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A Musical Tribute for Veteran's Day to be Hosted by New Musicals Inc Photo A Musical Tribute for Veteran's Day to be Hosted by New Musicals Inc
by Gigi Gervais - Nov 7, 2021

On Veterans‚Äô Day - November 11 - at 7pm, New Musicals Inc is hosting a special online concert to help celebrate the day and pay respect to veterans around the world. The free concert will feature excerpts from the musical webseries, ‚ÄúSo Proudly We Hailed‚ÄĚ which honors veterans by dramatizing and musicalizing their story in their own words.

LA's Celebration Theatre Terminates Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd After Alleg Photo LA's Celebration Theatre Terminates Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
by Nicole Rosky - May 26, 2021

Los Angeles' Celebration Theatre has fired Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd following allegations of sexual misconduct. 

BWW Interview: Actor Ramón de Ocampo On His Many Roles, Including Hosting ZIP CODE & Photo BWW Interview: Actor Ramón de Ocampo On His Many Roles, Including Hosting ZIP CODE & Being a New Dad
by Gil Kaan - May 17, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company launches their second season of their popular podcasts THE ZIP CODE PLAYS: LOS ANGELES May 20, 2021. Each play, set in six different L.A. zip codes, features acclaimed Antaeus actors enacting scripts written by members of the Antaeus Playwright Lab. Two-time Audiofile Award-winner Ramón de Ocampo reprises his role of series host, with Jeff Gardner and Ellen Mandel returning in their respective roles as audio producer/sound designer/foley artist and music composer.

BWW Interview: Four Female Directors Share Their Personal Histories Within THE ZIP CO Photo BWW Interview: Four Female Directors Share Their Personal Histories Within THE ZIP CODE PLAYS: SEASON TWO by Antaeus Theatre Company
by Shari Barrett - May 11, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company highlights the culture and history of six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods with Season Two of its popular 'The Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles' podcast series, set to launch May 20. Here are my interviews with the four female directors who discuss their own personal histories within the Zip Code Plays they direct. (Gigi Bermingham, Jennifer Chang, Saundra McClain, and Bernadette Speakes)

Discover Six New L.A. Neighborhoods With Season Two of Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP  Photo Discover Six New L.A. Neighborhoods With Season Two of Antaeus Theatre Company's ZIP CODE PLAYS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2021

Antaeus Theatre Company is highlighting¬†the culture and history of¬†six additional Los Angeles neighborhoods¬†with¬†Season Two¬†of its ‚ÄúThe Zip Code Plays: Los Angeles‚ÄĚ podcast series, set to launch¬†May 20.

Ucross And The Blank Theatre Announce Winners Of Future Of Playwriting Prize Photo Ucross And The Blank Theatre Announce Winners Of Future Of Playwriting Prize
by Stephi Wild - Apr 12, 2021

Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts in Wyoming, and The Blank Theatre, a Los Angeles institution celebrating 31 years of imaginative theatre, today announced the winners of the newly created Ucross + The Blank Theatre Future of Playwriting Prize, a one-of-a-kind award for young playwrights nationwide.

Celebration Theatre Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd Set To Host 31st Annual Ova Photo Celebration Theatre Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd Set To Host 31st Annual Ovation Awards
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 4, 2021

Celebration Theatre Artistic Director Michael A. Shepperd has been set to host the 31st Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards Ceremony, this year to be presented in a virtual format, on Tuesday, March 30, at 8pm.

Ucross and The Blank Theatre Announce Semi-Finalists For Future of Playwriting Prize Photo Ucross and The Blank Theatre Announce Semi-Finalists For Future of Playwriting Prize
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2021

Ucross, a prestigious artist residency program and creative laboratory for the arts in Wyoming, and The Blank Theatre, a Los Angeles institution celebrating 30 years of imaginative theatre, today announced the semi-finalists for the newly created Ucross + The Blank Theatre ‚Äď Future of Playwriting Prize, a one-of-a-kind award for young playwrights nationwide.

Celebration Theatre Presents NORA HIGHLAND By Ryan Spahn Photo Celebration Theatre Presents NORA HIGHLAND By Ryan Spahn
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 30, 2020

CELEBRATION THEATRE will present, as part of its Celebrating New Works reading series, NORA HIGHLAND by Ryan Spahn and performing one night only on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:30pm online at Celebration Theatre's YouTube Channel.

BWW Feature: WE THE PEOPLE Opens a Conversation About Democracy as Our Country Rests  Photo BWW Feature: WE THE PEOPLE Opens a Conversation About Democracy as Our Country Rests at a Crossroads
by Shari Barrett - Oct 30, 2020

Now more than ever is the time to consider what the foundation of democracy means to you, especially with the Presidential election less than a week away with our country so divided it seems there is no middle ground on which to stand. Perhaps it's been more years than you can count, if ever, when you last read the Constitution upon which our democracy is based and our rights as American citizens are outlined. I encourage you to tune in to WE THE PEOPLE streaming through Monday, November 2.

