2013 Creative Lounge

One of the pieces of this year’s festival that we are most excited about is the addition of 2 “Creative Lounge” days, created by and is now being co-produced with Heidi Russell and the International Women Artist’s Salon.

Space IS limited and admission is only $5, so we suggest you reserve your spot now.
(That’s right, $5 gets you in any and all events. Pay $5, stay all day!)

Agenda for Saturday, October 26th

Location: Theaterlab, 357 West 36th St., 3rd Floor  New York, NY 10018

Full List of Panels, Workshops, and Presentations (in chronological order)
Events 2.0: Leveraging #Social Media Effectively [Presentation]
Saturday, October 26th ONLY from 12pm to
 1:00pm
Description: Social Media is a powerful and inexpensive way to communicate your message, but can be an overwhelming prospect to those that don’t speak the #language. Learn how to use key platforms to market your upcoming events and tips to drive attendance.
Presenter:
Charell StarCharell Star – 
A public relations, events & social media specialist, Charell Star has spent more than a decade helping brands get their message heard and products sold. In 2012, Star launched PA For A Day, a revolutionary service that provides affordable and quality personal assistants (PAs) to busy companies and professionals. Available in three markets, the ever-expanding service is redefining how people use on-demand help in their personal and professional lives.

Theatre for Social Change [Panel]
Sunday, October 20th from 10:30am to 11:30am and Saturday, October 26th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
This panel will feature NYC based directors and theatre practitioners steeped in using their art to create theatre for social change. Panelists and audiences will discuss successful theatrical actions, organizing strategies and techniques for making work that changes the world.
Panelists:
T Valada-ViarsT Valada-Viars freelance Actor/Director/Teaching Artist/Corporate Consultant/Mime. She has directed and presented workshops nationally and internationally. T owns T’INK: Know Nothing’s Impossible Theatre, which specializes in commissioned productions/training with an emphasis on social issues, (Using silent communication/body awareness/acting/directing skills) in schools, medical centers, youth/adult prisons and corporations. She may occasionally be seen wearing white face as a street mime or impersonating ‘Charlie Chaplin’.
Lanie Zipoy
Lanie Zipoy (Oct 26th ONLY) is a Memphis-born, New York-based producer. She co-founded Voices Inside/Out, a theatrical exchange program that seeds a professional playwriting residency at a medium security prison in Kentucky and presents the inmate-authored plays in New York City. Lanie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women and co-chair of The New York Innovative Theatre Awards Honorary Awards Committee. She is also a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Lab at Women’s Project Theater, NYC.

Kate PowersKate Powers (October 20th ONLY) has been a facilitator, teacher and director with Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA) at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison, since early 2009. This spring, she directed Our Town at Sing Sing.  Outside the walls, she has directed both A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale at the American Shakespeare Center.  In 2011, Kate directed Sandy Duncan in Steven Dietz’s Becky’s New Car at Theatre Aspen.  A Drama League Directing Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar in Shakespeare, Ms. Powers has fancied herself quite the Shakespearean smarty-pants ever since she earned her M.A. with Distinction at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Moderator:
Ashley MarinaccioAshley Marinaccio creates theatre that challenges the status quo. In 2013 she received the League of Professional Theatre Women Lucile Lortel Women’s Visionary Award for her artistic direction and vision for Girl Be Heard, a theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage by empowering young women to tell their stories. She’s been a featured TED speaker. Additionally, her directing work has been seen off-Broadway, at various TEDx conferences, The White House, United Nations and on tour across the United States. Ashley is the Founder/Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard and a Co-Founder/Director of Co-Op Theatre East. She is alumna of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics – EMERGENYC and American Theatre Wing’s – SpringboardNYC programs and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Old Vic/New Voices. Learn more about Ashley at www.ashley-marinaccio.com.

Theater Everywhere: Developing Site-Specific Work [Workshop]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 1pm to 3pm
Who says you have to rent a theater space to make great theatre. Join the ladies of Our Bar, a monthly night of original theatre that takes place in – you guessed it – a bar, as they discuss the rewards and challenges of producing site-specific theatre. You’ll also brainstorm some of the “venues” New York City has to offer and take steps towards creating your own night of site-specific theatre. This city is full of drama so lets make theatre everywhere.

