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Indie Art: 1st Responder Tales, Immersive Theatre & More

Welcome to my curated list of excellent Indie Art to see & Artist Opps! Share your own Indie Art through this form 

 or commenting on this post. -CMJ

Symposia Series: First Responder Tales

first responderAbout…Productions in association with Inner-City Arts present First Responder Tales, a FREE 4-part symposia series, which will examine the theater companies who, entrenched in the front lines of their communities, create work in response to the immediate issues of their environs. The series will take a closer look at their unique values, engagement with their chosen communities, and theatrical and survival strategies; and how best to tell the tale of their impact in Los Angeles.
Information on all 4 symposia can be found here or in the attached PDF. RSVP for the first symposium (Wed, Jan. 22nd) on Facebook!
Each symposium will intermix short excerpts of exemplary work by representative local theater companies with conversation and audience dialogue. They will also include small break-out sessions that provide an opportunity for participants to further their dialogue and then report back to the larger group.
Advisory Committee Members include Danielle Brazell (Arts 4 LA), Leilani Chan (TeAda Productions), Dolores Chavez (Inner-City),Theresa Chavez (About…Productions), Terence McFarland (LA Stage Alliance), Rose Portillo (About…Productions), and Mark Valdez (Network of Ensemble Theaters)
Symposium #1
First Responder Tales: a tale of values, vigilance and vivacity will take place on Wednesday January 22, 2014 @ 6:30pm at Inner-City Arts; 720 Kohler Street Los Angeles, CA 90021
John Malpede of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, will present an excerpt from the companyʼs work; and discuss the companyʼs values and how they are valued; its role in responding to their neighborhood/communityʼs issues and interests; and its impact on life in Los Angeles. Following a brief conversation with Malpede, Leilani Chan of Teada Productions, and Terence McFarland of LA Stage Alliance, attendees will break into small groups to further discuss the distinctive ways FRs operate; their theatrical strategies; and how their depiction of L.A. history/culture has reshaped L.A.ʼs self-perception.

New Playclosely related keys

Closely Related Keys

Closely Related Keys – In this hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures, an African-American attorney is shocked to discover she has an Iraqi half-sister.

Written by Wendy Graf
Directed by Shirley Jo Finney
Starring Brent JenningsDiarra KilpatrickJeff LorchAdam MeirSimone Missick
Produced by Racquel LehrmanTheatre Planners
Presented by Hatikva Productions

Previews: Feb. 20 and Feb. 21
Performances: Feb. 22 – March 30

Thursday at 8 p.m.: Feb 20 only (preview)
Fridays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 21 (preview), 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Feb. 22 (opening); March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sundays at 4 p.m.: Feb 23; March 9, 16, 23, 30 (dark March 2)

Lounge Theatre
6201 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038
(just east of Vine)

323-960-7774 or  www.plays411.com/relatedkeys

Fridays and Sundays: $25
Saturdays: $30
Previews: $15

No Proscenium (Immersive Theatre)

Every time I’ve heard about an immersive or site specific production in LA in the past few months I have been too late. The show has either sold out, is already done with its run, or I’m too broke to pick up tickets that weekend. If only I had better intel…That’s where this list comes in.If you, like me, want to experience immersive theatre work–from site specific plays to interactive fictions and everything in between–then this list is for you.Twice a month I will gather notices from the members of this group and other sources in the artistic community of L.A. and then release the No Proscenium newsletter.

There will only be two scheduled emails a month.  The goal here is to make finding the work EASY on all of us, not burying the list with spam.

This will be a managed list with the communications coming to and from no_proscenium@outlook.com an email account established for this venture.

Feel free to send a tip regarding an immersive/interactive/pervasive/experimental theatre experience, arty LARP event, or anything that feels right to you to that address. On the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month I will collect what has been sent, edit the contents into an easy digest, and release the email the next day.

If you would like to be on the list email no_proscenium@outlook.com with the message “Add Me” in either the subject or the body of the message. The first notice will be sent on Jan 15th, 2014.

