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Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter and Music Icon, Janis Ian, known best for her hit songs, "Society's Child" & "At Seventeen", will perform in concert Saturday November 6th at 8pm.   Ms. Ian will also teach a "MasterClass in Artistry" workshop on Sunday, November 7th.    Visit Janis Ian Website




           LAURIE DEANE 




    Harriett Weiss   -  BILLIE & HENRY,

Award winning comedy writer Harriett Weiss won first prize for 'Billie and Henry' at The Ohio State University's Eileen Heckart Senior Playwriting Competition.  Some of Harriett's writing credits include: five year staff writer andStory Editor for 'All In The Family' and 'Archie Bunker's Place' among other credits ranging from 'The New Laugh-In,'Golden Girls,' to 'Lou Grant.'  She was the recipient of The Scott Newman and Gabriel awards and was a three timefinalist for the Humanitas Prize. Harriett's most recent project was her theatrical comedy stageplay 'Who Killed Zachary Morgan,'  which played to sold out crowds in Palm Springs, CA


 Joni Hilton   -   BURYING AUNT BEULAH 

Hilton is an award winning playwright whose works have received extended runs and critical acclaim. “In Bed With Chuck and Lois” won Beyond the Proscenium's contest and has been produced on both coasts to rave reviews.  "Rock, Paper, Scissors," won the Long Beach Playhouse competition and was successfully produced in Manhattan Beach.  "Does This Show Make My Butt Look Fat?" entertained audiences in Sacramento and Indianapolis.  And now, her fourth play, "Burying Aunt Beulah," enjoys the honor of inclusion here in Women in the Arts.  Hilton is also the author of 16 books, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Professional Writing from USC, frequently writes for national magazines, and is a former TV talk show host.  Her website is jonihilton.com.


Jean Colonomos   CRYSTAL GAZING,    -

PRODUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: New York – St. Peter’s Church at Citigroup, The Actors and Directors Theatre and The Nat Horne on Theatre Row, among others. Los Angeles – Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Company
of Angels, The McCadden, The Callboard Theatre, The Ivar, among others. AWARDS: TREASURE HUNT: Drama-logue, CARRIE: West Wind Poetry Prize, PALM FEVER: Los Angeles Playwriting Award, BLACK DAWN: Citation from the City of Los Angeles, THE NEXT STEP: Aspen Playwrights Award. GRANT: The County of Los Angeles Partnership Grant.WORKSHOPS: Playwrights’ Arena, South Carolina Playwrights’ Festival, 9thAnnual Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. Ms. Colonomos’ poems can be found online at the National Library of Poets and languageandculture.net. She is a founding member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the Dramatists’ Guild.


Trish Ostroski, -  FOR BETTER... FOR WORSE,

Trish Ostroski is a certified hypnotherapist and writer. She has won more than 25 awards for writing, speaking and production and  has written hundreds of theatrical reviews. Trish has served on the board of directors and was a previous president  for Women In Theatre and is the creator/producer/writer of  that organization's Red Carpet Awards that honors awardees for their involvement in the theatrical arts.She is currently on the judging panel for the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival.  


GAYBY'S PLAYDATE - Jan O'Connor -  

Jan O’Connor is an award-winning playwright whose works have been produced in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, including a production of The Girl Who Would Be King in the summer 2010 at the El Centro Theatre in Hollywood and a workshop production of Cleo’s Girls last fall at the Lex Theatre in Hollywood.  Garden of Ashes was first place winner in Los Angeles’ FirstStage’s One-Act Contest this year. Taken for a Ride was selected as one of the Moving Arts “Car Plays” for two years in a row in LA. Murder at the Palace, a musical for which she wrote book and lyrics, was given a concert reading at Theatre Building Chicago.  Jan’s comedy The Girl Who Would Be King received a staged reading at LAWTP first 20% Festival in 2008. She holds an MFA in Theatre from Southern Illinois University and has directed over sixty plays and musicals around the country. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and Fierce Backbone Theatre in LA.


