Screenwriter

Celebrating Akbar's Vision: Creating an Indian Empire of Justice


The 50th Anniversary Season of the Archaeological
Institute of America, Houston Society
concludes its Sankofa year which translates as “how
the past impacts our future,” with a 50th Anniversary Celebration highlighting
India on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the Asia Society Texas Center, 1370
Southmore Boulevard, Houston, 77004. Michael Wood, historian, filmmaker, and
host of the landmark six-part 2009 PBS television series, “The Story of India,”
will share an engaging talk about Akbar, the Muslim Emperor of Mughal India in
the 1570s.  Akbar established a sprawling
kingdom through warfare yet ruled his subjects with an emphasis on religious
tolerance and judicial fairness.  The
lecture will be followed by a celebration of Indian culture including dance,
food, and music.  Admission to the 50th
Anniversary Celebration is $30.00. Tickets are available at the Asia Society
Texas Center, Visitor & Member Services at (713) 496-9901 or visit
http://asiasociety.org/texas/event/upcoming.    

 

About Akbar

Abu’l-Fath Jalai-ud-din Muhammad
Akbar, popularly known as Akbar I (“the great”), was the third Mughal emperor,
who reigned from 1556 to 1605.  A
successful general, Akbar enlarged the Mughal Empire to include nearly all of
the Indian subcontinent tripling his empire in size and wealth. To preserve the
unity of his vast empire, Akbar instituted military, political, cultural and
economic policies that won the trust and loyalty of non-Muslim subjects. He
took an active interest in other religions, at a time when religious
persecution was prevalent in Europe and Asia. He invited Hindus, Muslims,
Christians, Jews, Jains, Zoroastrians, and Sikhs to his court to find common
ground for peaceful coexistence. Illiterate himself, he was a patron of poets,
artists, writers, and musicians, establishing his court as a cultural center.
His reign influenced the course of Indian history laying the foundation for a
multicultural empire under Mughal rule.

 

About Michael Wood

Michael Wood is an English
historian, filmmaker and broadcaster. He is well known to PBS viewers as the
author of films The New York Times has described as “among the best history
documentaries shown on TV,” including the renowned series “The Story of India”
(2007), “The Story of China” (2016) and more.

 

Tickets

Admission is
$30.00 per person. Asia Society and Archaeological Institute of America member
tickets are $20.00 and are available at the Asia Society Texas Center, Visitor
& Member Services, (713) 496-9901 or visit
http://asiasociety.org/texas/event/upcoming.  To
become a member of the AIA, Houston Society visit
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info.

 

About Archaeological Institute of America,
Houston

The Archaeological
Institute of America, Houston Society promotes awareness and appreciation of
world cultures though archaeology. Fifty years ago, the organization was
founded by Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig. Today,
through our programming, we seek to find common links to those who have come
before us, to acknowledge the basic dignity of all humankind, and ultimately to
advance mutual understanding among Houston’s diverse community.

 

Additional programs
sponsored by The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society include
Family Events; Ancient Encounters; and area tours.  Please visit the AIA, Houston Society website
for details
http://www.houstonarchaeology.info.

 

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When:
May 8, 2018
Cost:
$30.00
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Tuesday Time & Price:
$30.00
General Categories: 
Event Type: 

Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies: Fall/Winter 2017 – Puebla & Oaxaca, Mexico; Spring 2018 – Cusco, Peru

Arquetopia Foundation – Mexico and Peru

Arquetopia Foundation – Mexico
and
Peru


Self-Directed & Instructional Artist & Writers Residencies:


Fall and Winter Sessions 2017 Puebla
& Oaxaca, Mexico


Spring Sessions 2018 Cusco,
Peru


 


Deadline: Apply Now Through Sunday,
August 13, 2017.


Spaces are limited. Our selection
committee evaluates all residency applications when they are received vs. after
the deadline has passed.


 


Website: http://www.arquetopia.org/new-open-calls-deadlines


E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for more information.


 


Founded in 2009 in Puebla, Mexico,
Arquetopia is an internationally
established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social
scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are
the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of
contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent
cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists in Mexico and Peru. Our resident artists
have come from 60 countries on six continents, and many have returned multiple
times. Our residency programs offer
competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national
and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, writers,
journalists, and cultural researchers age 22 and over.


