March 29, 2009

family planning by julia edwards

The Chalk Repertory Company site-specific production of FAMILY PLANNING

a play by Julia Edwards

directed by Larissa Kokernot


“A fabulously intimate conceit, carried out beautifully. This site-specific ride is irresistible.”--Backstage West

In Sherman Oaks – April 3, 4, 5

In North Hollywood – April 10, 11, 12

In Melrose Hills – April 17, 18, 19

In Pasadena – April 24, 25, 26


FAMILY PLANNING is a brutally funny play about a late-thirties couple trying so hard to have a baby, they’re veering toward divorce. But this isn’t just another night at the theatre. Because FAMILY PLANNING will NOT be showing at a theater near you. FAMILY PLANNING will be performed in REAL living rooms in REAL homes throughout the Los Angeles area.

teaching the arts

* Music/Performing Arts Librarian (APP 184)
Rutgers University at New Brunswick (New Jersey)
(date posted: 3/26/2009)

* Chair, Department of Music and Theatre Arts; College of Arts and Sciences
Southern Oregon University (Oregon)
(date posted: 3/27/2009)

* Multiple
Kadir Has University (Turkey)
(date posted: 3/23/2009)

* Lecturer in Dance
Old Dominion University (Virginia)
(date posted: 3/26/2009)

The Fulbright Scholar competition for 2010-2011 is open.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing, research or combination lecturing/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2010-2011 academic year. Opportunities are available not only for college and university faculty and administrators but also for professionals from business and government, as well as artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. There are awards in 45 different fields or disciplines, and a variety of
sub-disciplines and interdisciplinary fields.

What does Fulbright have to offer? Here are a few of the awards for 2010-2011:

Ukraine – Award #0401 – Cultural Resource Management – art conservation, museum studies, management of art organizations

The application deadline is August 1, 2009. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at, or send a request for materials to

Andy Riess, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer for Recruitment
Council for International Exchange of Scholars

March 27, 2009

Casting Call

Doron Ofir Casting and are seeking participants for the fourth season of MTV's reality series A Shot At Love. Eligible, alluring, outrageous and adventurous men and women are encouraged to apply. Two members of the GotCast website (1 male and 1 female) are guaranteed auditions in Los Angeles.

For more information and to submit, visit


EmcArts Announces Request for Proposals for Third Round of the Innovation Lab for the Performing Arts

Coaching, accommodations and meals, and up to $2,000 for expenses will be given to performing organizations in the fields of presenting, theater, dance, and jazz working to incubate and test strategies to address major challenges....

Posted on March 27, 2009
Deadline: May 7, 2009

Arts Presenters Announces 2010 Creative Campus Innovations Grants to Colleges and Universities

Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded to collaborations of higher education institutions and arts presenters working to make the arts more available across campus and in the surrounding community....

Posted on March 25, 2009
Deadline: June 30, 2009





Today's diverse forms of media can be powerful vehicles for increasing awareness of animal protection issues. The mission of The Humane Society of the United States' (The HSUS) Animal Content in Entertainment (ACE) program is to encourage content creators to view animal issues as rich source material for socially relevant documentary and entertainment media.The HSUS' ACE program offers various levels of support, from access to information, advisory experts, and film and video archives, to grant programs, promotional partnerships and large scale strategic alliances with the potential to reach an audience of millions.

As part of that support system, The HSUS has partnered with The Silverdocs/AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival for four consecutive years to provide a grant for a feature documentary that highlights one or more animal protection issues. Last year that grant was increased to $25,000, and thanks to our partners at Silverdocs and Discovery, we received an overwhelming response. And with socially relevant content becoming more a part of our mainstream media diet, this year will be even better...



March 25, 2009


Casting Call: Nancy Glass Productions is seeking authentic designers, carpenters and landscapers for two future reality pilots. Candidates should have real design, carpentry and landscaping skills. Production will happen in and around the Philadelphia area. Interested candidates should send headshots and resumes to Demo reels can also be submitted to Nancy Glass Productions; Attention Casting; 211 Rock Hill Road, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

Casting Call: QVC seeks experts in various areas including electronics, beauty, fitness and cooking for on-air guest opportunities. Candidates should be located in the New York, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. area, close to suburban Philadelphia. Send an email with resume and/or press kit along with a recent photo and letter of interest to Casting Director Sean De Simone at or hard copy submissions can be mailed to Sean De Simone Casting, P.O. Box 20347, New York, NY 10009.

