Jessica Abrams is now a regular blogger, see her profile on the FPI Profiles page where you can also click on her name to read all of Jessica’s articles.
CRUSHED at The Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012/06/12
After This I’ll Shut up (And Dance) 2012/06/15
SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE! 2012/06/16
Paula Cizmar is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced all over the world. Her plays include Street Stories, Death of a Miner, Candy & Shelley Go to the Desert, Still Life with Parrot & Monkey, and Bone Dry, among others. Theatres producing her work include Portland Stage, San Diego Rep, LaMaMa, the Women’s Project, Jungle Theatre, Playwrights Arena. She is one of the authors of the internationally acclaimed documentary theatre piece, Seven, which explores the dangerous work of female human rights activists, and her play Venus in Orange, co-written with Laura Shamas, was selected for the 2012 WPIC Conference in Stockholm this coming August. Awards include two NEA grants, a Drama-Logue, Special Commendation from the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and a Rockefeller residency at Bellagio, Italy. She teaches playwriting at USC. More info: www.paulacizmar.com
Women’s Work 2012/06/04
Larry Dean Harris
Larry Dean Harris is the Los Angeles regional representative for the Dramatists Guild of America. He is a founding member of Playwrights 6 and a long-time board member of Celebration Theatre. His plays – Bible Stories, Like an Old Song, The Prodigal Fatherand the musical Play It Cool – have earned him an Ovation Award nomination and an LA Weekly Theatre Award nomination. He is also a monologuist: currently performing stories from his newest work Witness to the Bizarre all over town at Spark, Sit N Spin, I Love a Good Story. Even as he blogs, he is performing as the sole male in a cast of 13 fabulous women in Expressing Motherhood. www.expressingmotherhood.com
In the Company of Women 2011/04/25
To Fairfax and beyond! 2011/04/30
Ellen Snortland has her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and her B.A. in theater and film from University of California, Irvine. Formerly adjunct faculty in the Communication Studies department of California State University Los Angeles, she has been a broadcast journalist, actor and writing/media coach. During law school, she co-founded the country’s first all woman theater of company upon observing the paucity of women-in-charge in all aspects of theater. She has been in theater since she was 14. As a journalist, Snortland is a regular columnist for the Pasadena Weekly, contributor to Ms. Magazine and Huffington Post blogger and now, LA FPI. Ellen has been an NGO delegate to two major United Nations World Conferences: the Women’s conference in Beijing in 1995 and Conference Against Racism in South Africa in 2001. An instructor in training and on the board of the 501 c 3 Impact Personal Safety of Los Angeles, Snortland is the author of “Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women and Girls,” a how-come book about women’s personal safety. She is currently at work on a new book, “The Safety Godmothers” with her co-author and colleague, Lisa Gaeta of Impact Personal Safety. Ms. Snortland is also directing a documentary by the same name. She has also written and performs a solo show entitled, “Now That She’s Gone” which was nominated for a Pulitzer. She’s a professional writing coach for first time authors in private consultation or at one of her in-home classes. She lives in Altadena, CA with her beloved husband, Ken Gruberman and their two dogs. http://www.snortland.com/
Universal We Are 2010/06/21
Going Solo 2010/06/23
Mary Steelsmith, Playwright
Mary grew up in Boise, Idaho, two cow fields away from the Broadway Drive-In movie theater. Her work has been produced in the United States and internationally.
Mary’s full length play, “Isaac, I am,” a sordid tale, of love, life death and AOL, won the Helford Prize, giving her the distinction of being the only woman given the honor. It was produced at USC, October, 2011. Mary presented “Isaac, I am” at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden in August, 2012.
Her ten minute play, “HAPPY AND GAY,” the tale of two women stressing over how to decorate their church’s fellowship hall for its same-sex wedding, won the Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Competition.
“THE OLD MAN AND THE SEED” placed first in the Hewlett Packard Action Theatre contest in Singapore. Mary had entered the contest, hoping to score some toner for her HP printer. Instead, she was delighted to learn first prize included the trip of a lifetime, to Singapore where she saw her play produced.
Mary is a member of the ICWP, The Dramatists Guild and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She is married to the dashing Steve Lee and owned by two cats.