Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Fall Newsletter September 2013

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Fall Newsletter                                                     September 2013
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So many exciting goings-on here at the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

We have partnered with our member organizations WomenArts and LPTW (League of Professional Theatre Women) to take over the production of the WomenArts Funding Newsletters, for both Film/Video and Theatre. 

We are also announcing our Collaboration Award winners for 2013, and planning the huge Gala to celebrate them.  See all details below.

If you have not received email from us before, it is because we have taken over the WomenArts mailing list from their Funding Newsletters.  Please use the subscribe link to the left to add or subtract any of our mailings you do or do not want to receive.  Or send us an email to info@wamcoalition.org
We never want to send you anything you don't want!
REMEMBER:  if you are a member of any of our member organizations, you are a member of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition!  (See list of member organizations at the bottom of this newsletter.)
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone
for the Board of Representatives
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

Funding Newsletters (originally from WomenArts)FundingNewsletters

The Coalition has now fully taken over the Film/Video Funding Newsletter, and is producing the Theatre Funding Newsletter with our member organization, the League of Professional Theatre Women.  Thank you to Martha Richards of WomenArts for her many years of creating and supporting the Funding Newsletters. 
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to receive Funding Newsletters and/or more exciting events, news, and networking info.  (You get to pick what you receive, and we will never send you information that is not requested.)
Link to the Film/Video Funding Newsletter online
Link to the Theatre Funding Newsletter online
Link to ongoing additional Funding Resources
on the WomenArts website.

Collaboration Award GalaCollaborationAward
The winners have been announced for the 2013 Collaboration Award!

Jane Edith Wilson & Grace Lee

Stephanie Satie & Anita Khanzadian

Fengar Gael & Lorca Peress 
Join us for the Gala to celebrate all the winners on October 24 at 6pm at Baruch College, Lexington Avenue and 24th Street.  More details soon.

Member Organizations:              
Actors' Equity Association, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, New York Women in Film & Television, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television Artists New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers, Writers Guild of America East
Affiliate Member Organizations:
Dancers Over 40, Professional Women Singers Association, The Rehearsal Club, The Women's Media Center, WomenArts, and Women Make Movies

We have new Member Organizations pending--announcement soon!


About the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition - 2013

About the Coalition - 2013

Who We Are 

Statement of Purpose 

The purpose of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is to focus the power of our member organizations together and to use that combined strength to address issues of concern to women in the arts, media, and new media. We are committed to being the link between our member organizations as we collaborate to impact the various topics that affect women in our industry through advocacy, networking, and events.  


From a committee formed to help women connect across disciplines, a new coalition of women emerged in 1989. Here are two co-founders’ recollections of the early days.

"Our Beginnings" by Elsa Rael and Shellen Lubin

In September 1989, four Board members of The League of Professional Theatre Women formed a special events committee consisting of Joan Vail Thorne (dramatist, director), Lenore DeKoven (director, producer, educator), Doris Cole Abrahams (producer), and Elsa Rael (playwright, author). It was the beginning of the season and our mission was to come up with additional events and fresh programming to present to the general membership.

Among many of the ideas presented was one by DeKoven, who told us of an incredible three-day event sponsored by the West Coast Women in Film for the purpose of inter-organizational networking. She thought we might duplicate such a project on the East Coast. Although we loved the idea, we agreed it would undoubtedly take several years to organize the funding through grants, arrange for housing, venues and so on.

Elsa wanted something more immediate--an invitational meeting with the presidents and officers of “sister” organizations in related fields of the performing arts. The purpose of such a meeting would be the sharing and discussion of mutual problems and goals, and to become aware of other organizations in the field. The response was beyond enthusiasm!

A catered luncheon meeting was held at the home of then League co-president Lynda Sturner and was chaired by co-president Berenice Weiler. Two Board members from each of the organizations came, excited to participate. We called the organization The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts. Upon hearing of this new organization, Women In Communications Inc., or WICI, in the person of Fortuna Calvo Roth, came on board and we added “and Media” to the title. A steering committee was established and we were off and running.

We determined that “the organization was formed for the purposes of information sharing, inter-organizational communication, raising awareness of contributions of women in the arts and media and the support of common social and professional issues.”

The first event was an open meeting of the general members of all the groups, which took place on June 13, 1990, at the YWCA in New York. More than 300 people attended. The interest and need were clear. At that point, the League did not have actors as members, and so the acting unions had not been invited to that first luncheon. At the YWCA event, Shellen Lubin represented all of the acting unions (AEA, SAG, and AFTRA), and soon they became a part of the organization as well.

From that point, we continued to plan events to bring women in the arts and media together. We became a corporation, then a 501C3, and through various presidencies and co-presidencies, evolved events and programs to connect the members of our member orgs with each other and give greater visibility to issues of common concern, Some events included Wellspring (panels of accomplished artists talking about where in their childhood and early years their artistry came from and was nurtured and developed), BSINE (Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event) and JAN (Just About Networking), the Meet and Greet which introduced an organization to all Coalition members, and, more recently, the Cross Organization Meet and Greet, which introduced members of one of our member orgs to the members of another. We also developed our two large-scale events: VintAge (focusing on the work and image of older women in our industry) and the Collaboration Award Event (an award honoring two or more women from two or more disciplines collaborating together on an artistic project).

