UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - May 20, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
May 20, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
BEN Presents:
Class of 2016 Alumni Party
May 26th
TFT Class of 2016 Welcome Party 
TFT Alumni, help BEN in welcoming the class of 2016!
Barney's Beanery, Westwood
Thursday, May 26th
8:30PM, FREE
Alumnae Chosen for Women In Film Financing Intensive
Screenwriter Katherine Ruppe's (MFA '04) thriller feature, Dead of Winter,  Kate Hackett's (MFA '09) feature film directing debut,  Purify My Heart, and  Amy Adrion's (MFA '09) documentary feature film,  Half the Picture, were two of twenty-four projects selected for the  Women In Film Financing Intensive held on May 5th-6th, which was sponsored by BMW.
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.


TFT BEN East and the 2016 LES Film Festival
UCLA TFT Alumni Affairs and BEN East are partnering with the 

A small number of tickets for every screening and event are now available for 
TFT Alumni on a first come, first serve basis beginning May 19. 
Please only select a maximum of 2 tickets per event.

*TFT Alumni ticket code is:  "UCLALUM"

You can get your tickets at this link: http://www.lesfilmfestival.com/tickets/

The LES Film Festival will run from June 9-16, 2016 in New York.

Enjoy the show!

*If the ticket code is not working for the event you want to attend,
all of the alumni tickets may already be reserved for that event.
Try using the code with another LESFF event.
Do the Blind Dream?
Wednesday, June 8 (NYC)
Directed by Alexandra Siladi ('09) and Stage Managed by Alex Vlahov. 

TFT Alumni can use discount code BEATRICE for $15 OFF the original ticket price.
"My Life in China" to Premiere May 24th on America Reframed
Written and Produced by Ehren Parks (MFA '10),  MY LIFE IN CHINA will have its national broadcast premiere Tuesday, May 24 at 8/7c (check local listings) as part of WORLD Channel's AMERICA REFRAMED series.

The film will also stream nationally online on www.americareframed.com at no cost following the broadcast for 90 days. 

The film will also be available on iTunes the same day. We are the only independent documentary to screen on the big 3 American airlines (Delta, United, American). 
The Southland Company Launch Party
June 5th, 7PM
Join the launch party for The Southland Company, founded by TFT alumni  Roshni Shukla  (MFA '16), Israel Lopez (MFA '16), and Darcie Crager (MFA '16) and current MFA student Lea Madda.


We are THE SOUTHLAND COMPANY - founded by UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television graduates. A new ensemble of actors, writers, directors, and producers based in Los Angeles with one mission - to create work based in stage, film, and digital media that brings to life narratives commonly ignored in mainstream entertainment. Hence, jelly beans, whales, guns, and underwear.

June 5th, Hollywood at 7PM - You are cordially invited to our premiere event LAUNCH LOS ANGELES at the Zephyr Theatre on Melrose Avenue. Featuring new excerpts from interdisciplinary artists based in Los Angeles and performed by UCLA graduate actors.

Reception to follow. An alcoholic one. An alcohol-centric reception. Do you get what were trying to say? Come drink alcohol.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 per person and includes the show, reception with appetizers, wine and beer, and musical sounds by DJ Selective Mute.

Please come celebrate this new exciting endeavor with us. We are thrilled to share it with you.

- Israel, Roshni, Darcie & Lea

Evening Line Up

Narrator: Daniel A. Stevens

Written by Christina Elisa Hjelm
Directed by Roshni Shukla
Performed by Lea Madda & Maia Rychlik

Written by Israel López Reyes
Directed by J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company)
Performed by Kendra Pérez, Ryan Miller, & Yiji Zhao

Written by Roshni Shukla
Directed by Darcie Crager
Performed by Tanya Flynn, Ashley Cleveland, 
Josh Montréal Segal, & Ryan Miller
In association with Theatre Raw

Written by Josh Montréal Segal
Directed by Israel López Reyes
Performed by Scott Barnhardt, Ryan Miller, & Maia Rychlik

Music by DJ Selective Mute
Join us for Appetizers, Beer and Wine! 

For more information on the southland company visit: http://www.thesouthlandcompany.com/ 

Follow us on Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthlandcompany/ 
Twitter: @thesouthlandco
Instagram: @thesouthlandcompany
The Engine of Our Ruin Begins Tonight at The Victory Theatre
Directed by TFT alumna Maria Gobetti (MA '71)


A VICTORY THEATRE World Premiere Comedy in The Big Victory

Director: Maria Gobetti

Producer: Tom Ormeny, Katie Witkowski, Kimberly Alexander, Shannon McManus

3326 W. Victory Blvd

Burbank, CA., 91505


Previews: May 20,21,22

Opens: May 27,28,29

Closes: June 26 

Performances: Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Suns at 4pm

Email Address: victoryadmin@mindspring.com 

Breakdown for THE ENGINE OF OUR RUIN By Jason Wells 

A comedy about the absurdities of negotiating in a circumstance where political tensions and cultural differences redefine the intent and meaning of communication.  All characters have their own personal power and integrity and lift into comedy through the various mis-interpretations that arise.

Tickets available here

Christina Harley's The Dreamers - "Resurrection City"
Thursday, June 2 7PM, Culver City
The Hairy Ape May 14 - July 17 at The Odyssey Theatre
The Odyssey Theatre's production of The Hairy Ape runs May 14 - July 17. It stars TFT alumni Jennifer Taub ('85), Jeremiah O'Brien (MFA '12), with scene design by Christopher Scott Murillo ('07).