    ,   Lavinia Roberts  -   LITTLE SCHOLAR 

Lavinia Roberts has published several plays and had work produced across the country.  Her work has been selected for various festivals including the 4th Annual One Act Play Festival at the Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle, Washington, the City Theatre of Independence Children’s Original Works Festival in Independence, Missouri, as well as others.  She was a national finalist in the Bloomington Playwrights Project’s 2010 AwareFest: A Green World in Bloomington, Indiana.  She has written plays for non profit organizations at the University of Kansas, including Amnesty International, Queers and Allies, and the Emily Taylor’s Women’s Resource Center.  She is excited to have her work staged with the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project.  She has a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Kansas with minors in Art History and English. 

    -   OUR PLACEDale Dunn ,

After working in theatre, film and journalism in New York and Los Angeles, Dale recently returned to her native New Mexico and to writing for the stage.   BODY BURDEN, produced by the Adobe Theatre, was chosen as “One of the Best New Plays of 2008” by the Albuquerque Journal. Other short works include PARAKEET LOVE one of “The Seven” at the Fusion Theatre’s festival this summer.   Her full-length play, CROCODILE LOVE is currently in workshop at the Santa Fe Performing Arts.

     Paula J. Caplan       SHADES,

Paula J. Caplan's SHADES won first prize in the Pen & Brush (NYC) new plays contest. Her other plays have won the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Plays Festival (THE TEST, published by Samuel French); SUPERSlamBoston (THE TEST), second place in Lewis National Playwriting Contest for women (CALL ME CRAZY), and First Chance Festival in Anaheim (LOVE'S HOLLOW). WHAT MOMMY TOLD ME was commissioned by and produced for Manhattan Theatre Source's "Estrogenius Festival's Hall of Fame Week." Her work has had productions across the country, from Alaska to Texas to Maine, and has been performed on many college campuses and at numerous conferences. paulacaplan@gmail.com



THE BUTTER BALL EFFECT, -  Carol Mullen   

Pittsburgh playwright Carol Mullen is thrilled to have her play, "The Butterball Effect," included in the Women in the Arts event.  Mullen's work has been produced by the Acme Theater (Maynard, MA); Future10 Festival (Pittsburgh); Ganymede Arts Festival (Washington, DC); he Kick It! Festival (NYC); the NativeAliens Theater Collective (NYC); No Name Players (Pittsburgh. PA); OutWorks Festival (Louisiana State University); the Pittsburgh New Works Festival; the Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater Company); Rainbow Players Theater Company (Allentown, PA); Stage Q (Madison, WI); Triangle Theater (Boston, MA); WingSpace Theater (Ithaca, NY); The Women’s Theatre Project (Ft. Lauderdale, FL); and, Off-Off Broadway at the Emerging Artists Theater.  She wishes to thank DeeJae and company for this wonderful opportunity.

         Robyn Brooks   THE UNFAITHFUL WIFE,    

Robyn Brooks received her M.F.A. in English and Creative Writing, with a focus in Poetry, from Mills College, in Oakland, California.  She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, at Berkeley.  A poet and playwright, she teaches English and Creative Writing courses at Berkeley City College, in Berkeley, California.  She is currently entering her fourth year, in a playwriting residency, with PLAYGROUND, in residence at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.  Her play, Surprise, was staged at Berkeley Rep for Monday Night PlayGround  in 2008.  Her other plays, including My Sister, Myself, and I, Hippolyta, have been staged in San Francisco, Oakland, and Nashville, Tennessee.  While studying at UC Berkeley, Brooks also received an Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize in Poetry and was a Student-Teacher-Poet for June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Collective. Her poetry has been published in several journals and anthologies including Berkeley Poetry Review, Penumbra, The Walrus, The Womanist, Milvia Street, and What I Want from You.

WOMAN WITH A BAT, -  Heather Meyer    

Heather Meyer is a playwright, screenwriter and sketch comedy writer. Her stage plays and sketch comedy shows have been produced in NYC, Minneapolis, Wisconsin and Los Angeles. Heather recently wrote and directed the short film Zombie Sweater, which screened at four festivals this summer. Currently, Heather is working with the National Theatre for Children on the nationally syndicated sketch comedy s how M@dabout. Heather is also an active improvisor and actor. Heather is terribly good at limericks.       heather@heatherjmeyer.com


Joan Anderson & Dorothy Sanders    - THE PROMISE,

Joan Anderson and Dorothy Sanders have been writing plays and performing together for more than 20 years. Two of their short plays and one-acts were produced during the 2009 - 2010 season. Joan is an actress, children’s book author and an award-winning journalist and video producer. Dorothy, a recipient of a life-time achievementaward in theatre, is the dramaturg at Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre and a founding director of Artisan Center Theater in Hurst, Texas.


