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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: my involvement with Directors Lab West

Last week I tendered my resignation from Directors Lab West, a group of devoted volunteers who run workshops, round-tables, etc in

Steering Committee & Associate Producers of Directors Lab West 2014, at our last meeting before the 15th Anniversary Lab. Douglas Clayton, Janet Miller, Doug Oliphant, Che'Rae Adams, me and Lil' Pirate Dude, Richard Tatum, Diana Wyenn and Ernest Figueroa.

Steering Committee & Associate Producers of Directors Lab West 2014, at our last meeting before the 15th Anniversary Lab. Douglas Clayton, Janet Miller, Doug Oliphant, Che’Rae Adams, me and Lil’ Pirate Dude, Richard Tatum, Diana Wyenn and Ernest Figueroa.

Los Angeles every May for stage Directors and Choreographers.

As I take a few manual shifts to re-direct my artistic mission, I am sorry to say that this commitment would not get the attention it deserves. If you’ll forgive a dangling preposition, it is also just time to move on. I am very happy with all I gave and all I received during my time and wish the Lab continued innovation and imagination.

My participation in 2008 as a “Labbie” directly contributed to a great step in my career, working at the Antaeus Company (Academy Associate 2008 & Artistic Associate 2009-2010)  as well as friendships and new colleagues too numerous to mention.

Soon after that, the Steering Committee invited me to act as Associate Producer for the 2010 Lab. Being tasked to imagine what our peers need at this specific time in the industry, to motivate “the future of American Theatre,” as Anne Catteneo first said, was daunting, exciting and thrilling. I still remember leading a round-table (my first) with Steve Julian, sitting among some of the most intelligent people I know, who were all hesitant that they could or should use social media to build audiences. Throughout the week, many requested private sessions, and I’m happy to see the fruits of those first meetings in practice today.

When they asked me to join the Steering Committee, it came at a wonderful time in my life (another “shifting time” from Antaeus to freelance outreach consulting) and one blog post cannot contain all of the invigoration, aggravation and new motivation that only four years within the Directors Lab West can offer. I learned so much and grew as a moderator, listener, person, artist. Everyone was incredibly gracious last year as my son’s due date coincided with crunch time for the Lab, allowing me to partake in as much as I was able and always welcoming Lil’ Pirate Dude to meetings, and the eventual Lab.

Zone Rosa Coffee was always there for us, to caffeinate the Lab!

Zone Rosa Coffee was always there for us, to caffeinate the Lab!

Ernest Figueroa, Kappy Kilburn, Brendon Fox, Che’Rae Adams: it was an honor to work beside you all. Different people, experiences and points-of-view are so necessary to this world and our art. You taught me how to handle disagreements gracefully and with more of an open mind than before the Lab.

Doug Oliphant (the “herder of cats,” or Production Coordinator who is also an incredibly talented Director himself): You taught me how gentle and necessary those “gentle reminder” emails really can be. I loved watching your work and career develop to the point where you couldn’t be at the Lab last year, because you were rehearsing!

Courtney Anne Buchan (intern & Co-Production Coordinator): meeting you and subsequently working with you on Gracie and Rose and other projects was a huge pleasure! Thank you for all of your talented work to make our 15th year more visually appealing and the website more……well, just much better!

Doug Clayton, Diana Wyenn, Richard Tatum, Janet Miller: you all stepped up so beautifully as Associate Producers this year, and brought a wonderful energy to my last year. The 15th anniversary would not have been nearly as strong without all your input, support, and very very hard work.

Lab Alum, Guest Artists, Interns: you are all such a special breed of artist. It’s difficult to work in such isolating fields such as directing and choreography. There is usually only one of you in the rehearsal room, and that fact makes it even more exciting and that much harder when there are 30-50 of you in one room.

I needed the Lab every single year to re-invigorate my love of exploration, rehearsal, community; to feel like there is hope for an ever-transforming art; and to meet such passionate people.

Now it’s time for me to take what you’ve given me, and put that energy towards a new vision of our art form.

Thank you.

