UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - July 29, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
July 29, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
A Call for TFT Alumni Mentors to Join the
The new  UCLA TFT Alumni Mentor Program serves as a pathway for our talented alumni working in the performing arts and entertainment industry--around the country and the globe--to lend a helping hand to fellow alumni. The benefits of attending UCLA exist well beyond graduation, and being part of the incredible network of alumni through mentorship is a great way to enhance and continue the experience.
We invite you to participate in the UCLA  TFT Alumni Mentor Program. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with TFT alumni.

Whether you live near Westwood or on the other side of the world, it's never been easier to connect with another UCLA alum, so we encourage you to apply. UCLA's new online network,  UCLA ONE makes the process quick and painless. 

How to be a mentor in the UCLA TFT Alumni Mentor Program:
  • Go to www.uclaone.com

  • Click “Join Now” and register using LinkedIn, Facebook, or with an email address

  • Once approved, you will then receive an email confirmation

  • Go back to www.uclaone.com and sign in using the method you used to register

  • Upon entering the site, you will be asked “How would you like to help?”

  • Check the “TFT Alumni Mentor Program” box

  • This will then appear on your profile and other alumni will be able to request you be their mentor

  • Please contact your mentee and arrange for a time to meet

In coming weeks there will also be a call for TFT Alumni who wish to be mentored to sign up at UCLA ONE.

Francis Ford Coppola (MFA '67) Brought His
Experimental "Live Cinema" Worshop to TFT
From newsroom.tft.ucla.edu, July 25, 2016: 

More than 75 students and faculty from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television participated in a monthlong experimental workshop with five-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker and alumnus Francis Ford Coppola that culminated Friday with a live broadcast of a production based on Coppola's concept of Live Cinema. 

Coppola returned to his alma mater, where he received an M.F.A. in theater arts in 1967, to run the experimental workshop, which was co-sponsored by UCLA TFT and American Zoetrope, Coppola’s production company.

The workshop served as a “proof of concept” for a groundbreaking experiment involving Coppola’s Live Cinema, a new kind of movie-making that's performed live and viewed by an audience in real time. It utilizes feeds from multiple cameras, instant-replay servers and other sources, all of which the director can switch to live with technologically advanced broadcast equipment. The look and feel of the production are more cinematic in nature than what is typically employed for live dramatic and musical broadcasts, and the process infuses the production with in-the-moment energy of a live event. 

BEN Presents: Suicide Squad Screening & Pub Crawl
Saturday, August 6th, 2PM Arclight Culver City
Followed by Meetup at The Blind Barber 

The summer 2016 movie season is in full swing and TFT Alumni are invited to the 2nd Annual BEN Summer Screening & Pub Crawl. Celebrate your Bruin pride and the work of fellow UCLA alumni Karen Fukuhara (UCLA '14, Actor: Katana), Mary Vernieu (UCLA '88, Casting Director), and Sean Cooney (TFT MFA '02, Production and Post Technology Executive) with a screening of Suicide Squad.

Afterwards, share a drink and network with other TFT alumni at Blind Barber (10797 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232) and enjoy HAPPY HOUR DRINK & FOOD SPECIALS.

Tickets to the 2pm screening of Suicide Squad at Arclight Culver City are only $5 with an RSVP here!

Ticket sales end Friday, August 5th at 5:00PM.

This program is made possible by financial support from the Bruin Entertainment Network and UCLA TFT Alumni Affairs.  

Alumnus Sahirr Sethhi's Zoya
Sahirr Sethhi's (MFA '15) short film Zoya screened at Palm Springs Shortfest and was announced as Runner Up for the Best Live Action Short (Audience Award). Zoya will next screen at the Rhode Island International Film Festival

Read the full list of Palm Springs Shortfest winners here.

Read an interview with Sahirr at scienceandfilm.org
Karen Fukuhara On Her Suicide Squad Audition To Play Katana

Newcomer Karen Fukuhara (UCLA '14) describes the audition process she underwent to land the role  of  Katana in David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Her kendo and karate background gave her the edge during a second callback.
I Love You Because at The Hudson Backstage
TFT alumna Rebecca Kenigsberg ('12) directs an After Hours Theatre Company production of I LOVE YOU BECAUSE at Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood.

