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Adilah Barnes is one of few veteran actors in Hollywood who have not only mastered the art of successfully marketing herself, but also of utilizing all of her many creative skills – all the while staying true to herself and maintaining her integrity. She has guest-starred most recently on ABC’s Body of Proof, NBC’s Harry’s Law and Prime Suspect, and ABC’s popular series. Her film credits include playing opposite Sandra Bullock in the CastleRock Entertainment film, Murder By Numbers and the Universal blockbuster and award-winning Erin Brockovich with Julia Roberts. She has also appeared opposite Ving Rhames in the heartwarming CBS Hallmark made-for-tv movie, Little John.
An award-winning actor with over 45 years of acting experience, Barnes is best known to television audiences for her role as Anne Marie on ABC’s Roseanne for five seasons – and still running in syndication.
In her role, opposite Hilary Swank, as the infamous Ida B. Wells in HBO’s Iron – Jawed Angels, Barnes marched for women’s rights and ironically, in real life she is also a marcher and supporter for women of every ethnicity.
Barnes has also extensively toured her own one-woman play, I AM THAT I AM: WOMAN, BLACK, a historical journey into the lives of seven renowned women that include Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Angela Davis and Maya Angelou. I AM THAT I AM: WOMAN, BLACK, now in its twenty-third season, has toured 40 states and three continents including the U.S/Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.
Also an acting instructor and coach, Adilah’s many celebrity clients have included Freda Payne, Florence LaRue, Toni Braxton, Jada Pinkett, Benjamin Bratt, Don “DC” Curry and Chris Brown.
As a writer, Barnes released her first book, ON MY OWN TERMS: One Actor’s Journey in December of 2008. ON MY OWN TERMS received the #3 non-fiction paperback rating in Essence Magazine’s June 2009 issue following President Obama’s two books. In 2007, She founded The Writer’s Well, an international literary writer’s retreat for women located in a very beautiful, woodsy and serene environment in the Atlanta area. It has attracted global writers from as far away as Ghana and Puerto Rico.
Barnes is the Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, an annual, multi-cultural solo festival that has produced close to 500 artists from around the globe and is now gearing up for its Emerald 20th Anniversary. She, individually and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival were both honored with the prestigious Women in Theatre Award in 2006.
Adilah also hosts the BlakeRadio.com internet talk show, Adilah. The network has been streamed around the world and in September, 2012 her show broke BlakeRadio talk show records with over 48,000 listener downloads of her interview with actor Ted Lange of the long-running and popular ABC tv series, Love Boat.
Adilah’s many honors include X-Cel Entertainment’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Entertainment, Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace Foundation’s Spirit of Peace Award, Black Theatre Network’s Winona Fletcher Award, Oroville, CA’s Dr. Martin Luther King Day Award, and Towson University’s Program-of- the-Year Award.
Also, in 2010, Adilah was honored with the establishment of the 1st Annual Adilah Barnes Arts and Literary Achievement Scholarship for Minneapolis, MN inner city youth.
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She’s a singer, songwriter, poet, performer, and, as a Sr. Vice President, leads a marketing strategy for a large bank. Karen A. is living life in perspective; with balance! Karen’s a reputable leader in the banking industry and making her mark promoting her LP, The Karen A. Clark Project!
Karen A. began measuring dreams early. Her father, an enlisted man, took her to see Ramsey Lewis in Frankfurt, Germany at age 12, her first live concert experience.
Never abandoning her dream of performing, after college, Karen A. entered the work-force, but continued performing & producing both music and theatre projects.
While raising 2 children with her late husband Finley, the family formed C-Sick Records. The Karen A. Clark Project, a musical journey through love, life, career, sensuality and city life, is available now, and the sophomore project is in progress.
She is a Board member with: The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival; Duke Media Foundation; and Streetlights!
R. SKY Palkowitz is known internationally as “The Delusional Diva”, an Avant-Garde Multimedia Performance Artist, Actor, Musician, Filmmaker, Educator and Character Illusionist from New York, who has been acting and singing professionally since the age of 14. SKY’s serious training began when she was the youngest member chosen for the prestigious Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), the nation’s top graduate conservatory for Shakespeare and classical theatre, at the University of Delaware. She then went on to receive her MFA in Acting at the University of Iowa, where she taught acting, performed in 3 seasons of Iowa Summer Repertory Theatre, and wrote, directed and produced her first multimedia extravaganza, “All About Malcolm”, and first solo show, “Alien Rhoda”.
