LA Women’s Theater Festival Empowerment Weekend Begins August 12

WHAT: Solo Performers EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND at the 9th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival.

A weekend of workshops and panels designed to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers in particular, and an informative event for the benefit of all performers.

WHO: Presented by the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival (LAWTF).

WHERE: Practically by ZOOM

WHEN: Friday to Sunday August 12 to 14, 2022.

REGISTER: https://cloud.broadwayworld.com/rec/ticketclick.cfm?fromlink=2187568®id=9&articlelink=https%3A%2F%2Flawtf.org?utm_source=BWW2022&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=article&utm_content=bottombuybutton1 or call (818 ) 760-0408.

Early bird tuition for the weekend is $30 until August 1, $40 thereafter.

A Zoom link will be sent to those who have completed their registration.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival’s annual virtual EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND format lends itself to a full weekend of educational programming.

This weekend event is jam-packed with professional training from industry professionals, designed to give solo artists a boost, but will also be useful for anyone considering an online or live theatrical production in Los Angeles. and to those who wish to film in these changing times. Attendees will be able to attend 11 offerings, including an interview with LAWTF co-founder Adilah Barnes, as well as workshops and panels.

EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND SCHEDULE

FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 2022

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PDT

A CONVERSATION WITH ADILAH BARNES, CO-FOUNDER OF LAWTF

LAWTF co-founder Adilah Barnes, whose award-winning career on stage, film and television spans more than 50 years, will speak on LAWTF’s EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND lineup, the Festival’s 30th anniversary as a festival longest running solo in Los Angeles, and the impact of the pandemic and turmoil of 2020 on the theater world in general and, in particular, on LAWTF, as well as the resilience and ability of the Festival to return to live theater. Interviews with Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO, screenwriter, director, actress, consultant).

SATURDAY AUGUST 13

FROM THOUGHT TO PEN

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PDT

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Hosted by Debra De Liso (director, instructor, actress) and Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO of Soaring Solo).

BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT

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This roundtable will cover the professional team needed to make a one-man show shine, from producer and director, to lighting and sound technicians, marketing and publicity, and live and online theaters as we navigate in our new normal. Participants will also learn how to create a support team that will make a dream show a reality. Terrie Silverman (playwright, director, screenwriter, instructor and coach) animates. Panelists include Sharon Nyree Williams (Producer, Writer, Poet), Lynne Conner (Actor, Filmmaker, Publicist), John Freeland (Producer, Technical Director and Stage Manager), Elizabeth Harper (Lighting Designer).

MARKETING ON A MINIMAL BUDGET

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

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This informative panel is designed to cover print and online collateral materials such as flyers, postcards, and program design; marketing tools such as social media posts, blasts, blogs, video promos, websites and more. This panel will discuss media in areas such as traditional and online print, radio and television; social networking, community outreach and targeted marketing. Hiring the right publicist and using free marketing will also be explored. Lynne Conner facilitates. Panelists include Philip Sokoloff (publicist, actor), JC Cadena (Latinx producer, marketing director and actor), Juliette Jeffers (playwright, director and actress), SKY Palkowitz (director, screenwriter, actor, marketing).

Lunch break (1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.)

ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT

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This workshop will explore ways to intersect art with activism. Themes can include our public health crisis, racism, police brutality, elections, and the need for our national healing through individual enlightenment, understanding, and systemic change. Participants will have the opportunity to express their voice through personal writing exercises and in group dialogue. Panelists include Sharon Nyree Williams and Ben Guillory (Artistic Director Producer, The Robey Theater Company).

BIZ NUTS AND BOLTS

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PDT

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This panel will focus on union versus no union; how to select a director and a playwright; select a photographer and a videographer; negotiate fees and contracts for your live show; music licenses; how to select a live theater venue with social distancing, testing and safety in mind; partnership with broadcasters; and online performance options. Participants will also learn how to barter or co-produce a production live or online, and how to market at little or no cost. Juliette Jeffers (playwright, director and actor) moderates. Panelists include Sindee Levin (lawyer), Simone Tetrault (writer, director), SKY Palkowitz (director, writer, actor and marketing) Alvin E. Ford, Jr. (COO, Antaeus Theater).

3:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. BREAK

ON THE ROAD WITH YOUR SOLO SHOW

3:45 – 4:45 p.m. PDT

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This informative workshop was designed to identify your market, address booking, fees, contracts, marketing/PR, spec sheets, tech rehearsals, travel, accommodation, and working with presenters and technical teams on the road. This workshop will also explain how to visit works online in this new climate. .Animators Vanessa Adams-Harris (international touring artist), Clarinda Ross (actress, screenwriter, producer, union activist), Brenda Adelman (actress, producer, new technologies).

SUNDAY AUGUST 14

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION: THEATER FOR ALL

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT

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This panel will discuss recent developments in the arts driven by social calculations regarding race, ethnicity, gender identification and ability and how this affects the inclusion of diverse stories and performers. Ada Cheng (LGBTQ advocate) moderates. Panelists include JC Cadena, Kat Kramer (producer, writer, actor), Socks Whitmore (Stage Raw critic, writer and actor), Ben Guillory (The Robey Theater Company).

GLOBAL PERSONAL CARE FOR ARTISTS

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PDT

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Adilah Barnes and Jessica Lynn Johnson present this wellness workshop which will focus on self-care for artists including finding balance, meditation, diet, journaling, exercise, yoga, therapy, setting limits, etc.

BACK TO LIVE THEATER

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PDT

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The theater has started to return to live shows after more than two years of alternate presentations due to Covid-19. Live theater is back to varying degrees and in some cases still using hybrid and virtual presentations. JC Cadena makes it easy. Panelists include Ben Guillory, Jessica Lynn Johnson and Bryan Rasmussen (Artistic Director, Whitefire Theatre)

EMPOWERED WOMEN: CREATING A SOLO CAREER

3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.

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This exciting panel of professional women will share their creative process, vision and artistic autonomy through their individual journeys as solo performers. The panel will cover topics such as how to make a living doing what you love; the lessons and blessings along the way to his solo career; using skills in the solo world beyond actors as directors, producers, teaching artists, writers and more. Adilah Barnes moderates. Panelists include Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension), Vanessa Adams-Harris (international touring artist), Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO of Soaring Solo) and Juliette Jeffers (actress and director).

LAWTF’s ever-popular raffle, 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Chat room: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The weekend ends at 5:30 p.m.

Founded in 1993 by Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed, the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival holds the distinction of being Los Angeles’ oldest annual solo women’s festival celebrating powerful female performers. LAWTF is a critically acclaimed international festival that has produced over 600 extraordinary solo artists from around the world. LAWTF’s multicultural and multidisciplinary artists represent disciplines as diverse as theatre, dance, storytelling, performance art, performance poetry, spoken word, mime, music, song, artists airlines and more.

All in all, this is the most information you’ll find on producing solo performances at one time in one place and at an affordable cost. Come, support and enjoy!

EMPOWERMENT WEEKEND is made possible in part by a Lendistry grant.

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