L. A. Women’s Theatre Festival Presents ‘3rd Annual Solo Performer’ Empowerment Day (Video)

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*The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) will present its 3rd Annual Solo Performer Empowerment Day in association with the Fremont Centre Theatre (FCT).

The event, which takes place on Saturday, August 29, from 9:00a.m. to 5:30p.m., will offer workshops and panels designed to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers in particular, with information that will benefit all performers.

Solo performer, Jozanne Marie in "Beautiful"

Solo performer, Jozanne Marie in “Beautiful” Photo credit: LAWTF


This event is a day full of career training from industry professionals, designed to give a boost to solo performers, but will also be of value to anyone contemplating theatrical production in Los Angeles as well as those who wish to tour. Attendees will have a choice among seven workshops and panels.




9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


This workshop will cover areas from thought to pen. Elements will address such topics as exploring why you want to create a solo show, what it is you want to say, do you have a compelling voice, who is your audience, creative visioning, and owning your unique story. 

  Facilitators: Debra De Liso (director/instructor/actor) and Iona Morris (producer/director/dramaturg/actor)

Florence LaRue, formerly of award-winning group The Fifth Dimension, performs solo show, "Just As I Am"
Florence LaRue, formerly of award-winning group The Fifth Dimension, performs solo show, “Just As I Am”



9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This panel discussion will cover the professionals you will need to make your solo show shine including the director and producer to lighting and sound; from costumes and dramaturg to marketing and publicity, not to mention the venue you will perform in. You will learn how to create a supportive team that will make your dream show a reality!

Moderator: Karen A. Clark
Panelists: Fay Hauser-Price (actor/producer/director/writer); Adleane Hunter (director/producer); Sky Palkowitz (actor/performance artist/instructor); Allison Queen (publicist); Terrie Silverman (actor/instructor/writer)



11:05 a.m.-12:35 p.m.


This workshop will cover the do’s and don’ts you need to know for submitting an impressive presentation of your work for a solo performance festival, from your application form to your photographs and action shots, as well as learning to write a compelling cover letter. You will learn to discern between a good DVD and bad DVD for submission and how to insure your demo is calibrated for viewing on a standard DVD player. You will learn what goes into an engaging high quality performance that the panelists are looking for when they review your work.

Facilitators: Elizabeth Wu (actor/screening panelist)  



11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.


This panel focuses on how to negotiate fees and contracts for your show, how to rent theatre space and work with presenters. You will also learn to research appropriate theatre venues for your work, as well learn to barter or co-produce your show, and learn to market your show for free.

Moderator: Barbara Roberts union activist/director/vocalist/actor
Panelists: Michael Phillip Edwards (actor/producer/director); Sky Palkowitz (actor/performance artist/instructor); Clarinda Ross actor/writer/union activist; and Yetta Young (producer/director)



1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


You will learn how to target your audience, as well learn to find groups that can support or relate to the topic of your solo show. You will learn about the marketing materials you can use to gain your audience, such as websites, postcards, email, blogs and video trailers, as well as traditional channels such as press releases, interviews, articles, radio, television and newspapers. You will learn to use social network sites such as Facebook and Twitter, learn to do community outreach and learn to hire a publicist. The workshop will be followed with a Q & A.

Facilitators: Allison Queen (publicist); and Philip Sokoloff (publicist/actor)


1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


This informative workshop will teach you how to take your solo show on the road, from booking your show, to navigating contracts and travel logistics, and building strong relationships with presenters. You will also learn how use conference showcase time effectively, how to create a professional press packet and how to work with local press to build excitement about your show.

Facilitators: Adilah Barnes (actor/producer/instructor/author/retreat proprietor/talk show host); Vanessa Adams-Harris

In the video below, LAWTF co-founder Adilah Barnes talks to Time Warner Cable Local Edition host, Brad Pomerance, about the March 2015 Theatre Festival presented at the Electric Lodge, and other topics.  



3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.


This exciting panel of professional artists will share their creative process, vision and artistic autonomy though sharing the individual journeys they have made on the path to becoming proactive and empowered solo performers.

Moderator: Adilah Barnes

Panelists: Brenda Adelman (actor/producer/instructor); Karen A. Clark (actor/performance poet/vocalist); Debra De Liso (see above); Iona Morris (producer/director/writer/actor); Tracy Silver (dancer/choreographer/actor); and Mitzi Sinnott (actor/writer)

Founded in 1993 by Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed, LAWTF holds the distinction of being the oldest Annual Solo Festival in Los Angeles celebrating powerful women performers. LAWTF is a critically-acclaimed international festival which has produced close to 500 extraordinary solo artists from around the globe. These multicultural and multi-disciplined artists represent such diverse disciplines as theatre, dance, storytelling, performance art, performance poetry, spoken word, mime, aerialism, music, song, and stand-up comedy.

Solo performer, Sloan Robinson in "Bananas"
Solo performer, Sloan Robinson in “Bananas” (Photo credit: LAWTF)

The Fremont Centre Theatre is located at 1000 Fremont Ave. (at El Centro), South Pasadena, CA 91030. Free parking is available at the rear of the theatre and there is as street parking.

Early Bird Registration is $75.00 for the general public and $50.00 for students (school ID must be present for entry). The cost includes an all-day pass.

The EARLY BIRD Registration Fee Deadline is July 31st and will be $95.00 for all thereafter.


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