SKY has taught acting and toured nationally for the past 16 years, performing educational theatre in hundreds of schools around the country to thousands upon thousands of kids. She’s scripted, moderated and conducted numerous workshops on anti-violence, anti-smoking, drug-abuse prevention, and sex-abuse prevention for kids, teens, parents and teachers; using the techniques of Augusto Boal’s forum theatre, while touring Illinois schools with Imagination Theatre in Chicago. SKY performed in 2 tours of the Pacific Northwest with The National Theatre For Children, our country’s top issue-based, touring children’s theatre company. Sky has taught acting, voice, commercials, auditioning techniques, and Shakespeare with many companies such as Bizkids USA, Performing Arts, and Pasadena Children’s Theatre, to kids of all ages, and still continues coaching children and adults privately in LA.
While living in Chicago, SKY re-invented herself as The Delusional Diva, a character specialist who, with the use of costumes, wigs, and voices, has created tons of characters, following in the footsteps of some of her heroines, such as Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Sandra Bernhard, Tracey Ullman, and Anna Deavere Smith. It was in Chicago that SKY wrote and performed her 2nd solo show, “Delusional Diva: Cheese For Thought”, which she premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, receiving great press and a special guest appearance on “Good Morning Philadelphia”. Her third solo, “Synapse Hysteria” played in Chicago, Philadelphia, and at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival, where SKY also covered the front pages of newspapers with her outrageous host of zany characters and faces.
Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2000, SKY quickly became the Executive Director of the Women’s Theatre Company Los Angeles (WTCLA) at the Hudson Ave. Theatre in Hollywood, where she cast the company, taught workshops, acted, directed, and produced industry showcases, monologue festivals, one-act festivals, gender-bender series and short plays; in the company comprised of top professional female directors, actors, writers and producers. It is there that SKY worked with director/dramaturg, Irene Pinn (Lily Tomlin’s first director), and produced “Delusional Diva: How Did I Get Here?”, her second semi-autobiographical piece where SKY plays all the characters.
In LA, SKY began working closely with her legendary mentor, Rachel Rosenthal, receiving multiple scholarships, training and performing in her studio, Espace DBD, for nearly a decade. SKY is a founding member of Rachel’s past company, Fauve Conspiracy, and continues the traditions of Rachel’s avant-garde teachings and techniques by incorporating them into the performance art SKY creates regularly. Under Rachel’s guidance SKY produced “Alien Love”, a one night only multimedia happening that took place in three locations, where the audience was abducted by aliens and taken from venue to venue by a bus donated by the City of Los Angeles. The evening culminated with an art opening party and viewing of 44 pieces of SKY’s alien-themed visual art. SKY paints aliens and writes songs in her spare time. Her house is known as “The Harvard Hive Alien Art Museum, Animal Queendom and Crystal Earth Creation Station Gallery, Studio, Workspace and Performance Place”, where she hosts performances and art parties.
SKY was sponsored personally by Lily Tomlin in 2009 to join the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary festival that celebrates and honors women solo artists from all over the world in an annual, week-long festival. She is Treasurer of this non-profit organization, as well as Chair of the Finance/Fundraising Committee, and is often a celebrity host at their festivals and performances.
SKY has been living in Los Angeles for 13 years and has performed regularly at venues such as: The World-Famous Comedy Store, Highways Performance Space, Theatre Theater, Hudson Theatre, The Lillian Theatre, Theatre Asylum, Theatre of Note, and The 24th St. Theatre… She’s worked with Orphean Circus, LA Connection Comedy Theatre, Chrysalis Stage, and Independent Shakespeare Company; and with such greats as Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Ken Roht, John Fleck, and Penny Arcade, to name a few. She has been seen on MTV, Time Warner NY, SONY Pictures, FOX TV, LOGO, Bravo, TeenNick, Adult Swim, Warner Brothers… Last summer SKY had the opportunity of returning to her classical roots, playing Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” in Shakespeare By The Sea’s 22 city tour across California to 25,000 people.