Time Out Los Angeles  says  The Hairy Ape  is one of "5 must-see theater productions happening this May."

Tickets available here.

School of Theater, Film and Television
Department of Theater Presents:

BELOW THE SURFACE:  A Devised Work by First Year MFA Actors, Directors and Designers 

Directed by Shichang Jin, Evelina Stampa, Jayongela Wilder, Ying Yan 

Performed by Brett Calo, Ashley Cleveland, Taylor Dean, John Dellaporta, Oscar Emmanuel Fabela, Beth Lane, Katia Kapustin, Kendra Perez 

Scenic design by James Maloof

Costume design by Gabrielle Levion and Chad Mata

Lighting design by Zachary Titterington

Sound design by Jonathan Snipes

Stage managers: Madai Antunes and Jingyue Tan 

May 26-27, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

1340 Macgowan Hall

This is a RUSH Event. No ticket required. Seating is limited.  Arrive at least 20 minutes in advance. 

Parking available at Structure 3 ($12)

Presented as part of the Department of Theater 2015/2016 Season 

BELOW THE SURFACE on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1728076623875505/ 

Visit UCLA Theater on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UCLATheater

The Golden Dragon Opens May 8th at Boston Court
TFT alumni Theo Perkins ('07) and Ann Colby Stocking ('01) star in The Golden Dragon, opening Sunday through June 5th. Tickets available here

Time Out Los Angeles says The Golden Dragon is one of "5 must-see theater productions happening this May."
From Angus MacDonald (MA'93):

MONARCH THEATRE GUILD is premiering a new musical that I collaborated on with Dan Snellenbarger later this month.

"IN THE CHIPS!" is set in Silicon Valley, CA, the heart of the computer industry. SAMANTHA, an ambitious, idealistic, workaholic software creator and programmer  is hired by MicroLogic Inc. to program EUPHORIA 2016 the most powerful computer in history. The allegedly peaceful program is head by rogue Air Force Officer GENERAL MAJOR and his trusty sidekick MAX POWERS JR. aka Texter the Cybernerd.  Aided by two SPIRITS, SAMANTHA wises up to the GENERAL'S sinister plans and fights for control of the Supercomputer. The fate of planet earth hangs in the balance.

The CAST of five, three females and two males, sing live to the professionally recorded score. The musical opens on Friday April 29th and continues Fridays at 8PM and Sundays at 7 PM through Sunday, May 22 at Fanatic Salon Theater 3815 Sawtelle Blvd. (near the SW corner of Sawtelle and Venice Blvd.

Tickets are available at the door, adults $20 and $10 for children and students with current ID. Credit cards are accepted. The running time with intermission is approximately two hours.

Script, Lyrics, and Music Angus MacDonald

Music  Dan Snellenbarger

Dan McLaughlin Memorial Celebration

Please join the Department of FTVDM and Dan McLaughlin’s family on Saturday, May 28 at 4:30 p.m. for a memorial celebration of life,  which will take place in the James Bridges Theater. Throughout the memorial, a number of Dan’s films will be showcased, and family and friends are invited to share their memories of him. 

Following the memorial celebration, in one of the sound stages, guests are invited  to view Dan's art and films, in addition to video messages from friends and family. Refreshments and beverages will also be provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

If you’re unable to attend but would still like to participate, please use the link below to contribute your memories. 


No flowers, please.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that charitable gifts be made in Dan's memory to the UCLA Foundation noting the “Dan McLaughlin Animation Fund.” Send to Fred Bush, Executive Director of Development, UCLA TFT, 102 East Melnitz Hall - Box 951622, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1622.

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
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: 
Acting and Education Jobs

We are hiring Intern, Part-Time & Full Time at Hollywood Film Academy which is under Sunshine Education Academy. It is established by one of the famous female writers "Bing Ren”. We offer different various classes to our adolescent aging from 7-18. Now, we are opening an international summer intensive acting program to the world. Mostly our young students will be from both U.S. and China. If you are special and want to teach, come and join us. If you have any B.A. Degrees or Higher in area of Theater, Film, Dance, Acting etc. anything related to Art! please join us!!!

Send your Resume and/or Headshot to: yanghsosong@163.com, if you don’t have headshot, that’s totally fine, we are going to run audition and/or interview to everyone. Teaching experience is a big plus. The international summer intensive acting program will officially launch on June 1st, and of course, our students and teachers will be both from multi-cultures around the world. Our next step is to both build our own film production team and develop art-education between eastern and western.

Salary & Time: 

Monday to Friday from 9am-6pm, Saturday, Sunday Off. Not entire day, but cooperate both your individual and School work-schedule. 


$20-$40/Hr. Depend on Experience and languages skill; 

Intern, Teaching Assistant: $9/Hr. + Gas-Reimbursement. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We provide OPT or H-1B Visa for international applicants, it depends on your qualification.

Positions & Skill: 

1.Teacher: Acting (Voice, Speech, Stage Combat, Scene Study, Movement, Improvisation, Comedy, Musical Theater), 

Music (Singing & Instrument)






2.Teaching Assistant, Administration and Interns: Must be Fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese, Art Degree is a Plus.

3.Film Producers: Experienced. (Pay negotiate during interview )

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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