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Our Actors Conservatory offers a comprehensive theatre arts curriculum for those who are honing their craft as professional actors as well as those seeking personal expression.

Students have ranged in age from 17-65, are of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, and have skill levels from beginning to advanced. What brings everyone together is the dedication to learning and sharing a unique theatrical experience. Minimum age is 17 with parent or guardian consent. Enrolling and completing studies with East West Players Actors Conservatory does not guarantee you will be cast in an EWP mainstage production.

East West Players is dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing environment for those who are seeking to challenge themselves and take risks. Our faculty offers the utmost in creative talent whose mission is to provide our students the opportunity to hone their craft in a risk free environment.

All classes will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center – Maryknoll located at 222 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, 90012 (East of Alameda between 2nd & 3rd Streets).

* Fundamentals of Acting I – Instruction by Dom Magwili
This beginning 8-week class will continue its exploration of improvisation, sensory, and character exercises as well as beginning monologue work. The Fundamentals of Acting series includes the practice of concentration, focus, connecting, following instincts and relaxation.

*Students are encouraged to enroll in Fundamentals I, II & III. Those who complete the series will qualify to enroll in the Studio Lab Project workshop which will culminate in a performance at the end of the session.

*Beginning Voice & Speech (V & S) – Instruction by Leslie Ishii
This course will feature on-going voice and speech technique and will demonstrate how the use of these techniques support the actor to bring the text analysis off the page to increase the richness and level of play in their acting performances. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and bring your yoga mat!

*Essential Skills for Working Actors – Instruction by David Dean Bottrell
This course is for students who have completed first year of Voice & Speech and will continue to build on previous technique. Prior acting studies/training and voice work are required from any of the major voice methods. Students will experience applying the voice work to your acting work with classroom participation and in-class individual coaching.

*Vocal Class – Instruction by Deborah Shulman
This course is designed to focus on vocal technique that addresses each individual’s vocal issues. Class will also include working with students on the practical application of that technique through exercises using a song they have brought in. Deborah’s clients included Bette Midler, David Lee Roth and Katherine Fries Vaughn and many more.

View schedule of Fall 2013 Actors Conservatory Classes at http://www.eastwestplayers.org/arts_education/conservatory.htm

View 2013-2014 Professional Enrichment Enrollment Form (PDF): http://www.eastwestplayers.org/pdf/arts_education/13_fall_enrollment.pdf

Questions? Contact Arts Education Director Marilyn Tokuda at mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org or (213) 625-7000 x15. Limited Scholarships Available through Beulah Quo Scholarship Fund.

DHHWI with Doris BaizleyTo enroll, please contact EWP Arts Education Director Marilyn Tokuda at mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org Please note that enrollment is on a first come, first served basis and you do not have a space in the workshop unless you personally receive an enrollment form via email.

To apply for a scholarship, please click here.

 Join the most active Asian Pacific American playwright development program in the country, which has nurtured works read and produced at theatres nation-wide. Classes meet in downtown Los Angeles. Dates and instructors are subject to change.

PLAYWRITING This 10-week workshop is designed to help new and experienced writers start or develop new plays into scripts that are ready to be put on stage. Each 4-hour session includes: a warm-up writing exercise, reading and discussion of works in progress, reading assignments from dramatic literature to inspire writers with their work, and a closing exercise to focus on the next week’s work. The workshop culminates in staged readings of the works in progress at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater.

Instructor: DORIS BAIZLEY
September 14, 2013 – November 23, 2013
Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm (No class on 10/26)
Staged Readings: December 10 – 17, 2013
Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center
222 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fee: $400 (ACTS members $375)

Doris Baizley is a founding member of LA Theaterworks. Her plays MRS. CALIFORNIA, SHILOH RULES, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL have been produced in many U.S. regional theaters. Recent documentary plays are: PEACE CRIMES and SISTER KENNY’S CHILDREN at The History Theatre in St. Paul MN; ONE DAY/SARAH HOUSE, winner of a 2009 Santa Barbara Independent Press Award for original script; and SEXSTING, winner of the first Guthrie Theatre/Playwrights Center Two-Headed Challenge Grant. She recently story-edited Anne Makepeace’s documentary feature film WE STILL LIVE HERE!, winner of the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Festival Inspiration Award and the 2011 Telluride Moving Mountains Award.
SEXSTING received its Los Angeles premiere in Feb. 2013, at the Skylight Theater, featuring Gregory Itzin and JD Cullum.

