WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION

2015 COLLABORATION AWARDS GALA

Sirius XM Stars THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein,

Keynotes

The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition announced today that the keynote speakers at their annual Collaboration Awards Gala will be Sirius XM Stars THE MOMS, Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein.  The Collaboration Awards recognize women in the arts and media who successfully collaborate across disciplines to create new and influential work. This, the fifth annual Collaboration Awards Gala, will be held Sunday, October 25, 2015.

The 2015 Collaboration Award winners are playwright T.D. Mitchell and director Sheryl Kaller for the project QUEENS FOR A YEAR. The award will be presented by Casey McLain and Amy Rose Marsh of Samuel French, Co-Artistic Directors of the Samuel French OOB Festival. Hosts of the event are current and past Co-Presidents of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Shellen Lubin, Leslie Shreve, and Avis Boone.

Collaboration Award winner T.D. Mitchell is an award winning writer based in Brooklyn. Her work as a playwright (Beyond the 17th Parallel), writer-producer for television (Army Wives), speechwriter (for International NGOs), short story writer (Verbal Supply Company) and currently, author of a nonfiction book (a biography, in progress) proves her passion for storytelling crosses forms and formats.

Sheryl Kaller just directed WHILE I YET LIVE by Billy Porter at Primary Stages and Terence McNally’s Tony nominated Broadway play, MOTHERS AND SONS, starring Tyne Daly. Ms. Kaller received a Tony Nomination for Best Director for the Broadway production of NEXT FALL by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many major theatres.

QUEENS FOR A YEAR, Mitchell and Kaller’s 2015 Collaboration Award winning play, addresses critical questions about women in the military through a beautiful study of four generations of a family: does a woman have to sacrifice what is female and assume a male attitude to succeed in a male-dominated warrior culture? Is there any “good” place for women trained in combat, in violence, in war, within our society? Is it moral to put women into a career where the greatest danger is from her fellow (male) coworkers, rather than “the enemy”? At what price do we put women into a subculture whose language denigrates anything female? 

And what about women’s unsung role as the clean-up crew for men harmed in war? New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand commended QUEENS FOR A YEAR for "telling this difficult story and shedding a light on women in the military." She added to all the collaborators being honored, "It is my hope that your collaborations continue to tell stories that must be told and inspire change in our communities."

The Collaboration Awards encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of new work. The award recognizes the best of these collaborations. Awarded every second year, the Collaboration Award goes to one winning project (and its two creators). This year there are also three Honored Finalist projects and teams, and four additional Finalist projects and creator teams. 2015 marks the fifth time these awards have been given. The Collaborative Awards Gala is a celebration of the awards and an evening to enable the public to meet and hear from the award-winning teams, learn about their collaborations, and hear from industry-leading women about important contributions women are making in the many disciplines of the performing arts.

“The time is right for the voices and visions of women—women of different disciplines and diverse backgrounds—to be given greater exposure and acclaim,” says Shellen Lubin, Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, “and this award has always honored some of the most beautiful, profound, and challenging work that professional women are creating together.”

 “There were so many wonderful works to consider for this years’ award,” says Leslie Shreve, Co-President of the Coalition. “It’s always difficult to choose a single outstanding piece, but that’s a great problem to have—and we’re always excited to see the powerful and thought-provoking pieces that are submitted every award cycle.”

The Honored Finalists are:

·        EVERY FOLD MATTERS (playwright Lizzie Olesker and performance artist Lynne Sachs)

·        SOUTH STREET ANNIE (director Elyse S. Singer and playwright Carson Kreitzer)

·        YELLOW CARD RED CARD (playwright Melisa Tien and director Tamilla Woodard)

The Finalists are:

·        ART TAKES SEOUL (artist Mira Gandy and playwright/actress Ahrum Claiborne)

·        THE LONELIEST WHALE (filmmaker Lillian Mehrel and actress Gabriele Schafer)

·        ST. JOAN (playwright Julia Pascal and director Katrin Hilbe)

·        STILL WILL BE HEARD (songwriter/singer Liz Queler and director Mindy Cooper)

 

These artists represent many of the Coalition’s member organizations and affiliate organizations:  AEA, 802 AFM, DG, ICWP, LPTW, SAG-AFTRA, SDC, WBW, WGAE, WIM, WMC, and WMM.*                  

The Collaboration Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the SVA Beatrice Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, New York City. For tickets, please visit http://collaborationawards.bpt.me

 

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About Women in the Arts & Media Coalition 

