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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:

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

Fall 2012 session begins September 15th, 2012.

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

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.

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

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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