VENTI DECAF LATTE, -  Kimberly A. Hanna     

Kim Hanna’s plays include HYPOXIA ZONE (world premiere Stageworks Theatre, 2004); LA DERNIERE GRISETTE (Tampa Museum of Art, 2003; Baltimore Museum of Art, 2004); BLUE WILLOW (Finalist, Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, New Orleans, LA, 2010); SLOW BURN; POOL RULES; and many short plays.  Her plays have received readings at Stageworks Theater, Players Theater, The Theater District at the Cast Theater, American Stage, Last Frontier Theater Conference Ten-Minute Play Slam, University of South Florida, Patel Conservatory at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center; The Women’s Theatre Project (Ft. Lauderdale), and Kansas City’s Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre.  She is pursuing an MFA at Goddard College and has a MA in Fiction from the University of South Florida and a BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College.  Awards include "Best Playwright" Weekly Planet 'Best of the Bay' 2004; Hypoxia Zone, a "Top 10 Play" Weekly Planet 'Top Ten Plays of 2004,' and Hillsborough County Arts Council Individual Artist Award Winner 2010.  She is playwright-in-residence at Plant High School in Tampa, FL.  Kim belongs to The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. and The International Centre for Women Playwrights.    


      Sheri Flannery Verrilli  - VESSEL OF TEARS

With plays published by Pioneer Drama Services, Brooklyn/Heuer Publishers LLC, Sheri Flannery Verrilli is a director, choreographer and performer, with 35+ years of experience in the arts and historic arts, including three decades with “The Mermaid’s Tale,” a puppetry/mask theater troupe.  As 1994 director/founder and playwright-in-residence of “Little Lost Arts”, an active family theater in New Jersey, Ms. Verrilli is frequently commissioned to produce programs for schools, museums and organizations in the tri-state area, including those supported, and/or funded by Rutgers University Extension, the NJ Holocaust Commission, the NW Jersey Folklife Commission, the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council and the SC Board of Ed.  Annually, she choreographs for local schools, and for the past ten years has operated two theater camps for youth in Branchville and Sparta, NJ.

In NYC, Ms. Verrilli has directed for “Pen and Brush”, and Tara Circle audiences, performances for PBS’s "Children's Day at the World Trade Center" and Fox TV’s “Good Day NY!”, at museums such as Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Waterloo Village, The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Historic Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage, and for major retailers, such as Macy’s, Fortunoff’s, and Barnes & Nobles.

Ms. Verrilli is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and is listed in "Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers" (2003-05).  She credits her comical husband, Bob, and their two daughters, Courtney and Micael-Anne for inspiring and encouraging all her dreams. 









   Kandy Allen believes all art is primordial and transformative, as the arts bridge human barriers that we encounter through our differences in culture, religion, politics and preference. She is a multi disciplinary artist comfortable with both paint and sculpting mediums. She agrees with Alberto Giacometti’s statement that the object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity. “I love to sculpt or paint in the abstract because it’s absorbing and freeing.  As I work on each piece I start down a pathway with no final destination in mind, each ‘mis-take’ simply means another trail will be taken”.   

Kandy Allen's paintings and sculptures may be viewed at www.artkallen.com and www.IncredibleArtist.Com


Corrine Bot (www.corrinebot.com ) holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of Leiden in 1998, and a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Design from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2006.

Since then Corrine has made several experimental shorts which have won awards and showcased at film festivals internationally. Corrine’s films have screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide.
After her degree in Audiovisual Design Corrine started the Jack & Jill photography project, in which she depicts the every day life of two young people in a relationship.
Corrine Bot will go on taking pictures of Jack & Jill when they’re old and grey. So be prepared for a Jack & Jill in their eighties snapshot!

The Jack & Jill photography project will go on untill they die. Unless they split up. But that won’t happen. Because both characters are played by Corrine Bot herself.