Best, Noah J. Nelson

Directors (& Choreographers Lab West Applications Open




Directors Lab West Steering Committee is pleased to announce the dates for the fifteenth annual Directors Lab West.  The 2014 Lab will take place May 17-24th in residence at the Pasadena Playhouse.  The Lab will continue its tradition of bringing together dedicated theatre directors, choreographers and master artists for a week of intense discussions and exploration of the art form.

Attendance is by application only and there is no cost to participate in the Lab.  Applications to attend the Lab and further information may be found at:


Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, February 28th by 5:00pm PST.

Directors Lab West fosters an intensive laboratory environment where a community of directors and choreographers inspire each other to dream and create the future of American Theatre.  The Lab, which was spun off of Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab in 2000, seeks theatre directors and choreographers to participate in a week long series of workshops, panels, roundtables, and symposia with some of the nation’s leading theatre artists. In the last 14 years, over 100 acclaimed artists have given their time to the Lab including Jason Alexander, Julie Arenal, Luis Alfaro, Paris Barclay, Cirque Berzerk, Kay Cole, Gordon Davidson, George Furth, Ming Cho Lee, Marc Masterson, Janet Miller, Randy Newman, Vincent Paterson, Carey Perloff, Stephen Wadsworth and Charlayne Woodard.

Contact:  info@directorslabwest.com

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September in Outreach

I’ll be the first to admit that September was insane. Here’s why:


WHAT: Ban This! Book Signing

WHERE: at the Cypress Park Library


WHY IT WAS RAD: “I listened, I learned, I read, and it saved my life.” -Adrianna Simone

There was a live-blog here before I had fought with my former domain host, but hope to re-create it in the near future. In the meantime, check out the Pinterest pictures on my board “Good Reading”.


WHAT: By Appointment w/ Luis Alfaro 

WHERE:  East LA Rep

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Jesus Reyes, Artistic Director of East LA Rep who asked me to live stream

WHY IT WAS RAD: “All that art requires of you is to change.” If you need any sort of encouragement or inspiration, listen to Luis for just a few minutes.


WHAT: Theatre Through an Interpreter [Video Series & Talkback]

WHERE: 24th ST Theatre

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Part of my Outreach Consulting

WHY IT WAS RAD: After a performance in Spanish w. English super-titles, we talked about communicating through English, ASL & Spanish – in all three languages at once! [Video available soon] Read Audience Response.


WHAT: ARTmageddonLA

WHERE: Across Los Angeles

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: Diana Wyenn asked me to run Social Media Strategy w/ Jim Halloran

WHY IT WAS RAD: Refocused negative energy from Carmageddon II into a movement towards local art; a movement for audiences and artists alike.


WHAT: DIY Day at the Broad Humor Film Festival. Co-panelist Erika Cervantes from Comediva & I talked to filmmakers on the importance of social media even before you have a product (but not before you have content).

WHERE: The Electric Lodge in Venice

HEARD ABOUT IT FROM: LA FPI (Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative)

WHY IT WAS RAD: A selection of quotes from other panels:

“Auditioning is its own genre of acting.”

“Silk is our enemy, cotton is our friend.”

“Isn’t there a button where you can take out the airplane in my shot?”

“I wrote for Friday the 13th, the series. I can kill six people an hour.”

“We believe that filmmakers should be able to live through their art.”



WED 10/4 at 4pm – The Bechdel Test Talks with Etta Devine & Caroline Sharp

MON 10/8 at 2pm – Indy Convergence Artist Check-in w/ Ellen Denham

WED 10/10 at 10am – Web Series Watch w/ Patty J. Robinson

SUN 10/14 – MON 10.15 – NASA Social at Goldstone Deep Space Network!

TUES 10.16  at 9am – Outreach Nerd w/ Rachel Stoll

Full Calendar available

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Go Beyond the Blurb on Mondays

Arts Outreach is a huge part of The CMJ Stories. Every Monday I go Beyond the Blurb of an indie artist’s work, non profit or cause to cultivate more of their audience. Wednesday is Wild Card Day, and usually includes live streams with great speakers!

Here is a clip of the theme song, composed by Adam Emperor Southard.

The playlist of interviews conducted so far:

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