CONTRIBUTORS

Enci Box

(Publisher)

ENCI is an actor and writer and she also directs and produces projects at her production company Rebel Without a Car Productions. She is an urban cyclist, passionate about living intentionally, about leaving less behind and about living healthy.

Enci is a member of SAG and AFTRA and is on the board of the 501(c)4 Bikeside and is co-founder of the Bike Writers Collective.

Enci teaches all over town about web etiquettes and social media and is involved with the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council where she serves on the Arts & Culture Committee as well as on the Route 66 Task Force Committee.

Enci’s husband Stephen Box is running for the Los Angeles City Council seat in District 4 in March 2011. She is working on the campaign and she hopes you will support the campaign and vote for Stephen Box on March 8th of 2011.

Enci is passionate about learning new things and currently she is studying ASL.

You can visit her at EnciPerforms.com or read about her adventures on illuminateLA.com.

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Colin Mitchell

(Editor)

An American Army Brat conceived in Scotland, born in Germany, a soccer fanatic, a Van Morrison disciple, a Zen-Catholic, the youngest of three brothers, son to a retired two-star general and a Scottish school teacher/painter, a writer, an actor, a director, a producer, a musician, an athlete, a father…

After graduating cum laude from Seattle University in 1988 with a degree in Psychology and English, Colin worked several years as a counselor for abused adolescents in a residential treatment home, all the while publishing poetry and fiction and acting in amateur theatrical productions.

Buoyed by a small role in the film “The Chocolate War”, he decided to to take the full “artistic-leap” and in 1991 at the tender age of 24, he moved to New York City. Colin was on Broadway at the Lincoln Center in the hit play “Six Degrees of Separation” within a month. For the next three years he was a professional actor. All the while he continued to write, playwriting his medium of choice.

Colin’s pursuits eventually led him to Los Angeles. In late 1993, broke and broken, he scampered north and set up camp on his brother’s couch in San Francisco. For a year he dug in and tried to get his bearings, working at a law firm by day and a blues club by night. All the while Colin continued to write and make theatre, starting a theatre company called “Little Brother Sam”. They quickly became the “Pinter aficionados” of San Francisco.  In 1994 he wrote and performed his one-man show “Linden Arden Stole the Highlights” in the loft of the Scottish pub, The Edinburgh Castle.  It was a smash hit.

Then in 1995 LA came calling again and he returned to the City of Angels to perform in a friend’s play.  He was quickly snapped up by an agency and decided to give Hollyweird another shot.

In the Autumn of 1996 Colin decided to resurrect “Linden Arden”. He produced it by himself in a tiny West Hollywood 25-seat theatre. And lo and behold it was a huge critical success: “A testament to the capacities of storytelling.” – LA Weekly Pick of the Week. “Mesmerizing.” – LA Times Critics Choice. “A masterpiece.” – Backstage West Critics Choice.

But this was LA and the only thing people could see in his performance was “a great movie”. He was encouraged to adapt the piece into a screenplay.  He did.  It was his first.

The reaction was profound and instantaneous. It launched Colin’s career as a professional writer and in the last seventeen years he has written for a dozen production companies, won awards and fellowships, sold screenplays, written comic books for Marvel, adapted several of his own plays into screenplays, had one feature produced and sold to a distributor, written and directed two short films of his own, written a novel and more. And the pace has yet to slacken.

Father to Maxwell Henderson Mitchell, Colin now lives exclusively in Los Angeles and continues to write, direct, act and teach in both cinema and theatre.

www.cinematicmechanic.com

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Kat Primeau

(The Advok@ Columnist)

Kat Primeau grew up on community theatre stages around Cleveland, Ohio. A self-described actorvist, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University with a BFA in Theater Performance and a minor in Media Criticism from the Scripps School of Media Arts & Sciences. While in Athens, Kat co-founded Up in Arms, a progressive production company with a focus on devising and staging pieces of theater that educates, incites dialog, and promotes social change.

With UiA, Kat produced, performed, co-created and moderated nearly a dozen plays, readings, and community dialogues, including her Thesis, “Negotiating the Polemical in Performance,” in which she produced and performed the controversial solo show My Name is Rachel Corrie around Southeast Ohio.