 


We are currently
welcoming applications for the following residency programs in Puebla and
Oaxaca, Mexico and in Cusco, Peru:


 


SPECIAL 2-IN-1 ACADEMIC RESIDENCY FOR
ARTISTS,


ART HISTORIANS, AND CURATORS


Click on the link below for
program info.


 


1. Performativity of
Mortuary Rituals 2017: Exploring the Idea of Death in Mexico, Special 2-in-1
International Program (October 9 to November 6, 2017) Puebla, Mexico


Special
2-in-1 International Program Includes Day of the Dead Arts Techniques
Instruction and Self-Directed Art Production. Why is the idea of Death
representing Mexico globally? This 4-week critical program addresses the
subject of Death as a national totem, by questioning its construction as a
macabre source of identity, exploring its relevance in the invention of Mexican
modern art and its secularization in popular culture. It explores the
performativity of rituals in Mexico and focusing on the mortuary celebrations
known as Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/performativity-of-mortuary-rituals-2017


 


 


SELF-DIRECTED RESIDENCIES FOR ARTISTS, ART HISTORIANS, WRITERS,
AND RESEARCHERS


Click on each link below for
program info.


 


2. Art, Design, or Photography
Production Residency
Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

Self-directed sessions of 4 to 12 weeks
in the spectacular countryside of Cusco. Various techniques and resources
offered.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/art-design-or-photography-residency


 


3. Mexican Ceramics
Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico

Self-directed sessions of 6 to 12 weeks
in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/mexican-ceramics-residency


 


4. Printmaking Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla
, Mexico

Self-directed
sessions of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/self-directed/printmaking-residency


 


5. Art History or
Cultural Research Residency Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico


Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from
pre-Hispanic to contemporary. Self-directed (staff-assisted) sessions of 3 to 8
weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/art-history-or-cultural-research-residency


 


6. Writers
Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Oaxaca,
Mexico; Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

Self-directed sessions of 3 to 8 weeks in the beautiful countryside
of Oaxaca or Cusco.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/writers-residency


 


 


ARTIST RESIDENCIES WITH MASTER
TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTION


Click on each link below for program info.


 


7. Mexican
Textiles Instructional Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry Fall/Winter
2017 Oaxaca, Mexico


With master instruction, learn to create
traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving, embroidery, or tapestry) in
the countryside of Oaxaca, with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/mexican-textiles-residencies


 


8. Peruvian Textiles Instructional Residency: Weaving Spring
2018 Cusco, Peru


With master instruction, learn to create
traditional Peruvian Textiles (back-strap weaving) in the countryside of Cusco,
with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/peruvian-textiles-residency


 


9. Natural
Pigments Instructional Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Oaxaca, Mexico; Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn to create
and use a variety of Natural Pigments in the beautiful countryside of Oaxaca or
Cusco, with time for independent production
.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/natural-pigments-residency


 


10. Gold Leafing and
Estofado Instructional Residency
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico;
Spring 2018 Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn Gold
Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques in the majestic central historic
district of Puebla or the beautiful countryside of Cusco,
with time for
independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/gold-leafing-residency


 


11. Novohispanic
Arts Instructional Residency: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or Graphic
Arts
Fall/Winter 2017 Puebla, Mexico

With master instruction, learn one of
four Novohispanic art techniques: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or Graphic
Arts, in the majestic central historic district of Puebla,
with time for
independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist
residencies/instructional/novohispanic-arts-residencies


 


12. Peruvian Arts
Instructional Residency: Painting or Sculpture Spring 2018
Cusco, Peru

With master instruction, learn one of
two Peruvian art techniques: Painting or Sculpture, in the beautiful
countryside of Cusco,
with time for independent production.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/instructional/peruvian-arts-residencies


HOW TO APPLY

Visit
the Arquetopia website at
www.arquetopia.org

E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for complete inclusions, fee, and terms.

Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence
Online Application Form, following the
instructions on the web page.

Following
selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.