Please visit the Jack & Jill blog!www.corrinebot.com/jackandjill


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  • Judy Francesconi    
  • Judy Francesconi is a commercial and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles Ca.  Judy is perhaps best known for her Women with Women series.
  • You may be familiar with her yearly calendars, greeting cards, posters and coffee table books. Judy began her photography career photographing theatre and dance, and fell in love with the magic of capturing 'the moment'.
    She has pioneered and established the bar for women with women imagery, and her renowned work is sensual, classic, gentle and powerful.
    To see more please visit www.judyfrancesconi.com

  •    Judy Nemer Sklar
  • Judy Nemer Sklar is a professional artist residing in Palm Desert, California working primarily in watermedia on paper and canvas.  She is a graduate of Chapman University with a B.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in Arts and the Media.  She is currently enrolled in her Master’s Degree program at California State University Dominguez Hills, CA. studying Humanities with an Art emphasis.   She is a proud recipient of both scholarships and grants and has won numerous regional and national juried awards.  Her paintings have sold in the United States and abroad and her images have been showcased in magazines and brochures.  Her paintings have recently been on exhibit at The Studios at the LaQuinta Resort and Spa and can be seen in a upcoming exhibit given by the City of Palm Desert January through March 2011. She will be teaching workshops in 2011 entitled “Planting A Seed: Creating Art Inspired by Words, Music, Artifacts, Texts and Tweets”.

is a native Los Angeles Photo Artist who has been blessed with a sharp & keen eye for European Beauty. Through her travels she has been able to capture the essence of Greece, Spain, Amsterdam, Italy, Prague, Berlin & Budapest with style & grace. Her work has been exhibited at numerous art shows including the Palm Springs Desert Art Festival, the prestigious Beverly Hills Affaire in the Gardens, San Diego Art Walk, the Santa Barbara Art Affair. Further, she has been featured at the Advocate & Gochis Gallery in Hollywood, CA., NOHO Now Gallery in North Hollywood, CA. and the celebrated New York Art Expo. In addition, this versatile artist works as a freelance photographer shooting for top notch special events including the Palm Springs Film Festival, Equality California’s Equality Awards and the infamous Dinah Shore Weekend events, plus she has been featured in various L.A. & Palm Springs publications including the Bottomline, Lesbian News, Palm Springs Life, LIVE Magazine, LSpot Palm Springs and Talk TMI Magazine.

“I think photography is magical... It allows me to seize that single moment in an instant, and make it last forever…. “I have been given a special gift from the universe and I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to experience this journey...” For more information or to reach me for any upcoming events, please call 323-369-3361 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting    or http://kliquephotography.smugmug.com

Raised in New York, Marian Moiseyev now resides in Palm Springs, California, where she pursues her passion for abstract expressionism.  Her abstract work successfully reflects New York’s passion tempered with the inner reflection learned in California.  Having begun her professional career in the early 1990’s, Moiseyev attacks each painting with a subdued recklessness that is controlled only by her sense of harmony, indicating that she is content to merely guide rather than force the outcome of each piece.

  “In the process of self discovery,” Moiseyev said, “I discovered self expression.”

 Moiseyev’s work conveys the challenges we all face in our attempts to grow and develop.  Not necessarily expressing the beauty, but sometimes the struggle in finding it.  Remarkably powerful, while maintaining a meditative quality, each painting permeates with memories and whirlpools of emotion.  Moiseyev believes that all of life’s challenges should be given meaning. And it is her life’s experiences that give her work its passion.

 Moiseyev admits that she has barely scratched the surface. "As new emotions and experiences emerge, I realize that this journey is just in its infancy. The process is not always comfortable, but I continue to be intrigued, as I follow the uncharted course of my life.”

 Creating most of her life, Moiseyev’s paintings can be found in numerous private collections and several galleries.


     Reva Solomon

An emerging mixed-media artist, Reva combines her interest in family, genealogy and spirituality to explore the world around her.  Basically a self-taught artist, she uses a variety of found materials in her work, ranging in size - both two and three-dimensional. Her art pieces are vintage in style with the look of  another century, often combining photos, lace, fabric, paper, paints, found objects and ephemera.  Her work ranges from assemblage, wall hangings, collage to handmade journals and Jewish iconic pieces.  Reva’s art has won awards and been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, South Pasadena, Culver City, Palm Springs, and Phoenix, Arizona.  She is published in “Exploring the Latest Trends in Mixed Media Art, Vol. II” available at Amazon.com and in the gallery companion book for “The Peace Project” at The Whole 9 Gallery to benefit war victims in Sierra Leon.  Her commissioned work and purchased pieces hang in homes in Daytona Beach, Florida, Washington, D.C., West Los Angeles, South Pasadena and West Hollywood, CA.  Although fairly new to the visual art world, Reva has a background in TV, film, theatre, music and dance spanning over thirty-five years in Los Angeles.  Reva is a long-time member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, The Musicians Union – Local 47, The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and Collage Artists of America.  Her mixed-media art classes sell out and she is sought out as a Creative Life Coach with clients all over the world.








