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Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara

Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer and Showrunner for AMC’s The Walking Dead will speak at 7PM on July 9th at East West Players David Henry Hwang Theatre located in downtown Los Angeles. Mazzara’s body of work includes five seasons on Golden Globe®-winning The Shield, FX’s groundbreaking police drama; Crash, the first scripted drama on the pay-cable network STARZ; TNT’s medical drama Hawthorne; as well as NBC’s Life and CBS’ Nash Bridges.

Passionate about both writing and mentoring, Mazzara works with CBS’s Writers Mentoring Program, the Writers Guild Showrunner Training Program, Writers Guild Diversity Committee and Writers on the Verge and teaches classes and seminars at colleges across the country, including UCLA, USC, Emerson College and Loyola Marymount University.

*Content edited from IMDb Mini Biography By Michelle Marron

This event is free to the Alliance of Creative Talent Services (ACTS) members, there is a $10 fee for non-ACTS members. To RSVP you must email Marilyn Tokuda directly at:, SUBJECT LINE: Glen Mazzara

If you are an ACTS member and RSVP’ing, please put ACTS Member in email.

The EWP David Henry Hwang Theatre is located at: 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, Ca. 90012

Parking: There is parking across the street at the AISO PARKING GARAGE, fee is $3.00 after 5 pm. Please note that the lot closes promptly at 12 midnight on the day of this event!


MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013 | 7PM

East West Players is a proud community partner for Velina Hasu Houston and Nathan Wang’s BROWN GIRL IN THE RING. A reading of the musical will take place here at EAST WEST PLAYERS.

Books and Lyrics By Velina Hasu Houston
Music By Nathan Wang
Directed by Michael Arabian

Produced by Giselle Gilbert
Production Stage Manager, Bernice Mendez
Graphic Design, Michele Thompson

Cast: Esperanza America, Tiffany-Marie Austin, Takayo Fischer, Ren Hanami, Maegan McConnell, Arthur L. Ross, Katy Tang

Community Partners: East West Player (Producing Partner), Pasadena Playhouse, California African American Museum

What happens when two worlds that differ in class and race clash, and a young woman is caught in the middle – in the ring – trying to figure out where she belongs?

Brown Girl in the Ring centers on the journey of Afro-Cuban Japanese Olivia Takahashi Fuentes in the aftermath of the sudden death of her parents, the closure of her high school in Kansas, and her unexpected and precipitous move to Los Angeles where she must contend with a Japanese relative she has never met before and an Afro-Latino low-income medical world where she chooses to volunteer.

The development of this project and this special presentation are supported by an Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences grant, University of Southern California.

This is a free event. Seating is first come, first served. Please RSVP to Ms. Gilbert at

Tea, With Music

East West Players has partnered with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and USC Center for Japanese Religions & Culture (CJRC) for the world premiere of TEA, WITH MUSIC.

Book and lyrics for TEA, WITH MUSIC are by acclaimed playwright Velina Hasu Houston, music by Nathan Wang and choreographed by Giovanni Ortega. This production is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. The musical features Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables), Tiffany-Marie Austin (Miss Saigon, A Little Night Music), Yumi Iwama (Our Town, South Pacific), Jennie Kwan (TV’s California Dreams, Avenue Q), and Janet Song (Twelfth Night, Medea).

Founded in 1971, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The JACCC is the preeminent presenter of Japanese and Japanese American, and Asian American performing and visual arts nationally. Their mission is to present, perpetuate, transmit and promote Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture to diverse audiences, and to provide a center to enhance community programs. The JACCC also provides office space to a wide variety of nonprofit cultural, educational and community-based organizations in Los Angeles.

“The Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC) fully values a partnership with other arts groups that present quality works of art for the community. We share much in common – and we can only wish the greatest success for EWP in this production of Tea, With Music!” says Bill Watanabe, Interim Executive Director of the JACCC.

The Center for Japanese Religions and Culture was established at USC in September 2011. The Center’s mission is to promote the study of Japanese religions and culture at USC and in the broader intellectual community of Japan Studies. The CJRC will foster this area of study by funding faculty-led research projects; planning conferences, colloquia, and workshops; providing faculty and graduate student research support awards; and by building our capacity to host visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows in the near future. CJRC is the first research center for Japanese religions on the West Coast of the United States, and only the second such center in the country.

“We are honored to be associated with one of the most important plays on the post-war Japanese-American experience, Tea With Music by Velina Hasu-Houston,” says Duncan Williams, Director of the USC Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. “We are excited about this collaboration with East West Players to celebrate one of our faculty affiliates’ major works, this time as a musical production. The struggles overcome by the war brides depicted in the play are one of the many stories that represent the fabric of the U.S. – Japan relationship today.”

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