This contemporary musical comedy is a modern twist on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Set in New York City, it centers around a young, uptight greeting card writer whose life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them. I LOVE YOU BECAUSE was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival of New Musicals in 2005.

I LOVE YOU BECAUSE opened on Friday, July 22 and will run through Sunday, August 7 at the Hudson Backstage, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.

Performances are Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm & Sundays at 7:00pm. Ticket prices are $30.00 for all performances. Tickets and more information about the show are available at www.plays411.com/iloveyoubecause.

Mischief Ventured to
Launch in Fall

From UCLA alumnus Max Wiederholt ('15):

Looking for a talent agency that actually puts artists first? Mischief Ventured is the first online, democratic social marketplace to help screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and producers work together to make fantastic movies and TV shows. If you've ever felt like entertainment is an insider industry and you just don't know the right people, check out how this UCLA team is making Hollywood a democracy at www.mischiefventured.com. Our (free!) beta launches this fall, and you can sign up here.

Masterclass from
Bobby Roth
Alumnus Bobby Roth (MFA '76) has launched a masterclass documentary series at bobbyroth.net called A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass. The trailer can be viewed here and individual classes can be purchased at the website for $6.99/episode.

For TFT alumni who purchase the masterclass and contact Bobby through his website, he has offered his time and advice, as well as PDFs of shot lists and storyboards.
NYC: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Too Much Light plays 50 weeks a year. Same time each week. Different show each week! If you’ve seen the show once, you’ve seen the show once. One time.

TFT alumnus Alex Vlahov joins the cast for performances in July, ending at the beginning of August.

Tickets: $13 plus the roll of a six-sided die at the door or buy advanced tix here. Advanced tickets get you priority access and a guaranteed seat! So yeah, it’s definitely a good thing.

The Sunrise Club
Final Show Tomorrow

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", 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.


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
Assistant Editor (Theatrical)

Job Description: Steele Spring Stage Rights, one of the foremost boutique theatrical publishers in the United States, is seeking to fill the Assistant Editor position in their Los Angeles office. Responsibilities include collecting, generating, formatting, and maintaining production materials (scripts, scores, and media). The ideal candidate will be a detail oriented, organized planner with the ability to respond effectively and efficiently while maintaining flexibility. The demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize is essential. Must be highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and possess superlative proofreading skills. Knowledge of music preparation and the ability to read music is preferred. Reliable transportation is required.


  • Collect, generate, format, and maintain all production materials (scripts, scores, media)
  • Work closely with playwrights in creating high quality materials packages for their titles
  • Manage and Organize all media (audio, video, photos)


  • Interest and general knowledge of theater and the theatrical community
  • Professional and team oriented
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize
  • A high level of initiative and independence
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and communicate with all levels in the organization
  • Highly Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Superlative proofreading skills
  • Mac literate

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree
  • Experience working in the theater field
  • Knowledge of Music preparation and the ability to read music
  • Experience using Finale and/or Sibelius software
  • Extensive proofreading experience
  • Experience working with Dropbox

Part Time Position

Start Date: August 8

Please send cover letter and resume to: samantha@stagerights.com

About Stage Rights: Based in Los Angeles and founded in 2000, Stage Rights is one of the foremost independent theatrical publishers in the United States, providing stage performance rights for a wide range of plays and musicals to theater companies, schools, and other producing organizations across the country and internationally. As a licensing agent, Stage Rights is committed to providing each producer the tools they need for financial and artistic success. Stage Rights is dedicated to the future of live theatre, offering special programs that champion new theatrical works. For more information visit www.stagerights.com.

Sales Assistant for Content Media Corporation

Content Media Corporation is a dynamic film, tv, and digital sales company focused on acquiring and distributing an extensive slate of television programs and feature films worldwide. We are currently looking for a Sales Assistant for the Los Angeles office for immediate hire. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the LA based sales team. The ideal candidate must have a strong interest in international sales and a desire to learn the distribution side of the entertainment industry. This is an entry level administrative position with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in the daily administration of various client accounts, both domestic and international. 
• Inputting and keeping availability lists current on our database.
• Tracking completed sales relevant to the LA based sales team.
• Researching available rights for incoming title requests.
• Ordering screeners for clients and maintaining the screener database.
• Scheduling market and sales trips meetings.
• Organizing marketing materials and preparing packages for markets and sales trips.
• Maintaining the client contacts database.
• Preparing expense reports.
• Assisting with travel arrangements.
• General administrative duties including copying and filing.