hallmark channel forms partnership with nyu tisch

The Hallmark Channel presented their upfront slate at a press luncheon yesterday in New York City, revealing as much about what they will do in the upcoming season as what they won't do. What they will do is air 35 original movies next season, all debuting on Saturday nights at 9p, repeating on the following Friday nights. Each of the films is specifically designed to bolster the Hallmark brand and reinforce the viewers sense of "predictability" in the outcome of the movies - that is, the good guy wins, the good girl gets the good boy, etc. As Pres/CEO Henry Schleiff puts it, Hallmark is "offering predictability in an unpredictable world," something he says the viewer is looking for and expects from Hallmark. Each of these movies will ultimately also be seen on the Hallmark Movie Channel where you'll find Hallmark original films, the Hallmark Hall of Fame library, as well as "the greatest [acquired] family movies of all time."

Additionally, coming to the Hallmark Movie Channel is a partnership with the Tisch School of Arts, wherein the network will showcase long and short form student and alumni films, all of which "uplift the human spirit." A panel of judges will be formed to chose which films will meet the network's criteria, and the first judge to be named to the panel is alumni Alec Baldwin. Films from this partnership will begin airing in October 2009 under the banner "Film Positive."

What you won't find Hallmark doing in the upcoming season is original series programming - it's simply not what they do, and it's not what viewers are looking for from this network. Returning, however, are several off-net series including 7th Heaven, Golden Girls, Little House on the Prairie, Murder She Wrote, M*A*S*H and Walker Texas Ranger.

March 23, 2009

pancake towne!

Sam Pancake and Pat Towne star in



Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8 at 8 p.m.


Open Fist Theatre
6209 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(Between Vine and El Centro)

Call 323-549-0208 or reply to

Cost: $10 (cash only) in advance and at the door.

Info: Free beer and wine. Reservations pay $10 (cash only) at the door. There are only 99 seats, so act fast and make your reservation today!

teaching the arts

* Assistant Professor of Piano
Southeastern University (Fla.) (Florida)
(date posted: 3/16/2009)

* Endowed Chairs In Polish History, Literature, and/or Film
University of Illinois at Chicago (Illinois)
(date posted: 3/16/2009)

* Theatre, Dance and Media Studies
University of Missouri at St. Louis (Missouri)
(date posted: 3/18/2009)

* Music Theatre Music Director/Conductor
Elon University (North Carolina)
(date posted: 3/19/2009)

March 20, 2009


National Film Preservation Foundation Invites Applications for Summer Grants

Grants of up to $18,000 in cash and/or laboratory services will be awarded to public and nonprofit archives working to preserve films made in the United States or by American citizens abroad that are not protected by commercial interests.... Posted on March 18, 2009

Deadline: May 26, 2009 (Registration)

Meet The Composer Extends Application Deadline for Commissioning Music/USA

Grants of up to $20,000 and technical assistance will be awarded to a single commissioner or consortium of commissioning organizations working with composers on new chamber, jazz, orchestral, chorus, and solo works.... Posted on March 14, 2009

Deadline: April 6, 2009 (Extended)

March 16, 2009

teaching the arts

* Music Education Faculty: Woodwind
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (Arkansas)
(date posted: 3/10/2009)

* Professor of Production Design
Savannah College of Art and Design (Georgia)
(date posted: 3/9/2009)

* Tenure-Track and Adjunct Faculty
City Colleges of Chicago (Illinois)
(date posted: 3/10/2009)

* Chair: Department of Theatre and Dance #49855
Lamar University (Texas)
(date posted: 3/13/2009)

March 13, 2009


Entries Invited for Second International Video Competition for Short Films Promoting Peaceful Solutions
Deadline: April 17, 2009

The City University of New York Dispute Resolution Consortium ( ) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice ( ) has announced the Make Talk Work Second International Video Com- petition for short films that demonstrate how peaceful solu- tions can be applied to difficult issues. Funded by the JAMS Foundation ( ), the project aims to increase public awareness of dispute reso- lution and the innovative formats it uses to resolve conflict in many different spheres.

The films, which can be up to sixty seconds long, can be based on any of the twenty-four Make Talk Work bookmarks, including creative settlements of disputes, conflict resolvers dealing with conflict situations, communications that prevent violent outcomes, prevention of bullying or harassment, and inspiring communication breakthroughs. Up to thirty-two prizes ranging from $250 to $3,000 will be awarded to individuals or teams. Winning entries will be posted on YouTube and the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium Web site.

