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SDC & SAG Foundations Live Streamed Event - Directors Working Across Theatre, Television, and Film

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation
in partnership with SAG Foundation LifeRaft and Los Angeles Stage Alliance

Invite you to attend

Directors Working across Theatre, Television and Film

Monday, October 7, 2013, 7pm
The SAG Foundation's LifeRaft program, in partnership with the Los Angeles Stage Alliance and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, is thrilled to present this conversation in which directors will discuss their work in the fields of film, television and theatre, how they balance their work flow, and what they notice in actors who thrive in all three mediums.
Panelists will include Directors Paul Lazarus, Tom Moore and Oz Scott.  The panel will be moderated by Terrence McFarland, Executive Director of L.A. Stage Alliance.
SAG Foundation will be live streaming this event. The event can be viewed on their website at http://www.sagfoundation.org/livestream or at  http://youtube.com/sagfoundation.
About the panelists:
Paul Lazarus has directed over eighty plays and musicals (mostly new work) in such theaters as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Rep, The Actors Studio, La MaMa ETC, Huntington Theater Company and The Goodspeed Opera House. He served as Artistic Director of the historic Pasadena Playhouse in California. Highlights include: receiving a Drama Desk nomination for the Off-Broadway musical Personals; the Lincoln Center Institute production of Antigone; serving as Associate Director for the celebrated concert version of Follies at Avery Fisher Hall and the world premieres of Camping with Henry and TomThe 24th DayLife ClassEpic Proportions andJohnny Pye and the Foolkiller. Since moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Lazarus has also been directing many prime time television series including “Samantha Who?,” “Ugly Betty,” the new “90210, ” “Friends,” “L.A. Law,” “Melrose Place” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
Tom Moore’s Broadway credits include ‘night, Mother, (Pulitzer Prize and Tony nomination); the original Grease (8 years), Over Here (Tony nomination); Once in a LifetimeDivision StreetMoon Over BuffaloOctette Bridge Club and Frankenstein. At the Mark Taper Forum/Ahmanson Theatre he directed The Royal FamilyDivision StreetA Month in the CountryHenceforward and A Flea in Her Ear. Credits at American Conservatory Theater include Three SistersLittle Foxes and Hotel Paradiso. At Williamstown Theatre Festival he directed Hay FeverMadwoman of Chaillot and Our Town. He has also worked at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Santa Fe Stages, Guthrie Theatre, Arena Stage and American Repertory Theatre. His extensive television credits include “E.R.” (Emmy nomination), “L.A. Law” (Emmy nomination), “Mad About You” (Emmy nomination), “Huff,” “The Court,” “Cheers,” “Ally McBeal,” and “The Wonder Years” (Humanitas Prize) and the Disney musical Geppetto. He also directed the film of ‘night, Mother.
Oz Scott (Secretary) is an award-winning television, theatrical and motion picture director whose credits span hundreds of television episodes and dozens of feature films, stage productions and made-for-TV movies. Oz’s directorial talents have contributed to the success of award-winning shows such as “The Cosby Show,” “The Jeffersons,” “Hill Street Blues, ” “Fame,” and “Northern Exposure.” His theater directorial credits include The Ballad of Emmett Till at the Goodman Theatre and Resurrection, which he staged at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, at Hartford Stage and again for Philadelphia Theatre Company. Oz has been nominated for a DGA award, and he has been the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk Award, a Village Voice OBIE Awards for Off Broadway, a Genesis Award, and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in LA, and on the Dean’s Council for California State University at Northridge’s (CSUN) College of Arts, Media and Communication.

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SAG Foundation Event: Changing Landscapes: An Evening with Female Directors -

Screen Actors Guild Foundation
and The New School for Drama 
Invite You to a Very Special Event in Celebration of Women's History Month

Open to all WAM Coalition members


Changing Landscapes: An Evening with Female Directors

Date:  Thursday, March 14th
Time:  7:00 - 9:00 PM

Location:
Tishman Auditorium at The New School
66 West 12th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue)
New York, New York 10016 

RSVP Required.  Seating Limited.  To make a reservation, please email nyrsvp@sagfoundation.org and write "Director's Panel" in the subject line.  Please indicate if you would like to bring a guest.  You will be asked to present ID at check-in.  You will receive an email confirmation.  Please do not call the school.

