Collaboration Award Gala History - 2013

Collaboration Award Gala History - 2013

The Collaboration Award: Women Working With Women is designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media to work collaboratively with women from other arts and media specializations on the creation of new work. The award honors successful collaborations among women from different specializations in the arts and media.


Collaboration Award Gala

Past Events
2013 Collaboration Awards 


Jane Edith Wilson & Grace Lee

Stephanie Satie & Anita Khanzadian

Fengar Gael & Lorca Peress

October 24, 2013
at Engelman Recital Hall of Baruch Performing Arts Center

Keynote Speaker:
(co-creator of THE DAILY SHOW, Emmy and Peabody Award winner)

Honored Guests
Pat Addiss, Producer (BUYER & CELLAR, BECOMING DR. RUTH, and more)Rebecca Damon, SAG-AFTRA New York Vice President
Sherry Eaker, Producer (past Editor of Backstage)
Mari Lyn Henry (past Casting Director at ABC/NY, author of "How To Be a Working Actor")
Adriana Shaw, HerFlix
Michelle Sokolowski, SDC Membership Coordinator

Awards Sponsors
Alice Christy
Yvonne Curry
Sherry Eaker
Elsa Rael

Raffle Sponsors
Pat Addiss, producer of BECOMING DR. RUTH (tickets)
Mario BadescuFarrow & Ball
Forever Flawless
Arlene Geiger
Andrea Giardino
Pamela's Potions Eve Pearl Cosmetics
M. Kilburg Reedy, producer of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (tickets)
Robin Rice Designs
Stepping Out Studios 

2011 Collaboration Awards
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is proud to announce the winners of its internationally recognized Collaboration Award. The award honors successful collaborations among women from different specializations in the arts and media. The winners are Stefanie Zadravec (playwright - Dramatists Guild) and Daniella Topol (director - Stage Directors and Choreographers) for their collaboration on The Electric Baby. The awards were presented at the Gershwin Hotel (7 E. 27th Street) on Monday, March 21st at 6pm.

The Electric Baby was chosen from the work of more than one hundred artists from across the nation and abroad to receive the $1000 award. Topol and Zadravec began their collaboration last May and developed it further at Theater of the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. They will continue to work together on a staged reading at The Playwrights Realm's INK'd series set for June 13th. The Electric Baby is a current semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Center's National Playwrights conference, a finalist for Play Penn's New Play Development Conference in Philadelphia, and is slated for a full production in 2012 at the Quantum Theater in Pittsburgh.

Two additional projects have been designated as "Honored Finalists," which will receive a $100 award: Slashes of Light, collaborators Judy Tate and Melissa Maxwell, and Thirst, collaborators Anita Chandwaney and MEH Lewis.

Projects which have earned "Honorable Mention" are: Appetite, collaborators Arden Kass and Lorca Peress; Communicate Sober, collaborators Jan Buttram and Bara Swain; Seven, collaborators Anna Deavere Smith, Carol Mack, Catherine Filoux, Gail Kriegel, Paula Cizmar, Ruth Margraff and Susan Yankowitz; Orange Chicken, a screenplay from collaborators Nina Braddock and Katy Frame; and Sila, collaborators Chantal Bilodeau and Seema Sueko.


Marcy and Zina are the first women ever honored as recipients of the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting. They have also been nominated for 2009 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Music for Dear Edwina and have earned Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their Junie B.Jones.

Honored Guests
Andrew Frank, Associate Producer, Lombardi
Cyrena Esposito, Associate Producer, Memphis
Paul J. Michael, Executive Director, The Network
Lawrence Feeney, Producer, theAtrainplays

We would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for making this event possible:

Screen Actors Guild
Sherry Eaker
The Rehearsal Club & Gale Patron
Yvonne Curry

Raffle Sponsors 
Andrea Giardino Catering
Andrew Frank
Eve Pearl Cosmetics
Farrow & Ball
Hong S. M. Liquor
Jewish Community Fitness Center
Lee Kelley Acting Coach
Mario Badescu
Pamela Allen
Paul J. Michael
Primary Stages
Stepping Out Studios
The Actors Fund
York Theatre


2008 Collaboration Awards

The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media presented its biennial Collaboration Award at a champagne reception at the Gershwin Hotel at 7 East 27th Street, on March 2, 2009. The awards were underwritten by Special Advisor to the Coalition, Sherry Eaker, and Past President, Elsa Rael. The event was hosted by the Coalition Board and its Honorary Artistic Advisors and Colleagues including composer, Nancy Ford, and playwright and performer, Leslie Ayvazian. The event also honored Women's History Month and SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now, a campaign initiated by the Fund for Women Artists).

