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VintAge Event - Tomorrow!




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VintAge




Supporting the Voice and Vision 
of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age

Award and Event 
Saturday, October 18
1-5:30 p.m.
featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, 
Barbara Davis, Liz Rosenberg, Yvonne Curry



 
 Screening of ADVANCED STYLE
a new short film starring Leslie Uggams

and presentation of the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award
to Morgan Jenness by Tisa Chang

 
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video

 
co-hosted by co-presidents
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone

 
includes a reception and networking

 
46 West 116th Street (just off #2 & #3 train stop)
1-5:30 
Only $20 for Coalition member org members
VintAge celebrates the voice and vision of women in the arts and media as they age. This year's VintAge features a about older women with their own personal styles and philosophies, and a short, JUST THE THREE OF US, starring Leslie Uggams. The event will also have an esteemed panel (t.b.a.). Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer will be speaking in recorded videos. Tisa Chang (Artistic Director, Pan Asian Rep) will then be presenting the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge award to Morgan Jenness, agent & dramaturg, for her advocacy work on behalf of playwright Maria Irene Fornes, which will be followed by a reception and networking.

This year's VintAge features the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age being presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and the importance of celebrating women in the arts and media as they age by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary, ADVANCED STYLE, by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund; Morgan Jeness, agent & dramaturg; Tisa Chang, Artistic Director of Pan Asian Rep; Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

Presented by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and co-sponsored by NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Saturday, October 18, from 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and 5th Avenues, right by the 116th Street stop of the #2 and #3 trains). Tickets $20 for all members of all member orgs; $40 for the general public. There are also a very few $100 premium tickets with reserved seating and special gifts.



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VintAge Event - This Saturday - last day for Early Bird Tickets




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VintAge




Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age

Today is the last day to order Early Bird Tickets
for Award and Event 
Saturday, October 18
1-5:30 p.m.
featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, 
Barbara Davis, Liz Rosenberg, Yvonne Curry, and more
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video



 
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE
plus THE THREE OF US,
a new short film starring Leslie Uggams
and presentation of the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award
to Morgan Jenness by Tisa Chang
includes a reception and networking
46 West 116th Street (just off #2 & #3 train stop)
1-5:30 
Only $15 for Coalition member org members
until October 14
VintAge celebrates the voice and vision of women in the arts and media as they age. This year's VintAge features a about older women with their own personal styles and philosophies, and a short, JUST THE THREE OF US, starring Leslie Uggams. The event will also have an esteemed panel (t.b.a.). Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer will be speaking in recorded videos. Tisa Chang (Artistic Director, Pan Asian Rep) will then be presenting the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge award to Morgan Jenness, agent & dramaturg, for her advocacy work on behalf of playwright Maria Irene Fornes, which will be followed by a reception and networking.

This year's VintAge features the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age being presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and the importance of celebrating women in the arts and media as they age by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary, ADVANCED STYLE, by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund; Morgan Jeness, agent & dramaturg; Tisa Chang, Artistic Director of Pan Asian Rep; Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

Presented by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and co-sponsored by NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Saturday, October 18, from 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and 5th Avenues, right by the 116th Street stop of the #2 and #3 trains).


Early bird member tickets*  $15; early bird non-member tickets $30; after October 14, member tickets $20; non-member tickets $40. There are also a very few $100 premium tickets with reserved seating and special gifts. (*members are all members of all member organizations of the Coalition)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - VintAge Award & Event 10/18 at MIST Harlem


244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2932, New York, New York 10010

Contact:          Leslie Shreve
                        212-592-4511
                        press@womenartsmediacoalition.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2014

WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION ANNOUNCES
VintAge
Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age
Early Bird Tickets Still Available through the holiday weekend (10/14)
for the October 18th Award & Event
featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, Barbara Davis, and more
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE documentary
plus new short film starring Leslie Uggams


The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is producing VintAge, one of its two Signature Events, supporting the voice and vision of women in the arts & media as they age, on Saturday, October 18, from 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem

The 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age will be presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and the importance of celebrating women in the arts and media as they age by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary ADVANCED STYLE by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund, Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director, and more.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

A limited number of tickets to VintAge are available to the public. Ticket prices are: $15 for members of any of the Coalition's member organizations / $30 for non-members (early bird rate now extended through October 14), $20 for members after October 14; $40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.bpt.me/ or http://bpt.me/880439. Checks can also be sent directly to the Coalition.