Description:  According to recent DGA statistics, 95% of feature films are directed by men and only 5% by women. More than 3100 episodes were produced in the 2011-2012 network season and 2011 cable television series but only 15% of these episodes were directed by women. According to a recent New York Times article, women direct only 15 to 20% of the Broadway shows, a number that is considered a slight improvement to most of the last century. Although the disparity is clear, a generation of women is changing the directorial landscape. The groundwork is being laid for a new game to be played in the business.  Join us for an inspiring and academic evening with women at the top of their careers in TV, Film and Theater.  Hear them speak their minds on why they do what they do, how they did it and where the tide is turning.

*Panel subject to change

Meet the Panelists

Neema Barnette
Prominent, innovative and prolific director and producer, Neema Barnette, has engaged audiences with a body of compelling socially- and politically-charged work that defies the narrow stereotypes of African-Americans usually depicted in entertainment. Working in both television and film, Barnette has earned the respect of peers and critics alike by winning countless accolades. 
"WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED ON THE 7th DAY" marks Barnette's 11th movie and 3rd for theatrical release. Other directing credits: "MY SUPER SWEET 16 THE MOVIE" (MTV Paramount 2007). "ALL YOU'VE GOT" (MTV Paramount Films, 2005). The mini series "MIRACLE BOYS" produced in 2005 for the NOGGIN station by filmmaker Spike Lee marks Neema Barnette's ninth movie directed for the small screen. Neema was the only female director invited to join Spikes directing team.
At twenty-one, Neema made her directing debut at Joseph Papps' Public Theatre with "THE BLUE JOURNEY" by Oyamo. Finding cinema in her work, Papp suggested she enroll in a Third World Cinema program. After graduating from the program, Neema produced an after school special  titled "TO BE A MAN" for ABC Television and won her first EMMY AWARD.
Neema was awarded acceptance into The American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for where she wrote, produced and directed her first film "SKY CAPTAIN." The film's innovative style and unmistakable originality propelled Neema into the vanguard of Hollywood's film and television community. "ONE MORE HURDLE" (NAACP IMAGE AWARD). "THE SILENT CRIME" (four local EMMY NOMINATIONS & AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO & TELEVISION AWARD for Directing.) Episode of "What's Happenin now" that Neema directed got her a NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATION.  It also made her the first African American Woman in the history of television to direct a sitcom.  This critical breakthrough resulted in subsequent directing stints on "HOOPERMAN," "THE ROYAL FAMILY," "CHINA BEACH" (Peabody Award), "FRANKS PLACE" (Emmy Award), and "THE SINBAD SHOW," "DIAGNOSIS MURDER," "A DIFFERENT WORLD" and multiples of "THE COSBY SHOW."
Neema won an "International Monitor Award for Best Director" for the Cosby Show episode "The Day The Spores Landed".   The Delta Society awarded Neema their prestigious LILLY AWARD for exceptional representation of African American images in film.
Television Directing credit:  "DIFFERENT WORLDS, AN INTERRACIAL LOVE STORY" (CBS, 4 DAYTIME EMMY NOMINATIONS, DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA NOMINATIONS FOR BEST DIRECTING). "BETTER OFF DEAD" (Lifetime;  nominated for a CABLE ACE AWARD.)  telepicture "RUN FOR THE DREAM, THE GAIL DEVERS STORY" (ShowTime Network (5th NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATION); "7th HEAVEN"; "DIAGNOSIS MURDER."
"BETTER OFF DEAD" got her the attention of Frank Price, then chairman of Sony Pictures, who gave her a two-year housekeeping deal to produce, write and direct "LISTEN FOR THE FIG TREE" an original screenplay. Neema became the first African American woman to get a deal at a major motion picture studio.
Mr. Bill Cosby contracted her to direct several episodes of his one-hour detective series for NBC, "THE COSBY MYSTERIES."  An episode she directed for the show received a PEABODY AND EMMY AWARD.
In September of 2003, Neema signed on as Director and Producer of the feature film "CIVIL BRAND" (BLOCKBUSTER AUDIENCE AWARD at The Black American Film Festival in Miami; AUDIENCE AWARD & SPECIAL JURY AWARD at the URBANWORLD Film Festival in NYC; Official selection of The American Film Institutes Film Festival LA; Official selection of the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL; Opening Night Gala Feature for the 2003 PAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL and winner of its THE FESTIVAL AWARD and SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD;  Official selection of the PHILLY FILM FESTIVAL and winner of the AUDIENCE AWARD at the Roxbury Black Film Festival in Boston.; selected for DENMARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in November 2004.) Lions Gate Films released CIVIL BRAND theatrically.
In March of 2006, the Reel Sistas of the Diaspora and NY Women in Film awarded Neema the "TRAILBLAZER AWARD" at the Brooklyn Museum of Art Neema.
The legendary Director/Producer of The Academy Awards, Gilbert Gates, hired Neema as a Professor at UCLA's School of Film & Television in 1997. For fifteen years, Neema has been teaching television directing and producing for multi camera and single camera. She teaches both undergraduates and graduates.  In September 2002, Neema also became an associate professor at the USC School of Cinema.
Neema was one of ten prestigious artists selected to judge the American Film Institutes "Best Films Award" in 2002.
Neema serves on the DGA African American Steering Committee and is a member of The Black Filmmakers Foundation since its inception. She is an active AFI alumnus and serves on the panel of the AFI Independent Film committee. Neema was on the executive board of the IFP Gordon Parks Scholarship fund and is a judge for the NAACP Feature Film Award and serves yearly as a judge for the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
In February 2004, WOMEN IN FILM honored Neema along with Diane Carroll and Delores Robinson at their Breaking Ground Breakfast in Beverly Hills.
On November 30th, 2009 in New York City, Congressman Charles Rangel declared NEEMA BARNETTE DAY in her hometown of Harlem.  Over 1000 fans gathered to pay tribute to Neema's talent and history-making success.
Neema operates her own production company, HOPE ENTERTAINMENT. She served as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for the feature film "CUTTIN DA MUSTARD." Neema is also Executive Director of Live Theatre Gang, a young urban theatre and performance company.  She lives between New York and Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, playwright Ah'Keisha McCants.  Neema has just completed writing the screenplay "When All Is Said and Done" adapted from a short story by rapper/writer Queen Pen. 