Presenters:
Allison Moody Allison Moody – Allison is an actor/director/teacher/writer whose recent directing credits include Baby Baby Baby for Ugly Rhino’s TinyRhino, A Future Imperfect for FringeNYC 2013, Gold Star Mother for the Estrogenius Festival 2012, readings at Theater for the New City, Stalled and Russ Miles at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and Apple the Color of Her Neck by Joe Tracz for Chicago’s Brown Couch Theatre Company of which she is a founding member. NYC Acting Credits include The Doctors in Reckless at The Gallery Players and a girl wrote it with Wide Eyed Productions. She is also a monthly contributor to Project:Theater’s Our Barwww.AllisonMoody.net

Jessi Blue GormezanoJessi Blue Gormezano Regional: ReEntry (Actors Theater of Louisville, Round House Theatre, Off Center Festival), Equus, Smash, The Constant Wife (Asolo Repertory). International Tours: ReEntry (military bases across the United States, Germany & Italy), The Sworn Virgin (World Premier: a bilingual collaboration between Teatri ODA & Blessed Unrest).  She is the Associate Artistic Director of Project: Theater, Artistic Assistant of The Pearl Theatre Company and the creator of OUR BAR, a monthly performance event…in a bar.  www.jessiblue.com

Lauren RothLauren Roth is a New York City based actor.  NYC credits include: Play Nice! (59E59), Reckless(Gallery Players), Sex & Violence (Mint Theater), Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream (New Federal Theater), Land Escaping (The Flea), Tape (Medicine Show Theater), Billy Carver and the Children in Mind (Manhattan Theater Source, 2011 NYIT Best Performance by a Supporting Actress nod). Lauren is a co-creator of Missed Connections: An Exploration Into the On-Line Postings of Desperate Romantics which is currently enjoying a run at the Laurie Beechman Theater (missedconnectionsshow.com), an Associate Artist for Brooklyn based theater companyUglyRhino (uglyrhinonyc.com), and is a “Regular” company member/ writer for Project Theater’s monthly show OUR BAR (ourbarnyc.com). MFA: University of Florida. www.LaurenJRoth.com.

Women as Solo Performers [Panel]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 2pm to 3pm
Description: Had an interesting life? Wanna tell all those stories you were supposed to keep secret? Let’s talk about it!! Join us for the scoop on Women and Solo Shows!

Panelists:
Valerie HagerValerie Hager (Writer/Performer) – Hager has appeared in Warner Brothers’ The Invention of Lying, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, and the award-winning short The Harshest Place. Her New York Theatre credits include Ann Miller in Meet the Lady at Tribeca’s 92Y, the lead in Better Lucky than Smart at the Manhattan Theatre Source, Forbidden Kiss at Stage Left Studio and more. Valerie’s a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Master Class. Her solo show Naked In Alaska has been accepted into numerous NYC theatre festivals including the Emerging Artists, Planet Connections, Women at Work, Estrogenius, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, and Chicago Fringe. Naked in Alaska recently won Best Solo show in FringeNYC, Audience Favorite in Chicago and in Dec. is headed for a weekend run in Sante Fe! And, in February ’14 Naked In Alaska will be having her three-weekend run at The COW! www.valeriehager.com.

Mary DiminoMary Dimino – A Fringe NYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner for her critically acclaimed sold out hit Scared Skinny, Mary Dimino is described as “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal, “utterly captivating” by NYTheatre.com, and “a born ranconteur with exuberance and heart” by Curtain Up. Her book, based on her original autobiographical solo show Scared Skinny No More, was released this April by Sunbury Press.  A 2010 MAC Award winner for Outstanding Female Comedian, author and actress Mary Dimino also won the 2008 Gracie Allen Award for the PBS documentary, Fat, What No One is Telling You and was featured on NBC’s Today Show
Her official websites: www.marydimino.com  &  www.scared-skinny.com

Gloria RosenGloria Rosen (Oct 26th ONLY) – Actor/ Writer /Coach. Recently originated Emma in Hidden Beauty at EstroGenius,  has performed in numerous NY theater venues; online and indie films. Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?  her auto biographical solo show, won Best of Hollywood Fringe; was a selection of the NYI Fringe Festival;  performed twice at Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival; presented by EstroGenius Sola Voce; and an excerpt was selected by the AFO Festival and also performed at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County.   www.listenplay.net

Devin Preston Devin Preston (Oct 26th ONLY) trained in acting under Gerald Freeman at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a professional she performed regionally in The Lion in Winter and Doubt and studied improv comedy at UCB Theater. Her work on new plays in various readings around New York City, including The Women’s Project, Oscar and Lottie Productions and 9thirty Theater Company inspired her desire to create new work as a playwright. See Jane Give Up Dick was first work shopped at Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC in 2011 and is Devin’s first full-length play.

Moderator:
Jen ThatcherJen Thatcher has been Executive Producer of EstroGenius since 2009 and involved with Estro since 2006. One of the things she has loved most about this festival is the opportunity to put powerfully creative women in a room together and see what happens (usually something amazing) and so she is particularly excited to see what happens at this year’s Creative Lounges. Aren’t you?