 

Arquetopia
is distinguished worldwide for its
array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental
schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency
spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and
researchers and are built on structured, informative programs; a network of
collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios;
and individualized
project support
.

 

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international
community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all
aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia
actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and
activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national
origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

File attachments:
Due Date: Aug 13, 2017
Contact Name: Chris Davis
Phone: +52 222 594 77 28
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

How to Kickstart Your Writing Career via Kickstart


How to Kickstart Your Writing Career via Kickstart

Instructor: Adam Holt

This class is intended for writers who are considering publishing a novel independently and using crowdfunding as a financing resource . Whether traditionally published, hybrid, or indie, writers will learn the ins-and-outs of how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign. Writers will learn how to pitch their story - as well as their novel’s story - to potential backers, as both are important. This will be an interactive workshop in which writers receive first-hand experience using the Kickstarter template. Come prepared to learn quickly and make new writing buddies, as participants will work in teams to create their first campaign.

TIME: Saturday, December 3rd, 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, November 28th: $30 Members, $45 Non-Members. After Monday, November 28th: $45 Members, $55 Non-Members—Become a member here:
http://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

LOCATION: Writespace

LEVEL: All levels

CAP: 15 writers

When:
Dec 3, 2016
Cost:
$30-45
Time:
9:30 am
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30am $30-45

Self-Directed and Instructional Artist and Writers Residencies Winter/Spring Sessions (Jan-Apr) 2017 - Arquetopia - Puebla and Oaxaca, Mexico

Apply Now thru Wednesday, November 30

Open Call


Arquetopia Foundation – Puebla & Oaxaca,
Southern Mexico


Self-Directed & Instructional Artist &
Writers Residencies:


Winter/Spring Sessions (January through April) 2017


 


Deadline: Apply Now through
Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Spaces
are limited. Our committee processes all residency applications when they are
received vs. after the deadline has passed.


 


Website: http://www.arquetopia.org/new-open-calls-deadlines


E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for more information.



Founded
in 2009 in Puebla, Arquetopia is an international
award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by
artists. It has since grown to include the premier artist residency
program of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in
Puebla and Oaxaca. Our resident artists have come from dozens of countries on
six continents, and many have returned multiple times. Our Artist-in-Residence
Programs
offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and
mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art
historians, art educators, writers, journalists, culinary professionals, and
cultural researchers age 25 and over.


 


 


Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca are currently welcoming applications
for the following residencies offered Winter/Spring (all sessions during months
of January through April) 2017:


 


 


SELF-DIRECTED RESIDENCIES FOR
ARTISTS, ART HISTORIANS, WRITERS, AND RESEARCHERS


Click on each link below for
program info.


 


1. Art, Design, or
Photography Production Residency - Puebla


Self-directed sessions of 4
to 12 weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla. Various
techniques offered.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/art-design-or-photography-residency


 


2. Mexican Ceramics
Special Artist Residency
- Puebla

Self-directed sessions of 6 to 12 weeks
in the majestic central historic district of Puebla, Mexico.
Residents
produce work either on-site or at a
prominent ceramics factory studio in the central historic
district of Puebla
, working alongside the factory's
artists.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/ceramics-residency


 


3. Printmaking
Special Artist Residency - Puebla


Self-directed
sessions of 4 to 12 weeks in the majestic central historic district of Puebla.
Residents produce work at a prominent printmaking museum and studio in
Puebla's central historic district
.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/printmaking-residency


 


4. Art Educators
Special Artist Residency – Puebla


Develop new art education projects with students, exploring diverse
pedagogic techniques with multiculturalism in southern Mexico’s schools or
prominent museums. Self-directed (though staff-assisted) sessions of 4 weeks in
the magnificent city of Puebla,
extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a
self-directed
Art Production Residency.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/art-educators-residency


 


5. Art History or
Cultural Research Residency - Puebla


Explore magnificent southern Mexico’s unique archives and resources from
pre-Hispanic to contemporary, in the majestic central historic district of
Puebla. Self-directed (though staff-assisted) sessions of 3 to 8 weeks in the
magnificent central historic district of Puebla.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/art-history-or-cultural-research-residency


 


6. Writers
Residency
- Oaxaca

Self-directed sessions of 3 to 8 weeks in the beautiful
countryside of Oaxaca.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/writers-residency


 


 


ARTIST RESIDENCIES WITH MASTER
TECHNIQUE INSTRUCTION


Click on each link below for program info.