Liz Diamond
Liz Diamond has taught at Yale School of Drama and served as a Resident Director of Yale Repertory Theatre since 1992. She has served as the Chair of the Directing department since 2004. Among the more than 50 productions she has directed at Yale Rep and nationally are many US and world premieres, including, most recently, Jordan Harrison's Futura, Catherine Treischman's Crooked, Lucinda Coxon's Happy Now?, Octavio Solis' Gibraltar, Marcus Gardley's Dance of the Holy Ghosts, and, early on, of Suzan-Lori Parks' The America PlayThe Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, and Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom. Productions of classical and modern works include Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession, and Pinter's Betrayal.  She has also directed major new translations of Racine's Phedre, Moliere's School for Wives, Brecht's St Joan of the Stockyards, and Strindberg's Miss Julie. Ms Diamond has directed documentary theatre projects in collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith at the Institute for the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard University, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Lincoln Center Institute. She has been awarded the OBIE and the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction. She has taught directing at La MaMa Umbria, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy, where she is a Visiting Professor. After completing her MFA at Columbia University in 1983, Ms Diamond worked as a free lance director and served as the Resident Director at New Dramatists in New York. In 1978, while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Ms Diamond cofounded the Projet de Theatre Rurale Voltaique, which grew into the Atelier de Theatre Burkinabe and still thrives today.