We are looking for someone who is a team player, detail oriented, and very organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize. The successful candidate will have superior writing and communication skills. Bachelor's degree and proficiency in MS Office are required. Previous experience in tv/film sales is a plus.

Contact us: Please send email and cover letter to jobsla@contentmediacorp.com. No phone calls please.

Top Online Cooking Show Seeks Social Media/Community Manager

We’re seeking a rockstar Social Media/Community Manager who has experience managing and growing passionate fanbases. You will be on the frontline engaging millions of viewers worldwide who are not only our fans but our future customers. You will build relationships directly with our fans, keeping communities active while providing ongoing metric reporting. And you will take the initiative and make recommendations on how to grow our brand even bigger across social platforms and our website.

Role Responsibilities:
•  Day-to-day community management of social platforms and website including daily comment/ activity moderation across all properties (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook & our Website)
•  Listen, respond, ask questions and engage with online communities using a personal voice that matches the show host and brand
•  Seek and collect audience feedback metrics and data to improve content offerings and community strategy
•  Collaborate with the team to create and manage the master content calendar
•  Oversee the creation of monthly analytic reports on audience growth, best performing tactics
and key conversational threads with the aim to improve growth on specific platforms
•  Execute real time social coverage and events as needed

Requirements for the Position:
•  At least 2+ years of experience in a social/digital media role, with at least 1 year specifically focused on social media marketing
•  Strong-to-expert knowledge of all social platforms (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook
& Snapchat) and online marketing
•  Experience with community management across multiple social platforms, with solid skills using analytics and reporting tools
•  Practical knowledge of developing editorial and content calendars, community management guidelines and protocol for customer care
•  Exceptional writing, storytelling, copy-editing and proofreading skills (writing for a personal voice a plus)
•  Customer-service minded, solving problems on your own and knowing when to escalate questions or issues
•  Proficient in Google Apps Suite

Qualities we are looking for:
•  Proven passion and experience in the online space—you live online 24/7 and you’ve consistently delivered exceptional results
•  Positive thinking self-starter who is dedicated to contributing in a dynamic start-up environment with growth potential
•  Eagerness to stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of social media marketing
•  Ambitious, well-spoken, responsible person who is comfortable working independently or with
a team when needed
•  Exceptional organizational and project management skills are a MUST
•  A passion for food (especially baking) is required, and food related experience is a plus!
•  Experience working with a young female audience (primarily 18-34) is essential
•  E-commerce experience also highly desirable

Qualified candidates submit Cover Letter & Resume to tastebudsent@gmail.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: 
CTG Presents
Grey Gardens The Musical at The Ahmanson

Special $40 Grey Gardens – The Musical Ticket Offer and Post-Performance “Stage Talk” with Rachel York and Betty Buckley 

*$40 Special Ticket Offer

Valid Tuesday through Friday

Now through August 12
*Mid-Orchestra/Preferred Mezzanine (Rows C-P). Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Handling fees may apply. Ticket subject to availability. 



Join us for a very special post-performance “Stage Talk” with Rachel York and Betty Buckley on Tuesday, July 26, August 2 and August 9. This will be immediately following the performance. 



This is a revival that no musical lover will want to miss! York and Buckley are divine.

-Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

Broadway's daring musical sensation Grey Gardens—The Musical has arrived at the Ahmanson Theatre starring the fabulous Rachel York (Broadway's City of Angels) and the legendary Betty Buckley (Tony Award®-winning Grizabella in Cats). Based on the cult classic documentary and directed by Michael Wilson, this haunting and often hilarious musical recounts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most eccentric relatives' fall from society darlings to notorious recluses in their crumbling East Hampton estate. Grey Gardens—The Musical was hailed as Time magazine’s number one show of the year and garnered 10 Tony Award nominations when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Center Theatre Group’s production at the Ahmanson is the Los Angeles debut of Grey Gardens–The Musical.

The Wallis Presents
Hershey Felder in Maestro
TFT alumni can get 20% tickets to any Maestro performance  Aug 11 - Aug 28* with code "UCLA".  Enter code UCLA in the upper right corner of your screen before selecting your tickets to receive 20% off.

*Except Aug 22. 

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life. 

See more here.
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 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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