As our Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s 4th Annual EMPOWERMENT DAY is fast approaching, we thought we’d give you a breakdown of the various workshops and panels that will be offered this year.
“FROM THOUGHT TO PEN”
This workshop will focus on how to take the idea of a solo show from a thought to a one-person play.
Facilitators: Debra De Liso (Director/Instructor/Actor) and Terrie Silverman (Actor/Instructor/Writer)
“BUSINESS OF THE BIZ”
This workshop focuses on the many logistics on planning and realizing one’s own show. Topics range from selecting a team, venue, negotiating contracts and fees, and even co-producing a production.
Facilitator: Yetta Young (Producer/Director)
Panelists: Wendy Hammers (Actor/Writer/Comedian), Sky Palkowitz (Actor/Performance Artist/Instructor), and Clarinda Ross (Storyteller, Actor/Writer/Union Activist)
“SUBMITTING A WINNER PACKAGE FOR A SOLO FESTIVAL”
While simply creating an engaging solo piece is a job in itself, presentation when submitting it to a festival can be competitive and the submission needs to be fully-actualized. From the right cover letter, head shots, to completing the full application and submitting a DVD with a sample of the work, this workshop is designed to address all of these elements.
Facilitators: Elizabeth Wu (Actor/Screening Panelist) and Valeri Parker-Ross (Actor/Screening Panelist)
“BRANDING YOUR SOLO SHOW IN THE MARKETPLACE”
By learning to utilize new and different marketing platforms, this workshop will support artists in gaining the skills needed to market their work. Whether these resources are free such as social media platforms to contracting with a publicists, these strategies are as essential as the performance itself.
Facilitators: Lynne Conner (Publicist/Actor) and Sky Palkowitz (Actor/Performance Artist/Instructor),
“HITTING THE ROAD WITH YOUR SOLO SHOW”
While touring a solo how may be the ultimate dream of any solo performer, there are many steps one must take when planning the details such as determining market, working with presenters, setting fees, travel logistics and working with local press.
Facilitators: Adilah Barnes (Actor/Producer/Instructor/Author/Retreat Proprietor/Talk Show Host); Vanessa Adams-Harris (Actor/Producer/Writer)
“TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK”
This panel will look at the professionals needed to make a solo show shine from the director and producer to lighting and sound technicians, to selecting the right publicist and more. This workshop will detail how to assemble the right team players that will make a dream show a reality.
Moderator: Barbara Roberts (Actor/Union Activist)
Panelists: Aaron Braxton (actor/educator); Lynne Conner, Allison Queen, Clarinda Ross and Terrie Silverman (credits)
“EMPOWERED WOMEN: CRAFTING A SOLO CAREER”
As they share their personal journeys to becoming empowered, working solo performers, this panel of professional artists will share their creative process and vision.
Moderator: Adilah Barnes
Panelists: Brenda Adelman (Actor/Producer/Instructor) Jessica Johnson (Director/Actor/Writer); Vanessa Adams-Harris, and Wendy Hammers (Actor/Writer/Comedian)
With this diverse lineup of workshops to expect remember that registration includes an all-day pass. $99 until August 1; $125 thereafter so hurry and get that Early Bird Special! We hope to see you there!