Winners of the $1000 prize were Jennifer Gibbs, author of the play, The Stranger, and director, Kristin Marting. Gibbs based her play on Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea. Marting and Gibbs plan a multi-media production including film and music.

Runners-up for the award were Elyse Singer and Ruth Margraff for their opera, Wellsprings; Carol Todd and Catherine Eaton for their screenplay, Showers of Happiness; cabaret performers, Melanie Adelman and Ellie Dvorkin for their cabaret musical, Mel and ElThis Show Rhymes; and Shirley Lauro and Alexis Greene for their anthology of plays by women: Front Lines: Political Plays by American Women. 

Letter from the Screen Actors Guild
"To our great friends and colleagues of the New York Coalition of Women in the Arts and Media, it is a great pleasure to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Collaboration Awards. Screen Actors Guild has a long-standing practice of fighting discrimination and increasing employment opportunities for women of all ages and look forward to a continued collaborative effort with the Coalition to aggressively advocate diverse hiring practices by producers and their agents. We are proud to be a part of this Coalition as a founding member organization and, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the dedicated staff of Screen Actors Guild, Congratulations to the Coalition Board and it Honorary Artistic Advisors on an extraordinary event and Brava! to all of tonight’s honorees." 

Letter from New York Women in Film and Television
Message from Terry Lawler, Executive Director, New York Women in Film & Television I am very sorry I was not able to attend this very special event celebrating collaboration. Since the art forms we work in are so dependent upon collaboration, and since women make such good collaborators, the Collaboration Awards is a perfect way to celebrate women artists. Congratulations to Jennifer Gibbs and Kristen Marting on your award. Congratulations also to Melanie Adelman & Elie Dvorkin, Shirley Lauro & Alexis Green, Carol Todd & Catherine Eaton, Ruth Margraff & Elyse Singer. And Congratulations to the New York Coalition of Women in the Arts & Media and thank you for the important work you do. 

2006 Collaboration Awards

The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media held "Collaborate! Communicate! Celebrate!" -- the First Collaboration Award Event on September 18, 2006, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, in Greenwich Village. The event was designed to honor the winners of the Coalition's first Collaboration Award, Women Working With Women. Sherry Eaker, Editor-at-Large of Backstage Magazine, and leslie Shreve, National Co-Chair of the Women's Committees of SAG and AFTRA, collaborated as moderators. The evening feature performances, awards, interviews, networking and a reception.

The winners of the Collaboration Award were playwright Jennifer Maisel and director Wendy McClellan for the play, Birds. Four other collaborative teams were honored: Jane Comfort and Joan LaBarbara for Fleeting Thoughts; Deepa Purohit & Nandita Shenoy, along with Gita Reddy, for Sahana, (previously called Exile); Sharon Talbot and Janet Gari for First Born, and Sharon Sharth and Pamela Dunlap for Grace.


Free WomenArts Webinar with Arlene Goldbard

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Creating A Culture of Possibility -
A Free Webinar With Arlene Goldbard  
Tuesday, December 3 from 10 am - 11:30 am PST

WomenArts is proud to present a free online workshop led by the visionary arts activist, Arlene Goldbard. Register soon - this workshop will be limited to 20 people. 
Arlene Goldbard is a writer who has distilled years of deep thinking about arts and social change into two beautiful books - The Wave and The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists and the Future. With the help of generous grants from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Harnisch Foundation, WomenArts is offering a free online webinar led by this provocative and inspiring woman on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Many women artists are interested in working on social justice issues.  We understand the power of the arts, but it can be so frustrating to get other activists to see it!
Arlene Goldbard's workshop is designed to help women artists bridge this gap. It will give you new ways to think and talk about your work that can help you forge partnerships with other activists.