Sky performs improvisation, stand-up comedy, music and original performance art regularly around Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actor who also does film, TV, music videos and commercials. She is the star of the internet web-series, “A Palkowitz Now!”, co-created with her long time art-partner, Jason Jenn, whom she also makes tons of short films, music videos, vlogs and live performances with, that can be found all over the internet. SKY and Jason have been hosting performance art happenings and themed parties known as the Phyllis’ Garage happenings since 2000. SKY’s latest trans-media solo tour-de-force, “CALLING AMERICA: DON’T HANG UP!” premiered at the Exit Theatre’s San Francisco Fringe Festival last September, and will be performing in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities across the nation later this year. For more info see www.DelusionalDiva.com or www.youtube.com/DelusionalDiva
Juliette Jeffers is a Caribbean-American actor, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. She has four solo shows… “Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down” (Bronx Council on the Arts Award, Drama Desk and NAACP noms) “Chocolate Match.com”, “Pan Gyul” and she is honored to premiere her fourth solo show, “Judgment Day” at this year’s festival.
On screen, she has appeared in thirteen films, over twenty guest star TV roles and over fifty national commercials. Her most recent film, “Lemon” was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival this year.
As a teaching artist, Juliette has helped several of her students create their own solo shows. She co-directed one of her students who won the One Festival award for Best Solo Show in NYC. Juliette just started teaching inmates at a local correctional facility and is truly inspired. For more info, go to www.juliettejeffers.com or soloshowworkshops.com.
Published playwright, Jessica Lynn Johnson, awarded BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST by the Dialogue One Festival, has toured internationally with her 25 character solo shows for over a decade and is a proud Board member of the LA Women’s Theatre Festival & Submission Screening Panelist. Her 1st solo show Oblivious to Everyone was published in The Book of Estrogenius 2008, and is a 1 woman, 10 character dramedy centering around Carrie, a media junkie, who has developed multiple personalities due to her unhealthy obsession with American pop-culture. Rapidly flipping identities like TV stations, this LA bombshell grapples with issues of homophobia, sexism, racism, and materialism. Johnson uses comedy as a means to examine the influential stereotypes, prejudices, and pressures prevalent in American media.
Johnson’s 2nd solo show Ze has toured Universities nationwide and has been seen at the Out North Contemporary Art Space in Alaska, Matthew Corozine Theatre in NYC, the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, Level Ground Festival in Pasadena, and many other festivals all over the country. Ze is a 1 woman, 15 character dramedy that examines gender construction, sexuality and spirituality, and many other issues regarding the LGBTQ community. The piece centers around Tessa, a 30 year old virgin, who is in love with her Transgender best friend, but is in deep turmoil over her feelings due to her religious upbringing.Johnson’s solo work has been seen in the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, the NYC Samuel French Playwright Festival, the Kansas City Fringe Festival, the NYC International Fringe Festival, the Sola Voce Festival, the Monodrama Thespis Festival in Germany, the Black Magic Women’s Theatre Festival in Amsterdam and enjoyed an extended run at NYC’s prestigious Theatre Row on 42nd Street. Johnson is also the Founder & CEO of Soaring Solo Los Angeles LLC, a company dedicated solely and passionately to the direction and development of one person plays. Johnson works privately and affordably with solo artists, wherever they are at in their solo journey, to take their solo show to new heights. In addition to her business as a solo professional, for years she has also taught a 100% free, 100% awesome solo theatre class, often held at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks.
She has directed hundreds of solo artists such as Carla Delaney’s VOICES, Theresa Stroll’s MY BIG FAT BLONDE MUSICAL, Sofia Marie Gonzalez’s BULLY-MIA, Carmelo Alvarez’s NOT MY SHOW, Bonnie Sludikoff’s THAT’S WHAT SHE DIDN’T SAY, Kyla Garcia’s THE MERMAID WHO LEARNED HOW TO FLY, Joseph Steven’s ANSWERS OUTTA THE BLUE, Laura Jenkins’ TRIANGLES ARE MY FAVORITE SHAPE, and many many others! Johnson’s clients have been seen in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC, the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, IO West Funny Women Festival, Son of Semele Festival, Outdoor Voices Festival, to name a few! Over the years, her solo shows haven taken home TOP OF FRINGE, ENCORE PRODUCER AWARDS, & several other accolades!