MONDAY, AUGUST 26 | 7PM
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles 90012

Come to our Professional Enrichment Orientation on Monday, August 26 at 7 PM! Orientation will be held at the David Henry Hwang Theater at 120 Judge John Aiso St. Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about EWP’s outstanding educational programs which are dedicated to providing a nurturing space and an environment where one can challenge oneself and explore without distractions.

Learn about our Professional Enrichment and Youth Arts Education programs including:

-East West Players Actors Conservatory, offering classes in Acting, Voice and Speech (Additional information can be found here: http://www.eastwestplayers.org/pdf/arts_education/13_fall_enrollment.pdf)

-Studio Lab Project

-On-Camera Commercial Auditions

-The Alliance of Creative Talent Services (ACTS), our career development program

-Theatre for Youth, which includes our touring production and Partners in Education Arts Collaboration or PEAC, our artist in residence program

-The David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, which is the nation’s most active Asian Pacific American Playwright development program

Our instructors will be on hand to talk about their classes and to answer any questions you may have. It’s a great way to be informed and to decide whether or not certain classes are for you.

RSVP to Arts Education Director Marilyn Tokuda at mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org with “Subject Line: Arts Education Orientation.”

EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang chats with Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara at the David Henry Hwang Theater on July 9, 2013.

EWP Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang chats with Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara at the David Henry Hwang Theater on July 9, 2013.

Whether you are familiar with Glen Mazzara’s work, or just know him as “that guy who has something to do with The Walking Dead,” you can’t deny his presence on stage as a speaker or how forthright he was with his advice. As an East West Players intern, I had the awesome opportunity to attend this event. Somewhat embarrassingly, I admit that I consider myself part of the group who is not familiar with Glen Mazzara, and have only generically heard of his work with The Walking Dead and Hawthorne, among others. I couldn’t have been the only one though! Or, considering the popularity of this AMC horror drama series, maybe I was the only one in a sea of admirers.

News of Glen Mazzara visiting East West Players spread quickly and attracted a pretty large crowd of both ACTS members and non-ACTS members. Even one of the writers, Sang Kim, joined us last night (big shout out for helping to arrange this!). With our Artistic Director Tim Dang facilitating the conversation, Glen openly talked about his job as executive producer and showrunner of The Walking Dead, as well as his beginnings with Nash Bridges and Crash. Tim and the audience posed specific questions about everything from diversity and sexism, to the issue of actors of color in casting and advice to actors and writers about moving forward.

It was refreshing to see how honest and uncensored Glen was in his responses. Some of my favorite highlights include:

On people of color:

-“Unfortunately, Hollywood is racist against everyone.”

-“I try to be authentic. When casting Crash, there was a Korean storyline and I wanted a Korean actor. Not Chinese, not Japanese. And people actually came up to me asking what’s the difference?”

On sexism:

-“When I hear that an actress is difficult, she’s not actually difficult. What that tells me is that she just happened to ask a question that male actors are allowed to ask, but females are not. Writers and directors listen to the suggestions and questions coming from a male. If a female asked the same things, they’d blow it off and question what’s wrong with her.”

-“Check out Miss Representation, it does a good job of showing the sexism that exists in the industry.”

On his style of writing:

-“I’m a gritty cop writer. That’s what I do. Someone told me I should try writing for Gilmore Girls and I was like no! It would be full of rape and mayhem and oh it would be so offensive. Yeah, no.”

On advice for writing scenes:

-“You know, characters are always written the same. The man is always kind of rugged, in his 30s, handsome, but looks younger than in his 30s. The woman is supposed to be smart, beautiful, has looks that can stop traffic, but she doesn’t know how hot she is. She’s supposed to be really strong. Women end up written as feminine men, really. We’re trying to say they’re strong women, but they end up being female men; it’s a strange trap. Just don’t even write that in the description of the character. If you want a smart, beautiful woman, write a scene where she is being smart and funny and beautiful. Write it in and show us!”