Leigh Silverman
Broadway: David Henry Hwang's Chinglish; Lisa Kron's Well. Recent world premieres: The Madrid (MTC); Chinglish (Goodman Theater, Jeff nomination; West Coast/Hong Kong tour); In the Wake (Center Theatre Group/Berkeley Repertory Theatre and The Public Theater, Obie Award, Lortel nomination); No Place to Go (Public Theater); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award); From Up Here (MTC, Drama Desk nomination); Yellow Face (Center Theatre Group/The Public Theater); Coraline (MCC/True Love); Hunting and Gathering (Primary Stages); Well (The Public Theater; Huntington Theatre; ACT); Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons; Seattle Repertory Theatre); Oedipus at Palm Springs (NYTW); also Golden Child (Signature Theatre) and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Second Stage Theatre); and many regional productions.  West End: Wit.  Upcoming: The Call (Playwrights Horizons); American Hero (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Kung Fu(Signature Theatre).

Rose Troche
Rose Troche is an award winning writer, director and producer of both film and television. Her first feature, Go Fish was released to wide acclaim, garnering awards at The Berlin, London, Rimini and Deauville Film Festivals. It also won the prestigious Open Palm Palm at New York's Gotham Awards. Bedrooms and Hallways followed, receiving the audience award at the London Film Festival. 2003 saw the release of Troche's third feature, The Safety of Objects, which received stellar reviews and went on to open the San Sebastian International Film Festival, and win best feature and best actress (Patricia Clarkson) at the Deauville Film Festival. In 2003 Troche completed the pilot for Showtime's The L Word and went on to direct, write and co-executive produce the series through six seasons. Troche also directed the pilot for the popular teen series, South of Nowhere where she remained as a consulting producer, and director. She has also directed award winning series including,Six Feet UnderUgly Betty and Law & Order. In 2011 she executive produced Hunting Season,an 8 part web series. Troche produced Concussion, Stacie Passon's debut feature to be released in the fall. She also wrote and directed Elliot King is 3rd a film for the ITVS series Future States. She is also set to go into production on her fourth feature,Wendy Drinks Beer for Breakfast in the spring of 2013 and is slated to direct Black Kid, starring Vera Farmiga and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def).

Claudia Weill
Claudia Weill is a film, television, and theatre director. After graduating Harvard in 1969, she made 30 short films for SESAME STREET (still on the air) and directed documentaries, notably THIS IS THE HOME OF MRS LEVANT GRAHAM (Kennedy Journalism Award) and THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY: A CHINA MEMOIR, with Shirley MacLaine, released theatrically in 1975 (Academy Award Nomination).
She produced and directed her first feature, GIRLFRIENDS, in 1979 with Melanie Mayron, Chris Guest, Bob Balaban, and Eli Wallach, which she sold to Warner Brothers after winning multiple awards at Cannes, Filmex, and Sundance. Next she directed IT'S MY TURN for Columbia Pictures, with Jill Clayburgh, Michael Douglas and Charles Grodin, winning the Donatello (European Oscar) for Best New Director.
She directed mostly new plays at Williamstown, The O'Neill, Sundance, ACT, Empty Space and in New York at MTC, the Public and Circle Rep among  others. In 1984, she was nominated for the Drama Desk Best Director Award for the premiere of Donald Margulies' FOUND A PEANUT w/Bob Joy and Evan Handler produced by Joe Papp at the Public Theatre.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1985, she began working in television, directing episodic, cable movies and pilots. She is most well known for multiple episodes of THIRTYSOMETHING (Humanitas and Emmy Awards), MY SO-CALLED LIFE, CHICAGO HOPE (Reynolds Award), ONCE AND AGAIN, and TV movies, including JOHNNY BULL with Jason Robards, Kathy Bates, and Colleen Dewhurst, and FACE OF A STRANGER with Tyne Daly, Gena Rowlands, (Emmy Best Actress).  In 2013, she directed an episode of the hit HBO series GIRLS.
Returning to theatre in the last few years, she directed the West Coast Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner, DOUBT (Shanley) w/Linda Hunt at the Pasadena Playhouse, TAPE (Belber) w/Michael Urie, MEMORY HOUSE (Tolan) w/Kathy Baker and END DAYS (Laufer) w/Amy Aquino at the Vineyard Playhouse, ARCHY and MEHITABEL at the Yard w/Alison Fraser and Ned Eisenberg, HUCK AND HOLDEN (Rajiv Joseph) at the Black Dahlia, LA BELLA FAMIGLIA at ACT, TWELFTH NIGHT, ACT A LADY and SWEET MERCY at Antaeus, MELANCHOLY PLAY, THE SHORE with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen at the Pasadena Playhouse, and workshops of MODERN ORTHODOX, ADAM BAUM AND THE JEW MOVIE (Goldfarb) with Tony Shaloub and The PARENTS' EVENING at the Vineyard Playhouse. 
Ms Weill has guest taught directing for film, television and theatre at Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Julliard and taught Film Directing in the MFA program at Cal Arts. She is on the faculty at USC School of Cinema where she teaches Directing. Last year she was a Juror with Elvis Mitchell for the Nashville Film Festival. She regularly mentors young writers and directors around the country, serves on the Directors' Executive Committee for the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and on the Board of Antaeus, the only classical theatre in LA. She is currently directing several of the "Game Changers" films for the DGA 75th Anniversary and writing a book about the art and craft of directing.