You will learn how to help your potential project partners see the world through a cultural lens, crafting stories powerful enough to support your mutual goals, and making full use of everyone's creative capacities.

This highly interactive video webinar will include experiential exercises, frameworks for thinking about culture and change, techniques for seeing your work as an artist in a new light, and ways to  refresh your vision, aims, and strategies. You will come away excited, energized, and armed with new ideas to try.
To sign up for this online workshop/webinar, please visit our Webinar Registration Page.  We will send you information about logging in to the webinar after you have registered.

Win One of
Arlene's Books!
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The first five people to sign up for our online webinar will receive free copies of one of Arlene's books - either The Wave (a novel set in a future where the arts are fully integrated into society), or The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists and the Future (a set of essays about arts and social change).

Arlene Goldbard is a writer, speaker, consultant, and activist whose work is all about building a culture of possibility. Her two new books are nonfiction and fiction treatments of the same simple, powerful idea: how we shape our stories shapes our world.
Many readers have responded to her vision of the future by asking, "How can we make this happen?" She designed this webinar as an answer to that question.

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The free monthly Theatre Funding Newsletters are now being published by the League of Professional Theatre Women.  You can see the current issue here:  http://theatrewomen.org/programs/theatre-funding-opportunities/.  If you would like to sign up for the email version of these newsletters, please click here>>
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SAG Foundation LIVE STREAM CSA Casting Superstars

Screen Actors Guild Foundation

2013 Artios Awards Nominees: Television Drama

With the Artios Awards in November, the SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program celebrates the hard working television casting directors whose projects have been nominated. The goal of this panel is to provide a treasure trove of well-earned advice for actors from superstar industry professionals, as well as stories and anecdotes from the shows that were nominated.
Wednesday, November 13th
7:00PM PT
Los Angeles

Meet the Panelists:
Sara Isaacson
Nancy Perkins

April Webster

Moderator - Matthew Lessall

To watch by live stream you DO NOT have to log into our website.
Just go to http://www.sagfoundation.org/livestream.
Email questions to LiveStream@sagfoundation.org or tweet to #SAGF.
Video will be archived 
immediately after the event at http://youtube.com/sagfoundation


Essence Magazine Launches Filmmaking Contest to Improve Portrayal of Black Women

by Zenitha Prince
Special to the AFRO

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Essence magazine has challenged aspiring filmmakers to counter the distorted portrayal of Black women in film and television, and to showcase images of Black women that depict the beauty, bounty, triumphs and truths of their lives.

“We’re launching a short film contest seeking visions of Black women that are multidimensional, ones that are different from the stereotypical and often negative images that respondents in a recent, ground-breaking Essence study told us don’t truly reflect the totality of who they are,” the magazine stated in an overview of the contest on its web site.

According to the study, published in the magazine’s November issue, more than 1,200 respondents said an overwhelming majority of the images they encounter in traditional and social media fall into negative stereotypes—gold diggers, modern jezebels, baby mamas, uneducated sisters, ratchet women, angry Black women, mean Black girls, unhealthy Black women, and Black Barbies.

Conversely, respondents said they very rarely saw reflections of who they genuinely are: young phenoms, real beauties, individualists, community heroines, girls next door and modern matriarchs. 

Magazine officials said they hoped the study would help marketers and content creators to create more authentic images of Black women, a mission that is at the core of Essence.

“Our mission is to tell multi-generational Black women’s stories as no one else can,” Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush said in a statement in October. “Essence is the space for Black women to be heard, seen, and affirmed.”

Contest participants are challenged to write and direct an original short film no more than 20 minutes long that presents an image of a Black woman that defies the stereotypes and offers a fresh, unique perspective. The deadline for submission is Dec. 5.

