Tuesday, April 26, 2016





Thanks to the generous support of the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is co-presenting a full afternoon and evening of free theatre events on Saturday, April 30, 2016, most of them at The Actor’s Company located at 916 N. Formosa Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046. Events include four shows and a writing workshop. The full slate is called Encore! A Day of Theatre, as it features performances a
sample of established audience favorites of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival.

Here’s the schedule:

12 Noon:  Identity as an Act of Courage: A Writing & Storytelling Workshop. Whether you’re a native or a transplant, this two-hour workshop will explore the concept of home and its impact on
identity , as well as the courage it takes to be you. Conducted by Terrie Silverman at Plummer Park,
7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.

3 pm.: What’s Wrong With a Mouse? Vicki Dello Joio. Coming from Oakland, Vicki
chronicles her journey of healing a rift with her father during his last days. He had disowned her for
being queer 20 years earlier. At The Actor’s Company, 916 N. Formosa Ave., West Hollywood, CA

4 p.m: ChocolateMatch.com  Juliette Jeffers. This storytelling piece chronicles a woman’s self-
conscious journey into the uncharted world of online dating. At The Actor’s Company.
Encore! A Day of Theatre

5 pm: Oh, Yes She Did! Sandy Brown. A theatrical journey that breathes life into notable
historical African American women who brought change to America. At  The Actor’s Company.

7 pm: Oh, But Wait, There’s More. Kim Coles (Living Single, In Living Color). Directed by
Scotch Ellis Loring. This zany and, at times, irreverent solo show chronicles the ebb and flow of Kim’s show biz career with titillating inside Hollywood anecdotes and personal stories from her world.

Reception directly follows performance. At The Actor’s Company.

8:30pm: Reception directly following the last show.

It’s an exceptional day of free performing arts events with extraordinarily talented women.
All events are free but seating is limited, so please reserve your seats by April 23 by contacting the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival at (818) 760-0408 or by going online at www.lawtf.org

For more info on WeHo Arts programming, please visit www.weho.org/arts.

RSVP to lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com and we'll see you Saturday!

Monday, April 25, 2016

LAWTF Receives Its 11th Summer Internship Grant From The LACAC!

LAWTF Receives Its 11th Summer Internship Grant From
The Los Angeles County Arts Commission
Past LACAC Summer Interns pose for a photo
 The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival is pleased to announce a Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC)
Summer Internship Grant for the 11th year in a row. This program is funded by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and was established in 2000. This summer's program is placing college students in 108 non-profit agencies with 134 available positions.  

LAWTF is now accepting applications for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Summer Internship Program. Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students who reside or attend college in Los Angeles County. Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline of May 20th for this highly competitive paid position. The LACAC Summer Internship Program will begin as early as June 1st. Students will work 10 weeks for 40 hours per week.
For eligibility requirements and application guidelines, please visit www.lacountyarts.org or call (818) 760-0408 for more information on LAWTF's Marketing/Development Intern position.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Fantastic Wine Down Wednesday at Il Cielo!

The place to be last night was at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills for our monthly Wine Down Wednesday! We were thrilled at the warm welcoming we received from this classy restaurant with such rich history!

From their days as a hair salon where Marilyn Monroe first became a blonde, to when it was a sleeper bistro with not many diners until Frank Sinatra came in, Il Cielo has had many lives and continues to be one of the most sought after restaurants in the area.

While it might appear small from the front, they boast 4 areas all offering a different dining experience. We were so grateful to set up our soiree in their private bar where we were treated to mouth watering appetizers such as bruschetta and shrimp cocktail, and gorgeous Happy Hour wines like their Pinot Grigio and Cabernet.

With a fun group of familair faces as well as new friends, LAWTF artist, Cheray O'Neal treated us to a 10 minute excerpt from her amazing and moving play (Currently playing at The L:yric Hyperion Theatre), Journey This.

Also in presence was Terri Silverman, whom we are thrilled will be leading her workshop, "Identity as an Act of Courage" on April 30th, FREE of charge, for our ENCORE! Day of Theatre at Plummer Park in West Hollywood.

If last night's Wine Down Wednesday left you wanting to have more fun with LAWTF, or if you weren't able to stop by, have no fear as we will be heading to The Xen Lounge on May 18th in Studio City.

See you soon!

Mary, Social Media Coordinator.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vicki Dello Joio: "What's Wrong With a Mouse?" April 30th at 3p!

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
is proud to present
A Day Of Theatre
April 30, 2016

The Actors Company
Let Live Theater 

916 North Formosa Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Vicki Dello Joio
"What's Wrong With a Mouse?" 
3:00 pm
 Actor/Director/Teacher Vicki Dello Joio

Coming from Oakland, Vicki chronicles her journey of healing a riff  with her father during his last days who had disowned her for being queer 20 years earlier.
Vicki Dello Joio is a performer and director, as well as a master teacher and transformational speaker. "What's Wrong with a Mouse?" originally an improvised piece that Joio created for the launch of her book, The Way of Joy, has been performed across the country to outstanding critical acclaim. She most recently performed at the Fringe Festivals in New York and San Francisco as a part ofTwo Women, Two Stories which won two awards for sold-out performances, as well as in Oakland and New Jersey this past year.