Melissa Silverstein - Moderator
Melissa Silverstein is a writer with an extensive expertise in the area of women and Hollywood. She is the founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, one of the most respected sites for issues related to women and film as well as other areas of pop culture. She is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Athena Film Festival -- A Celebration of Women and Leadership -- at Barnard College in NYC. The third annual festival took place from February 7-10, 2013.
Melissa recently published the first book from Women and Hollywood, In Her Voice: Women Directors Talk Directing, which is a compilation of over 40 interviews that have appeared on the site.
Her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC as well as in Newsweek, Salon, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, NY Times, and many other publications. Women and Hollywood was named one of the top 100 websites for women by ForbesWoman in 2012 and 2011.  In 2011, Melissa was named one of the Top 100 Arts tweeters by the Times of London and in 2010, she was named one of 10 film critics to follow on twitter by Flavorwire.  In 2008, Women and Hollywood was named by More Magazine as one of the "blogs to watch," and in 2009, it was named "Best Hollywood blog" by totalfilm.com.
Melissa has experience working on social media marketing campaigns and events for a variety of films.  Recent films include: My Week With Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Gloria Steinem: In Her Own Words, Dancing Across Borders, Bright Star, The Boys are Back, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, Cheri, Sunshine Cleaning, Last Chance Harvey, Revolutionary Road, Hounddog, The Duchess, A Previous Engagement, Then She Found Me, The Business of Being Born, Becoming Jane, Bend it Like Beckham, and The Hours.
She has also worked on several high profile public education campaigns including Take Our Daughters to Work Day and the Pro Choice Public Education Project, and she was the founding project director for The White House Project and prior to that was the chief of Staff at the Ms. Foundation for Women.  She is on the advisory boards of the Women's Media Center and Women,  Action & Media (WAM!) and is a member of NY Women in Film and TV.
Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NY Times, More Magazine, the Women's Media Center, Equality, the Magazine of the Human Rights Campaign, wowOwow, Huffington Post, Zoom in Online, Alternet, Ms. Magazine; ivillage among others. She was a contributor to The Tattooed Girl: The Enigma of Stieg Larsson and the Secrets Behind the Most Compelling Thriller of Our Time.

Get involved with the SAG Foundation!  Funded by grants and donations, the non-profit Screen Actors Guild Foundation's free programs assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community.  Foundation events are open to SAG-AFTRA and Equity members.  Celebrate the actor - support the SAG Foundation! www.sagfoundation.org 

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SAG-AFTRA Event Open to All WAM Coalition Members



Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
Take Back the Work:  
A Call to Action For Women Over 50


Do women over 50 today have a chance to avoid becoming
invisible on movie and television screens?  

Don't miss a special opportunity to participate in this workshop and learn how to impact your employment opportunities with a hands-on call to action, guided by marketing and branding expert Mona Finston and facilitated by Ellen Wacher.  Presented by SAG-AFTRA, as conceived and funded by the former SAG National Women's Committee, Mona will guide participants on how to take back the work that's traditionally been reserved for the 18 -49 demographic.  The call to action will include detailed
steps and suggestions on how to build your own brand as well as grass-roots media awareness campaigns.