Guidelines for submissions are available at the DRC site. RFP Link:

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Meet The Composer/New England Accepting Grant Applications
Deadline: June 1, 2009

A program of the New England Foundation for the Arts ( ) and Meet The Composer ( ), Meet The Composer/New En- gland is designed to increase opportunities for composers to work in New England communities by fostering the creation, performance, dissemination, and appreciation of their music, and to provide meaningful interactions and experiences between composers, their music, and the citizens of New England.

The program offers grants to nonprofit organizations in New En- gland to provide interaction between individual composers and audiences related to specific performances of the composer's work. Grantees should provide opportunities for composers that will ensure informative contact with audiences and communities. This can include workshops, lectures, open rehearsals, and appearances on local media broadcasts. Eligible projects include the full range of music composition (e.g., jazz, European clas- sical, and songwriting).

Grants are available in amounts up to 50 percent of the compos- er's fee. The total fee may include travel, accommodations, and per diem. Grants range from a required minimum of $200 up to a maximum of $2,500 each. Meet the Composer/New England supports the fee of the individual composer, which cannot include the costs of a performing ensemble or additional artists. NEFA has streamlined the Meet the Composer/New England program application process to twice a year. The next program deadline is June 1, 2009 (for projects taking place between September 1, 2009, and February 28, 2010).

Visit the NEFA Web site for complete program guidelines. RFP Link:

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National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Applications From Nonprofit Organizations for Emergency Funding Opportunity
Deadline: April 2, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts ( ) has announced the availability of grant guidelines for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5. This opportunity was created in response to passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides $50 million to the National Endowment for the Arts for the purpose of assisting the nonprofit arts sector.

The new program will fund projects that focus on the preservation of jobs in the arts. The NEA will offer two categories of one-time support based on its existing distribution mechanism of 40 percent to the designated fifty-six state and jurisdictional arts agencies and their six authorized regional arts organizations (deadline passed), and 60 percent awarded through competitive direct grants.

Direct grants will be available to nonprofit arts organizations, including local arts agencies, statewide assemblies of local arts agencies, arts service organizations, and other arts organizations. Applicants must have received NEA funding in the last four years to be eligible to apply and can receive funds through only one source -- either the NEA directly, or from a state arts agency, a regional arts organization, or a local arts agency eligible to regrant.

Funded projects must address salary support and contractual fees. Projects may support full or partial salaries for one or more positions that are critical to an organization's artistic mission and that are in jeopardy or have been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate. Projects also may support fees for previously engaged artists and/or contractual personnel to main- tain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged.

See the NEA Web site for complete program guidelines. RFP Link:

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New Berkeley FILM Foundation to Support Area's Independent Filmmakers
Deadline: April 14, 2009

The City of Berkeley ( ), Wareham Development ( ), and the Saul Zaentz Company ( ) have announced the creation of the Berkeley FILM Foundation, a grant program for independent filmmakers that seeks to nurture, sustain, and preserve the film community in Berkeley, California. The Berkeley FILM Foundation supports the ideals reflected in Berkeley's cul- ture by providing grants for social, historical, and innovative documentary and dramatic works. The fund will support Berkeley-based emerging or established independent filmmakers whose work combines intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium.

Eligible formats and genre include feature-length or short-form narratives and documentaries. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have been actively working in the discipline of the application for at least three years, residing or working in the City of Berkeley for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and be the primary creator of work(s) submitted. Grants will be awarded for works in the production, post- production, and distribution stages.

See the Film Berkeley Web site for complete program guidelines and application. RFP Link:

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SWAN day

110 Events and Counting!
There's Still Time to Join Us!

As of today, there are 110 events on the SWAN Day 2009 Map. There are events all over the U.S. as well as in Kenya, Quebec, Berlin, Argentina, Jamaica, and Shanghai. If you want to join the fun, there's still time!

Post Your Event - Just go to the SWAN Day Map at, click on the link that says Host an Event and fill in your information. Your event can be a party or any arts activity that celebrates women artists. Your event can be public or private invitation-only.

Tell Others to Post - If you know of other events featuring women artists during March, tell the organizers that they can get free additional publicity by posting their events on the SWAN Day Map.

Find An Event to Join - Don't have time to organize your own event? Many groups are still looking for collaborators. If you do a search on the SWAN Day Map by your zip code, it will show you any SWAN Day events within a 50 mile radius. The ones that are looking for collaborators are marked with a statement in red. If you open the event listing, you will be able to click on a link to contact the host.