A team of Essence editors will choose the contest finalists and a panel of celebrity judges will choose the winner. Those judges include husband and wife producing team Mara Brockand Salim Akil; film director and writer Gina Prince Bythewood; producer Stephanie Allain; People movie critic Alynda Wheat; director and editor-in-chief of Shadow and ActTambay Obenson; filmmaker Ava DuVernay; director of development for 34th Street Films Amber Rasberry; screenwriter and director Dee Rees; “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes and actress Regina King.
The winner will be honored at the magazine’s seventh annual Black Women in Hollywood luncheon on Feb. 27, held during Oscar week. Past honorees at the event have included Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Suzanne de Passe, Kerry Washington, Cicely Tyson and more. 

The winning film will also be featured on Essence.com, with a portion played at the Black Women in Hollywood luncheon.

Be Part of WEA Week of Action - Equal Pay & Video




November 11 to November 15 - WEC CAMPAIGN

As part of the new Women's Equality Coalition "Upgrade New York" campaign, this week we are focusing on one of the Women's Equality Agenda provisions, Equal Pay, and the release of our new look and fabulous video.
We are asking you to:
  1. Join our TWITTER POWER LUNCH - 12 to 1 pm - Any day next week
  2. Post on Facebook.
  3. Share the new VIDEO WEC VIDEO and PETITION with your networks
 How? Visit WEC social media pages & from your organization's account, retweet & share posts.  @NY4Women for retweets & www.facebook.com/NYWomensEquality for shares.

Pick a Day and TWEET at NOON!
All week we will use the equal pay theme, focusing on different groups of women. The WEC Social Media team will post & tweet each day, with an Equal Pay Coalition NYC member taking the lead: 
  • MONDAY, NOV. 11 - Focus on WOMEN VETS - led by @AAUWNY - Click for tweets and info   
  • TUESDAY, NOV. 12 - Focus on WOMEN OF COLOR - led by @NOW_NYC
  • WEDNESDAY, NOV 13 -MOMMY PENALTY / OLDER WOMEN - led by @ABetterBalance and @LWVNYS
  • THURSDAY, NOV 14 - Focus on YOUNG WOMEN - led @AAUWNY
  • FRIDAY, NOV 15 - Focus on WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP and NON TRADITIONAL JOBS - led by @EqualPayNY and @WomensCityClubNY and @LegalMomentum 
Thanks to all the EPCNYC members for making this week successful!

Social Media Links:  WEBSITE: www.nywomensequality.org  PETITION:http://chn.ge/1gMx5u6   NEW VIDEO: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy 

Equal Pay Sample Tweets:
·        @NY4Women Video http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy is no joke! Talking abt your salary can get u fired! #UpgradeNY Petition: http://chn.ge/1gMx5u6  

·        $8500 wages lost 4 average NY women due to pay gap. That's a lot of groceries! #UpgradeNY laws! @NY4Women PETITION: http://chn.ge/1gMx5u6 

·        @(name of a legislator) Wage gap costs NY $22BILLION yearly #UpgradeNY laws for equal pay! @NY4Women Video: http://tinyurl.com/IllegalorSleazy 

·        63% NY working moms r breadwinners. We need equal pay. #UpgradeNY laws! @NY4Women PETITION http://chn.ge/1gMx5u6 

WEC Sample Tweets and Posts:
·        To tweet: #WEAreStrong & our laws should be just as strong. It's time to #UpgradeNY w/ Women's Equality Agenda! @NY4Womenhttp://youtu.be/zqXnqtIjKjQ 

·        To post on facebook:  The Women's Equality Agenda would help the 10 million women of New York and their families by simply updating our laws to reflect the reality of women's lives in the year 2013. LIKE if you agree it's time for an #UpgradeNY  http://youtu.be/zqXnqtIjKjQ 

WEA Equal Pay provision, in brief: More info each day at www.equalpaynewyork.org 
Our equal pay laws were signed 50 years ago. It is time for an upgrade! To secure equal pay, we need stronger laws, which Gov. Cuomo's equal pay plank of WEA will provide.  The new law would (a) protect workers if they talk about their salaries by outlawing wage secrecy policies, (b) close a loophole in New York's equal pay law that allows employers to justify paying female employees less, and (c) discourage discrimination by increasing damages available to employees.

