LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, Film Con Hollywood 2018, Fountain Theatre at Grand Park, and More News

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Film Con Hollywood 2018: ‘Building Relationships'

The First Annual Film Con Hollywoodon March 24th, hosted by David Rountree, owner of LA Acting Studios, and Richard Botto, Founder and CEO of Stage 32, which took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, downtown L.A., presented a day-long convention connecting filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, and industry players. On offer were a full day of panels by executives from Gersh, Netflix, TCA, Amasia Entertainment, Gravitas Ventures, Buffalo 8, Three Point Capital, Bondit Media Capital, directors from Sundance's A Boy, A Girl, A Dream and Angels & Outlaws), and writers from GirlsThe Newsroom, and The Affair). read more here

‘Citizen: An American Lyric' at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, 2017.

Fountain Theatre's ‘Citizen: An American Lyric' to highlight new LA arts festival at Grand Park

The Fountain Theatre's critically acclaimed and award-winning stage adaptationof Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric has been chosen as the centerpiece of a new festival celebrating the diversity and excellence of the arts in Los Angeles. The festival, called Our L.A. Voices, will be launched April 27 – 29, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles at Grand Park. read more here

Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Recipients of 2017 Awards

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 49th annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre last night, Monday, March 19, 2018, at A Noise Within in Pasadena. Wenzel Jones presided over the festivities, and Christopher Raymond served as music director.

There were two winners of the 2017 Production award: Hamilton (Hollywood Pantages Theatre) and Rotterdam (Skylight Theatre). Awards in 17 other categories went to touring hits as well as productions by local 99-seat companies. In addition, the LADCC presented seven previously announced awards, including the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre, to the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center; and the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community, to Steven Leigh Morris.

The complete list of award recipients is as follows: read more here

Teenagers from the JumpStart Theatre Program in Ohio; coming to San Diego, thanks to La Jolla Playhouse (Susan Doremus)

La Jolla Playhouse sponsors JumpStart Theatre Program for middle-schoolers

Middle schoolers in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) will have a rare opportunity to express themselves through the JumpStart Theatre Program, sponsored by La Jolla Playhouse.

The Playhouse was selected by the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) to be one of two regional theaters to expand the successful program it was running in Ohio.

"EdTA believed we had the right skill set to launch their program on the West Coast," said Steve McCormick, Playhouse's director of education and outreach. "The Stages Theatre Company in St. Louis was the other company chosen for the JumpStart Theatre expansion." read more here


Debuting in 1948, restored after 30 years dormant last year, this is a show to ROAR about! By popular demand, over 100 colorful and wonderful characters return to the stage, along with some newly restored circus fun, are coming your way!

Lions, elephants, tightrope walkers, acrobatic poodles and sooo much more, this is a not-to-be missed musical variety puppet spectacular!

Children under 2 are free and welcomed. get tickets here

The Really Awesome Improv Show

Saturdays 12pm • The Really Awesome Improv Show • Celebrating an 8yr run!

Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family, and was voted “Best Kids' comedy Show” by LA Magazine! Because there's a rotating cast you'll see a different cast and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings! read more here


Can an App Track Sexual Predators in the Theatre?

In a week in which Stormy Daniels could plausibly be called the most famous actress in America, and with the nation awaiting revelations about the private predilections of the serial sexual harasser in the White House, it seemed grimly appropriate that, on a recent evening, a group of theatre professionals in New York would gather to discuss ways that their own industry might combat more routine manifestations of sexual transgression. read more here


Catríona Crowe, Eleanor Methven, Peter Crowley, Phillip McMahon and Sheila Pratschke in discussion at Speak Up & Call It Out, at Liberty Hall, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Accountability fears stymie efforts to change culture of Irish theatre

“As theatre artists we understand the complexity of human interactions. Our role is to explore relationships, to reflect society back to itself – and to ask questions in order to elevate consciousness. We know well how complicated human beings are.”

This is Grace Dyas, who started all this in October 2017 with a blog about an unacceptable experience; she said putting it out there publicly “felt like throwing a grenade” and it started a process where 311 people contacted her to share their experiences of harassment and bullying, in media, politics, arts and theatre specifically. read more here