NEA to Webcast National Council on the Arts Meeting Friday, June 24

The 173rd meeting of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the National Endowment for the Arts, will take place on Friday, June 24, from noon to 2 pm California time, in room M-09 of the Nancy Hanks Center, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC. The public is invited to attend in person or to watch a live webcast at The session will announce recipients of the NEA’s three lifetime honors programs: NEA Jazz Master fellowships, NEA National Heritage fellowships and the NEA Opera Honors.  It will also explore examples of creative place-making at work and provide an update on the Blue Star Museums.  READ MORE

Directors Lab West 2011, Days 7-8

In their last two days, Directors Lab West participants heard about the Hollywood Fringe, social media, Heidi Duckler, Twist, Todd London, The Word Begins, Million Dollar Quartet, Neva — and each other. READ MORE

FRINGE: ! Death 40-Feet Tall !

When I was a kid, Mom took me to see my very first live play at Karamu House in Cleveland. I don’t remember the name of the play, but it had something to do with talking animals in Africa and a young herdsman. What I remember is that it was so bright and so right  there and so very much fun.  When we yelled or squealed at the action on stage, sometimes the herdsman turned to the audience and let us know he knew we were there, before turning back into the world he was living for us on the stage. That sort of thing never happened when watching movies or television. Ever. READ MORE

National Asian American Theater Festival: <br> Krystal’s Vlog #1 — Pre-Conference Excitement

All this week LA STAGE Times will present coverage of the 3rd Annual National Asian American Theater Festival via daily vlogs from Krystal Banzon, a first generation Filipina American who is an emerging theater director. She is a SDC Foundation Observership recipient (with Chay Yew), LGBT Point Foundation Scholar for theatrical directing, a 2011 Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Exchange director and a 2007 Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines.  READ MORE

Connie Chats

Connie talks to Lez Miz people on opening night and to Sean Galuszka about his Fringe show Poison Apple, which innovatively uses texting in its marketing.  READ MORE

When Gritty Meets Pretty:<br> Gary Lennon’s <i>The Interlopers </i>directed by Jim Fall

In conversation, playwright and screenwriter Gary Lennon speaks softly and philosophically, with tremendous insight into the human condition. He speaks of a spiritual growth and a journey toward inner peace. But this journey has been extremely rough going, and his dramatic writing reflects the pain of his life experience with a tone that sounds diametrically opposed to his speaking voice.  READ MORE

FRINGE: Alien Finds A Home

Las Vegas, Nevada is not considered the theatrical capitol of the world.  Slot machines, poll dancers and $3.99 steak dinners certainly left a lot to the imagination especially for a young girl in the 80’s.  Fortunately, my high school, like most any other in America, would put on theatrical productions.  And by joining the cast, I was bit by the bug.  READ MORE

Directors Lab West 2011, Days 5-6

Each year the Lab chooses a theme around which all its sessions are based and a play around which many group workshops are organized. For 2011 the theme is “Exploring the Bigger Picture”Â and the play The Good Person of Szechwan. READ MORE