 Betsy Kalin (Writer/Director)       CHAINED

True to the independent filmmaking spirit, Betsy Kalin often wears the hats of producer, writer, director and editor. She received a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami. In 2004, her feature length documentary, Hearts Cracked Open, premiered to great acclaim at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and has gone on to win several awards. Her film, Roof, premiered at New York City’s MoMA as part of New Directors/New Films and is a part of the Short Shorts compilation released by Picture This! Entertainment. She also wrote and directed the lesbian biography series, LesBios, for web broadcast. Last year, she programmed and produced the film component of the ONE Archives’ GenderPlay Exhibition which examines the interplay of gender and identity in the LGBT community. Currently, she is producing and directing the documentary, East L.A. Interchange, as well as producing Before Homosexuals with John Scagliotti, the Emmy award-winning producer of Before Stonewall. Her latest film, Chained!, is screening in festivals across the country.

   Maikiko Fukaya (Writer/Director)-  DRIFT

Makiko Fukaya was born in Ibaraki, Japan. She moved to the United States in 2001 and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2006. In 2008, she moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Computer Art in 2010.

Utilizing her background in graphic design, she devotes herself to exploring the possibilities of creating computer graphics works that cross the bridge between art and design.  She uses multiple computer applications and mediums including computer animation, video, collage, and interactive art to visually translate themes into motion graphics.

ELENA UNDONENicole Conn (Writer/Director)  

Nicole Conn has been a die-hard romantic and black and white film fan from the age of ten.  Her penchant for adult and dramatic story telling is evident in latest feature film, Elena Undone touted as “sexy and smart. A classic romance with a twist, veteran lesbian writer Nicole Conn’s (Claire of the Moon, little man) latest effort will be sure to sweep audiences off their feet.”

 Conn’s previous venture, little man, is a documentary she wrote, directed and produced about her own premature son born 100 days early and only weighing one pound.  The feature documentary went on to win 12 Best Documentary Awards, along with the prestigious Cedar Sinai’s Courageous Beginnings Award and Family Pride’s Family Tree Award.  The film made three TOP TEN FILMS OF 2005 list and Showtime picked up the feature and ran an Emmy campaign on this hard-hitting story about Conn’s son’s premature birth and subsequent 5-month hospital stay in a Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.  

 In efforts to continue her support of other parents who find themselves thrust into the insanity of the NICU, Ms Conn collaborated with Preemie Magazine Founder Deborah Discenza in creating the The Preemie Parent’s NICU Survival Guide:  How to Maintain Your Sanity and Create a New Normal published in January, 2010.

 Conn’s passion for film carried her through her first feature where she single-handedly raised the money, wrote, directed and produced Claire of the Moon, the maverick film about a woman's journey to her sexual identity. The film garnered rave reviews and paved the way for lesbian themed cinema in 1991.  Conn also created a FIRST for lesbian cinema: ancillary in the form of a novelization (in its 15th reprint and 10 Year Anniversary Republish) a making-of documentary MOMENTS (best-selling lesbian documentary ever made), soundtracks, posters, t-shirts, etc. She followed these projects with the award winning short film, Cynara...Poetry in Motion.

 A two book deal with Simon Schuster produced the novels, Passion’s Shadow (1995) & Angel Wings (1997), a new age love story. The script adaptation for Angel Wings won the 2001 Telluride Film Festival's Best Screenplay Award. In another pioneering effort, The Wedding Dress was chosen by AOL Time Warner for its new internet endeavor ipublish, which debuted in June 2001. She Walks in Beauty was published in September, 2001 and is currently in development as a feature film along with several other original screenplays Conn has penned.

 Conn achieved industry recognition with her film Claire of the Moon and was a finalist in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. She believes in giving back to the community and sponsored the Claire of the Moon Scholarship in 1998, awarding second time novelists through the ASTRAEA Foundation.