Kat studied drama at RADA and Central School of Speech and Drama in London, musical theatre at Baldwin Wallace, and has held internships at Partizan Entertainment (Hollywood) and the political theatre production company Culture Project (New York City). Kat also acted as lead artistic associate and producer on Hallucinogenic Toreador, a DaDa Exploration (Winner – Top 5 Picks of the Fringe) at the Prague Fringe Festival for Limehouse Theatre prior to moving to LA.

She is a member of SAG, an avid theatre artist, and a Comedy Mentor-in-Training for the nonprofit improv organization Laughter for a Change, with whom she is developing an outreach program for LA seniors with Alzheimers. Her writing can also be found on LATheatreReview.com, on her blog, Adventures in La La Land, and in 140-character bits @katprimeau.

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Jay McAdams

Jay McAdams is a co-founder of LA’s 24th Street Theatre and has been its Executive Director since 1999. A graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, his acting work in television has included recurring work on NBC’s daytime drama, DAYS OF OUR LIVES. He is also a producer, having produced dozens of theatrical productions over the last 20 years.

Jay is a master teacher, having created acclaimed Arts Education programs for tens of thousands of children. Jay is the winner of the University of Southern California School of Education’s Innovation and Leadership Award for his work in Arts Education. Jay’s leadership training includes the LA County Arts Commission’s Arts Leadership Initiative, the Annenberg Leadership Institute, and the prestigious Stanford University Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, where Jay won a Center for Social Innovation fellowship. Jay has also been selected by the US State Department to serve as a Cultural Envoy to El Salvador, where he has performed and taught on two tours.

LINK:
24thSTreet.org

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Cindy Marie Jenkins

CINDY MARIE JENKINS is a Storyteller & Coach based in Los Angeles. Her stories take the form of fiction, poetry, theatre, editorials, PR and marketing, advocacy, plays….Cindy is now exploring interactive guerrilla/street theatre to engage and activate her community.

Previous community art installations/interactions have been shown at The Barnsdall Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, the Silver Lake Jubilee and the Children’s Festival of the Arts in Hollywood. CURRENT: Chair of Outreach & Representative on The Atwater Village Neighborhood Council, Arts Consultant for Stephen Box for Council District 4 campaign, Associate Artist for The Indy Convergence, Associate Producer for the Directors Lab West, CONTRIBUTING WRITER: Bitter Lemons, The Examiner (LA Online Marketing and LA Elections 2010), Love Atwater, and her Storyteller blog, where you can find folklore related to the soon-to-be-published novel TEN.

PAST: Academy Teaching Associate and Artistic Associate for The Antaeus Company in North Hollywood, where she expanded both the Antaeus Academy for young classical actors and ShakesAlive! the Arts Education Outreach programs; Director of Education for Enrichment Works; Mentor/Director for Virginia Avenue Project, Program Director for Safe Moves: DUI Prevention Theater Program and CTG‘s Speak To Me Program.

Her adaptation of VOICES FROM CHORNOBYL has been produced in different venues around Los Angeles since 2006 as part of the Anniversary Readings Series, an annual international event designed to build awareness and raise money for the residents and children of Chernobyl.  She was invited to be a Key Note Speaker at “Remember Chernobyl,” an Annual Conference for UK & Irish Chernobyl Charities, where the Demo premiered and the VFC Anniversary Readings launched.  The Demo is regularly screened around the world to both fund-raise and recruit host families for children in the affected zone.  In 2009 her adaptation was read in numerous locations around Los Angeles by the original ensemble as well as new casts, including a co-presentation with Deaf West which began the process of translating the play into ASL. Currently pre-planning for the 25th anniversary events in 2011.

She collaborated with musician Stephen GC on THE SONG OF ISADORA, (former title: TEN), a musical challenging one’s individual worth in times of war; needtheater presented a workshop production in March 2008, and segments of the play were performed among the Arlington West Vets For Peace Iraq war memorial.  She was invited by E.M. Lewis to speak about this piece at the first installment of the War Plays Project: Writing about the war..

