Special thanks to the following Instigators whose hard work and inspiring voices has helped the LA FPI take positive action over the years:
Jessica Abrams’ play The Laughing Cow had its world premiere this past April at the Meta Theatre on Melrose and received Pick of the Week by LA Weekly. Her short play, Melissa, is currently part of New American Theatre’s Short Play Festival in Los Angeles. The First To Know (the full-length play of which Melissa is a part) was read in the MaD Play Reading Series last Spring, and her solo piece If I Look This Good, Why Do I Feel Like Sh*t? was read at the ExAngeles Writers Collective’s A Month of Sundays Reading Series this past October. Her television writing credits include The Profiler for NBC and Watch Over Me for Fox/MyNetworkTV. She was a guest artist at the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in 2010 and is a co-founder of the New Leaf Endeavors Theatre Company. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University in Manhattan.
Jessica was a “Persons of Interest” Blogger. Blogs by Jessica Abrams.
Larissa Brewington was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She penned her first one woman, one act, GREY MATTERS (a show about a woman experiencing physical abuse from her overworked, over stressed daughter) during her year as a professional actress and intern at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA. Discovering that one woman, one acts were her forte, she went on to write CHAOS ON THE EDGES (a young woman battling alcoholism), SPEAKING OF ASHES (a disgruntled young woman attempts to communicate with her dead father by being ‘candid’ with his ashes) and AN EVENING WITH HARRIET TUBMAN (about the legendary escaped slave who shuttled many other slaves to freedom).
Over the years she’s branched out to one act, two persons as well as full length plays. For the past five years, she’s submitted to Pandora Festival (panel judged festival contest featuring AZ playwrights) and has had the following plays stage read: SHADES OF GREY, TIE THE NOT, CIVIL UNION, WHEN AUNT NAOMI SPEAKS, WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW, and THE FIRE IN MINERVA. Larissa is also an actress who has written and performed for The Herberger Theatre Center’s Outreach Program Lunch Time Theatre, for the past six years. (Plays performed have been: AN EVENING WITH HARRIET TUBMAN, QUALITY TIME, TRAILBLAZING SADIE, INTO THE BLUE WITH BESSIE COLEMAN, A VOTE FROM ALICE and the up and coming FREDERICK AND IDA.) Her full length play WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW was runner up for the AZ Theatre Company. She is the winner of the 2011 Short Play Artist Path Theatre Contest in Prescott with her one act, two person play A LITTLE SOMETHING CALLED FAMILY. She is currently preparing her for 7th original Herberger Lunch Time piece entitled THE LEAGUE.
Larissa was part of the LA FPI Communications Team
Jen Huszcza is a playwright currently based in Los Angeles.
She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing and an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. After graduating from college, she stayed in New York and worked a variety of day jobs including video librarian and study guide writer. She eventually moved to Los Angeles for better weather and more trees.
Out in Los Angeles, three of her plays have been presented as staged readings in the Monday Night Living Room Series at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood. Also at the Blank, she was an Associate Producer on Michael John LaChiusa’s See What I Wanna See, and she was a Weekly Producer and Playwright Mentor for the Young Playwrights Festival.
She wrote and acted in Gunfighter Nation’s collectively written piece, LA History Project: Pio Pico, Sam Yorty, and the Secret Procession of Los Angeles, presented at the Lost Studio.
She is a script reader for a variety of theatre companies. She is a member of the Playwrights and Directors Lab at the Actors Studio West.
In addition to plays, she has written ad copy, film reviews, blogs, bad poetry, screenplays, a novel, and several short stories.
She has heard numerous pronunciations of her last name, but the one she prefers is Hooo-zhah.
Jen was a “Persons of Interest” Blogger. Blogs by Jen Huszcza.
Helen Hill is a licensed psychotherapist, and a writer about life and poetry. She works with at-risk youth, adolescents and adults on “coming out” issues. Helen is also an artist utilizing many different mediums from pencils to computer imaging. Her favorite medium, though, is the written word and her camera. Both are used to express ideas that go beyond sight and into the realm of insight.
You can see some of Helen’s artwork at http://www.new-gallery-of-art.com.
Her therapy site is found here: http://www.helen-hill.com.