For the first VintAge in 2001, Elsa Rael, then Co-President of the Coalition, wrote: "VintAge was conceived to encourage awareness of the effects of unemployment due to aging on the individual, as well as the resultant loss of talent and experience to the arts and media communities and the incalculable loss to the general public."

Hillary Rodham Clinton, then a U.S. Senator from New York, wrote for that first program: "My hope for every woman in the 21st Century is that she will be blessed with choice and empowered with the tools of opportunity to make the most of her God-given talents. She will be free to pursue her own vision in the world of work, in the public sphere, in the political process and to build loving and strong families at home. Her voice will be heard; her concerns will be followed."

Celebrants at past VintAge events have included Lainie Kazan, Phyllis Newman, Tina Howe, Marian Seldes, Lynn Ahrens, Anita Gillette, and Lesley Gore.

VintAge is co-sponsored by NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. All four of these organizations are members of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which represents more than 80,000 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, Dramatists Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York Women in Film & Television, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliate organizations are: WomenArts, Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, Works by Women, Drama Desk, Dancers Over 40, The Lambs, Inc., The Rehearsal Club, and Professional Women Singers Association. For more information on the Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

MIST Harlem is located at 46 West 116th Street, in the heart of central Harlem, steps from the IRT #2 and #3 train.  MIST Harlem is guided by the essential philosophy of using select environmentally sustainable materials which minimize consumption of resources, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, preserve resources for future generations while providing an inviting and compelling, contemporary space. Largely hired from the Harlem community and beyond, staff is cross-trained in hospitality, efficient operations, marketing and promotions and technical production services to develop a team that excels in customer service, cultural resonance and community engagement. MIST offers a unique, dining and entertainment experience in an environmentally responsible, inviting and compelling, contemporary setting.

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VintAge Event and Coalition Member Discounts




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Newsletter IV:10aOctober 2014
In This Issue
VintAge Event
The Brightness of Heaven discount
Produced By: NY discount
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Member Organizations
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We are extending the Early Bird Discount to our upcoming VintAge event for October 18 at MIST Harlem. Only $15 for all members if you buy your tickets by October 14. See below for more information.   
REMEMBER:  if you are a member of any of our member orgs, you are a member of the Coalition!  See list of member organizations at the bottom of this newsletter.

We are also continuing to develop our
Please send all events of interest to us at: calendar@womenartsmediacoalition.org or submit it on our website. All of you can help us make this calendar THE central place for events and programs of interest to women in the arts and media. 

Check out the great offers below, and find more events on our 
Online Communal Calendar. If you have any problem reading  these flyers, you can see them on our Online Blog.  

Hope to see you at VintAge,
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone
Co-Presidents
for the Board of Representatives
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

VintAge - Early Bird Discountvintage



Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age

Tickets Available for Award and Event
featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, 
Barbara Davis, Liz Rosenberg, Yvonne Curry, and more
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video



 
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE
plus THE THREE OF US,
a new short film starring Leslie Uggams
and presentation of the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award
to Morgan Jenness by Tisa Chang
includes a reception and networking
46 West 116th Street (just off #2 & #3 train stop)
1-5:30 
Only $15 for Coalition member org members
until October 14
VintAge celebrates the voice and vision of women in the arts and media as they age. This year's VintAge features a about older women with their own personal styles and philosophies, and a short, JUST THE THREE OF US, starring Leslie Uggams. The event will also have an esteemed panel (t.b.a.). Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer will be speaking in recorded videos. Tisa Chang (Artistic Director, Pan Asian Rep) will then be presenting the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge award to Morgan Jenness, agent & dramaturg, for her advocacy work on behalf of playwright Maria Irene Fornes, which will be followed by a reception and networking.

This year's VintAge features the 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age being presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and the importance of celebrating women in the arts and media as they age by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary, ADVANCED STYLE, by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund; Morgan Jeness, agent & dramaturg; Tisa Chang, Artistic Director of Pan Asian Rep; Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

Presented by the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, and co-sponsored by NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Saturday, October 18, from 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem 46 West 116th Street (between Lenox and 5th Avenues, right by the 116th Street stop of the #2 and #3 trains).


