LPTW Legacy Project 5/14 at CUNY Graduate Center

"Under Her Skin" film launch from Nine Lives Productions

from:  Nine Lives Productions 
Fantastic networking opportunity for actors and filmmakers alike! Come support independent film at the launch of Nine Lives Productions' latest project, "Under Her Skin."

When: Friday, April 27th from 6:00PM to 10:00PM (or anytime in between)

Where: The Irish Exit: 978 2nd Avenue (between 51st and 52nd street), NYC

We’ll be raffling off amazing prizes and there will be lots of cheap booze and food going around, with free appetizers and $1 beers from 6-8PM as well as half-price mix drinks and 50 cent wings all night long.

You can purchase discount tickets in advance for $12 through our Indie Gogo page at
www.indiegogo.com/Under and clicking the $12 perk on the right hand side titled "Get a Ticket to Launch Party."

Alternatively, a $15 donation can be made at the door on the day of the event. All proceeds go solely towards the production.


SAG-AFTRA Event Open to All WAM Coalition Members

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
Take Back the Work:  
A Call to Action For Women Over 50

Do women over 50 today have a chance to avoid becoming
invisible on movie and television screens?  

Don't miss a special opportunity to participate in this workshop and learn how to impact your employment opportunities with a hands-on call to action, guided by marketing and branding expert Mona Finston and facilitated by Ellen Wacher.  Presented by SAG-AFTRA, as conceived and funded by the former SAG National Women's Committee, Mona will guide participants on how to take back the work that's traditionally been reserved for the 18 -49 demographic.  The call to action will include detailed
steps and suggestions on how to build your own brand as well as grass-roots media awareness campaigns.

This workshop will be live-streamed to SAG-AFTRA members all around the world. Please join us for this once in a lifetime event.  ALL members of the WAM Coalition (all members of all of our Member Orgs) are welcome! 

When: Tuesday, April 24th from 2 - 4pm Eastern
(11am - 1pm Pacific)

Where: University of Miami at the Newman Alumni Center  
(See below for NYC Viewing Party details!)

Limited seating is also available at the SAG-AFTRA Offices in the following locations:

260 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor in the Eddie Cantor Boardroom
Between 38th and 39th Streets
RSVP Required: Email RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.

5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 8th Floor in the Founders Room
(Check in on the 7th Floor at Reception)
RSVP Required: Email RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
RSVP Required: Email Elizabeth.Jackson@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.

If you need ADA accommodations, please email your requests to RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org
or call 212-827-1542 as soon as possible.
Watch the Event Streamed Live Online

To Access LiveStream:  
immediatelyprior to the start of the event.

Theatre Women Organize in LA & NY/More SWAN News

Support Women Artists Now
Please click here to see this email online with a translation option.
Theatre Women Organize
in Los Angeles and New York/
SWAN News from Bulgaria & D.C.

Deborah Steinberg, our Director of Artist Services, has written two pieces for the WomenArts Blog this week about groups fighting for gender equality in theatre - the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative and its New York predecessor 50/50 in 2020. We have included excerpts in this newsletter - if you want to see the full articles, please visit the WomenArts Blog.

Please keep sending us your SWAN Day photos and videos. We have news this week from SWAN Festival Bulgaria and a SWAN song suggested by Liberated Muse Arts Group in Washington, DC. Thanks so much to all of you who helped make the Fifth International SWAN Day the best ever!
Martha Richards
Executive Director, WomenArts

Get a Free Badge from the the Female Playwrights Initiative!
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative is a Los Angeles-based movement working to ensure fair representation of women playwrights on local stages and beyond.

Are you ready to say "I'm with the FPI?" You can download a free FPI badge or buy one on T-shirts, mugs & more.
The Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, or LA FPI, was formed almost 2 years ago by playwrights Laura Shamas and Jennie Webb as a local, West Coast branch of the national movement for gender parity in American theatre led by the New York-based 50/50 in 2020 movement.

The FPI commissioned a study of women playwrights in the Los Angeles area, which found that only 20% of the plays produced locally were written by women. They began working on various fronts to address this paradox, with an infectious enthusiasm for their members' works and a positive, action-oriented attitude toward the field as a whole. These women know that they are making a difference, and they are excited about doing it.