Producing on a Shoestring [Panel]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 3pm to 4pm

Description: Ah! The elusive production budget. They have to be done even though our artist’s brain doesn’t want to deal with them. So, do you know where to start? Where to cut expenses and save? Where to allocate funds and not lose your precious dollars? We’ll discuss creating a budget and where to get the most out your dollar.

Panelists:

Anne BobbyAnne Bobby (Oct 26th only) has worked extensively on and off-Broadway, in film, television and commercials, games, audiobooks and publishing, with some of the finest masters of their craft. Anne has thousands of commercials and radio plays to her credit and is the voice of dozens of audio books and games. She’s devoted over fifteen years to the cause of animal rescue, volunteering at shelters and her local animal hospital. This work has resulted in her writing two non-fiction works: ‘Love Me Or Leash Me’ and ‘Best Friend For Life: 75 Simple Ways To Make Me a Happy, Healthy and Well Behaved Dog’ (Forward by Neil Gaiman). She starred in the solo show ‘That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers’, that she co-wrote with West’s Niece, which premiered at manhattantheatresource before touring Amsterdam and The Hague. She’s just completed her second play, and is currently putting the finishing touches on two episodes for the “In Fear Of” webseries, the second of which (Co-produced with Dream Out Loud Media) will mark her debut as screenwriter. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and loves every inch of it.
fiona jonesFiona Jones (Oct 26th only) is an actor, writer, producer & voice over artist with two decades of experience producing & performing in New York City. As a founding partner of manhattantheatresource (12 seasons) & as the founder/former Executive Producer of EstroGenius, she has had lots of experience producing on a shoestring budget. Fiona currently serves as producer & creative director of Dream Out Loud Media, a boutique video company started with her husband, Jon Ecklund. www.dreamoutloudmedia.com

Josh RivedalJosh Rivedal (Oct 20th ONLY), an actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken professionally about mental health awareness in more than twenty-eight US states and two Canadian provinces. He wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada and is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City in May 2014. His book, The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah was published by  Skookum Hill. He wrote and is associate producing the Spanish language Christmas musical Rescatando la Navidad playing in six cities and to more than twenty thousand people this Christmas  season 2013. Josh has lent his voice to the role of Hippo in Scholastic’s Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales. The narrator of Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, the narrator of Cinderella Penguin, and numerous other audiobooks and animated projects.

Valerie HagerValerie Hager (Writer/Performer) –
Hager has appeared in Warner Brothers’ The Invention of Lying, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, and the award-winning short The Harshest Place. Her New York Theatre credits include Ann Miller in Meet the Lady at Tribeca’s 92Y, the lead in Better Lucky than Smart at the Manhattan Theatre Source, Forbidden Kiss at Stage Left Studio and more. Valerie’s a graduate of the LAByrinth Theater Master Class. Her solo show Naked In Alaska has been accepted into numerous NYC theatre festivals including the Emerging Artists, Planet Connections, Women at Work, Estrogenius, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, and Chicago Fringe. Naked in Alaska recently won Best Solo show in FringeNYC, Audience Favorite in Chicago and in Dec. is headed for a weekend run in Sante Fe! And, in February ’14 Naked In Alaska will be having her three-weekend run at The COW! www.valeriehager.com.

Moderator:
Malini Singh McDonaldMalini Singh McDonald is an artistic entrepreneur who believes in innovative concepts for the pioneering artist. A passionate and experienced artist and producer, Malini has twenty years of practical experience in the NYC theatre scene. She is currently the Marketing Director for The EstroGenius Festival, the Marketing Director and Publicist for her company, Theatre Beyond Broadway and Executive Director of Black Henna Productions all which are supported by twenty years of working as an actress, director, writer and all things theatre. Malini’scredo is “Theatre doesn’t just live in Manhattan with big lights! It comes in all sizes.”

Sing for Your Supper – Creating a Musical [Panel]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 3pm to 4pm

Description: Have you ever wanted to create a musical but had no idea where to start?  Well at the “Sing for your Supper” panel you’ll get to learn the ABC’s of creating a new musical: from the beginning hatchlings of an idea through building a working team, getting started and following through, and where to go and what to do after the first draft is “done.”  Plus, you’ll get to pick the brains of the award winning composers of Pageant Princess and Pieces the Musical!