Questions? Contact Beverly Neufeld, Equal Pay Coalition NYC, bcneufeld@gmail.com

SAG Foundation Live Stream Online Film/TV/Theater Crossover

Screen Actors Guild Foundation

The Film/TV/Theater Crossover
Part Three - Actors

The SAG Foundation's Liferaft program, in partnership with the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, is thrilled to present the final panel in its three-part series populated by industry professionals who work both in film, television and theater. In this panel, actors will discuss their work in all three mediums.

Monday, November 11th
7:00PM PT
Los Angeles

Meet the Panelists:
Peggy Blow
Gigi Bermingham

Dakin Matthews

Moderator - Terence McFarland, CEO of LA Stage Alliance

To watch by live stream you DO NOT have to log into our website.
Just go to http://www.sagfoundation.org/livestream.
Email questions to LiveStream@sagfoundation.org or tweet to #SAGF.

Video will be archived immediately after the event at http://youtube.com/sagfoundation


NYWIFT Events November 2013

Women In ... Comedy: Changing Times
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

NYWIFT ExperTEAs with Bevy Smith Tuesday
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013

The 4 Magic Questions of Screenwriting with Marilyn Horowitz
Wednesday Nov. 13

How To Cast Your Indie Film
Monday Nov. 18

NYWIFT Member Screening Series: Mondays at Racine, by Cynthia Wade
Tuesday Nov. 19

DIY Series: Create the Buzz - Audience Will Follow
Thursday Nov. 21, 2013

Tired of Practicing? Alternative Careers for Entertainment Lawyers
Monday Nov. 25

2013 Muse Awards
"On December 12, 2013, New York Women in Film and Television will present the Muse Awards for Outstanding Vision and Achievement at the Hilton New York to actors Ellen Barkin, Connie Britton and Robin Wright, actor and writer Sonia Manzano and Frances Berwick, President of Bravo and Oxygen Media.   The Loreen Arbus Award for Those Who Take Action and Effect Change, will be presented to director, producer and actor Nancy Malone."


SEVEN On Tour in The Balkans (Previous Collaboration Award Honorable Mention)

Hedda Krausz Sjogren has produced SEVEN throughout the Balkans and taken the Balkans by storm!

Video promoting performance of SEVEN in Sarajevo:

Photo:  Seven featured on talk show in Macedonia

Photo:  The first female prime minister of Croatia, Jadranka Kosor, will perform in SEVEN

Photo: Albanian soccer star Foto Strakosha, who will perform in SEVEN


Sweet Dreams Screening & Talkback Monday 11/4!

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Please join 
and the 
International Committee for:


an inspiring film about a group of women

who defy the devastation of the Rwandan genocide

to form the country's first all-women's drumming troupe 

AND its first-ever ice cream shop. 

Directed by Lisa and Rob Fruchtman.

"Sweet Dreams is one of those films you don't want to end. Both gut-wrenching and deeply inspiring." - CineSource

Monday, November 4, 2013
7:00 pm
at the Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street

Talkback after the film on

Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman
Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen 
Founders of Blue Marble Ice Cream
and Blue Marble Dreams
Moderated by:
Shellen Lubin 
Co-President of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition
Co-Secretary of League of Professional Theatre Women
Joyce Maio
Co-Chair of LPTW International Committee
The film also features Odile Gakire Katese, founder of the drumming troupe and the ice cream shop, and winner of LPTW's 1st Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.

Much more information available at:

Tickets are only $8 for members
of any of our member orgs
for the entire run of the film
(from November 1-7 at 2:40 & 7:00 p.m.)

For more information, call 212-592-4511

We look forward to seeing you there!

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, a non-profit organization, represents more than 80,000 women and men in the performing arts and media through its member organizations and affiliates. The Coalition focuses the power of its member organizations and their memberships together and uses the combined strength to address issues of concern through advocacy, networking and educational events. Member organizations are: Actors Equity Association, Dramatists Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, SAG-AFTRA New York Local,State Directors and Choreographers, New York Women in Film & Television, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliates are: WomenArts, The Rehearsal Club, The Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, Dancers Over 40 and Professional Women Singers Association. 

For more information on the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, visitwww.womenartsmediacoalition.org

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