LA STAGE Day: May 6, 2017

Cal State LA
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Park in Lot 5, check in at the Music Hall

Schedule & Info

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10:00 AM: Registration Opens
10:30 AM – Noon: Opening Event

A greeting from LA STAGE Alliance’s Executive Director, Steven Leigh Morris, keynote speaker (Jose Luis Valenzuela) and panel:

Be Heard: Injustice, and the Arts (Moderated by Steven Leigh Morris)

Do the words of Samuel Goldwyn still hold: “If I want a message, I’ll send a telegram.”

Panelists: Charles Duncombe, Jr. (City Garage), Sofia Klatzer (Arts for LA), and John Malpede (L.A. Poverty Department), and Linda Yudin (Viver Brasil).

This panel will explore the shifting relationship between art and politics in 2017. Or is it shifting? There’s a long, historic thread of politics in theater. With the arrival of the latest election cycle, what if anything has changed, and how? What are the most effective balances to strike? Overt advocacy? Satire? Gentle allegories? Is it possible to win the hearts and minds of the opposition, or is it most prudent, in these times, to preach to the converted?


12:00 PM – 3:30 PM Bazaar & Food Trucks (FREE to the public)

This portion of the event is FREE and open to the public. Talk directly with theater and dance companies, along with service organizations and vendors, about their productions, programming, opportunities to support them or how to get involved.

For participating producing organizations: Bazaar tables must be ordered ($25) no later than Friday, May 5 at noon. A 6’ table, 2 chairs and table sign will be provided. Bazaar table check in starts at 11 AM and access to a power source is very limited.

*Please note: If you’re a for-profit vendor or a non-producing organization, you have the option of reserving a table by becoming a supporter of LA STAGE Day. For more information, read here.

12:30 PM: Sessions – Block 1

Session 1A – Be Seen: What Auditioners Are Really Looking For.

A workshop with Ron Sossi (Odyssey Theatre Ensemble). Ends at 1:15 PM.


Session 1B – Get Out There: Art in Action & Action in Art

What Can Individuals and Nonprofits in the Arts Do To Mobilize For Political Action? Speakers include Charles Flowers (Arts for LA), Rose Portillo (Actor, Writer, Director & Educator), Jonas Oppenheim (Playwright, LA Political Theater Forum) and Sunta Izzicupo (Izzicupo Entertainment, Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE Graduate). Ends at 1:45 PM.


1:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Open Auditions (Sponsored by Cal State L.A.)**

For theatre companies and casting directors viewing auditions:

An RSVP is required. Email Monica Greene at to reserve your spot. General admission to LA STAGE Day is not required for individuals viewing auditions.

Companies and casting directors scheduled to attend auditions:
2Cents Theatre Group, Chromolume Theatre, Coeurage Theatre Company, Dean Productions, Jami Rudofsky (Jami Rudofsky Casting & Celebration Theatre), Sacred Fools Theater Company, Stella Adler Academy of Acting, The Fountain Theatre, The Geffen Playhouse, Theatre of NOTE, Parson’s Nose Theater, Open Fist, New American Theatre, SkyPilot, The Road Theatre Co., The Antaeus Company, Griot Theatre, and A Little New Music. Others are being added to this list as they confirm, so check back for updates.

For actors who wish to audition:

This open audition is not for a specific production or to join a particular company’s membership, but rather a way to introduce yourself to different organizations within the performing arts community. Submissions for these auditions have closed. Thank you everyone for your interest.

There will be two audition formats:

  • STANDARD: 2 minute time slot with 2 contrasting monologues
  • MUSICAL: 1 minute monologue plus 32 bar musical selection (piano accompaniment)

We will confirm audition slots via email. Due to limited slots, we will not be able to accommodate all requests to audition. There is no additional fee if invited to audition, but general admission to LA STAGE Day ($15) is required. Must be 18 years or older. Students will be given priority consideration. Questions about the auditions? Contact Monica Greene at

2:15 PM: Sessions – Block 2

Session 2A – Get Out There: Remember The Kids

Teachers and arts-education advocates will discuss the effects of arts engagement on youth; the challenges of making the case for youth arts engagement, working within the confines of a public school system, and best practices for incentivizing and training teachers & school administrators to enhance arts programs in public schools. Moderated by Debbie Devine (24th Street Theatre). Ends at 3:30 PM.

Panelists: Katy Hickman (playwright, teaching artist), Jill Holden (LAUSD theatre teacher, artist), Christine Whipp (Long Beach Unified School District), and Dan Pacheco (Dramatic Results).


Session 2B – Be Seen: Talk Tech With Tim

A discussion with LA STAGE Alliance’s IT expert, Mark Doerr. Could you benefit from managed web hosting? What should you be doing to get better search engine results? Which security tools are indispensable and which are fairly pointless? Participant questions will guide the conversation. Ends at 3:30 PM.


Session 2C – Stage Managers’ Salon
How often do stage managers get together to kvetch, share best practices, or just take a time out with others who know their special kind of pain? Not often enough, so stage managers, here is your 5-minute warning to gather with your people. Led by Joel Veenstra (UCI) and Meredith Greenburg (Cal State LA). Ends at 3:30 PM.


3:45 PM – 5:00 PM: Closing Event

Closing remarks from LA STAGE Alliance’s Executive Director, and panel:

Be Seen: So You’re Committed To Diversity; Now What?

Despite Los Angeles being one of the most diverse cities in the nation, our stages still fail to represent that diversity on stage and off. What are the obstacles to change, and what are the best strategies to implement diversity in our local arts communities?

Panelists: Michael Shepperd (Celebration Theatre), Melissa Chalsma (Independent Shakespeare Company), and Jon Lawrence Rivera (Playwrights Arena), and Elena Muslar (Loyola Marymount University). Moderated by Val Zavala (SoCal Connected, KCETLink).


**NOTE: The Open Auditions are an offering of LA STAGE Day: 2017, a professional conference, in partnership with a public educational institution. General admission is required of auditioners as this element is a part of the full event’s offerings. However, there is no audition fee. The organization uses general admission solely for maintenance, in order to coordinate the full day’s events. None of the audition observers (producers, directors, casting directors, etc.) are being paid to attend, nor are they receiving any other compensation for their participation. LA STAGE Alliance is a nonprofit arts service organization, organized to achieve civic betterment, give vocational guidance, and assist in the placement of its members or others. These auditions are in accordance with state labor code relating to talent services.