The Transition from NYCWAM to Women in the Arts & Media CoalitionIn 2010, a Steering Committee was created to shift the organization into the 21st Century, and particularly into the online universe. If our goals included networking and outreach, we had to include the enormous capabilities now available on the web. We changed our name to the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. to better suit our growing national impact as well as ease of use.

Our new website, new facebook page, and a whole new expanded presence online and in social media allows for additional ways for our organization to promote our member organizations to all of our other member organizations. More connections, more visibility, and more opportunities for us all – that’s what we strive for – to provide a vital connection between organizations to address issues of note to all.

What We Do

The Women in the Arts and Media Coalition is a centralized resource for professional women in the performing arts and media industries. 

The Coalition provides: 

Access to New York's Creative Community The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, through its member organizations, represents more than 80,000 women and men in the performing arts and media. Members work in all areas of theatre, film and television; in marketing and public relations; and in print media. They include some of the country's most respected professionals. 

The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition's combined membership is probably larger and more diverse than that of any other alliance in New York: labor and management, producers and performers, writers and publishers -- all participate in coalition programs and events. As a resource for professional development and social exchange, the Coalition is without equal. 

Information Sharing  Women in the Arts & Media Coalition-sponsored panel discussions, seminars and workshops have provided unique forums for the presentation of issues and ideas relating to the performing arts and media. Through programs like these, members keep abreast of trends and developments in their industries, as well as in allied areas. This opportunity for "cross-pollination" is often cited as one of the most valuable aspects of participation. Now that our member organizations are doing more such cross-organization events, we are focusing more on co-producing such events with them. We are also focusing on more information sharing through our website and online media. 

Mentoring The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition provides a link for arts and media professionals to their colleagues across the United States and abroad, including those in colleges and universities. Through outreach to women entering the communications job market and through peer networking, the coalition serves both its constituency and the arts and media community. Our website is a critical resource for outreach, networking, and awareness. 


SDC Opportunities - September 2013

SDC - Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
 OPPORTUNITIES -  September 2013

Please note:  Applications and guidelines for all programs are available at www.sdcweb.org (look under Foundation)
Dates and Deadlines (see details below):
09/02 National: George C. Wolfe Fellowship application deadline
09/04 New York: Observership with Erica Schmidt application deadline
09/09 Florida: Observership with Marcia Milgrom Dodge application deadline (not posted yet) 
09/12 National: SDCF Masters of the Stage - Discovering Talent and New Work posting date
09/16 National: Reginald Denham Fellow selected
09/16 New York: DCN: Topic TBD
09/23 National: Zelda Fichandler Award submission materials due
09/26 National: SDCF Masters of the Stage - Directing and Choreographing New Musicals posting date
09/24 New York: Broadway Salutes
09/30 National: George C. Wolfe Fellow selected

10/01 Kentucky: Guest director selected for University of Lousville
10/03 National: Directing with Technology and Multimedia
11/04 Ohio: Presentation of the Zelda Fichandler Award at Cincinnati Playhouse

Outside Opportunities:
Immediate Oregon: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Fellowships available
09/06 National: USArtists International application deadline
10/15 Pennsylvania: Penn State Musical Theatre faculty position application deadline 
 10/15 Vermont: University of Vermont Theatre faculty position application review begins

See opportunity details below.  For further questions after reading details, please email Foundation@SDCweb.org.

The new George C. Wolfe Fellowship will be awarded to a talented director or choreographer with significant accomplishment to date and vast potential for the future. Financial support will be provided to artists who harbor a deep desire to expand their capacity for and access to new ways of working. 

For further details on applying and eligibility, please see George C. Wolfe Fellowship Guidelines and Application at SDCweb.org.


Through this program, we offer 25 grants to shadow master directors and choreographers mounting new productions across the country.  SDCF provides each Observer with a weekly stipend of $200 plus a small project travel stipend. Only those who have applied for this program - are eligible to apply for these opportunities and only they receive full details.  Applications for this year are now closed.  Application for projects beginning July 1, 2014 will be available online in April, 2014.
At its 2013 Emerging Artist Symposium on Musicals, Robyn Goodman, Commercial Producer and Founder of Second Stage Theatre, spoke with SDCF Producing Director Ellen Rusconi about discovering talent and developing new work in today's dynamic theatre climate. Goodman infuses her perspective as an actor turned producer with a well-rounded view of production from page to stage and everything in between. Listen as she offers insight on keeping up with trending audience interest and younger sensibilities, procuring a strong design team, giving a memorable interview, and recognizing commercial viability in unexpected places.
In October of 2006, Mary Orr Denham established the Denham Fellowship through a bequest to SDCF in honor of her late husband, Reginald H.F. Denham. The Denham Fellowship is “an annual award to aspiring young directors, and particularly women directors, to further develop their directing skills”. 
Applicationsfor this Fellowship were accepted through July 31, 2013, and application is now closed. For further information on SDCF Fellowships, visit SDCF Programs for Emerging Artists  (scroll to Fellowships).