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Contributed by EWP/LA County Arts Intern Joann Kweon

SATURDAY, JULY 6 | 7:30 PM
David Henry Hwang Theater

120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles 90012

An ace reporter is torn between her marriage and thriving career, what choice will she make?!

Join us for the EWP Actors Conservatory Studio Lab Project presentation of His Girl Friday, the film script based on the play “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur! The Studio Lab Project (SLP) is a culmination of work by students who have studied with the East West Players Actors Conservatory for one year or returning SLP alumni. The goal is to simulate as much as possible a real life experience of working on a stage production which culminates in a performance before a live audience.

RSVP to Arts Education Director Marilyn Tokuda at mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org

This event is free and open to the public. Suggested donation is $7.00.

Join us for an entertaining and fun romp of theatre! The performance will include actors: Amy Shu, Don Sato, Lucas Maw, Michelle Cho Young, Russell Fung, Vance Lanoy and Victor La.

Parking can be found across the street at the Garage is a $3.00 lat rate after 5:00 pm. Please be aware that parking lot closes at 2:00 am.

DHHWI New Works Festival June 23-July 1!

DHHWI New Works Festival June 23-July 1!

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 – MONDAY, JULY 1 | TIMES VARY
David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles 90012

The David Henry Hwang Writers’ Works In Progress is back for the DHHWI New Works Festival! Join Workshop Leader Dorie Baizley along with playwrights Timothy Tau, David Hideo Maruyama, Joy Regullano, Judy Soo Hoo, Gene Lee, Evan Moua, Anna Woo, Neelanjana Banerjee, and Michael Mason for their readings being held on Friday, June 28 – Monday, July 1 at the David Henry Hwang Theater.

This event is free and open to the public.

FRIDAY, June 28 @ 7:30pm
BROS/HOS/FOES by Timothy Tau
Two Asian American Hollywood Actors stumble upon “The Limitless Eternity,” a space outside of time that allows them to see all of time. They use it to reflect on the past, present and future of their calling and the harshness of “The Industry,” as well as their shared camaraderie (Bros), their relationships with women (Hos), and the competition and sometimes veiled antagonism of the creative community that they struggle to thrive in (Foes).

DOUBLE EXPOSURE by David Hideo Maruyama
Mix a shrink, an A-list White Actress, A celebrity chef and a Transvestite Fortune-Telling Thai Cooking Show host of the Third Sex. Stir fry with sweet, salt, sour and spicy relationships. Serve hot and bothered.

SATURDAY, June 29 @ 2pm
UNDOCUMENTED by Joy Regullano
Not all undocumented people work on farms or hang around Home Depot. Some of them are high school seniors in magnet schools.

Try getting a girlfriend when you can’t get a job or a driver’s license.

4pm
THE NORMS by Judy Soo Hoo
Norm and Norma discover their late dear mom and dad were happy swingers. But as more secrets are uncovered, what more will they inherit?

6pm
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN by Gene Lee
A heavyweight contender gets the opportunity of a lifetime, but must choose between the two men she loves.

SUNDAY, June 30 @ 2pm
I WON’T MISS YOU by Joy Regullano
When 17-year-old Janey’s best friend Tim begins to appear in her bedroom at night after dying in a car crash, their awkward undeclared feelings begin to surface. Will he still take her to prom like he promised in the B.D. era (Before Death) or must she move on?

ALDEN AND THE JANITOR by Evan Moua
The untold story of Aladdin, the magic lamp, and his high school years at Sultan Prep.

4pm
LIFE CYCLE OF A GIRL by Anna Woo
When Happily Ever After goes terribly wrong, what is a girl to do?

COWGIRLS by Neelanjana Banerjee
When the Wild West’s Calamity Jane and Radha–the consort of Hindu mythology’s blue-skinned God, Krishna–find themselves trapped together, they discover that they have a surprising amount in common.