This workshop will be live-streamed to SAG-AFTRA members all around the world. Please join us for this once in a lifetime event.  ALL members of the WAM Coalition (all members of all of our Member Orgs) are welcome! 

When: Tuesday, April 24th from 2 - 4pm Eastern
(11am - 1pm Pacific)

Where: University of Miami at the Newman Alumni Center  
(See below for NYC Viewing Party details!)

Limited seating is also available at the SAG-AFTRA Offices in the following locations:

NEW YORK:
260 Madison Avenue, 7th Floor in the Eddie Cantor Boardroom
Between 38th and 39th Streets
VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
RSVP Required: Email RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.

LOS ANGELES:
5757 Wilshire Boulevard, 8th Floor in the Founders Room
(Check in on the 7th Floor at Reception)
RSVP Required: Email RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.
 
BOSTON:
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
VALID ID REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
RSVP Required: Email Elizabeth.Jackson@sagaftra.org  
to reserve a seat.

If you need ADA accommodations, please email your requests to RSVPDiversity@sagaftra.org
or call 212-827-1542 as soon as possible.
 
Watch the Event Streamed Live Online

To Access LiveStream:  
Visit  
immediatelyprior to the start of the event.


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Newsletter: SWAN Day Screening from WAM Coalition

WAM Coalition logo
Miss Representation Banner

WAM Coalition  
is collaborating with 
NYWIFT, SAG, and SVA 
to bring you:  
A SWAN Day Event 
(Support Women Artists Now)

for Women's History Month ~a screening of the documentary:  
MISS REPRESENTATION

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film uniquely challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.
  
In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors. 
Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics, like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012
at 2 p.m.

Screening (85 Minutes)

to be followed by a Q&A with industry leaders and reception.

SVA Theater

333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY 10011

This event is sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM) and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre and is free to SAG, WAM, students and NYWIFT.


To RSVP, please visit:
https://www.123signup.com/register?id=sgydh and be sure to check the WAM button when registering in order to receive comp tickets.  

Women in the Arts & Media
Coalition
244 Fifth Avenue
Suite 9253
New York, NY  10010
212-592-4511
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MISS REPRESENTATION


A SWAN Day Event        
(Support Women Artists Now)
for Women's History Month
a screening of the documentary:
MISS REPRESENTATION
    
 
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film uniquely challenges the media's limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

In a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, the collective message that our young women and men overwhelmingly receive is that a woman's value and power lie in her youth, beauty and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader. While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, women hold only 3% of clout positions in mainstream media, and 65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.

Stories from teenage girls and provocative interviews with politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics,  like Condoleezza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Margaret Cho, Rosario Dawson and Gloria Steinem build momentum as Miss Representation   accumulates startling facts and statistics that will leave the audience shaken and armed with a new perspective.    
   
Saturday, March 31, 2012
at 2 p.m.
          Screening (85 Minutes)
          to be followed by a Q&A with industry leaders and reception.
          SVA Theater
          333 West 23rd Street (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
          New York, NY 10011
          This event is sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the Women in the Arts and Media Coalition (WAM) and the School of Visual Arts (SVA) Theatre and  is free to SAG, WAM, students and NYWIFT.
          To RSVP, please visit: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=sgydh  and be sure to check the WAM button when registering in order to receive comp tickets.

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Newsletter: A Note from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
WAM is collaborating with the
Screen Actors Guild Foundation
to bring you:
A Conversation and Q&with
Eileen Fulton
moderated by our own
leslie Shreve!

As part of WAM's mission to encourage interaction between our member organizations, we would like to invite you to come hear from a woman who has crossed industry borders and worked in
TV, Cabaret, Film & Theatre!

Eileen Fulton is best known for being the first "bad girl" on television, when she created the role of Lisa Miller on the CBS Soap, "As The World Turns" over 50 years ago.  However, it was onstage in the Broadway production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that Eileen found a balance in her ability to perform both onstage and on TV. In the morning she would tape an episode of As the World Turns, then she would be on a Broadway stage for the matinee performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and by evening she would be back onstage in the Off-Broadway musical, The Fantasticks. Fulton has also appeared in five independent films, is an established recording artist and critically acclaimed cabaret performer.