This one’s for the parents….and those who aren’t so sure

I’ve been a tad out of the blogging loop lately, and mostly because I’m 16 weeks pregnant while work has never been better. Huzzah! Hurrah! I’m excited!…..and sleepy.

I have a lot of drafts to complete and post, but here are two projects that really grabbed my attention lately. I’m sure you can see why.

(Also, if you have something on Facebook to share, tag The CMJ Stories and it will go on my page. Also @CindyMarieJ on twitter).

    NOT EVERYONE QUALIFIES TO BECOME A PARENT…

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BEYOND THE USUAL presents
THE INTERVIEW
a play by Susan Josephs // directed by Diana Wyenn Parenthood exists under the firm control of the federal government and it is now easier to get accepted into Harvard than become a mom or dad. Still, first-time applicants Jenna and Steven have beaten the odds and landed a coveted final interview with the U.S. Department of Parenting and Child Welfare. However, when they sit down with their state-licensed interviewer and the questioning begins, all three quickly realize that nothing could have prepared them for what they will learn about themselves—and each other.WORLD PREMIERE // OCTOBER 4 – 27, 2013 
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I exchanged some Social Media consultation with Deepti Gupta last month (as part of her donation to an indiegogo campaign), in anticipation of the release of her short film Happy and You Know It. Being on her VIP list brings some fun perks, including a sneak peek I can share with you. If you want to be a VIP, just contact her!

HAPPYthefilm logoHere’s your first special perk for being our VIP guest – a SNEAK PEEK of the trailer! Our official trailer comes out next week on OCTOBER 1st. You of course will get to see if first!

Happy and You Know It – trailer sneak peek from Hamari Films on Vimeo.

Wanna see more?
Get on our VIP list
Like us on Facebook

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Our website

In the next month, leading up to the worldwide online release on November 7th, we will share with you all kinds of fun stuff about the film. 

Do make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook and followed us on Twitter. Our hashtag is #HappyTheFilm

Thank you and enjoy the sneak peek. 

Cheers,

-Deepti
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ARTmageddon Outreach Tips

As Artists sign up for ARTMageddon LA, I email them Outreach Tips. Diana Wyenn and I thought for some, it might be easier to access through a short video tutorial.

We also show how you can help even if you don’t have an event. Participate as an audience member!

http://www.artmageddonla.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ARTmageddonLA
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ARTmageddon LA – Sept 29-30th

Calling all artists, arts organizations, and venues… Join ARTmageddon!

Are you planning an arts event for Carmageddon weekend? Thinking of holding one? Already have something running or on view September 29 and/or 30?

Very soon the media, city officials, metro, and pretty much everyone else in Los Angeles will all be talking about one thing: Carmageddon II. Let’s unite in response and offer Los Angeles residents an alternative view of what to do on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30… ARTMAGEDDON.

Running parallel to Carmageddon II, this two-day citywide celebration of the arts encourages Angelenos to stay out of their cars and, instead, walk-bike-metro to their local galleries, theaters, music venues, museums and more. Via www.ARTmageddonLA.com, we are telling your neighbors to experience your art.

Already, we have the support Metro, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, ForYourArt, LA Stage Alliance, and a growing consortium of community partners; but what we really need now is you. Please contact Camille Schenkkan and Lyn Cowan, artist & organization liaisons, at  join@ARTmageddonLA.com to join this collaborative effort. Participation is free and open to all.

Together we can get everyone talking about “ARTmageddon weekend,” and exploring the great exhibitions, screenings, performances and concerts happening in their neighborhoods. Most recently, the Los Angeles Times joined our effort running this feature about ARTmageddon: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/culture/la-cm-et-la-artists-artmageddon-carmageddon-2-20120824,0,3280602.story

With Carmageddon II only three weeks aways, we hope you’ll get involved and join ARTmageddon today.

– The ARTmageddon Team

Watch Diana Wyenn & Cindy on ARTMageddon Intro


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ARTMAGEDDON
September 29 & 30

Walk – Bike – Metro to art in your neighborhood!

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