UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 1, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 1, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Film School Beach Bash
Saturday, July 16th


Join the film school & entertainment alums of UCLA . SYRACUSE . EMERSON . COLUMBIA & WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY for a play day of networking with fellow mover and shakers of Hollywood!

Directors . Producers . Screenwriters . Animators . Cinematographers . Actors . Theater . Cinema Studies . Editors . Agents . Managers . Lawyers and other Entertainment Professionals are welcomed.

Let's see what school gets bragging rights for Volleyball . Football . Tug-O-War . Dodge Ball!

RSVP ONLY: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738843539664891/

(please message the HOSTS if you cannot rsvp)

NIDA Welcomes New Director/CEO Kate Cherry
Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art has announced that Kate Cherry ('MFA '93) will step into the role of Director and Chief Executive Officer from November 2016. A passionate arts leader and accomplished theatre director, Cherry joins NIDA from Western Australia’s Black Swan State Theatre Company where she has been Artistic Director and joint-CEO for nine years. 
TFT Alumnus Co-creates Latest Disney Channel Series

Josh Lehrman ('08) and Kyle Stegina spent hundreds of hours in the glow of their computer screens watching countless viral YouTube videos. The pair had postponed their typical Friday night plans in order to research cyber-world trends and lingo for their upcoming project – Disney Channel’s new TV series.

After about two years of video surfing, writing comedic songs and scripts, casting and filming, the co-creators’ “Bizaardvark” premiered on Disney Channel on Friday.

UCLA alumnus Lehrman partnered with Stegina to write the show as part of the Disney Channel Storytellers Program, a 20-week workshop that provides up-and-coming writers an opportunity to develop a TV show concept with The Walt Disney Company, Lehrman said.

After graduating from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2008, Lehrman began working at The Gersh Agency where he met Stegina. Though they were not accepted in the Storytellers program until 2014 after their managers submitted their applications, the pair had worked on projects together after interning at The Gersh Agency.

Read the rest at dailybruin.com
Alumna Selected for 
Taliesin Nexus Liberty Lab for Film

Out of several hundred applications, alumna Summera Howell ('10) has been selected a film fellow with the competitive Taliesin Nexus Liberty Lab for Film, which is rapidly emerging as the premiere talent development program providing funding for the film and top-level industry mentorship. She will spend the summer making her short film (currently titled "The Afflicted") about disability,  religion,  fear, and love. 

Ghostbusters: The Event
Thursday, July 14th at 7 PM
From alumna Monique Sorgen ('93):

The women of the WGAW are getting a huge group together to help  #Ghostbusters  win opening weekend. Come join us, for the 8pm showing. Invite everyone you know to come mingle over drinks and a movie. (All genders welcome). Buy your tickets in advance here: 

We'll be meeting as early as 7pm to take pictures to post on social media, so we can show the studios that we want more movies about women! Let's vote with our dollars and win the weekend!

If you can't make it that night, or you don't live in L.A. Get your own group together on opening weekend, take pictures, and don't forget to post on social media with the hashtag #Ghostbusters, which the studio will be tracking.

TFT alumna Melissa Bretherton ('77) is credited as Film Editor on Ghostbusters.

More info here
The Sunrise Club

The Sunrise Club is a new play with music, about students who experience their last sunrises on Earth. 8:00pm Fridays & Saturdays, June 24th - July 30th, 2016 at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Written by current UCLA, TFT MFA Candidate, Tara Turnbull. Artwork By "The Hollywood Art Chick", alumna Sue Bielenberg.


Tickets available here.

*The Los Angeles Theatre Center is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and operated by the Latino Theatre Company

AMV BBDO Call for Content

Ad agency AMV BBDO is calling TFT alumni to make great content for the biggest brands.

The world’s leading creative agency network, BBDO, is launching a new global content platform.

And we want you to be part of it.

We’re inviting filmmakers, writers, directors, animators, social influencers and ideas people from across the world to collaborate with us in a new digital space. You’ll work with our established teams to create content for some of the world’s leading brands. And our clients include Mars, Snickers, Pepsi, Pedigree, M&Ms, Guinness, Wrigley and Whiskas.


The Google Computer Science in Media Fellowship 
Call for Submissions
The Black List is pleased to announce a partnership with  Google ’s Computer Science Education in Media program to offer financial grants totaling $45K in support of the development of three scripts with a focus on changing the image of computer science and computer scientists in popular culture.

In fall 2016, the Black List will distribute up to $15K to each of three screenwriters (one feature writer, two writers of episodic pilots) for the purpose of supporting those writers for six months as they work on future feature screenplays and/or teleplays. After six months, each fellowship must provide  Google  with a sample of his/her new work along with a report addressing how the grant has been used to advance his/her work and/or impacted his/her career. Writers will retain all rights to the work written with the support of this fellowship.

Writers may opt into consideration beginning now until  11:59 pm  on  July 15, 2016 . Shortly thereafter, the Black List will deliver a short list of writers to  Google  for final consideration. Those writers will also be expected to provide additional information about their professional background and plans for a screenplay, feature or episodic pilot, that may change the perception of computer science and computer scientists in popular culture. All evaluations purchased by  11:59 PT on June 15, 2016  will be guaranteed consideration as part of this opportunity.

