactics and therefore a book signing could be embarrassing to the party," Johnston wrote. "Why is the GOP so scared of a book signing? Clearly, they see this book as a threat."

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Congrats to our girl Stephanie McWilliams who is featured in this month's SOUTH magazine. Click on this link to check out her article!


Well, it’s finally happened. The GOP has officially shut us down. Our book signing in Minneapolis has been cancelled. Apparently the GOP feels that the book is critical of GOP fundraising and campaign related tactics and therefore a book signing could be embarrassing to the Party.

Nicole doesn’t even work for them anymore! She no longer has any affiliation with the Republican Senate and in fact, the book is critical of fundraising efforts on both sides of the aisle. She had a reading/signing in Denver but the Democrats didn’t shut her down!

Maura Teitelbaum of Abrams Artists Agency issued this statement, “As a first time novelist, it is critical that Nicole make herself available whenever possible to market the book and reach reading audiences. Canceling this event is therefore an even more undue hardship than would otherwise be the case.”

If we’re just an innocent “beach-read” and “chick-lit novel” then why is the GOP so scared of a book signing??? Clearly, they see this book as a threat.

Please help us get the word out about PARTY FAVORS being shut down. Feel free to send this information to your media contacts or anyone you think can be helpful. Feel free to blog about it, post it or yell it from the mountaintops.

People who want more information about this can contact:

Maura Teitelbaum, Abrams Artists Agency


Marina Ein, Ein Communications

Thanks for your help.


September 01, 2008

teaching the arts

* Multiple Positions: Science, Education, Business, Medicine, Art, Social and Behavorial Sciences, Humanities, Professional, Acadmic Affairs, Student Affairs Auburn University (Alabama) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Modern Dance Instructor and Director of String Studies California State University at Long Beach (California) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Chair, Department of Theatre Chapman University (California) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Faculty Positions Claremont University Consortium (California) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Multiple Faculty Positions Colorado College (Colorado) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Instructor, Dance Southern Illinios University Edwardsville (Illinois) (date posted: 8/28/2008)

* Assistant Professor/Director, Theatre St. Ambrose University (Iowa) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* College of Arts and Humanities Faculty - Fall 2009 University of Maryland at College Park (Maryland) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Faculty Positions Williams College (Massachusetts) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Department Heads Missouri State University (Missouri) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Multiple Faculty Positions in Music and Dance University of Oregon (Oregon) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Faculty and Administrative Openings in Academic Affairs East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Faculty Openings for Fall 2009 By Discipline and Campus Pennsylvania State University-Commonwealth College (Pennsylvania) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Faculty Positions, College of Arts and Sciences Baylor University (Texas) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Theatre Lecturer and Technical Director Old Dominion University (Virginia) (date posted: 9/1/2008)

* Artist in Residence, University of Washington Dance Program University of Washington (Washington) (date posted: 9/1/2008)