As a television film actor, you can also catch her recurring role on Food Network’s Mystery Diners, guest starring on VH1’s I’m Married To A, costarring on Bold & the Beautiful, Tattoo Nightmares, as well as national spots for PayPal, Kawasaki, Time Warner Cable, Jamba Juice, Orly, & many others! For more info on this artist please visit www.JessicaLynnJohnson.com
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
As an artist, my role is to inspire, empower, entertain and heal through the arts. A native of Los Angeles, Conner has produced several short films including THE DONKEY, A GIFT FOR MY SISTER, THE LAST JOB, TALE OF TWO DRAGONS, NURSE SEACOLE and FAMILY AFFAIR. Conner is currently studying Film at Mount St. Mary’s University. Conner recently wrote her first one-woman show, TICK TOCK (Big Dreams…Little Time) a tribute to Lorraine Hansberry. Conner facilitated Take Wings Theatre Ensemble where artists gathered in a nourishing environment to create monologues, characters, and improvisation in order to share, heal, grow, and connect. Founder of Publicity4you, Conner produces and promotes theatre and film projects. Conner works with Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, Ebony Repertory Theatre Company and The Walk In Closet. Conner’s film and stage credits are available at www.LynneConner.com ¦ firstname.lastname@example.org Take Wings…Soar!
Keith L. Craig is the Theatrical Film Distributor, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Burbank California. Craig serves as the Central Division Film Distributor responsible for the overall regional sales of finished movies to exhibitors. He executes sales/distribution plans and theatre movie release dates to include prompt physical delivery of film to theatres.
Craig was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He enlisted in the Army in June 1984 where he was a Logistician with a core background in Transportation and Joint Logistics. Craig has held assignments in Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Eustis, Virginia and Wiesbaden, Germany. Numerous deployment assignments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bosnia, Qatar, Haiti and 48 other countries.
Craig concluded his military career with 32 years, retiring as an E-9, Sergeant Major. Craig last held the position of Senior Enlisted Advisor to The Exchange-Europe/Southwest Asia Region headquartered at Sembach, Germany. The Exchange is the 57th retail organization in the U.S. with annual revenue of $8.5 billion. Craig was the ambassador to the Exchange Europe & SW Asia Region providing essential support to the war-fighters, enhancing expeditionary capabilities, and interacting with the highest strategic levels within the Department of Defense and the U.S. State Department.
Craig’s military and civilian education includes Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Logistical Engineer by North Carolina Department of Labor, Master Logistician, Society of Logistics Engineers (SOLE), Joint Logistics Course, Basic Non-commissioned Officers Course (BNCOC), Advance Non-commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Sergeants Major Course (Class 57), Support Operations Course Phase I/II, Equal Opportunity Course. Keith also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Craig’s awards and decorations includes the Legion of Merit, three-time recipient of the Bronze Star, recognized as Distinguished member of the Quartermaster Regiment, recipient of the Order of Saint Martin (Quartermaster), recipient of the Order of Saint Christopher (Transportation) and 52 other Military Awards and Commendations.
Craig is a Board of Directors member to the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF); he is also the Treasurer of Disney’s Salute Program and member of Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association. Keith is a former professional football player with NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy/Atlanta Falcons. He was also recognized as the Army sprint (100/200-meter) champion.
Katharine “Kat” Kramer founded Kat Kramer’s Films That Change the World to showcase motion pictures that raise awareness about important social issues. In so doing, she is following in the foot steps of her late father, the legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer, who was known for taking artistic and financial chances by making movies about controversial subjects.
Recently, Ms. Kramer premiered the powerful new documentary Teach Your Children Well, which deals with the growing problem of bullying in schools. Previous selections in her screening series have included The Cove, which exposed the slaughter of dolphins in Japan; Elephants and Man: A Litany of Tragedy, about the suffering of elephants in captivity; and Barbra Streisand’s Yentl, which focused attention on women’s equality, and was used as a springboard for a discussion about the widespread sexual abuse of women in the Congo.
As an actress, Ms. Kramer has appeared on stage and screen. She has starred in two popular one-woman shows, The Colors of Myself and Kriss Krossing and won awards for her roles as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank. She has also appeared in such films as Hollywood Dreams, Going Shopping, What Just Happened and, recently, Little Fockers. She will also be seen in the upcoming film Katie Q, with Karen Black, Paul Sand and Zack Norman. As a singer, Ms. Kramer is recording Gemstone, an album of Mick Jagger love songs, each as a duet with a different artist who has previously worked with Sir Mick. As a producer, she is developing a web series about the making of her album, titled My Duet with Mick.
Kat has performed special Tributes twice for the Legendary Lily Tomlin. Kramer served on the Dais and opened the program at the Pacific Pioneers Broadcaster’s Awards in February 2012 honoring Tomlin.Kat received a standing ovation with a special musical salute to her mentor with the original parody “Dear Lily Tomlin.”