Early bird member tickets*  $15; early bird non-member tickets $30; after October 14, member tickets $20; non-member tickets $40. There are also a very few $100 premium tickets with reserved seating and special gifts. (*members are all members of all member organizations of the Coalition)





$38 per ticket with our special code:  BHWAM

The Kilgannons are a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table? THE BRIGHTNESS OF HEAVEN is a witty drama about Family, Faith, and the ties that bind - sometimes too tightly.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE from October 16-December 14:
Wednesdays at 3PM & 7PM
Thursdays & Fridays at 7PM
Saturdays at 3PM & 7PM
Sundays at 3PM
Added performances 10/21 at 7PM, 10/28 at 7PM and 11/25 at 7PM.
No performances 10/22 at 3PM, 10/31 at 7PM or 11/27 at 7PM.
10/26 is opening no tickets available.

A drama with comedy that may be inappropriate for anyone under 10.
Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
Schedule & pricing may change at any time.


PRODUCED BY: NEW YORK - COALITION Discount! producedbyny



PRODUCED BY: NEW YORK at Time Warner Center

For six years, the Produced By Conference has sold out in Los Angeles. On October 25, the industry's top forum for producers arrives in New York for one day only.

How has digital distribution changed the business plan for independent film? What do you need to know to produce video games?  How do you create and sell content for young audiences? What does it take to get a series greenlit for cable TV?Produced By: New York gathers dozens of the most celebrated names in the entertainment business to answer those and other key questions. Where else will you be able to hear from figures like Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus, Donna Gigliotti, Terence Winter, Bruce Cohen, Mark Gordon, Jenni Konner, Lori McCreary, Stephen Totilo, Tom Fontana, Gary Lucchesi and yes, even Cookie Monster on the same day?

Built around sessions like "Window Shopping: Customizing Financial Models in the Era of Hybrid Distribution," "The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female-Driven Content" and "Tax Credit Financing - The New Essential Element," Produced By: New York likewise provides opportunities for networking, socializing, and the popular small-group Mentoring Roundtables. If you're producing entertainment content in New York, you owe it to yourself to be there.

Registration is open and sessions are filling up, so REGISTER NOW 
as an Industry/Affiliate/Partner at producedbyconference.com

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition 
members receive $25 off with this discount code: PBNY14WAMC. (*Note: code expires 10/17) 


JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to receive Submission Opportunities for writers, directors, actors and more for Stage and/or Screen.  (You get to pick what you receive, and we will not send you information that is not requested.)
Link to #ScreenOpps online


Link to  #Stage Opps online


Link to #Stage Opps online
Link to ongoing additional Funding Resources
on the WomenArts website.

Members
Member Organizations:              

Affiliate Member Organizations:

We have more new Member Organizations pending! Watch this space ...

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News & Events from Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. IV:10a October 2014



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Newsletter
Newsletter IV:10aOctober 2014
In This Issue
VintAge Event
Love Letters special
Produced By: NY
#StageOpps & #ScreenOpps
Member Organizations
Quick Links

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Find us on Pinterest

Visit our blog



Join Our Mailing List!MailingList
News and Upcoming Events
for
Coalition Organization Members!

We are so pleased to announce our VintAge event for October 18 at MIST Harlem. Only $15 for all members if you buy your tickets by October 10. See below for more information.   
REMEMBER:  if you are a member of any of our member orgs, you are a member of the Coalition!  See list of member organizations at the bottom of this newsletter.

We are also continuing to develop our
Women in the Arts & Media Communal Calendar. Please send all events of interest to us at: calendar@womenartsmediacoalition.org or submit it on our website. All of you can help us make this calendar THE central place for events and programs of interest to women in the arts and media. 

Check the offers out below, and find more events on our 
Online Communal Calendar. If you have any problem reading  these flyers, you can see them on our Online Blog.  

Hope to see you at VintAge,
Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone
Co-Presidents
for the Board of Representatives
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.