Produced in association with SDC, DCN's are typically held one Monday of each month at SDC, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1701, and focus on exploring a topic of interest to directors and choreographers with invited distinguished guests. Attendance is free and open to the public.

For information on this program, visit SDCF Conversations and Events.
With this award, SDCF recognizes the profound impact and honors the legacy of the foundaers of regional theatre and celebrates the creativity and artistry of theatre around the country. Named after Zelda Fichandler, a founder of the American regional theatre movement, the award celebrates significant achievement in the field, singular creativity and artistry, and a deep investment in a particular region. This award is not for lifetime achievement; the intent is to honor an artist for both accomplishment to date and promise for the future.  This award presents an unrestricted grant of $5,000 to an outstanding director or choreographer making an exceptional contribution to the national arts landscape through theatre work in a region. This year, the award will honor achievement in the Central region.    
For more information, visit Zelda Fichandler Award at SDCweb.org.  Please direct any questions to Ellen Rusconi at SDCFPrograms@SDCweb.org.

At its 2013 Emerging Artist Symposium on Musicals, SDCF hosted Tony-nominated Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones, Xanadu, Spelling Bee) in conversation with Producing Director, Ellen Rusconi, on his experiences directing and choreographing new musicals. From his theatre experiences while growing up in Cleveland to his transition from performer to director/choreogrpaher, this discussion-peppered with a dash of humor, sentiment, and survival jobs- examines Dan's process of learning to create musical theatre and launching a career. The conversation explores key tactics when working with stage managers and writers, time management when developing a new work, and elevating taste in the most unlikely yet scrumptious ways.

The fifth annual Broadway Salutes, a free public event celebrating the dedication and tenure of individuals in the Broadway community, takes place on Tuesday, September 24, beginning at 3:30pm in the Times Square Visitors Center on 7th Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets. The event will recognize the myriad of artists, technicians, and craftspeople who have made Broadway great for decades and will give special recognition to those individuals working today who have worked 25, 35, and 50 years in their respective theatrical craft - including stagehands, wardrobe workers, hair and makeup artists, theater owners, actors, producers, playwrights, casting directors, general managers, publicists, ushers, designers, musicians, directors, choreographers, and more.  Broadway Salutes is presented by The Broadway League and The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) and administered in part by SDCF and SDC.  To reserve your spot, please email rsvp@broadwaysalutes.org.
At its 2013 Symposium on Plays, Marianne Weems and Erica Laird of The Builders Association spoke with SDCF Producing Director Ellen Rusconi about the process of creating theatre with heavy use of multi-media elements. Listen as they share the intricacies involved in rehearsing and maintaining a piece when working with both human and non-human counterparts and how to fuse the two symbiotically to create a piece of holistic, organic art. These innovative theatre artists speak to a director's responsibility when employing these mediums and identify the financial and professional requirements of mounting and sustaining this visionary artform.
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL offers paid professional development opportunities beginning in October for a Director, a Lighting Designer and Scenic Designer, with complimentary housing, round trip airfare, and stipend ($6000 Director, $5000 Designers) awarded to recipients. .  Directors: This is a four-month Fellowship. Candidates must have directed a minimum of three (3) Equity productions. Designers: This is a four-month Fellowship. Candidates must have designed at least three (3) non-academic productions and/or live events. Equivalent work in film, television and/or other relevant industry may also be considered. Candidates must be able to commit full time to the position.  There are no age requirements and/or academic requirements for any of the above opportunities. 
Please contact Sharifa Johka, FAIR Experience Manager at OSF, with further questions including extended deadline date  at 541.482.2111 ext. 203 or sharifaj@osfashland.org.  More information about OSF and the FAIR program can be found at osfashland.org/FAIR.


USARTISTS INTERNATIONAL provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.  The application deadline for the first of three grant rounds of the  2014 program is September 6, 2013 for projects between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014. For more information, visit midatlanticarts.org.  Direct questions to Brigid Zuknick, brigid@midatlanticarts.org.


PENN STATE MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM seeks a dance faulty member with expertise in musical theatre dance repertoire to serve as Head of Dance for Musical Theatre. Dance curricula in the School of Theatre serve two distinct degree programs: the BFA in Musical Theatre and the BA in Theatre-Dance Emphasis. Successful candidate will be appointed at a rank and salary commensurate with experience, tenure track possible. For more information, please visit https://theatre.psu.edu/people
UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT, DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE seeks an innovative and collaborative Theatre Historian/Dramaturge with an interdisciplinary approach for a full-time tenure track assistant professor position. Starting date: August 2014. PhD required. For informations please visit https://www.uvmjobs.com

SDCF programs are made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts,
the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature , Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
and many generous corporations and individuals.