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Nuts and Bolts of the Biz

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2020  | 1:30 p.m. -  2:30 p. m. PST  |  Workshop

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.

Moderator: 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)

Juliette Jeffers, Nuts and Bolts of the Biz

Juliette Jeffers

SKY Palkowitz

SKY Palkowitz, (AEA-SAG-AFTRA) aka “The Delusional Diva”, is an avant-garde multimedia performance artist, actor/director/producer from New York. She was classically trained at the University of Delaware’s “PTTP”, holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Iowa, and was mentored by the late/great Rachel Rosenthal. Palkowitz has produced and performed 7 solo shows nationally, and hundreds of characters. She has been using performance as a method of education and activism for nearly 30 years. Palkowitz is a proud, long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She can be seen on stage, TV, film, and internet.

She is in development for her upcoming web series, Miss Inappropriate, and recently directed the film, Samuel Sexy. SKY spends quarantine time zoom-coaching and directing multimedia content with her solo artist students. SKY Palkowitz enjoys the process of creation and helping others achieve their artistic dreams.

Mary Lou Sandler

Mary Lou Sandler is a photographer, cinematographer, producer, director, and owner of 3 Cubed Studios LLC with her husband, Justin Sandler. Their award-winning film, Welcome to Where You've Always Been (cinematographer/co-director/producer) appeared in 21 festivals and won 5 awards (including Best Short and the IIFC Inspirational Filmmaker Award). Once a working actor, video game stuntwoman, and fitness cover model, Sandler’s focus now is to inspire and empower women to heal through the arts. Her commitment to empowering women inspired her to establish Female Filmmakers, a group to empower and employ each other.

Sandler has also published a photography book, The Beard Book with proceeds benefiting breast and testicular cancer charities. Mary Lou Sandler is currently in production for her upcoming documentary to help caregivers due to her recent experience of being a caregiver to her husband during his cancer.

Nuts and Bolts of the Biz

Nadine Tran

Juliette Jeffers

Juliette Jeffers is a Caribbean-American actor, writer, director, producer, and teaching artist. On-screen, Juliette has appeared in eighteen films, thirty-three guest star TV roles, and over sixty national commercials. Some of her notable credits include guest-starring roles on Chicago Med, All Rise, Snowfall, Criminal Minds, and Grey’s Anatomy. Some of her theatre highlights include five solo plays that she wrote and performed in, including Batman And Robin In The Boogie Down (Bronx Council On The Arts Award, Drama Desk, NAACP Nominations), Chocolate Match.Com, Pan Gyul, Judgment Day and Tio Pablo (In English & Spanish - Best Play and Best Actress Awards at the Hollywood Short & Sweet Festival).

Jeffers supports artists in developing and directing solo shows. She is on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Juliette Jeffers is curating Black Voices this Fall, a Livestream Solo Show Festival at the Whitefire Theatre.

DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor

DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor is an active artist including her work as an actor, vocalist, pianist, and instructor. She has toured with Harry Belafonte, The Supremes, Barry White, and Soul II Soul. Sharpe-Taylor’s national TV commercials currently include T-Mobile. Past commercials include Rite Aid, McDonald's and Schlitz Malt Liquor with the late Teddy Pendergrass and numerous voice-over campaigns. Her TV appearances include Proven Innocent ( F O X ), The Neighbors (NBC), This Is Us (NBC) and she is in the upcoming film Music starring Kate Hudson and directed by Sia. Sharpe-Taylor has also performed in numerous Broadway shows, including The Wiz, It Ain’t Nothin But The Blues, Violet, Jelly’s Last Jam, Once On This Island, and Little Shop Of Horrors. She is a National Councilor for the Western Region of Actors Equity Association and a vocal instructor at the Musician's Institute of Hollywood. DeBorah SharpeTaylor is also the proud Founder of United Voices Of Peace, encouraging unity in the community through song.

Nuts and Bolts of the Biz

Mary Lou Sandler

Terrie Silverman

Terrie Silverman, MFA, is a writer/performer, director, dramaturg, and Founder of Creative Rites Workshops & Coaching for Writing & Performance. For the past two decades, she has directed and helped develop award-winning solo shows that have toured internationally and Off-Broadway. Silverman’s clients have been featured on PBS, This American Life, The Moth, Snap Judgement, Unfictional, Unheard LA, Un-Cabaret, New York Times Modern Love, The Huffington Post, Slate, and O - Oprah Magazine.

She produces and hosts the long-running Gorgeous Stories Show – stories and solo show excerpts from work developed in her workshops. She also presents solo shows created in her 6 Month Solo Show Master Class. Terrie Silverman loves helping people release the critic, access their authentic voice, and discover their stories matter.

Nadine Tran

Nadine Tran attended California State University, Fullerton, and studied Sociology and Dance. At CSUF, two of her original works, The Journey We Take Together and When It Rains, It Falls on All of Us, were produced there. She was Lisa D. Long’s rehearsal assistant for Y Tu Tango? which was performed at Highways Performing Space. After graduating from CSUF, Tran worked with freelance choreographers Natalie Baldwin-McAllen and Vanessa Yoakum and has also performed with The Wayward Artists and Errant Movement. Tran participated in the first NACHMO LA and has become part of the showcase’s Board. Tran choreographed Seven, a piece inspired by a sociology course about intimate partner violence, for The Wayward Artists’ Dance Collaborative Next of Kin. Seven has continued to perform in dance festivals throughout California. Tran currently works as a Children’s Social Worker for Los Angeles County.

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This 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 informative offerings including an interview with LAWTF's Co-Founder, Workshops and Panels.

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.

REGISTRATION: https://bit.ly/virtualempowermentday A Zoom link will be sent to those who have completed their registration.

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

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