A Special Networking Reception will be held after the event. We look forward to meeting you and continuing the discussion on issues of importance to you!


RSVP Required.  Seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, please send an email to rsvp@sagfoundation.org with "Eileen Fulton" in the subject line by Wednesday, June 15th.  Also, please indicate if you would like to bring a guest.
  We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011
7:00 PM  (Check-in starts at 6:15 pm)

Screen Actors Guild
360 Madison Avenue, 14thFloor  
(Entrance is located on 45th)

Moderated By
leslie Shreve

Have questions for Eileen? Email them to leslie with your RSVP to  rsvp@sagfoundation.org   

leslie is a past president of WAMCoalition, and is a current Special Advisor to our board. Her activism includes serving on the National Board of AFTRA; the Council and Grants Committee for the EAG; and the steering committee for the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital's Crime Victims Treatment Center.  leslie is honored by her uniquely long term as National Chair for the Women's Committees of both AFTRA and SAG.  

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VintAGE: Celebrating Women Artists Over 40

Congratulations to the Coalition and its membership for an outstanding VintAGE event on March 1, 2010! We sold out and everyone was bowled over by the wonderful performances and impressed with the need for improvement to job opportunities for women over 40!


With choreographer Mercedes Ellington, actresses Betsy von Furstenberg and Anita Gillette, lyricist and composer Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, the cast of"Women of a Certain Age® - The Songs of Kantor and Dorn", and other surprise guests a vibrant evening of music, dance, theater and film was enjoyed by all!  We rejoiced, commemorated and celebrated the achievements of women over the age of 40, and examined the not so secret world of women and ageism.

WHERE ARE WE NOW? IS AGEISM ON THE WANE OR HAS IT INTENSIFIED? 

VIP Premium tickets holders were welcomed with pre-theater coctails and reserved seating.  All ticket holders were invited to our after-party at UnWined in Symphony Space.  Networking with other industry professionals dedicated to promoting the advancement of women and parity in the arts and media.

Keep working women of a certain age off the endangered species list. 

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VintAGE: Celebrating Women Artists Over 40


PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS AND SCREEN ACTORS GUILD



Have we come a long way, baby, only to be sidelined after the age of 40? 

Congratulations to the Coalition and its membership for an outstanding VintAGE event on March 1, 2010! We sold out and everyone was bowled over by the wonderful performances and impressed with the need for improvement to job opportunities for women over 40!



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Member/ Affiliate Member Organizations


Member Organizations

The Women in the Arts and Media Coalition, Inc. is composed of member organizations which combine their efforts to work toward the advancement of women in the performing arts and media. 

165 West 46th Street
NYC NY 10036
212-869-8530 
AEA is the labor union that represents professional performers and stage managers in the legitimate theatre throughout the United States. It negotiates minimum wages and working conditions for its members, administers contracts and enforces the provisions of its agreements with employers. It also participates in various projects for the benefit of the theatre industry. 

New York, NY 10016
212-532-0800 
AFTRA represents actors, singers, dancers, announcers disc jockeys, newscasters, sportscasters and others who perform live or on tape on radio or television, and singers who work in the recording industry. It negotiates and administers contracts on behalf of its members and provides them an opportunity to develop their professional skills. 

Dramatists Guild, Inc. (DG)1501 Broadway.Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
212-398-9366 
The Dramatists Guild is the professional association of playwrights, composers and lyricists. It works to protect the rights of dramatists and to improve the conditions under which they work. 
Mail: c/o Rachel Reiner
35 W. 64 St. Apt. 4-D
New York, NY 10023 
Information Hotline: (888) 297-3117
Other calls: 545-505-1822
The League, the founding member of NYCWAM, is an advocacy organization dedicated to reinforcing the positive image of women, promoting their visibility and increasing their opportunities in American professional theatre.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016
212-679-0870
NYWIFT is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and other programming media. The membership includes people working in all areas of film, television and new media. With a network of 40 chapters representing 10,000 people around the world, NYWIFT produces many innovative and educational programs. 