She most recently sang a heartfelt rendition of “Bless The Beasts And Children” from her father’s landmark film for Tomlin when she was honored with the Hope Award from the PETCO Foundation.
Kramer made her Avalon Hollywood debut with LE PETIT CIRQUE for CIRCUS PAWS in front of a star-studded audience that included Lily Tomlin,Susan Sarandon, Lainie Kazan and Stewart Copeland. She has recorded the new re-imagined version of “Bless The Beasts And Children” that will be released as a single for PAWS and animal-rights organizations.Kat also performed a humorous kitsch version of the song for the PAWS/LA Fundraiser sponsored by Wells Fargo and the PETCO.
Kat previously received the “Compassion Award” from the Braveheart Women and recently sold-out her first workshop with “Meet The Biz” titled “An Evening With Kat Kramer.” She is set to launch “An Evening With A Trailblazer” series along with “Meet The Biz.”
She performed a stand-up routine with at Hard Rock Hollywood to Benefit “Comedy For Caleb” and Kat has been a presenter for LA Comedy Awards twice.She was also a celebrity judge for the LA Music Awards.Kramer was most recently named Entertainer of the Year by the LA Comedy Awards.
As a stage actress, Kat has played the classic roles and won awards as Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” Anne Frank in “The Diary Of Anne Frank,” Estella in “Great Expectations,” Lisa in “David and Lisa,” and Saint Joan in “The Lark.”
Ms. Kramer has headlined at awards shows and galas for such luminaries as Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Shirley MacLaine. Ms. Kramer who is the Godchild/Namesake of screen icon the late Katharine Hepburn, proudly serves as the West Coast representative of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Kat most recently celebrated the 5th Anniversary and 5th installment for “Kat Kramer’s Films That Change The World” by presenting the U.S. Premiere of the documentary FALLOUT. Ms. Kramer is set to launch her new one-woman-show “My Duet With Mick.”A former Miss Golden Globe, Kat resides in Los Angeles. ###
Elizabeth believes that there is an artist in everyone, in whatever field of endeavor. She founded Serving Artists in Process (SAIPRO), as a vehicle to help individuals to connect with and ignite the artist within them. Helping the individual to discover and explore their artistry and to attune to that inner spirit of the artist is exciting and gratifying. SAIPRO is particularly sensitive and encouraging to the emerging artist. Elizabeth is an actor, writer, dancer and life coach.
In the high-stakes world of Hollywood entertainment, Sindee Levin is at the forefront. She is a veteran entertainment attorney whose credentials include business affairs at major film studios, music publishing, mechanical collection and extensive private practice. She is a respected authority that insures her clients will be represented and fairly compensated for their effort. Most lawyers know how to make publishing deals, but they do not know how to really get their clients paid. Sindee does.
The daughter of Irving H. Levin, a noted film producer and theater owner, Ms. Levin grew up around the noted musicians of the day. Elvis lived across the street in Beverly Hills and Sindee’s father produced Charro, Elvis’ 1969 Western. The combination of the legal profession and the entertainment industry defined her professional domain.
Her legal career began at Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman, Kuchel & Sibert, a firm that represented MGM/UA among other mega-clients. The breakthrough Taylor Hackford film, La Bamba, was a prediction of Levin’s future axis of music and cinema. Other films offered further experience in the intricacies of licensing music for studio pictures.
La Bamba director, Taylor Hackford, became a principal executive at New Visions Pictures where Ms. Levin was appointed Vice President of Business Affairs. In this position Levin handled agreements related to music acquisition, rights and copyright and negotiated and drafted agreements for motion pictures and television. After a few years at New Visions Levin decided to open The Law Offices of Sindee Levin.
In mid-1992 Sindee Levin Music was launched and is a thriving domestic and international publishing and royalty collection agency. In 1998, Levin acquired the American Mechanical Rights Agency, Inc. and serves as its President. AMRA handles licensing of copyrights with record companies. In the ever shifting world of global transmission, AMRA offers expert guidance through all emerging technologies and new media formats.
Levin, a Hollywood veteran has invaluable contacts, education and expertise; she is a powerful advocate for songwriters, composers, recording artists, music publishers and record labels. A noted expert who speaks at conferences, panels and seminars nationwide, she is a well-versed authority on international as well as domestic business models. Ms. Levin also retains staff members who speak a variety of languages and who are adept in the business protocol of international cultures.