  
 

WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION ANNOUNCES


Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age


Tickets Available for October 18th Award and Gala
Featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, Barbara Davis, Liz Rosenberg, Yvonne Curry, and more
with Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video

 
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE
plus THE THREE OF US,
a new short film starring Leslie Uggams
includes a reception and networking

46 West 116th Street (just off #2&#3 train stop)
1-5:30 p.m.
 
Only $15 for Coalition member org members
until October 10




 

Broadway Producer Special

 $47.00/ticket 
One day only
Wed. October 8th at 7pm
Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 West 47th Street
Code: ADDISS
*Code is valid at box office ONLY. Please print voucher and present to ticketing agent.*


PRODUCED BY: NEW YORK - COALITION Discount! producedbyny

PRODUCED BY: NEW YORK at Time Warner Center


For six years, the Produced By Conference has sold out in Los Angeles. On October 25, the industry's top forum for producers arrives in New York for one day only.

How has digital distribution changed the business plan for independent film? What do you need to know to produce video games?  How do you create and sell content for young audiences? What does it take to get a series greenlit for cable TV?Produced By: New York gathers dozens of the most celebrated names in the entertainment business to answer those and other key questions. Where else will you be able to hear from figures like Harvey Weinstein, James Schamus, Donna Gigliotti, Terence Winter, Bruce Cohen, Mark Gordon, Jenni Konner, Lori McCreary, Stephen Totilo, Tom Fontana, Gary Lucchesi and yes, even Cookie Monster on the same day?

Built around sessions like "Window Shopping: Customizing Financial Models in the Era of Hybrid Distribution," "The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female-Driven Content" and "Tax Credit Financing - The New Essential Element," Produced By: New York likewise provides opportunities for networking, socializing, and the popular small-group Mentoring Roundtables. If you're producing entertainment content in New York, you owe it to yourself to be there.

Registration is open and sessions are filling up, so REGISTER NOW 
as an Industry/Affiliate/Partner at producedbyconference.com

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition 
members receive $25 off with this discount code: PBNY14WAMC. (*Note: code expires 10/17) 


JOIN OUR MAILING LIST to receive Submission Opportunities for writers, directors, actors and more for Stage and/or Screen.  (You get to pick what you receive, and we will not send you information that is not requested.)
Link to #ScreenOpps online


Link to  #Stage Opps online


Link to #Stage Opps online
Link to ongoing additional Funding Resources
on the WomenArts website.

Members
Member Organizations:              

Affiliate Member Organizations:

We have more new Member Organizations pending! Watch this space ...
Forward this email


This email was sent to womenartsmediacoalition.news@blogger.com by presidents@womenartsmediacoalition.org |  

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. | 244 Fifth Avenue | Suite 2932 | New York | NY | 10010

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VintAge 10/18 at MIST Harlem - Press Release


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Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.
244 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2932

New York, NY  10010


Contact:           Leslie Shreve
                        212-592-4511
                        press@womenartsmediacoalition.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2014

WOMEN IN THE ARTS & MEDIA COALITION ANNOUNCES
VintAge
Supporting the Voice and Vision of Women in the Arts & Media As They Age

Tickets Available for October 18th Awards and Gala
Featuring
Tisa Chang, Morgan Jenness, Isa Goldberg, Barbara Davis, and more
Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer on video
Screening of ADVANCED STYLE documentary
plus new short film starring Leslie Uggams



The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is producing VintAge, one of its two Signature Events, supporting the voice and vision of women in the arts & media as they age, on Saturday, October 18, 1-5:30 p.m. at MIST Harlem.

The 1st Elsa Rael VintAge Award Winner for advocacy for women in the arts & media as they age will be presented to Morgan Jenness, dramaturg & agent, for spearheading the cause célèbre that has protected Maria Irene Fornes and her playwriting work in her elder years. The award will be presented by Tisa Chang, artistic director of Pan Asian Rep. There will also be pre-taped personal statements made about Elsa Rael and VintAge by Estelle Parsons and Gretchen Cryer.

It will be an afternoon both entertaining and illuminating, beginning with the new documentary ADVANCED STYLE by Lina Plyoplyte, the story behind the fashion blog which became an international phenomenon (70 minutes); and JUST THE THREE OF US, a short film by Angela Tucker starring Leslie Uggams (15 minutes).

Following will be a panel on breakthroughs and issues of women aging in the arts and media moderated by Isa Goldberg, President of the Drama Desk; panelists include Barbara Davis, COO of the Actors Fund, Liz Rosenberg, poet/novelist; Yvonne Curry, choreographer/director, and more.