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)360 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
NY, NY 10017
212-944-1030 
SAG is the national labor union that represents performers in motion pictures, television programs and commercials, industrial and interactive projects. Through its National Women's Conference Committee, the Guild works to promote employment opportunities for female performers and to improve the image of women portrayed in entertainment. 

New York, NY 10036
212-391-1070 
SSDC is the national independent labor representative for directors and choreographers who work in the American professional theatre. It provides protections, services and benefits to members, with jurisdiction over Broadway, Off-Broadway, League of Professional Resident Theatres, and other stages. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation supports and develops theatre professionals with information, training and opportunities.  

555 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-767-7800
WGAE is a labor union representing professional writers in the motion picture, television and radio industries. Guild agreements, achieved through collective bargaining, furnish members with protection in such areas as fees, payment, rights in material, credits and arbitration of disputes. 


Affiliate Member Organizations*

WomenArts
3739 Balboa Street #181
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 751-2202
The Fund for Women Artists helps women do their creative work by directing funds to artists, building audiences through the WomensArtNetwork online listings, providing information on funding resources, and advocacy.
The Rehearsal Club
111 Great Hill Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877
The Rehearsal Club and the women who lived there are the basis for the Edna Ferber & George S. Kauffman play, Stage Door. Closed down in 1976, the women of the RC alumnae support and encourage the networking and mentoring of aspiring young women while serving as a catalyst to encourage the creation of similar "Rehearsal Club" housing in Manhattan.
The Women's Media Center
212-563-0680
212-563-0688 (fax)
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118
The Women's Media Center's mission is to assure that women and women's experiences are reflected in the media just as women are present everywhere in the real world; that women are represented as local, national, and global sources for subjects of the media; and that women media professionals have equal opportunities for employment and advancement.
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Suite 500WS
New York, NY 10013
212-925-0606
212-925-2052
Women Make Movies facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women, facilitates the development of feminist media, and addresses the under representation of women in film.
Dancers Over 40, Inc. 
P.O. Box 237098
New York, NY 10023
212-330-7016 
Dancers Over 40, Inc. was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide a community of support in response to the fiscal -- as well as physical - needs of mature dancers, choreographers and related artists. Our goals are to seek educational opportunities, present seminars, socials and panel discussions on topics important to mature dancers concerned about their ability to continue to live and work in a creative environment and continue the legacy to those dancers about to begin their journey.

Professional Women Singers Association 
Ansonia Station , P.O. Box 231162
New York, NY 10023 

Founded in 1982, the Professional Women Singers Association advances careers of women singers and promotes musical excellence. It functions as a network of distinguished women singers who support each other in their professional work in opera, musical theater, concert and cabaret performance, and sacred music in churches and synagogues. 
*Affiliate Membership, a newer category of association with WAM Coalition, is available to organizations that support the mission and goals of WAM Coalition but, because they are not membership organizations, are ineligible as a Member Organization. For more information about Affiliate Membership, email us.

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Meet n' Greet

Meet 'n Greet:  We regularly hold informational and networking sessions with member organizations in the arts and media.  On May 30, 2006, our Board members explored goals and activities at an open meeting with members American Federaltion of Televison and Radio Artists (AFTRA), including a mini-networking event. It was our second get together with the group. We've had others with  of the Screen Actors Guild, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and New York Women in Film and Television.  In November, October, September and April 2004, NYCWAM held a similar events with members of the League of Professional Theatre Women (League), Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), Actors Equity Association (AEA).

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"INVISIBLE WOMEN" VINTAGE II



On April 17, the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts and Media presented the World Premiere of the documentary film, Invisible Women, which asks why women of the baby boomer generation are invisible in film after age forty.  The screening, presented with the Screen Actors Guild, was followed by a panel discussion moderated by author Gail Sheehy, and with filmmakers Susan Davis and Susan Valdes, Lee Grant, Susan Seidelman, and others.  Invisible Women April 17 2006 at 7 pm

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