 Well known for her speed, quality and prolific ability to write in many genres, Conn has written five novels, a parent’s guide, two teleplays, eight screenplays, and has produced four soundtracks.

 She currently resides with her life partner and photographer Marina Rice Bader and their family of  (wonderful if precocious) six children in Los Angeles.

    Jessica Renslow (Writer/Director) EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE

A native of Gary Indiana, Jessica Renslow has always been a “Jessie.” She received a 2002 David Letterman Award for her original screenplay, Stained Glass Graffiti. After graduating from Ball State University in 2003, with a BA in Japanese language/ culture and telecommunications production, she was chosen as a member of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. From 2003-2006 she battled Siberian conditions in a remote Hokkaido village. Since moving to Hollyweird in late 2006, she has been everything from a human wrangler on The Price is Right to an anime translator. Over the years, she has been published in a variety of venues. Everywhere & Nowhere is her feature-length directorial debut.


   HOMO                Iyin Landre (Writer/Director)   

Although hailing from New York City, Iyin Landre has pursued her passion across several different continents. A semester abroad in Puerto Rico led her to play the opinionated Amanda Wingfield in “A Glass Menagerie,” in both English and Spanish. Landre then relocated to Hong Kong where she co-anchored an English-speaking theater company with a fellow thespian. During her tenure, Landre starred in several plays, receiving acclaim for playing Siobhan in “Temporary People” by John Augustine. She eventually went on to direct a series of short plays favorably reviewed by the South China Morning Post. She ended her stay on a high note by hosting and producing a travelogue that was pitched to several different TV Broadcast stations in Asia.

 Since permanently moving to Los Angeles four years ago, Landre has teamed up with Emmy-Award winning website itsallinyourhands.com and co-created a series named “Blackout.” Her hands on approach in both writing and acting spawned innovation, where in January of 2009 she wrote/produced her first short film. Coming on the heels of Prop 8, Landre played Alina in the aptly-titled “Homo,” a story of two heterosexual lovers who fall in love in a homosexual world, only to be torn apart by society.

 Currently, Landre is working on a couple of short films and is developing a dark fantasy screenplay. She also continues to act.

  Corrine Bot (Writer/Director)    Living Together Apart & Two Sides of the Mirror

Corrine Bot (www.corrinebot.com ) holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of Leiden in 1998, and a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Design from the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences in 2006.

Since then Corrine has made several experimental shorts which have won awards and showcased at film festivals internationally. Corrine’s films have screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide.
After her degree in Audiovisual Design Corrine started the Jack & Jill photography project, in which she depicts the every day life of two young people in a relationship.

Corrine Bot will go on taking pictures of Jack & Jill when they’re old and grey. So be prepared for a Jack & Jill in their eighties snapshot!

The Jack & Jill photography project will go on untill they die. Unless they split up. But that won’t happen. Because both characters are played by Corrine Bot herself.

Please visit the Jack & Jill blog! www.corrinebot.com/jackandjill

 Stephanie Yang (Writer/Director)  -   NEW BIKE     

Stephanie Yang is a mixed-race, Taiwanese/European American artist living in Hollywood where she works as a gaffer/lighting designer. Stemming from her experiences of being hapa, much of her work focuses on the amorphous lines that intersect race, identity and self in urban settings. Her films have screened globally in a variety of queer, people of color, and Taiwanese-American spaces. Currently, she is exploring interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with artists in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver, digging into metaphors of home, memory and the vulnerabilities of desire. She is a founding member of shifting narratives, a community of artists in the Bay Area who are using narrative and experimental film to challenge dominant cultures and assumptions from a queer and trans perspective.

    Dina Jacobsen (Writer/Director)- SAY THAT YOU LOVE ME -

Dina began her professional life working in religious documentaries where she honed her talent for comedy. Transferring this skill to acting on the stage and small screen, Dina ran the gamut of ‘uniform’ roles, most successfully as a policewoman, that earned her an extremely loyal fan base in Germany. Whilst performing as a Fascist Duck on the London stage, Dina discovered that she could write, and write well, so she embarked on writing professionally. Her original work has been optioned by Indican Productions, Tiger Aspect,  BBC, DLT, Live TV & Tambar Productions. She has adapted for Nordiskfilm & Pia Getty Films & is regularly commissioned as a writer for hire.
As a director Dina has helmed four shorts and the award-winning cult feature, ''Coma Girl: The State of Grace'.
Dina's love for films and storytelling was born out of watching Sinbad movies screened in a ramshackle corrugated iron cinema in Beirut, Lebanon, where she grew up.

