In the same manner that a Quinceañera signifies stepping into adulthood, the 15th anniversary of Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) signifies our coming of age. WVTC is taking a step onto the national stage; this year, we are honored to receive the American Theatre Wing’s National Theatre Company Grant, recognizing the top 10 most promising small theatre companies in the country. This May we celebratedWVTC Coming of Ageat the California African American Museum, honoring Rosie Lee Hooks (Watts Towers Arts Center) and Clifton Johnson (Union Bank, Magic Johnson Foundation, Watts/Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club) as our Community Towers.
WVTC has also received national attention from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, James Irvine Foundation, Plum Foundation, Bank of America and now the American Theatre Wing. Thanks to your support, we are pleased to announce our most ambitious season ever in 2012, including a staged reading ofThe Riot/Rebellionbased on interviews of eye-witnesses of the 1965 Watts Riots, a red-carpet world-premiere documentary ofMeet Me @Metro, Josephina Lopez’sSimply Mariain collaboration with Animo Watts Charter High School,Meet Me @Metro: Uncovering Los Angeles’ Hidden Treasuresin East LA, and our signature play development seriesBlack Words on White Pages. Moving ahead, we are pleased to welcome David Guerra, our new Associate Artistic Director, and our newest board members, Farid Ben Amor, Stephen Wang, Karen Lascaris and Julie Siegel. We look forward to introducing all of our new family to you more fully in the newest edition of our newsletter,Watts Up, coming soon.
As we enter our new season, we plan not only to continue providing job opportunities for members of the local community, but also to build on our commitment to provide quality arts education to Watts’ youth. With your support, we will achieve our goal of doubling our individual donor contributions this year. To contribute, click on this link:
Or send a check to "Watts Village Theater Company" at:
Watts Village Theater Company
PO Box 72715
Los Angeles, CA 90002
Happy Holidays and see you soon in Watts,
Managing Director, WVTC
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Guillermo Avilés-Rodríguez, Artistic Director
David Guerra, Associate Artistic Director
Board of Directors:
Farid Ben Amor, Warner Brothers
Palm Springs High School Performing
California Emerging Technologies Fund
Independent Theatre Artist
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
Chris Anthony, LA Shakespeare Center
Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Actor, Desperate Housewives
Victor de la Cruz, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Rosie Lee Hooks, Watts Towers Arts Center
Clifton Johnson, Union Bank
Michael Manigault, Bank of America
Robert McCobb,PhD, The Christian Food Center
Debra Piver, Center Theatre Group
Bill Rauch*, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Leo Briones,Centaur North Strategic Communications
Gregory Burks, Youth Opportunity Movement LA
Dolores Chavez, Inner-City Arts
Ernest Dillihay, ACE, LLC
Fred Fate,LA Theater Academy, LA City College
Michael John Garcés, Cornerstone Theater Company
Watts Village Theater Company @ the Watts Towers Arts Center 1727 E 107th St | Los Angeles, CA 90002
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Nashville has been chosen as the first city outside of New York toparticipate in Disney Theatrical Group's "Disney Musicals in Schools" program and here's how it happened.
As a presenter of Broadway tours, TPAC works with The Broadway Leagueand this year, at the Broadway League's Spring Road Conference, Disneyannounced that they were looking to take this program, after 2 years in NYC, "on the road" to other cities across the country.
TPAC Executive Vice President for Education and Outreach, Roberta Ciuffo-West, threw TPAC's hat in to the ring. For those of you who do not know her,Roberta is a native of Long Island, an NYU grad twice and a formerDirector of Education and Outreach for Juilliard, among other amazingaccomplishments.
It turned out that Nashville was the ideal proving ground for theprogram.
For one thing, two of Disney's key players on the project now callNashville home: Bryan Louiselle, who has adapted, arranged andorchestrated the music for the 30 minute KIDS versions of the Disneymusicals used in the program, and Lori Casteel, who is the vocal coach for theaccompaniment and guide vocal CDs which are included among the support materials for each title.
In addition to that, the TPAC ArtSmart program, which is around 30years old, was developed from a program started at Lincoln Center and,again, Nashville was the first city to take that concept beyond NYC.
So this spring, 5 Nashville elementary schools will participate in"Disney Musicals in Schools. The schools are:
Glengary Elementary School Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary Hull-Jackson Montressori Magnet School Kirkpatrick Elementary Enhanced Option Percy Priest Elementary School
This will involve 5 teams of 2 teaching artists from TPACworking with teams of teachers at each school. They will train the teachers in the elements of production, the teachers will then producethe shows with input from the teaching artists teams with casts of 3rd& 4th graders, and, on May 17, 2012,the city of Nashville will have the awesome experience of a freeperformance by this first crop of young Nashville actors in TAPC'sJackson Hall.www.tpac.org
"BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE" The story of the Tuskegee Airmen set to have Broadway Backers Audition on Monday Dec 12th!!! Original Tuskegee Airmen have confirmed to be present!
Vibrantly energetic and emotionally captivating, Black Angels Over Tuskegee continues to enlighten and educate Off-Broadway audiences after an extended opening of 2 years. The award-winning, historical docudrama is a narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first aviators in the United States Army Air Forces during a tumultuous era of racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism in twentieth century American history. Black Angels Over Tuskegee, which is inspired by true events, is currently showcased at the Actors’ Temple Theatre at 339 W. 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York City.
Producers, Investors you are cordially invited to The Black Gents of Hollywood’s Broadway Backer’s Audition of their Off-Broadway hit play Layon Gray's BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE. The Black Gents will reserve complimentary tickets under your name for this event. Please R.S.V.P. by Monday afternoon, December 12th, 2011 to email@example.com or call 877-814-0553 ext.701 if you are able to attend.
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Hey you guys. http://occupywriters.com is the literary arm of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and there's some great stuff on there by the likes of Jonathan Lethem, Lemony Snicket, Ursula K. LeGuin, Douglas Rushkoff, Francine Prose, and many more. They are underrepresented by playwrights and have asked me to reach out to some. Most of the pieces are short, 500-600 words or so, although we've had some in the neighborhood of 1-2k and others that are full articles/essays. Lemony Snicket's is one of the best - funny and pointed without being lecturing. http://occupywriters.com/works/by-lemony-snicket. Daphne Carr's is an example of personal experience http://occupywriters.com/works/by-daphne-carr. Kiera Feldman occupied "Birthright." http://occupywriters.com/works/by-kiera-feldman. Jules Bukiet did some history. http://occupywriters.com/works/by-melvin-jules-bukiet I went with a syllogism for my piece. Basically, just about anything works. Doesn't have to be long (probably shouldn't be long). We've got a guy closing his bank account. There's poetry and songwriting. No plays so far. Anything you write, please send to me and to firstname.lastname@example.org - that way the official email has it archived and I can speed it along as well. Thanks!!! Jason Grote New Dramatists email@example.com