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LAWTF Presents (Virtual)Their 7th Annual Empowerment Weekend, August 28-30

WHAT: The 7th Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Week-End

An extended weekend of workshops and panels tailored to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers in particular, and an event full of information to benefit all performers.

WHO: Presented by the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival (LAWTF).

WHERE: ZOOM

WHEN: Friday – Sunday, August 28 – 30, 2020

REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/virtualempowermentday

The tuition for the weekend is $25. This discounted tuition is made possible in part by support for this program provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Development Fee Program.

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

INFORMATION:  www.lawtf.org or call (818) 760-0408.

The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Annual Empowerment event has previously been a one-day affair. However, our virtual format lends itself to a full weekend of programming. This enables participants to attend every segment of our Empowerment Weekend online.

This weekend event is full of career training from industry professionals, designed to give a boost to solo performers, but will also be of value to anyone contemplating online or live theatrical production in Los Angeles or who wishes to tour in these changing times. Attendees will be able to attend 9 offerings including an interview with LAWTFs Co-Founder, Workshops, and Panels.

EVENT SCHEDULE AND LINE UP 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2020, 7:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. PST

 A CONVERSATION WITH LAWTF CO-FOUNDER ADILAH BARNES

LAWTF, Co-Founder Adilah Barnes whose award-winning career in film, television, and stage has spanned over 50 years, will speak on LAWTF’s August 28 – 30th EMPOWERMENT Week-end, the Festival’s 27-year history as the longest-running solo Festival in Los Angeles, her diverse career as an actor, producer, bestselling author, educator and international women’s retreat proprietor in Georgia. She will also address the impact of the nation’s pandemic on the world of theatre, in general, and solo artists in particular.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020

A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO CREATING A SOLO SHOW

10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PST

(Workshop)

Wherever you are at in your solo theatre journey, whatever level of experience, even if you are just curious because the idea of creating a solo show has been dancing around in your head, this workshop will meet you and use spiritual techniques such as meditation and visualization to guide you to the next level. All that is required to attend is a willingness to explore, a pen, and paper, or a laptop. This workshop offers a safe and supportive space to generate and stage new material. This workshop will also address the impact of COVID-19 on our well-being, creativity, and writing. So join other creatives online in a supportive space for expression and exploration.

Facilitators: Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO/Director/Consultant/Actor/Writer) and Debra DeLiso (Director/Instructor/Actor).

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

(Panel)

This panel discussion will cover the professional team needed to make a solo show shine from the director and producer to lighting and sound technicians, from marketing and publicity, to live vs online theatre venues as we navigate our new normal. Participants will also learn how to create a supportive team that will make a dream show a reality.

Moderator: (Fay Hauser-Price (Producer/Director/Editor/Videographer)

Panelists: Lynne Conner (Publicist), Denise Dowse (Director), Giselle Fernandez (Production Technician), Bryan Rasmussen (Whitefire Theatre Artistic Director), and Justin Sandler (Editor)

BRANDING YOUR SOLO SHOW IN THE MARKETPLACE

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST

(Panel)

This informative panel is designed to cover print and online collateral materials such as flyers, postcards, and program design; marketing tools such as blasts, blogs, video promos, and more. This panel will discuss the media in areas such as traditional and online print, radio, and television; social networking, community outreach, and target marketing. Hiring the right publicist and utilizing free marketing will also be explored.

Facilitators: Lynne Conner (Publicist)

Panelists: Ron Brewington (Radio Talk Show Host), Phillis Stacy-Brooks (Branding Expert/Web Developer/Social Media Marketing), Jahna Houston (Media), Philip Sokoloff (Publicist) and Unique Thomas (Editor/Photographer)

Lunch 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

NUTS AND BOLTS OF THE BIZ

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. PST

(Panel)

This panel will focus on union vs. non-union; how to select a director and dramaturg; selecting a photographer and videographer; negotiating fees and contracts for your live show; creating and editing a promo video; how to select a live theatre venue keeping in mind social distancing, testing, and safety; partnering with presenters; and online performance options. Participants will also learn how to barter or co-produce a live or online production, and how to market at little or no cost.

Facilitator: Juliette Jeffers (Producer/Director)

Panelists: Mel Gamboa (Editor), Sky Palkowitz (Director/Marketing),

DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor (Actors Equity Association), Mary Lou Sandler (Photographer/Videographer) and Terrie Silverman (Director/ Dramaturg)

SOLO ARTISTS AS ACTIVISTS

2:30 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m. PST

(Workshop)

Facilitators: Juliette Jeffers (Actor/Writer/Director) and Sky Palkowitz (Actor/Dramaturg/Director)

This workshop will explore ways to proactively address solo writing during our COVID 19 and civil unrest pandemics. As creative “first responders,” our proactive voices have the opportunity and responsibility to contribute to social health and well-being as we create a space for dialogue between artist and audience. Themes may include our public health crisis, racism, police brutality, the upcoming election, and the need for our national healing through individual enlightenment, understanding and systemic change. Participants will have the opportunity to express their voices through personal writing exercises and in group dialogue.

Break - 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

HITTING THE ROAD WITH YOUR SOLO SHOW

3:45 p.m. -  4:45 p.m. PST

(Workshop)

This informative workshop has been designed to identify one’s market, address booking, fees, contracts, marketing/PR, technical riders, technical rehearsals, travel, lodging, and working with presenters and technical crews in live theatre. This workshop will also navigate how to present works online in this new climate.

Facilitators: Vanessa Adams-Harris (Touring Artist), Brenda Adelman (Touring Artist)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2020

EMPOWERED WOMEN: CRAFTING A SOLO CAREER

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST

(Panel)

This exciting panel of professional women will share their creative process, vision, and artistic autonomy through their individual journeys as working solo performers. The panel will cover topics that include how to make a living doing what you love; the lessons and blessings along the way to one’s solo career; utilizing skills in the solo world beyond actors as directors, producers,  teaching artists, authors, and more.

Moderator: Adilah Barnes (Actor/Producer/Educator/Author)

Panelists: Vanessa Adams-Harris (Touring Artist/Director), Juliette Jeffers (Actor/Producer/Director/Marketing), Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO/Consultant/Director/Actor), Florence LaRue (vocalist/actor), Dina Morrone (Actor/Writer), and Terrie Silverman (Director/Dramaturg/Teaching Artist)

MOVING FORWARD: EMBRACING TECHNOLOGY IN THE NEW NORMAL

3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. PST

This panel will consist of individuals who produce, direct, and perform in areas of technology that include online programming of interviews, readings and performances utilizing live streaming, ZOOM, and channels such as YouTube to present work.

Facilitator: Michelle Jewsbury (Producer);

Panelists: Brenda Adelman (Actor/Online Marketing),  Jessica Lynn Johnson (CEO/Consultant/Director/Actor), Juliette Jeffers (Actor/Writer/Director/Marketing), Simon Levy (Fountain Theatre Producing Director), Bryan Rasmussen (Whitefire Theatre Artistic Director), and Melanie McSally (Automation Specialist)

4:00 p.m. PST

ZOOM chat room Q and A

4:30 p.m. PST

Raffle

Founded in 1993 by Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival holds the distinction of being the oldest Annual Solo Festival in Los Angeles celebrating powerful women performers. LAWTF is a critically-acclaimed international festival that has produced well over 500 extraordinary solo artists from around the globe. These multicultural and multi-disciplined artists represent such diverse disciplines as theatre, dance, storytelling, performance art, performance poetry, spoken word, mime, music, and song,

All in all, this is the most information you will find about the production of solo performance at one time in one place. Come out, support, and enjoy!

Support for this program was provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Development Fee Program.