The award presentation will then be followed by a reception and networking. Hosts for the day will be Co-Presidents of the Coalition, Shellen Lubin and Avis Boone.

A limited number of tickets to VintAge are available to the public. Ticket prices are: $15 for members of any of the Coalition's member organizations / $30 for non-members early bird rate by October 10), $20 for members after October 10; $40 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased online at www.womenartsmediacoalition.bpt.me/ or http://bpt.me/880439.

For the first VintAge in 2001, Elsa Rael, then Co-President, wrote: "VintAge was conceived to encourage awareness of the effects of unemployment due to aging on the individual, as well as the resultant loss of talent and experience to the arts and media communities and the incalculable loss to the general public."

Hillary Rodham Clinton, then a U.S. Senator from New York, wrote for that first program: "My hope for every woman in the 21st Century is that she will be blessed with choice and empowered with the tools of opportunity to make the most of her God-given talents. She will be free to pursue her own vision in the world of work, in the public sphere, in the political process and to build loving and strong families at home. Her voice will be heard; her concerns will be followed."

Celebrants at past VintAge events have included Lainie Kazan, Phyllis Newman, Tina Howe, Marian Seldes, Lynn Ahrens, Anita Gillette, and Lesley Gore.

VintAge is co-sponsored by NYWIFT (New York Women in Film and Television), SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. All four of these organizations are members of the Coalition.

Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which represents more than 80,000 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, Dramatists Guild of America, League of Professional Theatre Women, SAG-AFTRA New York Local, Stage Directors and Choreographers, New York Women in Film & Television, and the Writers Guild of America, East. Affiliate organizations are: WomenArts, Women's Media Center, Women Make Movies, Works by Women, Drama Desk, Dancers Over 40, The Lambs, Inc., The Rehearsal Club, and Professional Women Singers Association. For more information on the Coalition, visit www.womenartsmediacoalition.org.

MIST Harlem is located at 46 West 116th Street, in the heart of central Harlem, steps from the IRT #2 and #3 train.  MIST Harlem is guided by the essential philosophy of using select environmentally sustainable materials which minimize consumption of resources, improve air quality, reduce energy consumption, preserve resources for future generations while providing an inviting and compelling, contemporary space. Largely hired from the Harlem community and beyond, staff is cross-trained in hospitality, efficient operations, marketing and promotions and technical production services to develop a team that excels in customer service, cultural resonance and community engagement. MIST offers a unique, dining and entertainment experience in an environmentally responsible, inviting and compelling, contemporary setting.

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The Story of Maria Irene Fornes' Move to Amsterdam House

 