Membership is free and the FPI offers newsletters and a variety of other online resources. Read more about them on the WomenArts Blog>>

Join 50/50 in 2020 - A Grassroots Movement to Achieve Gender Parity in Theatre
50/50 in 2020 is a New York-based grassroots movement that seeks gender parity for professional women theatre artists (i.e. 50% of theatre jobs) by the year 2020.
The members advocate for more opportunities and equal pay for women in professional theatre productions.

The cornerstone of 50/50 in 2020 is Works By Women, a group that goes to see productions written, directed, and/or designed by women in New York. Any woman can submit her show for consideration for listing on the Works by Women blog and for a possible group outing, though shows must be on Broadway, Off-Broadway, or Off-Off-Broadway. Works By Women also profiles women theatre artists and their shows in blog articles and interviews.

We especially love the idea of women supporting each other by seeing each other's work. WomenArts' own SWAN Day celebrations grew from the Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now/WITASWAN groups that Jan Lisa Huttner formed in Chicago to encourage women to see films by women.

We encourage women around the world to form groups to support each other, and when you do, please be sure to tell us about it, so that we can feature you in future newsletters.

Read more about 50/50 in 2020 in the WomenArts Blog>>

Congratulations to SWAN Festival Bulgaria!
SWAN Day Bulgaria Organizers
Rumyana Tancheva, Nevena Gadjeva, and Dessi Dimova
Congratulations to the organizers of SWAN Festival Bulgaria for their second four-day SWAN celebration. The efforts have been led by musician Dessi Dimova of Art Nova Foundation.
Dimova worked closely this year with Rumyana
Tancheva of Wonderland Events and Nevena Gadjeva of City Center Sofia Mall where many of the events were held. She also formed partnerships with the American Embassy in Bulgaria, Les Fleurs Hotel, the Sofia Municipality, Social Me (check out their cool graphics), and Fresh Swing Dance.

This year's celebration focused on the active participation of the audience by offering workshops in several styles of dancing, puppet theatre, candle-making, creating batiks, knitting, painting with watercolors (for children), food carving, and food photography.

They also offered their first "SWAN Academy," a one-week free "boot camp" in documentary film-making led by Minnesota-based U.S. filmmaker Melody Gilbert of Frozen Feet Films.

For more information, please visit: swanfestivalbg.com
Note: This site is in Bulgarian, but if you look in the top right corner of the screen, you will find a small British flag that you can click to get the English version.  You can also use Google Translate to translate the site from Bulgarian to English and many other languages.
Quick Links
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Check It Out: Dianne Reeves Sings About Being A Woman Artist
Special thanks to Khadijah Ali-Coleman of Liberated Muse Arts Group in Washington, DC for introducing us to Endangered Species, a song by the fabulous jazz singer Dianne Reeves about being a woman artist.

We have printed the lyrics below because they seem like a perfect fit with this week's newsletter about groups fighting for gender equality in the arts.

You can find several versions of the song on YouTube or you can hear the excerpt that Liberated Muse used in its promo video for their I'm Every Woman SWAN event.

Their SWAN event featured performers from Washington, DC’s progressive soul music scene sharing their own music and performing tribute songs to other artists. You can see videos from their show at LiberatedMuse.com

Endangered Species
by Dianne Reeves
"I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
I am a woman I exist
I shake my fist
but not my hips
My skin is dark
my body is strong
I sing of rebirth
no victim's song
I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
They cut out my sex
they bind my feet
Silence my reflex
no tongue to speak
I work in the fields
I work in the store
I type up the deals
and I mop the floors

I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
My body is fertile
I bring life about
Drugs, famine, and war, take them back out
My husband can beat me his right they say
And rape isn't rape
you say I like it that way
I am an endangered species
But I sing no victim's song
I am a woman
I am an artist
And I know where my voice belongs
I know where my soul belongs
I know where I belong." 

Special Thanks

WomenArts is supported this year by generous grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Art Happens, The Sister Fund, the Harnisch Foundation, HEW Foundation, Northern Trust Charitable Giving, Do A Little, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the PatsyLu Fund of the Open Meadows Foundation, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, California Community Foundation, and by gifts of time, energy and money from artists and arts supporters around the world. 

About WomenArts

WomenArts (formerly known as The Fund for Women Artists) is a community of artists and allies dedicated to celebrating and supporting art by and about women. For an overview of our programs and services, please see the About Us section of our website.

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Bistro Awards - Reduced price for WAM Coalition members

Reduced Price for WAM Coalition members -- contact sherry@sherryeaker.com!