March 06, 2009

submissions and contests

Manhattan Theatre Club/ Dentyne Playwrighting Contest


Plays must be on the theme of "maintaining relationships in the age of technology", have no more than 2 characters, and be no more than 10 pages long. Playwrights whose work has received a previous production and received compensation for that work are ineligible. Winner will have his/her play professionally staged in NYC in May 2009 and will receive a $7,500 prize.


Amy & Eric Burger Essays On Theatre Competition

DEADLINE: March 13

$2,500 prize for the best essay written in English on any aspect of drama or the theatre. One submission per writer, essay must be unpublished and between 1,800 and 7,500 words in length. Send two copies of the essay; do not identify the author on the essay; attach a cover letter with the title of the essay and the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address; mail first class with sufficient postage .

National Amy & Eric Burger Essay Competition, University of Wyoming c/o Dr. Jim Volz, President, Consultants for the Arts, Theatre & Dance, PO Box 6850, Fullerton, California 92834-6850.

Dylan Days One Act Contest

DEADLINE: March 15

All submissions should be plays that have not been produced in any other theatres. They can be of any genre except musicals, or puppet theatre. Scripts should be between 30 and 60 minutes in length, and contain 3-6 characters.


11:11 Theatre Company: An Evening of Almost Short Play Festival

DEADLINE: March 15

now accepting submissions between 10-30 minutes in length and have minimal production requirements.


American Theatre's Bay Area Commissioning Fund

DEADLINE: March 23

Four participating writers will be selected in both of the theatrical seasons 2008–09 and 2009–10. Each selected writer will be expected to complete three articles and will receive $2,500 over the course of his or her affiliation. This program is only open to San Francisco Bay Area residents.


Princess Grace Awards

DEADLINE: March 31

A national program dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance and film artists who are at the outset of their careers or at early stages of professional development. This mission is accomplished in playwriting through a residency program at New Dramatists, Inc..



Chicago Community Trust Announces Arts Engagement Grant Program for Small Organizations

Deadline: April 15, 2009

As part of the Arts Engagement Exchange (formerly the Chicago Wallace Audience Engagement Network), the Chicago Community Trust ( ) has collaborated with the Wallace Foundation ( ) and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs to create knowledge-sharing sessions and small grants for arts organizations working to build, diversify, and engage audiences. This new grant opportunity is designed to ensure that marketing momentum is not lost due to economic concerns.

Grants awarded through the program are solely for the purpose of marketing productions, programs, and exhibits that are being planned for the 2009-10 season. Proposals may include all marketing-related expenses, including marketing staff and a reasonable percent of executive or support staff; all other aspects of the production, program, exhibit, or events must be obtained from other sources, which should be clearly identified.

Applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in the metro Chicago area. Applicants must have annual budgets of less than $1 million and must have at least one paid employee Grants will range in size from to $5,000 to $25,000.

Visit the CCT Web site for complete program guidelines.

RFP Link:

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New Jersey State Council on the Arts Announces Guidelines for Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program

Deadline: April 3, 2009

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts ( ) has announced the availability of guidelines for its 2010 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Folk Arts Apprenticeships support the traditional arts and crafts of New Jersey's many different cultural communities, helping talented apprentice artists further hone their skills by working
directly with a master artist belonging to a shared community.

Apprentices may request up to $3,000 each to support an intensive regimen of study with a master artist for up to twelve months. The application process requires that each interested apprentice apply with a master artist as a team by providing comprehensive, detailed information of their shared artistic cultural backgrounds and their planned scope of work together.

Visit the Council on the Arts Web site for complete program information.

RFP Link:

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March 03, 2009

why straight women should march against prop 8

Proposition 8 has disastrous implications for women across California and for other groups that face discrimination.

Our state Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection will be immeasurably damaged if Prop 8 is allowed to stand. I support the lawsuit against Prop 8 because I believe the California Constitution, which is the highest and most basic expression of the people’s will, does not allow such drastic constitutional changes to be passed by a simple majority vote.

There was a time when women weren’t allowed to vote, weren’t allowed to own property and were excluded from educational opportunities. If these basic rights had been put to a majority vote, we might still be fighting for them.

Fundamental freedoms—for any group of people—should not be up for grabs in any election.


VSA arts and Volkswagen Announce Arts Competition for Young Artists With Disabilities
Deadline: June 19, 2009

VSA arts (, an international nonprofit organization working to help create a society where people with disabilities learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts,
and Volkswagen Group America ( are now accepting entries for Accelerate, a juried exhibition of young emerging artists with disabilities.