LINKS:
CindyMarieJenkins.wordpress.com
sites.google.com/site/CindyMarieJenkinsTheatre
twitter.com/CindyMarieJ
VoicesFromChornobyl.com

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Jason Rohrer

Jason Rohrer’s education includes New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Nikitsky Gates Theater in Moscow, and the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

He writes for all media.  He no longer drinks, but he still gets into bar fights.

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Amy Tofte

Amy Tofte is a screenwriter/playwright/director who worked way too hard for her SAG card that she stubbornly hangs on to. She has her MFA from CalArts (Writing for Performance) and has seen her work produced all over the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is a founding member of Fierce Backbone in Los Angeles (a theater dedicated to all levels of play development) and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

LINK:
AmyTofte.com

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Kevin Delin

Kevin Delin took a few writing courses (among other things) at MIT from playwright A.R. Gurney and author Frank Conroy. Unable to convince backers to turn his textbook, Foundations of Applied Superconductivity, into the Broadway spectacular it deserved to be, he let his id run amuck and wrote Heat & Hostility instead. With an immodest plot about immodest gender relations, the play was an immodest success: the police never raided the theater. The last mentionable thing he did in a theater (besides seeing a play) was use his press pass at Hollywood Fringe 2013 to impersonate a tarty Theater Critic. Again, no arrests were made. You can follow him on Twitter @KDelin and read his other writings at Script Magazine.

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Dylan Southard

Dylan Southard is the co-Artistic Director of needtheater and previously served as their resident dramaturg and literary manager. Production dramaturgy credits for needtheater include: Fatboy, Mercury Fur, Scarcity, tempOdyssey, and The Web. He also directed needtheater’s world premiere production of Guided Consideration of a Lamentable Deed.

He is the resident dramaturg for The Robey Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theater Center, where he runs the advanced playwrights lab and helps to oversee new play development. He is also an associate artist with the international, new script development group LoNyLa, and works as a script consultant for theaters, including The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen Playhouse, The Theatre @ Boston Court, and Native Voices at the Autry.

Dylan trained for two years under a dramaturgy fellowship at Centerstage in Baltimore and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

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Channing Sargent

Channing Sargent is an actor and writer with a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also had the honor of studying at the legendary Moscow Art Theater in Russia, through the National Theatre Institute.

Some of her favorite theater roles include Masha in The Three Sisters, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Vee Talbot in Orpheus Descending, and Susie in Wait Until Dark. She has appeared in numerous independent films, and her solo performance works have been featured at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg Art NexXus (WAX), HERE, CounterPulse, Shotwell Studios, The Marsh, 975 Howard, and the SF Theatre Festival. In 2007, Sargent co-founded Observational Science, a company dedicated to the creation of new theater works. In December 2009, Channing self-produced her original show, Legacy, at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA.

Channing is the Artistic Managing Director of Chekhov Studio International and a Producer at Maker Studios (youtube.com/thestation). She also teaches theatre and writing to at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area through The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. She is a member of SAG, AFTRA, The Artist’s Development Lab, and is a collaborating artist with peck peck dance ensemble. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Channing currently lives in Hollywood (and loves it).

LINKS:
ChanningSargent.com
youtube.com/SargentChanning
twitter.com/SargentChanning
TheCityObscure.com

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Madame Sœur Limón

Prior to renouncing wickedness and taking up Holy Orders, Sœur Limón was an accomplished Broadway actress. She financed her studies at the Copacabana School of Dramatic Arts by serving as an au pair where her unorthodox theories on child rearing became controversial.

Hired to care for the infant James Lipton she would, for example, stir paraffin into the babbling infant’s formula in an effort to quiet him. Though she was soon dismissed, there are those who believe the doctored formula is the reason for his lifelike appearance today!

Knowledgeable about theater, Catholic hagiography, and methods of correcting both bad behavior and slovenly posture, Sister is here to offer her wise counsel to sundry and all.

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Philip M. Devin

Philip M. Devin

The COO guy… operations, legal, contracts, blah blah.