  Teresa Crespo Hartendorp (Writer/Director)       SHE SMILE PRETTY


     SLIP AWAY              MICHELLE C. BONILLA  (Writer/Actress/Executive Producer)  A Native of Hollywood, California, Michelle Bonilla caught the acting bug at a young age. By the time she was 10 she was studying voice, music, dance, and theatre at Los Angeles City College's Arts Department. She went on to major in drama at California State University Northridge. As a freshman she landed the role of "Ophelia" in the main stage production of Hamlet. Michelle left school to pursue her professional career. On her first Equity audition she landed the role of Renee, in the critically acclaimed Dark Rapture by Eric Overmeyer at the prestigious Kalita Humphreys Theatre in Dallas, Texas. In Los Angeles her theatre credits include As You Like It...Fresh, Wilding, The Circle, The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts; the West Coast Premiere of Eddie Sanchez's Award Winning, Clean, and Borderlands (Co-written by Dana Stevens) at Second Stage. She is proud to add The Impressionists at The Disney Concert Hall, working with the world renowned, Los Angeles Philharmonic, to her theatre roster. Michelle also co-wrote, produced, and starred in Mal Vista, at The Tamarind Theatre.
Ms. Bonilla made her big screen debut in Above Suspicion, with Christopher Reeve and Kim Cattral. Her other film credits include working opposite Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Halle Berry, Michael Richards, Jeff Daniels, Charleze Theron, Billy Bob Thorton, Hank Azaria, Jimmy Smitts, Richard Dreyfus, Tom Everett Scott, Anne Heche, Dulé Hill, Olympia Dukakis and Haley Joel Osment. She has also worked with acclaimed directors such as Jonathan Lynn, Ken Kwapis, Amy Holden Jones, Stephen Gyllenhaal and John McNaughton.
Michelle began with an impressive list of television credits includes recurring roles on The Profiler and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, where she originated the role of "Teresa Morales", the first Mexican-American School Marm. She was honored to work for the last 12 Seasons recurring as "Harms", the sexy Latina paramedic, on NBC's Emmy Award Winning Drama, ER.
Her most recent credits include Saving Grace, The Closer, Days of Our Lives, CSI Miami, and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior.
Ms. Bonilla is one of the proud recipients of the Inaugural Gift of Life Entertainment Media Award from the National Kidney Foundation presented to the cast of ER. She also is the winner of The ALMA (American Latino Media Arts Award) Award, for her portrayal in PBS's, Award Winning Foto-Novelas Series, Seeing Through Walls.


Jenn GarrisonWRITER/Director     

Jenn Garrison was selected as one of Film Independent’s “Project:Involve” fellows. Through that fellowship, Jenn’s work has been featured in “Vanity Fair” and showcased in the “W Hotels” internationally. Jenn’s work was also sponsored by “Banana Republic” and “NBC/Universal” studios.

Jenn’s films have played in over 100 film festivals winning top awards including: a college EMMY, a Student Academy Award nomination, the “Jury Prize" at the Bologna International Women's Film Festival,the “Audience Award” at the Night Gallery Film Festival, and a Members Choice award at PlanetOUT.com.

Jenn also received the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund Grant and her work has been broadcast on MTV’s LOGO cable network and PBS affiliate KLRU. Jenn's first film “PrizeWhores” (a feature-length documentary) premiered at the prestigious South-by-South-West film festival.

Jenn Garrison holds a Masters of Arts in media studies and a Masters of Fine Arts in directing from the University of Texas at Austin film program in 2006 where she studied as a Pic Wagner Fellow. Since then Jenn has directed several documentary and narrative shorts which have won awards and showcased at film festivals internationally. Her work has been reviewed in several international publications.

   Jamie Preyer – Writer - The Funeral Singer 

 TM Scorzafava (Writer/Director)      IN TWILIGHT’S SHADOW 

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ANGELINA AND MEN - Shaktima Brien   

Shaktima Brien is a writer and an artist, who lives in the California Desert. Coming from French-Canada, Brien hitchhiked across America to know the people, and join the West Coast Creative Culture. A screenplay-adaptation of her novel Angelina and Men is in development.