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, a non-profit organization, represents more than 100,000 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 (AEA), Associated Musicians of Greater N.Y. Local 802 AFM (802 AFM), Dramatists Guild (DG), League of Professional Theatre Women (LPTW), SAG-AFTRA, Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC), N.Y. Women in Communications (NYWICI), N.Y. Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). Affiliates are: WomenArts (WA), Women in Music (WIM), Women Make Movies (WMM), Works by Women (WBW), Women's Media Center (WMC), Dancers Over Forty (DO40), Drama Desk (DD), International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP), The Lambs, L.A. Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI), National Theatre Conference (NTC), Professional Women Singers Association (PWSA), the Rehearsal Club (RC), and 365 Women a Year (365).

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

Contact:        

Aimee Kessler Evans

press@womenartsmediacoalition.org

905-867-9858

About the Collaboration Awards


THE WOMEN IN THE ARTS AND MEDIA COALITION, INC. ANNOUNCES
THE 2015 COLLABORATION AWARD: WOMEN WORKING WITH WOMEN

The deadline for the submission of applications was 11:59 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Award winners will be announced by September 2015.  

The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. will present the 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women.

The $1,000 Collaboration Award and additional honorable mentions are designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work.  As the aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines, each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different Coalition associations, unions, guilds and affiliates of The Coalition.  Eligible teams may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had its first public performance within the last two years 2013-2015. A Public Performance can include, but is not limited to a staged reading, gallery show, screenings, concert series, etc.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of artistic excellence, diversity, and clarity.  All topics and subjects will be considered.  Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition:  to advance women’s work and women’s issues.

The team that has been selected and the honorable mentions will be invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2015.  Women outside of New York may send a designee to speak about their project and accept the award.

Teams of two or more women working together on the creative project may apply for the 2015 Collaboration Award.  Applicants must be members in good standing of two different organizations and/or affiliates with The Coalition.  Those organizations are:  Actors’ Equity Association, Associated Musicians of Greater N.Y. Local 802 AFM, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, N.Y. Women in Communications, N.Y. Women in Film & Television, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Writers’ Guild of America, East.  Affiliate member organizations are:  WomenArts, Women In Music, Women Make Movies, Women’s Media Center, Works by Women, Dancers Over 40, The Drama Desk, International Centre for Women Playwrights, The Lambs, Inc., Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, National Theatre Conference, Professional Women Singers Association, The Rehearsal Club, and 365 Women a Year. 

Send all inquiries and questions to: collaborationaward@womenartsmediacoalition.org 

We are so honored to be accepting this award. One of the best aspects of making this very unconventional film was working together. We are two women who brought different skills sets to the table. We got it done using our creativity, mutual respect for one another, quality Skype-time with our families back home, plain old hard work, and as much good humor as we could muster. It means the world to us to have our film embraced by an organization that celebrates women in collaboration.
— Jane Edith Wilson and Grace Lee, 2013 Winners

Goal

The Collaboration Award: Women Working With Women is designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new work.

Award

The winning collaborative team will be awarded $1,000. There will be additional Honorable Mentions.

Eligibility

The aim of the award is to encourage women to work with members of other unions, guilds, and associations. Each collaborative team must be comprised of at least two female members of DIFFERENT associations, unions, and guilds that are full and affiliate members of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition:

Full Members: The Coalition is comprised of all members of the following associations, unions and guilds: Actors’ Equity Association, Associated Musicians of Greater N.Y. Local 802 AFM, Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, N.Y. Women in Communications, N.Y. Women in Film & Television, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, Stage Directors and Choreographers, Writers Guild of America, East.

Affiliate Members: WomenArts, Women’s Media Center, Women Make Movies, Works by Women, The Lambs, Inc., Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, 365 Women a Year, Drama Desk, National Theatre Conference, Dancers Over 40, The Rehearsal Club, Professional Women Singers Association.

Criteria

Applicants may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had a public performance* within the last two years, 2013-2015. Applications shall be judged on artistic excellence, diversity, and clarity. All topics and subjects will be considered. Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition: to advance women’s work and women’s issues.

*Public Performance can include, but is not limited to a staged reading, gallery show, concert series, etc.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an application online. (A link to the application is below.) Applications may be saved and returned to until completed and submitted.

Deadline

The deadline for the submission of applications was 11:59 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Award winners will be announced by September 2015.  
 

Application in PDF form for information purposes only 

(this application was from the start date of February 1, 2015--newer organizations not included in pdf).