Hollywood & Community Leaders Get Personal On What Voting Means To Them for WE THE PE Photo Hollywood & Community Leaders Get Personal On What Voting Means To Them for WE THE PEOPLE
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 27, 2020

Conceived by Tony Abatemarco, Gary Grossman, Wendy Kout, Jeff Reno and Cameron Watson, We the People will run approximately 45 minutes and feature prominent theatrical artists & community leaders gathering together to talk personally about our Constitution and what voting means to them. Followed by a Q&A where the online audience is encouraged to join in and be part of the conversation.

Casting Announced For Final Weeks Of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwright Photo Casting Announced For Final Weeks Of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 25, 2020

Casting has been announced for the final weeks of The Blank Theatre's 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival. Being presented this year as digital shorts, the final four of 13 winning plays by young playwrights aged 15a?"19 from nine different states will be available to stream on Vimeo August 29a?"September 19.

WEST ADAMS Featured On Skylight LIVE, July 30 Photo WEST ADAMS Featured On Skylight LIVE, July 30
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 29, 2020

Skylight Theatre presents a stream of the play WEST ADAMS. Written by Penelope Lowder & Directed by Michael A. Shepperd, 3:00pm Thursday, July 30, 2020.

KPFK's Arts In Review Spotlights Penelope Lowder's WEST ADAMS Photo KPFK's Arts In Review Spotlights Penelope Lowder's WEST ADAMS
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 23, 2020

KPFK'S Arts In Review welcomes playwright Penelope Lowder and actress Allison Blaize, discussing Skylight Theatre Company's presentation of the archival video of West Adams by Penelope Lowder, directed by Michael A. Shepperd, a play about the absurdity of racism, the first of a three play season of Skylight's SkyLab developed plays that were planned for 2020. It will run for free on FB and YouTube on Thursday, July 30th at 3pm, Skylight Live: https://skylighttheatre.org/event/skylight-live/.

The Blank Theatre Presents 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival Photo The Blank Theatre Presents 28th Annual Young Playwrights Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 15, 2020

Now celebrating its 28th Anniversary, The Blank Theatre's Nationwide Young Playwrights Festival is set to present 13 plays by playwrights aged 15a?"19 from nine different states. These plays will be presented as digital shorts on Vimeo by professional actors and directors, running from August 8 through September 19. They will then migrate to The Blank's 3rd Stage on Patreon.

KFK's Arts In Review Airs Friday, June 3 Photo KFK's Arts In Review Airs Friday, June 3
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2020

KPFK Radio's Arts in Review, Los Angeles's longest-running radio showcase on live theater and cabaret, presents a plan by Artistic Directors of over 55 Intimate (aka 99-Seat) non-profit theaters for the post Covid-19 re-emergence of theater in Los Angeles. Guests include Beatrice Casagan, Gary Grossman and Michael A. Shepperd. Hosted by entertainment journalist Julio Martinez, the program airs Friday, July 3 (2 to 2:30pm­­­­­­­­­­), on KPFK 90.7.FM, streamed live worldwide on kpfk.org.

THE RECEIPTS W/ DAVON WILLIAMS Returns Tomorrow With Jonathan McCrory, Brett Gray and Photo THE RECEIPTS W/ DAVON WILLIAMS Returns Tomorrow With Jonathan McCrory, Brett Gray and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 1, 2020

'The Receipts w/ Davon Williams,' a virtual forum created and moderated by actor, singer and artist Davon Williams to enact vital and necessary change in the American theatre, will return tomorrow, July 2, with a new episode.

Celebration Theatre Presents HOW'D WE GET HERE? By Dan Perry Photo Celebration Theatre Presents HOW'D WE GET HERE? By Dan Perry
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 11, 2020

Celebration Theatre announces its first-ever online theatre festival CELEBRATING PRIDE. The nation's oldest continuously-producing LGBTQ+ theatre will host a FULL SEVEN DAYS of online programming dedicated to remind the community to live out loud, to be proud of our past and to look forward to the future!

VIDEO: Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Ceremony Celebrating Roger Q. Mason is Now Availab Photo VIDEO: Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Ceremony Celebrating Roger Q. Mason is Now Available for Viewing for a Limited Time
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 11, 2020

Celebration Theatre's Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Ceremony celebrating Black Queer Writer/Performer Roger Q. Mason is now available for viewing for a limited time only.

Garrett Clayton & More to Take Part in Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Virtual Ceremony C Photo Garrett Clayton & More to Take Part in Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Virtual Ceremony Celebrating Roger Q. Mason
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 4, 2020

Celebration Theatre announced its star-studded cast for this year's virtual Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award Ceremony celebrating black queer writer/performer Roger Q. Mason. The award ceremony will be broadcast online Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6 pm PST.

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