 


1. Gold Leafing
and Estofado Instructional Artist Residency
- Puebla

With master instruction, learn Gold
Leafing (Gilding) and Estofado techniques in the majestic central historic
district of Puebla,
with time for independent production, at a prominent art museum in Puebla's majestic
central historic district
. Sessions of 3 weeks,
extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed
Art Production Residency.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/gold-leafing-residency


 


2. Natural
Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
- Oaxaca

With master instruction, learn to create
and use a variety of Natural Pigments in the beautiful countryside of Oaxaca,
with time for independent production. Sessions of 3 weeks, e
xtendable for
1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed
Art Production Residency.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/natural-pigments-residency


 


3. Novohispanic
Arts Instructional Artist Residency: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or
Graphic Arts
- Puebla

With master instruction, learn one of
four Novohispanic art techniques: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, or Graphic
Arts, in the majestic central historic district of Puebla,
with time for
independent production. Extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a
self-directed
Art Production Residency.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/novohispanic-arts-residencies


 


4. Mexican
Textiles Instructional Artist Residency: Weaving, Embroidery, or Tapestry -
Oaxaca


With master instruction, learn to create
traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving, embroidery, or tapestry) in
the countryside of Oaxaca, with time for independent production. Sessions
of 3 or
4 weeks, extendable for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency.


http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/mexican-textiles-residency

 

HOW TO APPLY

Visit
the Arquetopia website at
www.arquetopia.org

E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org for complete inclusions, fee, and terms.

Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence
Online Application Form, following the
instructions on the web page.

Following
selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.

 

Arquetopia
is distinguished worldwide for its
array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In
contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and
sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art
professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative
programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios;

and individualized project support.

 

Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive
and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international
community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all
aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia
actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and
activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national
origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.

File attachments:
Due Date: Dec 1, 2016
Contact Name: Chris Davis, Co-Executive Director
Phone: 52 222 594 7728
Fee: Varies per program; E-mail Chris at info@arquetopia.org
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Introduction to Screenwriting

Gain a working understanding of the three-act structure in the context of "the character-driven screenplay" with Instructor Russell DeGrazier.

In this workshop, writers will gain a working understanding of the three-act structure in the context of "the character-driven screenplay." Building upon this structure, writers will develop the skills necessary to create memorable central characters that compel us to invest in their cinematic stories, from their first moment onscreen to their last. These are characters that draw the high-level talent essential to get films made, regardless of genre or specialized content.

     Participants will get the chance to hone their screenwriting skills through exercises designed to help writers create meaningful conflict on the screenplay page. Brainstorming exercises will help attendees discover story ideas that resonate deeply with audiences. Additionally, writers will learn to utilize simple tools for shaping characters and will examine films to help bolster their knowledge of story structure.

     All participants will have the opportunity to voice their interests, goals and questions during our discussions. By the end of the day, specific story ideas will begin to take shape and writers will have attained the knowledge they need to complete their first character-driven screenplay.

TIME: Sunday, September 11th, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Includes lunch break.

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, September 5th: $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members. After Monday, September 5th, $85 Members, $100 for Non-Members. 

Due Date: Sep 12, 2016
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
Phone: 713.516.5679
Fee: Early-Bird until Monday, September 5th: $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members. After Monday, September 5th, $85 Members, $100 for Non-Members.
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Jumpstart Your Writing

Instructor Holly Walrath will help you unleash your creativity so that you can get back on track and feel inspired again.

Feeling stuck? Have you not written in a while? Does the work you have accomplished seem stagnant? Join your fellow writers in a friendly, open atmosphere in which creative freedom is celebrated. Using writing prompts, visual inspiration in the form of images and props, and fun freewriting exercises, we will unleash your creativity so that you can get back on track and feel inspired again. The exercises we will share are intended to help spark new ideas, but they are also adaptable to works-in-progress, so feel free to come without a particular project in mind or with a current project you’d like to be excited by again.