Vicki is a current member of the Oakland-based improvisational company, Living Arts Playback Theatre Company. She is also the director and dramaturge of every "21 Days Cancer, Yoga and Me" performed at last year's LAWTF by Stephanie Anne Johnson.

A founding member of the women's theatre company, Common Threads, which toured in Europe in the mid-eighties, Joio performed her previous one woman show, "A Mime's Eye View" at Theatre Rhinoceros. She has been a performing member of Living Arts Playback Theatre for over 15 years.

To see Vicki Dello Joio's inspirational performance of "What's Wrong With a Mouse?" and other dynamic solo shows, please join us for Encore!  A Day of Theatre to be held at The Actor's Company in West Hollywood.
Please RSVP at lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com or visit our website atwww.lawtf.org.

We hope to see you there!   

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Terrie Silverman's FREE Writing and Storytelling Workshop April 30th

The Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival
is proud to present

A Day Of Theatre

Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Terrie Silverman

"Identity As An Act of Courage" 
A Writing and Storytelling Workshop 
12pm - 2pm
Terrie Silverman
 Actor/Poet/Playwright, Terrie Silverman

Whether you're a native or a transplant, this workshop will explore the concept of home, it's impact on identity as well as the courage it takes to be you. 

Terrie Silverman is the founder of Creative Rites Workshops & Coaching. She has been teaching writing and performance for fourteen years to groups and individuals to release your inner-critic, access your authentic voice and become a brave, moving storyteller.

Silverman also has a Solo-Show Master Class and has helped develop and direct a number of award-winning solo shows. She loves helping people discover that they have a voice and that their story matters. She's facilitated workshops for the Los Angeles Women's Theatre FestivalCalifornia Arts CouncilSanta Monica Cultural Affairs DepartmentThe Museum of Contemporary ArtThe City of West HollywoodThe West Hollywood Book FestivalScreen Actor's Guild Media Access, the Independent Writer's of Southern CaiforniaLACAMFT- Expressive ArtsUCLArts & Healing, Senior Arts Foundationand Women in Theatre.

 Terrie Silverman with a past participant in LAWTF's "Identity As An Act of Courage" writing workshop.

As a solo performer, poet and playwright, Silverman's work has been presented at various theatres and arts festivals in Southern California, including The HBO WorkspaceKPFK RadioThe World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLABeyond BaroqueLos Angeles Theatre CenterHighways, the Azatlan Center for International Women's Day and The Edge of the World Theater Festival
Terrie Silverman and Adilah Barnes at a past LAWTF's writing workshop during the raffle.

Silverman's career highlights include working with The Bread and Puppet Theater, as well as dying onstage with Sir Ian McKellan.
She has studied with Hubert Selby Jr., Paul ZindelSimone Forti,Tim MillerJosé RiveraNoel Riley-FitchJohn RechyKaren FinleyHolly Prado, and David L. Ulin.

To attend Terrie Silverman's empowering workshop "Identity As An Act Of Courage" please RSVP by April 16th atlawtfspotlight@yahoo.com or visit our website at www.lawtf.org.

We hope to see you there!   

Monday, April 4, 2016

Wine Down Wednesday Takes us to Beverly Hills this Month!

Greetings, friends! As we still recall (and recover!) from The 23rd Annual LA Women's Theatre Festival, we are also gearing up for our ENCORE! Day of Theatre, which will be on April 30th at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. We're so thankful for this fabulous day of FREE theatre to be happening thanks to The City of West Hollywood.

With that being said, we will definitely need some relaxation time before then, don't you think? We're thrilled to announce we will be heading to Il Cielo in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 20th, for our Wine Down Wednesday event.

From Il Cielo's website:

"Since 1986, il Cielo has brought "the sky" to Beverly Hills. Often called, "The most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles", il Cielo is more than just an Italian restaurant; it is a landmark. With fine dining for lunch and dinner, private rooms and tranquil gardens, il Cielo is the perfect location for almost any occasion, day or night. il Cielo has established itself as a place to impress; "A country restaurant in the city."
il Cielo is the consummate restaurant where fairy tales come to life, and many of those fairy tales begin right here in our enchanted gardens. Owners, Pasquale and Pattie Vericella, had set their sights on the home of il Cielo (formerly En Brochette) for several years before the owners agreed to sell to them in 1986. Their dream has always been to create a restaurant that was a home. "Because of my background growing up in the peaceful country sides of both Pennsylvania and in Italy;" Pasquale states, "I want our guest to feel completely at home and comfortable and be surrounded by nature, beauty and magic. il Cielo is about all things authentic: Fresh food and fresh air in a beautiful garden setting."
Over the years, il Cielo has evolved with the times while staying true to its Tuscan roots. il Cielo weaves together the many colorful threads in the rich tapestry of Vericella's life by combining a modern way of thinking with classic good taste and charm. Implementing many elements of Pasquale's personal upbringing with the traditions and culture of a Sorrento atmosphere. One could only enter il Cielo feeling as though they have entered into an Italian cottage.
Before it was il Cielo, this unique location was home to Marcel Machu and his family. He was a hairstylist to the stars! These photos taken in the 1940s show the construction of what is now il Cielo and our new bar."
There will be complimentary appetizers, great dinner, performances by some of our artists and, oh yeah, WINE!Make sure to RSVP to us by April 17th at lawtfspotlight@yahoo.com and we will see you at Il Cielo!
Social Media Coordinator