Helen acted as an LA FPI Communications & Graphics Consultant
Sara’s introduction to the world of theater came when she was cast in the title role of a kindergarten play, The Magic Letter E (cap to cape, fad to fade). She has been engaged by words ever since. As a playwright, Sara’s work has been seen on both coasts (the middle of the country has alluded her, for now. . .) and has garnered her the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Prize and a Playwrights Circle Award. She was also a Princess Grace Award semi-finalist for her play, bad Art. As a television writer, her first two produced scripts aired simultaneously — same night, same time, different channels. In addition, her television script Triumvirate was named “Best Un-produced Pilot” by Written By, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America.
Her work as a theater director has been seen at The Blank Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, the Dramatists Guild, the Marianne Murphy Reading Series, the Lillian Theatre, and Dartmouth College; she is also an alumnus of Directors Lab West. Her producing credits include Speech & Debate and Dickie & Babe for The Blank Theatre Company and an official entry of the 2009 Los Angeles Independent Television Festival. Sara is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Sara was a “Persons of Interest” Blogger. Blogs by Sara Israel.
Sue May is an multi award-winning independent filmmaker, fine art photographer and writer (Screenwriter/Playwright/Poet). She holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from USC. Sue formed My Dog Spot Productions, an independent documentary production house addressing universal social themes focusing on the marginalized and underrepresented, women in society, spirituality, and the Arts.
The primary reason I choose to communicate through dialogue/film/visual art/imagery is to encourage a positive transformation within society, the kind of communication that displaces the notions of ignorance, fear, prejudice, hatred, and inequality. I believe that all beings ultimately seek happiness and when we illuminate each others’ minds by demonstrating our similarities – verses stressing our differences – the consequences can only be positive. ~ Sue May
Sue produced LA FPI Videos and “Persons of Interest” Video Blogs.
Jane Miller is a playwright and screenwriter born and raised in New York City, now living in LA. Her plays have been produced at The Looking Glass Theater, Squeaky Bicycle Productions, Aporia Theater, and The Network in New York City and the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles.
She has been a contributing playwright at the Last Frontier Theater Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Southampton Playwriting Conference. She has taught screenwriting to re-college students at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC. Now she’s pursuing her MFA in screenwriting at UCLA.
She loves writing strong heroines and is obsessed with depicting authentic female friendships. She also hopes to prove that the rom-com isn’t dead.
Jane was part of the LA FPI Communications Team
Screenwriter, director and producer, Lynne is an award-winning filmmaker, a theatre director/playwright and a principal with Appleseed Entertainment, an independent film production company.
Lynne’s stage directing has included a staged reading of the feature script she co-wrote, Daybreak, as part of the Bruno Kirby Celebrity Reading Series at The Hayworth Theater, with a cast including Beth Grant, Rex Lee and Mackenzie Phillips, and a full production of the hit comedy Paging Dr Chutzpah at the Sidewalk Studio Theater in Toluca Lake. This twice-extended world premiere by playwright Mark Troy opened to great reviews and sold-out performances.
While living in Europe from 2008 to 2010, she directed several staged readings of Colette Freedman’s acclaimed play Sister Cities, translated into French by Maëlle Genet as Une ville, une soeur, as she prepared to direct its Paris debut. In 2011, after returning to Los Angeles, Lynne directed the world premiere of Joanclair Richter’s 20-something dramedy It’s Good 2 be Crazy at the Hudson Guild Theatre on Theatre Row in Hollywood.
Lynne’s most recent theatrical endeavor was to try her hand at playwriting. Her 10-minute Can You Hear Me Now? premiered at the Write Act Repertory in 2012 and she is currently working on several more before tackling a full length work.
Lynne formed the LA FPI Communications Team
Laura Steinroeder is a freelance Theatre Director and Social Media Consultant. She serves as the Social Media Manager for Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights, and the Solo New Works Festival at the LA Writers Center. She is currently working on marketing and outreach for two new devised pieces in NYC, and has curated several twitter chats for Howl Round’s weekly Howls on the topics of new play development, director/playwright relationships, and self-producing.
Laura created the facebook group, Theatre Director Resources to assist directors in finding and posting upcoming opportunities, as well as to provide an opportunity to share and discuss issues and inspiration. She tweets for the LAFPI and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Laura studied directing at the Claremont Colleges and attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. SDC Associate Member. @LSteinroeder www.laurasteinroeder.com
Laura acted as an LA FPI Social Media Consultant