To opt in for consideration for the  Google  Computer Science Education in Media Fellowship, please review the additional information  here . Please do not hesitate to email us with questions at  support@blcklst.com .
Support the TFT BEN
Scholarship Fund!
The Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Scholarship Fund has been created to support undergraduate and graduate students of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the behest of the UCLA TFT Bruin Entertainment Network. You can support the fund at this link

Support the TFT BEN Programming Fund!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now accepting direct donations to a dedicated TFT alumni programming fund. To support the BEN Programming Fund, click the link below, and make sure to share the link with others!
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
Job Listings and Available Services
REDC is Looking for Filmmakers for Video Series

Reasons Eating Disorder Center (Los Angeles, CA) is looking to contract with someone for video shooting and editing for a series of short videos. We are interested in a storytelling focus with an eye to the human experience of our staff and alumni to bring the program to life and provide hope for those struggling with an eating disorder and the loved ones who support them.

We would like these videos to used on our website and social media pages. We are also the founding sponsor of a campaign called The Marginalized Voices Project with the National Eating Disorder Association and some of the video content will focus on that project which aims to change the media portrayal of who has an eating disorder in order to expand early detection and treatment options for diverse populations.

If you are interested in helping us tell our story and the stories of the people we treat, please contact Nikki Rollo, PhD, National Director for Program Development at nikki.rollo@Uhsinc.com

Learn more about us at www.reasonsedc.com or visit us on FB, Twitter or Instagram @Reasonsedc

UCLA Job Listings at UCLA One
UCLA ONE, which stands for Opportunity, Network and Experience, is your ONE-stop-shop to meet your professional needs and connect with UCLA.

…to advance your career
…to fulfill your interests
…to acquire new resources

…with professionals by industry, location
…with young alumni or students seeking advice/mentorship
…old friends/classmates

…personalized career advice, delivered by professionals within the UCLA network
…increased access to all career levels, various fields of work, diverse personal backgrounds
…learn about upcoming UCLA events and activities happening around the world

This platform was created:
– To engage UCLA alumni and student communities
– To offer a space for Bruins worldwide to interact one-to-one or as group
– To serve as a resource for opportunities, events and professional development

• Search or share jobs
• Find alumni events
• Seek or provide mentoring opportunities
• Solicit or offer peer-driven career advice
• Connect easily with other Bruins

It’s free, fast and easy. You can use your existing Facebook or LinkedIn accounts or your email.

This is your community. Everyone you interact with has the unique experience of attending UCLA, and by joining you can leverage the collective power of the vast alumni network. Continue to help build your community by posting, sharing and inviting fellow Bruins to join. You will be amazed by the diversity, vibrancy and generosity of the UCLA global community.

To learn more about UCLA ONE or to share your feedback on our new online community, please contact the Alumni Career Programs team at careerprograms@alumni.ucla.edu.

Opportunity for Alumni to Teach On-Camera Acting Classes  (Los Angeles)

I really feel that this conservatory is set up more like a University program and not like acting workshops. The classes are either six month or one-year commitments. So finding the right teaching candidates that are both well versed in the aspects of on-camera acting as well as the dedication it takes to learn that craft makes this a special type of job.

Gary Spatz’s “The Playground”, A Young Actor’s Conservatory is an on-camara acting training ground for young actors in Los Angeles and Orange County aged six to eighteen. The classes are offered Saturday and Sunday. We have around six hundred students. I am looking to interview candidates with solid educational training in on-camera acting (either as an actor or behind the scenes) that also possess a passion and some experience teaching these skills to children, preteens and teens.  

I am interviewing for paid part-time positions for Primary Acting Teacher, Substitute Primary Acting Teacher, Studio Assistants and Substitute Studio Assistants. For Studio Assistants (which is also a training ground for newer teachers to move toward becoming Primary Acting Teachers) there should be an overall ease with working with youth as well as a confidence working with cameras, lights and technical equipment. 

Anyone interested in interviewing can email me at GaylaG@theplayground.com. They can send me a P/R, acting or technical resume, teaching resume and a short video of themselves talking about why acting and teaching is a passion.  

I will review all enquiries.

Currently I am looking for staff at our Los Angeles location.

Here is our website: www.theplayground.com.

Monterey Peninsula College Seeks Theatre Arts Instructor

Monterey Peninsula College is seeking applicants for a full-time temporary non-tenure track instructor in Theatre Arts to teach Theatre Arts classes as well as direct and produce a series of plays for the season. (The incumbent will be eligible to apply for a full-time, tenure track position in the future, should the College recruit for one.)

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a range of Theatre Arts classes. This will include teaching a core of intermediate and advanced acting and directing classes, Introduction to Theatre, and Film Appreciation.  In addition, the successful candidate should be able to teach Voice/Oral Interpretation, Acting for the Camera, and other Theatre Arts courses. The successful candidate will be expected to direct and produce a main stage production in fall 2016 and spring 2017 from a variety of genres including (but not limited to) classical/verse; musical, contemporary, comedy or drama.

More information can be found at this link: 
Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
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Noah Green 
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