The program is open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25 who are living in the United States and who have a physical, cognitive, mental, or sensory disability. Submissions must be original
work completed within the last three years and after the onset of disability.

Eligible media include, but are not limited to, paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, or charcoal), fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, digital art,
and time-based media (video, film). Work must have a visual component. Both representational and abstract work are welcomed.

The competition will present one grand prize of $20,000, a first award of $10,000, a second award of $6,000, and twelve awards of excellence of $2,000 each.

Complete entry guidelines are available at the VSA arts Web site.

RFP Link:

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Chamber Music America Accepting Ensemble Applications for Commissioning Program

Deadline: April 3, 2009

Chamber Music America invites applications for its commissioning program.

CMA member ensembles and presenters may apply for support to commission ensemble works. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (two to ten musicians) playing one to a part, generally without a conductor. Compositions may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, jazz, world music, and electronic music. The new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the United States.

Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs, and ensemble rehearsal honoraria.

Applicant ensembles, presenters, and festivals must be CMA organization-level members in good standing and based in the U.S. Ensemble members must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Presenters and festivals must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

Visit the CMA Web site for program guidelines and membership information.

RFP Link:

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Getty Images Expands Photographer Grant Program to Nonprofit Sector

Deadline: April 15, 2009

Getty Images ( has announced an expansion of its editorial photography grant program to involve the creative community in recognizing the good work of the non-profit sector. The new "Getty Images Grants for Good" program will award two photographers $15,000 each to cover costs associated with creating compelling imagery to raise awareness about the issues and work of a nonprofit they admire.

In addition to the cash prize, the winning photographers will have the option to collaborate with Getty Images' team of art directors, photo editors, and producers during the execution of their project. The resulting work will be showcased on the company's Web site and will be used by the nonprofit to develop more powerful visual communications.

The Getty Images Grants Program is an offshoot of the Grants for Editorial Photography program, which awards five grants of $20,000 annually in support of visionary new work by established and rising photojournalists. The next deadline for the editorial photography program is May 15, 2009.

Visit the Getty Images Web site for complete program guidelines for both the nonprofit and editorial photography grant programs.

RFP Link:

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Limited spaces still available. Register today!

FROM 10 AM - 1 PM

Individual artists and small budget organizations can benefit from free expert advice and information on various aspects of arts management on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at an "Arts Tune-Up" at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park in West Hollywood. Even though the event is free, it is recommended that participants register via SurveyMonkey:

The fast -paced "arts tune-up" format works like this: There will be several tables set up with an arts expert/consultant addressing a specific subject located at each table. Participants choose a topic they want to learn more about. After 25 minutes, participants rotate to another table with a topic of interest as the sessions repeat. There will be a total of 5 round-robin sessions of 25 minutes each. Participants are welcome to come by for an hour or stay for the entire morning.

Topics for individual artists include Advocacy, Arts Education In-School Resources (K-12) & Working in Arts Education (K-12), Fundraising for Individual Artists, Getting Your Sh*t Together, Health Insurance for Individual Artists, Indie production and marketing for musicians and media artists, Intro to Public Art, Legal Issues for Artists & Writers, Marketing for Visual Artists, PR (for Performing Artists) and Resources in Russian.

Topics for small budget arts organizations include Advocacy, Arts Education In-School Resources (K-12) & Working in Arts Education (K-12), Board Leadership for Challenging Times, LA Stage Alliance Collaborative Marketing Programs, Fundraising for Organizations, Legal Issues for Artists & Writers, Marketing for Arts Organizations and Resources in Russian.


ARTS TUNE-UP for Individual Artists and Small Budget Arts Organizations

Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046

FREE, but registration is recommended

REGISTER through SurveyMonkey.

The Arts Tune-Up is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of West Hollywood and in collaboration with LA Stage Alliance, Center for Cultural Innovation and Arts for LA.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities. The Arts Commission provides leadership and staffing to
support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All; administers a grants program that funds more than 300 nonprofit arts organizations annually; oversees the County's Civic Art Program for capital projects, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Foundation, programs the John Anson Ford Theatres and supports the Los Angeles County Cultural Calendar on The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally, and a year-round music program that funds more than 50 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2008-09 President of the Arts Commission is Betty Haagen.

Anji Gaspar-Milanoviæ
Internship and Technical Assistance Coordinator
Grants and Professional Development
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Direct Line: (213) 202-3981
Fax: (213) 580-0017

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