6pm
YELLOW SHAKESPEARE by Timothy Tau
A long-lost Shakespeare play is discovered that is the first and only play from the bard to feature Asian characters. As the play becomes a worldwide phenomenon, a theater troupe led by an ambitious young academic prepares to adapt it for the very first time on stage. When Hollywood comes knocking, will the theater troupe sell out or will they remain true to their artistic integrity? And, is the play for real?

MONDAY, July 1 @ 7:30pm
MASKS by Michael Mason
Have you ever been stuck in a dream before? Or smoked a Bob Baker? Our main character has. BAM!

DHHWI New Works Festival Schedule (PDF)

DHHWI New Works Festival June 30-July 3!

DHHWI New Works Festival January 5-Janaury 7, 2013

Join us for the latest New Works Festival from the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute! The DHHWI is a 10-week workshop designed to help new and experienced writers start or develop new plays into scripts that are ready to be put on stage. The workshop, instructed by Doriz Baizley, culminates in staged readings of the works in progress at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater.

WHEN: Saturday, January 5, 2013 – Monday, January 7, 2013
WHERE: David Henry Hwang Theater
120 Judge John Aiso St. | Los Angeles CA 90012
TICKETS: Free admission, suggested donation

New Works Festival Schedule:

SATURDAY, January 5

1pm
LAID OFF by Kurt Yamamoto
A new musical that tells the story of how one man found love at the bottom of the corporate food chain.

3pm
WAITING FOR THE DOUGH by Gwenmarie White
Theatre history repeats itself when a struggling dramaturg is forced to get a job at a bakery during the height of the recession.

5:30pm
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN by Gene Lee
The heartwarming tale of a fat woman training for the fight of her life.

SUNDAY, January 6

1pm
ALDEN AND THE JANITOR by Evan Moua
The untold story of Aladdin’s high school years at Sultan High.

2:30pm
THE DONGER by Paul Kikuchi
A hostage comedy about a disgruntled Asian American actor who kidnaps Gedde Watanabe and demands that he apologize for his unforgivable role in Sixteen Candles.

5pm
SO YOU WANT TO BE KOREAN by Joy Regullano
Don’t lie. You’ve wished you were Korean at some point.
High school is already tough. Being the wrong kind of Asian in a sea of Asians is tougher.

MONDAY, January 7

7:30pm
THE NORMS
by Judy Soo Hoo
Norm and Norma discover their late dear mom and dad were happy swingers. What more will they inherit?

For more information, contact Literary Manager Jeff Liu at jliu@eastwestplayers.org.

East West Players in association with the Japanese American National Museum presents a WRITERS GALLERY reading of a new play by Prince Gomolvilas:

THE BROTHERS PARANORMAL

Two Thai-American brothers launch a ghost-hunting business in order to capitalize on the nationwide increase in sightings of “Asian-looking ghosts.” When the enterprising siblings meet a couple that claims to be haunted by one very terrifying spirit, everyone’s notions of reality, fantasy, and sanity clash against the shocking truth.

Admission is FREE!

When:
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ 7:30pm.
Where: Tateuchi Democracy Forum of the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
Location: 111 North Central Avenue | Los Angeles CA 90012

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:

Prince Gomolvilas has had three plays produced at East West Players—BIG HUNK O’ BURNIN’ LOVE, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, MYSTERIOUS SKIN. His work has also been presented around the United States, in the U.K., and in Singapore. He received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama; Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwright Award; International Herald Tribune/SRT Playwriting Award; East West Players’ Made in America Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement for the Asian Pacific Islander Community; grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation; and a screenwriting fellowship from The Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project, a program sponsored by Paramount Pictures. He has toured around the country with musician Brandon Patton as part of the critically acclaimed, storytelling, song-singing, bingo-playing duo, JUKEBOX STORIES, which has also been presented at the National Asian American Theatre Festival. He is currently the Acting Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

For more information about Prince Gomolvilas, visit www.princegomolvilas.com

East West Players, Visual Communications and the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) will host an evening with NBC Universal (NBCU) executives Karen Horne, Grace Wu and Kendra Carter, who will discuss the opportunities available within the NBCU Talent Diversity programs.