Theater World Friends Bring Ailing Playwright Closer To Home

Photo
María Irene Fornés, right, with Morgan Jenness, left, and Michelle Memran.Credit Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
About a dozen friends and colleagues of the adventurous Cuban-born playwright and director María Irene Fornés gathered Wednesday morning near the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to await her arrival at Amsterdam House, the nursing home to which she was transferred from another facility in upstate New York. Just before 1 p.m. the small throng waved and applauded as Ms. Fornés, 82 and gaunt but seeming to enjoy the attention, was wheeled into the home.
The group then waited in a sitting room, exchanging stories and memories about the writer, while the staff determined whether she was up to having visitors.
“This is a glorious day,” said Lorraine Llamas, a playwright who studied with Ms. Fornés, and who was one of the first to arrive. “She’ll be close to her peers and students. She’ll get the support she needs here.”
Ms. Fornés has lately been the subject of a petition campaign on change.org, started by her literary agent, Morgan Jenness, and Michelle Memran, who has spent the last decade writing and directing a documentary about her, called “The Rest I Make Up.”
The petition, which more than 2,700 people have signed, argued that Ms. Fornés, who has had Alzheimer’s disease for more than a decade and has lived at nursing homes upstate since 2005, should be moved to New York so that her admirers in the theater community could visit her.
The petition argued that her nephew and guardian, David Lapinel, was withholding permission for the move unreasonably. Mr. Lapinel did not return telephone calls; Dr. Stephen Lapinel, his brother, said in an interview the charge was not accurate, contending that the family had been carefully balancing the benefits and dangers of moving the playwright. He added that the family appreciated the petition because it led many of Ms. Fornés’s friends in the theater world to visit her.
“We recognize that our aunt is a public figure,” said Dr. Lapinel, a physician who lives in Virginia, “and that a large part of her persona has to do with her public life. And we’re proud of her accomplishments. But at the same time, she’s family, and there has to be a balance of what’s public and what’s a more appropriate and private process for someone at the end of her life.”
Ms. Fornés was born in Havana in 1930, and moved to the United States when she was 14, becoming an American citizen in 1951. She began her artistic life as a painter, but after seeing a French production of Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” in Paris, her interest shifted to the theater, and particularly toward avant-garde drama, sometimes with feminist, gay, Hispanic and political themes. In 1959, she began a seven-year relationship with Susan Sontag, a tempestuous romance described in Sontag’s published journals. She never married and had no children.
Starting with “The Widow,” in 1961, she wrote 42 plays, and won nine Obie awards. Her “Manual for a Desperate Crossing” (1996) was recast as the libretto of Robert Ashley’s opera “Balseros” (1997). Her last completed work was “Letters from Cuba” (2000), which was presented as part of the Signature Theater Company’sseason-long festival of her work, an honor bestowed on Edward Albee and Horton Foote among others.
Among those welcoming Ms. Fornes was Claire Lebowitz, who is at work on a play about Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is currently on trial for allegedly leaking classified intelligence documents.
“I didn’t know her, except as a fan,” said Ms. Lebowitz. “What I find inspiring in her work is the combination of its social and political aspects and her unique voice. She was a real innovator, and confrontational at a time when it was okay to be more political than it seems to be now.”
Ching Valdez-Aran, an actress, director and aspiring playwright, met Ms. Fornés in the early 1980’s, and attended a writing workshop that she gave in the late 1990’s.
“I never had the chance to work with her as an actress,” Ms. Valdez-Aran said, “but at the workshop, I began work on two plays, and I found her very inspiring.”
After about an hour, Ms. Jenness, who had accompanied Ms. Fornés to her temporary room, told the waiting group that she was about to be moved to another with a view of the Cathedral.
“She’s smiling and singing, and happy to be here,” she said.

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Newsletter: Happy New Year from the WAM Coalition

Best Wishes for a Grand and Glorious
New Year!
Greetings!

We hope you had a terrific holiday season and invite you to join us in the new year as we work harder than ever to address issues of concern to women in our industries!

Our goal is to work with leaders in the arts and media to get issues that concern us all discussed and acted upon. From ageism to new forms of media - we are in the thick of it, and we want to hear from you! Got a topic that you feel needs attention? Let us know!

Past and Upcoming Events and News
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Collaboration Award 
We had a phenomenal turnout and event at the Gershwin Hotel on 3/21  for our Collaboration Award, which honors two or more women from our different organizations,  who collaborate on a work of merit. 

The winners were Stefanie Zadravec (playwright - DG) andDaniella Topol (director - SDC) for their collaboration on The Electric Baby.  The awardees and those receiving honorable mentions spoke eloquently, as did writer/performers and featured guests Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler.

Submissions for this year (to be awarded in 2013) will be accepted soon -- look for the email!
 


VintAGE 2012

In 2012 we will be producing our third VintAGEevent, celebrating older women and the images of older women in the arts and media.

Our lastVintAGE in 2010 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre(Symphony Space) was a huge success, both entertaining and enlightening for all.

Plans are in the works for this year's event and much more information is coming soon.

If you are interested in working on VintAGE in some way, please email us and let us know.

We Need You!

This organization needs you to work effectively.
The more people we have from our organizations involved, the more we can make happen. 
We need board representatives from our member orgs, committee members, and people to work on events and projects.
Email us and let us know if you are interested in participating in the 
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We're in the middle of a major revamping of our website.  We'll let you know as soon as it's up and running.  Meanwhile, please friend us on facebook, sign up for our Twitter feed, and check in to see our postings!



Other Events 

We had our firstCross Meet and Greet in January at Pranna with a lively evening that refused to end, networking between NYWIFTand LPTW.

We also sponsored a networking session with theSAG Foundationat an event featuring veteran of stage and screen Eileen Fulton.




We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at our events in 2012 and beyond!

Sincerely,
Your Member Representatives at WAM Coalition 

(formerly NYCWAM)
 
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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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"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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