Presenters:
Lorelei MacKenzieLorelei Mackenzie is an award-winning composer, playwright and performer.  She has written two full-length musicals with the Penner, Mackenzie, Ernst team.  Pieces, her first musical, is currently being produced in the Notes From a Page series on October 24th.   Writing Credits:  Pageant Princess, the Musical (Best Music and Lyrics, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2012, Emerging Artists Theatre 2013),  Pieces (Emerging Artists Theatre 2013, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2011, Turtle Shell Theatre 2011).

Kristen PennerKristen Penner is an award-winning performer, composer, playwright, and acting/vocal coach.  She is also a founding member of Violet Productions.  Pieces, her first musical, is currently being produced in the Notes From a Page series on October 24th.  Writing Credits:  Pageant Princess, the Musical (Best Music and Lyrics, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2012, Emerging Artists Theatre, Notes From a Page series 2013),  Pieces (Emerging Artists Theatre 2013, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2011, Turtle Shell Theatre 2011).

The Challenges Facing Early-Career Directors [Roundtable Discussion]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 4pm to 5pm
Description: How do you create meaningful relationships with artists? As a freelance, director, how do get involved with projects? How do you meet directors to assist? And what does assisting actually entail? What’s the right balance of assisting vs directing your own work when you are starting out? And the golden question, how do you ever make any money doing this? Join us for an open discussion of these and other questions.
Led by
Jaki BradleyJaki Bradley is a Brooklyn-based director. She has developed and presented work with FringeNYC, The Shelter,  GroundUP Productions, Sightline Theater, Communal Spaces, Triskelion Arts and ESPA-Primary Stages. Jaki has studied physical and international theatrical tradition in Malaysia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and in Bulgaria as a part of the Rhodopi International Theatre Lab. She currently works at Signature Theatre.

Intro to Stand-up Comedy [Workshop]
Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th from 4pm to 6pm
Description:  Study the art of writing & performing stand up with award-winning comedian Mary Dimino. Mary was voted one of the BACKSTAGE READERS CHOICE AWARDS for Best Comedy Instructor in New York City (2010, 2011).  She is an acclaimed instructor for The Learning Annex, Ulster College, The Laugh Factory and serves on Hofstra University’s Advisory Board for the School of Communications.
In this introductory workshop you will learn how to:
-Write and perform a joke
-Deliver a joke with proper timing
-Develop your true voice
-Structure material from exercises
-Includes Q&A
Mary Dimino
Led by Mary Dimino – A Fringe NYC Outstanding Solo Show Award Winner for her critically acclaimed sold out hit Scared Skinny, Mary Dimino is described as “riotously funny” by The Wall Street Journal, “utterly captivating” by NYTheatre.com, and “a born ranconteur with exuberance and heart” by Curtain Up. Her book, based on her original autobiographical solo show Scared Skinny No More, was released this April by Sunbury Press.  A 2010 MAC Award winner for Outstanding Female Comedian, author and actress Mary Dimino also won the 2008 Gracie Allen Award for the PBS documentary, Fat, What No One is Telling You and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. The Gracie Allen Award, presented by American Women in Radio and Television, honors exemplary contributions of individuals who have encouraged the realistic and faceted portrayals of women in entertainment, commercials and featured programming. Other TV appearances include HBO’s The Chris Rock ShowComedy CentralVH-1, American Movie ClassicsNew York UndercoverThe Graham Norton Effect, in sketches on Late Shows with both David Letterman and Conan O’Brien and in dozens of national commercials. On stage she played the Maid of Honor in Tony and Tina’s Wedding and had a featured part in the Off-Broadway musical, Surprise.  Mary Dimino is a comedy contributor for The Huffington Post. Mary’s television & film credits can be found on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1809329/
Her official websites: www.marydimino.com  &  www.scared-skinny.com

Dance [Panel]
Saturday, October 26th ONLY from 5pm to 6pm
Presented by Kinesis Project/Women in Motion
a rich dialogue with
Adrienne WestwoodWendy Blum and Maura Donohue
about motherhood and choreography. These extraordinary dancemaker/mothers will share their responses to the question:

How has being a mother affected your relationship to your art?
After filling your mind with intriguing thoughts, grab a drink and enjoy a feast for your eyes with our Pop-up Salon @ 7pm in the main theater, featuring work by Deborah LohseAlison ManningKristin Swiat and Zoe Rabinowitz.

Agenda for Sunday, October 20th

An Introduction to Financial Planning for Theater People, with Laura Schlachtmeyer: 5 Reasons Why You Have More Money Than You Think [Workshop]
Sunday, October 20th ONLY, 10:30am to 12:30pm

Description: You need to do financial planning.
“But I’m an artist!” you say.
Even more reason. This seminar shares a few observations about people in the arts and the unique financial planning challenges they face.
It’s not about hot tips for beating the market. Instead, you’ll get more comfortable with thinking about money and finance. Explore the financial advantages of being a person in the arts in NYC (yes, there are some!). Get introduced to the financial planning ladder so you can see what to work on first. Get familiar with vocabulary terms so you feel more comfortable in financial conversations. Start thinking about how you define financial success.