Due Date: Sep 11, 2016
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
Phone: 713.516.5679
Fee: $25 Members, $35 Non-Members
FreshArts.org is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on FreshArts.org do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Auditions for Scriptwriters/Houston's 26th Annual 10x10


Scriptwriters/Houston will be holding auditions for their 26th Annual 10x10 Showcase on Sunday, July 31, at Obsidian Theatre from 10am – 2pm. This event, a yearly staple of Houston theatre, will bring together many playwrights, directors, and actors from all over the Houston area to perform ten plays, each of which is only ten minutes in length (so you can totally say you saw at least ten shows this year!). And as always, every show will be performed every night.

The 10x10 will run September 15–24 at The Pearl Theatre in Pearland and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Tech will be September 12-14.

-Auditions will be by appointment. Please email swh10x10@gmail.com, (Subject: Audition reservation) for an audition time, including a preferred time (we’ll go in half-hour blocks, but we may add more if demand is great). Also, please email if you can't make the auditions and still want to be considered and we'll see what we can do.

-Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts (no monologues required!). If you are terrible at cold reading auditions and want to prepare a monologue, feel free to do so (one minute max) and indicate that when you email for your appointment and we’ll see where we can fit you in. 

-Please bring a headshot and resume if you have one. If you don’t have a resume, we’ll have some forms you can fill out with your theatrical experience. If you don’t have a headshot, don’t worry about it – BUT with the weather as nice as it is and as many theatres will be beginning their seasons soon, now is a great time to get that new headshot you’ve been putting off taken. We’ll even point you to several photographers eager and willing to help!

Rehearsals will be scheduled by the individual directors based on the schedules of the cast. Location for rehearsals will be determined by the directors as well.  The festival runs September 15th – 24th and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

We will need a large number and wide range of actors and actresses of all ages and races, so don’t be shy about auditioning.

The selected plays for this year’s 10x10 are (breakdowns of the plays coming soon):

  • "Dolly at the Soiree" by Fernando Dovalina; directed by Rachel Dickson – 2f; 2m

  • "Mrs. Opal" by Michelle R. Taylor, directed by Kelvin Douglas – 4f; 2m
  • *Unfortunately, it is time for Mrs. Opal to go to a nursing home. Her family is gathering at the home she shared with her deceased husband for over forty years. They are helping her get ready to leave for the nursing home.
  • -Mrs. Opal – An 83 year old spicy lady who is experiencing the first signs of dementia. Her husband of forty years recently died and she is reluctantly moving into a nursing home.
  • -Michelle – Mrs. Opal’s forty-five year old daughter. She is an entrepreneur that travels and has no other choice but to put her mother in a nursing home.
  • -Joe – Mrs. Opal’s 33 year old grandson who has been living with her for the last three years. He drinks heavily.( Played by the same person playing Walter but younger.)
  • -Ebony – Mrs. Opal’s 27 year old granddaughter who is a hairstylist.
  • -Aunt Gurthie – Mrs. Opal’s 65 year old sister-in-law who is somewhat religious. 
  • -Darius – Mrs. Opal’s 22 year old grandson and Michelle’s son. 
  • -Walter – Mrs. Opal’s 57 year old retired son. (Played by the same person playing Joe but slightly older.)

  • "Teacher of the Year" by Steve Stewart, directed by Callina Situka -- 1f; 1m; 1 either
  • *A psychological drama between a predatory high school teacher and one of her former, troubled students who confronts her during his 10-year reunion at the school.
  • -Ms. Prichard, high school English teacher, mid-30’s female, manipulative, convincing, a chameleon type, changing to whatever personality she needs to “wear” at the time.
  • -Kevin, mid 20s to 30 in age range, a male. He is a troubled soul, complex and scarred by his past with this teacher. He tries to get some sort of closure from their affair and its subsequent damage to his life, but she once again manipulates and confuses him.
  • -Principal Skinner, middle-aged, can be either male or female. Your typical prim and proper administrator in the field of education.