   Audrey Schumacher Moe - BEACHWALK/DESERT WALK  - 

Audrey Schumacher Moe writes about nature and illustrates her inspiring tales of outdoor experiences with detailed, realistic, watercolor vignettes. Her book, Beachwalk, An Everyday Journey through Sea, Sand and Soul won wide recognition for bringing the subtleties of nature into urban living. Desertwalk, A Search for Secrets of the Desert, continues in the spirit of Beachwalk and takes the reader along sand-swept trails through sagebrush and creosote discovering the miracles of nature so close at hand, yet so often overlooked.

 She says:   “The outdoors has always been my teacher and it is the grandeur of nature that inspires me to translate what I see and experience in words and pictures in my books.”

 She has illustrated, Blue Gates, a book of poetry, and been included in both beach and desert-themed anthologies including Celebrate the Bolsa Chica, and College of the Desert's literary magazine, Solstice and Phantom Seed.  

 In 2010 she was chosen by the Children's Nature Institute of Los Angeles to receive the Community Pride Award at their 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Skirlball Center in L.A. She was honored for her excellence in nature writing.    Audrey holds a B.A. in English and history and a B.S. in art and design. Before her career in writing, she worked as a teacher, librarian and interior designer.   She is active in the Palm Springs Writers Guild, Desert Hot Springs Historical Society, Palm Springs Art Museum, Western Art Council, Tools for Tomorrow and past president of the Palm Springs branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Along with book talks, she is a speaker on nature subjects and writing. Desert gardening takes most of her spare time.  

 Audrey and her husband live in Desert Hot Springs on a 100 acre ranch where they enjoy the serenity and peace of the desert along with Karnak, their cat and Sheba, their 100 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback dog.


 – Donna Marie Nowak - JUST JOAN - A Joan Crawford Appreciation

Donna Marie Nowak is a writer and cartoonist who lives in Brooklyn, New York.  She has written three books, including her latest, JUST JOAN:  A JOAN CRAWFORD APPRECIATION.  She is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.  In addition, she writes for the radio.  Her "Miss Bell" mysteries are broadcast by Shoestring Radio Theatre and she recently did a thriller for JIM FRENCH'S IMAGINATION THEATRE.

    PELE’S REALMRoberta Summers

Roberta Summers, author of the novel “Pele’s Realm,” holds a Creative Writing degree. A resident of Farmington, New Mexico, Summers lived in Hawaii for twenty-five years. During that time a friend of hers was murdered by the Hawaiian Mafia. “Pele’s Realm” is based upon that crime. She is also published in poetry and short stories and has served as an editor for the San Juan College Arts and Literary Magazine. She is a former co owner and editor of Silverjack Publishing; past president of Trois Rivieres Fiction Writers; a member and contest judge for Pikes Peak Writers and San Juan Writers; has participated in numerous author’s panels at public libraries and booksignings around the Southwest, and has been reviewed in print and radio.



SHE’S MY DADIolanthe Woulff  

Iolanthe “Lannie” Woulff was born a boy in New York City. She grew up on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, attended high school in Washington D.C. and in 1973 graduated with a degree in English from Princeton. Twenty-five years later Ms. Woulff commenced the complex process of gender transition. Now happily married to wife Joleene, Lannie enjoys weekly strolls in the Palm Springs sunshine with her distinguished ninety-five-year-old father, the author Herman Wouk.      SHE’S MY DAD is her debut novel.

   DeAnn Lubell - THE LAST MOON

DeAnn Lubell is a prize-winning writer, publicist, and a teacher of the arts for more than 30 years.  She produced seven well-known ballets and wrote one original.  She has written many articles for the Palm Springs Life Magazine, The Desert Sun, and The Desert Magazine.

 Published works include a novelette, historic and educational books for Little Folk Visuals, as well as a medical educational guide on the functions of the human body.  Her 2010 historical novel, The Last Moon, received the highest rating from Midwest Book Reviews.

 She sits on the Governing Auxiliary Board of the Eisenhower Medical Center and handles public relations and development for Angel View Crippled Children’s Foundation, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Desert Samaritans for Seniors, People Helping People Hear Again, as well as many other non-profits and private enterprises. 


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