Executives will discuss NBC Universal’s talent development programs including Writers on the Verge, NBC Scene Showcase, NBC’s Directors Fellowship Program, and the Casting Apprentice Program to name a few. NBC Universal continues to offer specific programs to create pipelines to the network for people of color and other diverse communities. The evening will also include a Q & A.

Date: Monday, September 24, 2012
Time: 8:00-9:30pm
Venue: David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event is free, but RSVP’s are strongly recommended. Please contact: Marilyn Tokuda: mtokuda@eastwestplayers.org

Parking: $3.00 parking (after 5pm) at the AISO STREET PARKING GARAGE directly across the street from the theatre.

Panelist bios:
Karen Horne is Vice President, Entertainment Diversity Initiatives, NBC Entertainment and Universal Television. Horne is responsible for overseeing primetime diversity programs for NBC and Universal Television. She heads NBC’s Writers on the Verge Program and the Director Fellowship Program while overseeing NBC’s Diversity Staffing Initiative and NBC’s Content creator program with the Canadian Film Centre, and working with the creative programming team to identify diverse development.

Grace Wu has served as Executive Vice President, Casting, NBC Entertainment since 2009. Wu is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day casting on current scripted series as well as pilot productions for the broadcast network. Wu supervised the casting of such network series as “Friends,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Just Shoot Me,” “NewsRadio,” “Ed” and “Freaks & Geeks.”

Kendra Carter is Director of NBC Universal Talent Diversity Initiatives. Carter develops, produces and supervises talent diversity initiatives for NBC. Most notable, NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity nationwide talent search, NBC Universal Short Cuts Film Festival, various talent scholarships and talent showcases. Carter is also responsible for tracking the network’s placement of diverse talent in front of the camera.

East West Players (EWP) is the nation’s largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work AND the longest-running professional theatre of color in the country.

“An introduction to NBC Universal Talent Diversity Programs” is a program of EWP’s Alliance of Creative Talent Services (ACTS), a career development program that brings visibility of Asian American artist to casting directors, producers and other executives. For more information on ACTS please visit http://www.eastwestplayers.org

Fall 2012 session begins September 15th, 2012.

Classes meet in downtown Los Angeles. Dates and instructors are subject to change.

PLAYWRITING
This 10-week workshop is designed to help new and experienced writers start or develop new plays into scripts that are ready to be put on stage. Each 4-hour session includes:

  • A warm-up writing exercise
  • Reading and discussion of works in progress
  • Reading assignments from dramatic literature to inspire writers with their work
  • A closing exercise to focus on the next week’s work

The workshop culminates in staged readings of the works in progress at East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Theater.

Instructor: DORIS BAIZLEY
September 15, 2012 – December 1, 2012
Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm
(No class on 11/3, 11/24)

Staged Readings: December 13 – 20, 2012

Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center
222 S. Hewitt St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Fee: $400 (ACTS members $375)

Doris Baizley is a founding member of LA Theaterworks. Her plays MRS. CALIFORNIA, SHILOH RULES, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL have been produced in many U.S. regional theaters. Recent documentary plays are: PEACE CRIMES and SISTER KENNY’S CHILDREN at The History Theatre in St. Paul, MN; ONE DAY/SARAH HOUSE, winner of a 2009 Santa Barbara Independent Press Award for original script; and SEXSTING, winner of the first Guthrie Theatre/Playwrights Center Two-Headed Challenge Grant. She recently story-edited Anne Makepeace’s documentary feature film WE STILL LIVE HERE!, winner of the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Festival Inspiration Award and the 2011 Telluride Moving Mountains Award. She also teaches a documentary theater workshop as part of the new “Voices of Justice” curriculum at Loyola Marymount University.

IMPORTANT: To enroll, or if you have any questions, please contact EWP Literary Manager Jeff Liu at jliu@eastwestplayers.org.

Please note that enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis and you do not have a spot in the class unless you personally receive an enrollment form from Jeff.

To apply for a scholarship, please download the application form at:
Fall 2012 Scholarship Application

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