Join us for our 27th Anniversary Celebration!
To Purchase Tickets visit www.bistroawards.com 
bistro 2012

Hoping to See YOU there!!!
Sherry Eaker
and The Bistro Awards Committee


Equal Pay Day NYC Monday 4/16/12


Equal Pay Champion
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
will be joined by elected officials, advocates and experts
calling for stronger policies and pay equity laws, including
the Paycheck Fairness Act and the NYS Fair Pay Act.

Monday, April 16
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Moderator & Panel
NPR Host Maria Hinojosa
Serena Fong | Catalyst
C. Nicole Mason |Women of Color Policy Network 
Wage Discrimination Victim

NYU Law School
Vanderbilt Hall - Tishman Auditorium
40 Washington Square South - New York City
To RSVP go to: www.nywa.org

Members Include:
A Better Balance
Asian Women in Business
Catalyst Inc.
Center for the Women of NY
Enterprising Professional
   Women Manhattan
50/50 in 2020
Human Rights Project
   Urban Justice Center
Institute of the Puerto Rican
   Hispanic Elderly
Jewish Women's Foundation of NY
Junior League of the City of NY
Latina PAC
League of Professional Theatre Women
League of Women Voters
   of the City of New York
Legal Momentum
Long Island Fund for Women & Girls
Long Island Women's Agenda
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
- Women's Business Committee
Nation to Nation Networking
Nat'l Association of
   Female Executives
Nat'l Association of
   Women Business Owners
Nat'l Council of Jewish Women NY
Nat'l Council of Jewish Women Lakeville
Nat'l Organization of Italian
   American Women
New York Coalition of 100 Black Women
New York Women's Agenda
New York Women's Foundation
9-5 Nat'l Association of Working Women
NYS Women, Bay Ridge Brooklyn
The Transition Network
Women Chefs and Restaurateurs
Women in Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
Women in Development-NY
Women in Health Management
Women on the Job/
   NYS Pay Equity Coalition
Pay Equity Coalition
Women's Center for Career
   Education and Advancement
Women's City Club of NY
Women's Media Center
YWCA Brooklyn
YWCA of the City of NY
YWCA Orange County
Zonta Club of Greater Queens
Zonta Club of New York
as of March 2012

Experts   Ellen Bravo
Dr. Martha Burk,
Dr. Debra Condren
Barbara Ehrenreich
Dr. Fran Moccio
Hon. Evelyn Murphy
Prof. Pamela Stone

NYWA President | EPCNYC Director
Beverly Cooper Neufeld

This event is co-sponsored by
A Better Balance & NYU Law Women 

National Equal Pay Day - April 17th - symbolizes how far into 2012 women must work to earn what men earned in 2011. On April 17 EPCNYC and advocates across NY will email, call and tweet our state officials to pass laws that close the wage gap & create economic equity.
Sign the STAND UP FOR EQUAL PAY Petition now! www.equalpaynewyork.org 

For Equal Pay Coalition activities and Membership: info@newyorkwomensagenda.org

The EQUAL PAY COALITION NYC (EPCNYC)is a consortium of civic organizations, advocates and experts working together for Pay Equity in NY. EPCNYC was created in 2007 by the NEW YORK WOMEN'S AGENDA (NYWA),a New York nonprofit charitable corporation, in response to growing concern and mounting evidence of the continuing economic discrimination suffered by New York's women and minorities and their families. In partnership with the "upstate" New York State Pay Equity Coalition (NYSPEC) and national groups, EPCNYC educates and promotes policy and legislative action on all levels of government to create fair pay reform. This nonpartisan and nonprofit campaign welcomes organizations and individuals to work together for economic equity. Join us!

NYWA │ PO Box 8419 - FDR Station | New York - NY 10150 │ www.nywa.org | www.equalpaynewyork.org 



Roy W. Dean Spring Film Grant

The Roy W. Dean Spring film grant is now accepting applications and the deadline of April 30th is fast approaching.

They give cash, goods and service donations from top people in our industry like DuArt, Silver Sound, Unilux, and Edgewise. These top Corporations like to give back to filmmakers through these film grants. They want films that are unique and make a contribution to society. They fund docs, shorts, and low budget features. Visit their website for full information, past winners, application, and list of awards. Everyone who applies gets a free film financing consultation with Carole Dean, author of The Art of Film Funding. Deadline is April 30th for the Spring Grant so don't be late.



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