  • "The Gift of Prophecy" by Lauren Tunnell, directed by Lindsay Smith – 2f; 2m; 2 either

  • "Taking a Second Look" by Carl Williams, directed by Erica Chmielewski – 1f; 1m
  • *A young woman tries to study for her GED while her younger brother, who is mentally challenged, distracts her by showing off a hand mirror he got from his job at a barber shop. They find the mirror reveals not just images, but self-images and possibilities.
  • 1 female, mid 20s.
  • 1 male, late teens to early twenties.

  • "My Name is Joel Goldfarb" by Jeffrey Strausser, directed by Steve Carpentier – 2f; 1m

  • "Muscle Shoals" by Eric C Jones, directed by Dabrina Sandifer – 1f; 4m
  • *Its Muscle Shoals, Alabama. 1967. A tyrannical studio owner & an ideal session musician are at odds with each other over the musical direction of a young Aretha Franklin. 

  • "Erie Fire" by Rachel Dickson, directed by Errol Anthony Wilks – 4m

  • "Last Dance" by John Meiners Jr, directed by Lauren Tunnell – 2f; 3m; 1 either (NOTE: we need one young male, age around 9)

  • "2 B or Nah 2 B: Sexting Hamlet" by Donna Latham, directed by Amy Pope – 2f; 2m
  • *Creeper Claudius texts Hamlet a viddy of himself making the beast with two backs--with Hamlet's mom! The angsty Dane can't decide whether to off Claudius or himself.
  • -Hamlet—melancholy Dane riddled with existential angst; M 20s
  • -Gertrude—Hamlet’s sexy mother, who recently married his uncle and is growing disillusioned with the whole creepy arrangement; F 40s
  • -Claudius—dirty old man with a dad-bod; M 50s-60s
  • -Ophelia—Hamlet’s ex, who is sick of men running the show; F 20s 

If you have any questions, contact Artistic Director Nicholas Garelick at swh10x10@gmail.com
When:
Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location:

Introduction to Screenwriting with Russell DeGrazier

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In this workshop, writers will gain a working understanding of the three-act structure in the context of "the character-driven screenplay." Building upon this structure, writers will develop the skills necessary to create memorable central characters that compel us to invest in their cinematic stories, from their first moment onscreen to their last. These are characters that draw the high-level talent essential to get films made, regardless of genre or specialized content.

Participants will get the chance to hone their screenwriting skills through exercises designed to help writers create meaningful conflict on the screenplay page. Brainstorming exercises will help attendees discover story ideas that resonate deeply with audiences. Additionally, writers will learn to utilize simple tools for shaping characters and will examine films to help bolster their knowledge of story structure.

All participants will have the opportunity to voice their interests, goals and questions during our discussions. By the end of the day, specific story ideas will begin to take shape and writers will have attained the knowledge they need to complete their first character-driven screenplay.

This workshop includes free admission to Writespace's Saturday Write-In held immediately after this workshop from 4-6:30 p.m. Find out more about our Write-Ins here.

TIME: Saturday, June 25th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Includes lunch break.
PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 20th: $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members. After Monday, June 20th, $85 Members, $100 for Non-Members. Become a member here.
LOCATION: Writespace
LEVEL: Beginner and Intermediate
CAP: Limited to 12 Writers

About the Instructor: 
Russell DeGrazier is a screenwriter, director, actor, and professor. His work includes the short "MAD Boy, I'll Blow your Blues Away" ( semi-finalist for the Oscar: Best Live Action Short), Sunset Strip (Twentieth Century Fox), Attraction (Lionsgate), plus Soul Of A Nationand Mr. Sex: The Kinsey Story, both for HBO. He played Stan Traub on NBC's Friday Night Lights for seasons 4 and 5. His current projects in development are Hero and Locust Road. United Talent Agency (Los Angeles office) is his representation. 

Russell holds his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his masters in film from University of Southern California. His unions include the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He served as adjunct screenwriting professor at Northlake College from 2008-2013.

Due Date: Jun 25, 2016
Contact Name: Elizabeth White-Olsen
Phone: 713.516.5679
Fee: PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, June 20th: $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members. After Monday, June 20th, $85 Members, $100 for Non-Members.
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