Note: This is an educational session, not personal financial advice. And nobody’s going to try to sell you anything either. 😉
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Laura Schlachtmeyer – You may know Laura as a stage-manager-about-town. She’s done many Estro festivals and countless other shows in New York City and elsewhere. By day, she’s also a Certified Financial Planner licensee with a career in financial services communication and education.

 

 

Effective PR – Maximizing Your Time, Budget and Energy [Presentation]
Sunday, October 20th ONLY from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Description: What’s the secret to building buzz for your project – and do you really have to spend thousands of dollars on a PR firm to get top-level press? DIYPR Publicity Bootcamp creator Ciara Pressler will share her top tips for demystifying the PR game so you can create an effective publicity strategy for your next project.
Ciara PresslerCiara Pressler is a small business strategist focusing on marketing and publicity, and founder/CEO of Pressler Collaborative, a marketing collective based in New York City. She is the creator of DIYPR: Publicity Bootcamp, author of Exit Stage Right: The Career Change Handbook for Performers, marketing reporter for Alleywire.com, and host of the forthcoming business and marketing webseries The Audience. More at ciarapressler.com.

How Storytelling Saves Lives [Presentation]
Sunday, October 20th ONLY from 5pm to 6pm
Description: How does your work as a director, playwright, or performer truly affect the audiences who come to the art you create. What does it all mean in the grand scheme of things? Is living the life of an artist worth the pain and the struggle? Playwright, author, and actor Josh Rivedal shows how you can take your work as an artist and storyteller; and infuse it with a higher purpose to change and even save the lives.
After the seminar, Josh will be signing copies of his new memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah. 50% of proceeds go to the EstroGenius Festival to help continue its mission to foster and promote female artists and storytellers.

Presented by
Josh RivedalJosh Rivedal, an actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken professionally about mental health awareness in more than twenty-eight US states and two Canadian provinces. He wrote and developed the play, The Gospel According to Josh, which has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada and is set to open Off-Broadway in New York City in May 2014. His book, The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah was published by  Skookum Hill. He wrote and is associate producing the Spanish language Christmas musical Rescatando la Navidad playing in six cities and to more than twenty thousand people this Christmas  season 2013. Josh has lent his voice to the role of Hippo in Scholastic’s Rabbit and Hippo In Three Short Tales. The narrator of Julianne Moore’s Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, the narrator of Cinderella Penguin, and numerous other audiobooks and animated projects.

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“What is a Creative Lounge, Anyway?”

The dry description is that it is a day of networking, panel discussions, and workshops. But really the Creative Lounge will be our chance to re-create a little of what we so loved about 177 MacDougal St…the opportunity to get together, share knowledge, build creative partnerships, look at art, see old friends, make new friends, and have insightful conversations about art, artistry and anything else we decide we want to talk about.

The Creative Lounges are day-long events at Theaterlab (one of this year’s Estro venues, along with Cheryl King’s Stage Left Studio) and will take place in all 3 of Theaterlab’s spaces (see floorplan and details here: http://www.theaterlabnyc.com/) on Sunday, October 20th and Saturday, October 26th.

The main theater will house our visual art show & networking, and the 2 smaller rooms will house the panel discussions & workshops. Full agenda & details are below.

About the  International Women Artists’ Salon

The International Women Artists’ Salon is a cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural organization of women making art in the world today. Our aim is to bring art by women to the fore of the art world and local communities through exhibitions and events, exchanges, regular salon style gatherings, and an online forum for members and interested parties. Our shared vision is to create a community of individuals and organizations with the resources and passion to gain critical visibility in the art world for women artists of all backgrounds and stages of career. Every member helps achieve our goal of building connections among artists, arts organizations, and the public. With your participation, there are unlimited possibilities! Individual membership to International Women Artists’ Salon is free and open to women artists around the world of all disciplines including but not limited to music, theater, dance, video, film, fiber arts, traditional arts & crafts, visual arts, digital, writing, comedy, and installation. Organization membership is also free for women owned/women focused/women supportive arts and culture entities. We invite you to join us!

If you represent a business supporting women and/or artists, we invite you to connect with us to collaborate and partner in support of women artists through sponsorships, advertising, and resource listings.

Please contact us at:womenartsalon@gmail.com

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