As many of you remember, our current Vice Chair was diagnosed with breast cancer about 7 months ago. Many of us followed her progress through her periodic Caring Bridge posts and were thrilled to read her recent post. We'd like to share the good news and encourage you to buy those scarves!
This update can finally be described as "smoother sailing" with the end of chemotherapy infusions and initial reconstruction surgery done. I'm still working through lousey chemically induced symptoms and adjusting to oral chemo that will be a regimen for the new me going forward.
It has been a 7 month "project," so the challenge is to try to get back in step by the end of the year. You guys have been so great - my incredible support team during some rough times for which I will be forever grateful.
Since everybody knows women facing a similar situation, I want to take this opportunity to let you know about a wonderful non-profit organization called Hope Scarves. Female survivors donate their head scarves to this grass roots support organization, that are beautifully and professionally restored as a gift of hope for another woman facing similiar challenges. My niece Patty sent me a lovely scarf which introduced me to the company and we are now presently featured in their June 2015 newsletter!
Finally, I don't know how to adequately express my thanks to you except I am so sincerely grateful for your thoughts, prayers, messages, tireless attention and the copious amounts of spoiling I've received. Every person is different -- but for me, the knowledge that you were there carried my spirit through various trials and tribulations with flags waving. WE did it together guys!
I hope there will be nothing but good news going forward. Working hard on growing hair! That said, I love and thank you precious village.
OTHER ALUM ACTION:
Our women continue to get hired and/or generate their own work. This summer in NY, we've discovered:
TERRY BAUGHAN was the 1st Place Winner in her college alumni association's short story contest, published, April 2015.
KATHY CONRY is choreographing South Pacific for Lycem Theater in Arrow Rock, MO - opening June 20th;
CAROL (Riley) DeAngelis is teaching and choreography in Tampa, FL
DIANE FINLAY is U/S on B'way's Fish in the Dark;
DIANE PHELAN,our 2013 RC Rising Star is in "King and I." www.dianephelan.com
GRACE KILEY's Master Acting/Directing Classes are going on throughout June;
MARY JANE HOUDINA teaches Pilates, adult jazz & tap @ 5-6-7-8 Dance Arts (Brewster, N.Y.) & @ Logrea Dance Academy (Ossining, N.Y). She is choreographing "High Society" at the Walnut Street Theater in PA, opens Sept. 17.
LEE KELLEY is available for coaching DENISE PENCE continues her weekly broadcast, "The Cinematic Arts" for Gatewave Radio, will be teaching Social Media Business Buzz for SAG-AFTRA Conservatory this fall and is a new Associate Member of Articulate Theater Company. www.denisepence.com for the latest news.
NANCY WIGHT will be attending and performing at the Balalaika and Domra Association of American Convention (BDAA) in Akron, Ohio July 5-12.
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For years the industry has talked about the lack of diversity in television - not enough women and people of color writing and directing shows, not enough diversity in storytelling and therefore in on-screen talent. Now is our chance to do more than talk. Now is our time to take action.
Legislation is pending in Albany to modify the very successful production tax credit slightly so it would provide an incentive to networks and producers to hire women and people of color to write and direct television in New York. This would also indirectly help to diversify more of the industry, and to build a more stable base of TV work here. This legislation has the support of all the entertainment unions.
But time has almost run out; the Assembly and the Senate are scheduled to finish their session this week, and will not return for the rest of the year. We need this bill voted before the session ends.
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