Thursday, March 15, 2012

Count Down to Festival 2012!


Well, we do have a lot going on over the next few weeks. Top of the list is our 19th Annual Festival, titled SHINE! which kicks off on Wednesday, March 22 at 7 PM, with our traditional Champagne Gala and Awards Ceremony. We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize the achievements of four women who have made significant contributions in the world of theater.

This year's honorees are:
l-r: Ivonne Coll, Michelle Danner, Denise Nicholas and Aliah Whitmore

Ivonne Coll receiving the Eternity Award. This award is bestowed on an artist or individual whose lifetime achievements have made a lasting contribution to the world of theatre. She is considered a trail-blazer for Latina performers.
 
Michelle Danner  is receiving the Rainbow Award, presented to an artist or individual for her diverse contributions in fostering non-traditional and multicultural theatre works. Artistic Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts, Michelle has developed programming for at-risk youth, children and seniors.

Denise Nicholas is the recipient of the Integrity Award. This award is presented to an artist who has brought credibility and dignity to her work. An internationally acclaimed actress, Denise also wrote the award-winning novel, "Freshwater Road," inspired by her own days in the civil rights struggle.

Aliah Whitmore is receiving the Maverick Award, presented to an artist or individual whose work has set a high standard of individuality and self-styled creativity. The artistic director of her own theater company, her recent show "Girls Girls Girls: The Heart of the Relatively Make-Believe" focused on the artistic contributions of women of different colors, ages, and body shapes, and Hollywood's sometimes-dismissive treatment of them.

Following the kick-off is 3 days of exciting, multi-cultural and multi-discipline performances by 23 solo women artists. From dance to drama we guarantee that you will walk away having been thoroughly entertained!

We are also thrilled to have a stellar line-up of celebrities hosting each of the shows. Joining with us are Hattie Winston (Becker), Ted Lange (The Love Boat), Roger Guenveur Smith (A Huey P. Newton Story), Sy Richardson (Larry Crowe), Charo Toledo (East Side Story), Rosie Lee Hooks (The Body Guard), Iona Morris (Moist), Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension), Karen A. Clark (A Corporate Affair), Denise Dowse (All of Us), Faye Hauser Price (Glee), Freda Payne (Band of Gold) and Evangeline Fernandez (A Mexican Trilogy).

Tickets for the March 22 – 25 Festival are selling fast so call us at 818.760.0408 to check on show availability and be sure to visit our website at www.lawtf.com to meet the 2012 performing artists.

Following the Festival is our ENCORE! presentation at the Ivy Substation in Culver City. This is our second year for ENCORE! which features solo artists from past Festivals. This performance is made possible in part by the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment
Be sure and visit the website at www.lawtf.com for more information about ENCORE! and the performing artists or give us a call at 818.760.0408.


2012 Public Service Announcement With Executive Producer, Adilah Barnes

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Please join us in supporting Vox Femina Los Angeles for its 15th anniversary season with From Shakespeare to Shamrocks, a spring concert celebration that brings the English and Irish together in song on Sunday, March 18th at 3:00 PM.  Join Vox for a bi-cultural afternoon of classic Shakespeare sonnets and a wee bit of authentic Irish music sung in Gaelic.  From classical works to folk songs, celebrate England, Scotland and Ireland's many traditions old and new.

VOX FEMINA, is also a recipient of a grant from the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The concert is free and open to the public but reservations are reguested and can be made by calling VOX FEMINA at 310-922-0025