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  • Harvardwood Heads To... Staying Present: Improv for Acting

    Tuesday, August 03, 2021 at 10:00 PM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    Host: SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris
     
    Special Guests*:

    • Sarah Claspell, Actor and Instructor, Upright Citizens Brigade
    • Johnny Meeks, Actor and Director of Education, Upright Citizens Brigade
    • *Additional guests to be announced

    Ever want to know how to break into improv comedy? Here’s your chance to learn about this form of acting, which is all the rage right now and a valuable skill for performers across any genre.

    Join SAG-AFTRA on Tues, Aug 19 as they are joined by members of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) here to walk you through some comedy basics with a few interactive demonstrations that will be sure to tickle the funny bone. 

    UCB's world-class instructors use improv and storytelling as a lens through which to train a wide range of professional skills – focusing on creative collaboration, better communication, active listening, brainstorming, presentational skills, and more, while generally improving participants’ abilities to think on their feet. 

    Get ready to get your giggle on! This livestream is hosted by SAG-AFTRA’s President's Task Force on Education, Outreach & Engagement. 

    More info HERE

  • 9:00am PST / 12:00pm EST

    Come together with others in the Entertainment Community, experiencing and learning Mindfulness practices utilizing the breath and meditation.

    This 30-minute meditation practice is grounded in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

    Bring a sense of balance to your day, and give yourself a little rest from the unrest.

    You must register one time for this on-going event and you will receive confirmation of your registration via Zoom in order to attend this meditation.

    More info HERE. 

     

  • 12:00pm PST / 3:00pm EST

    This is a recurring event taking place on the first Wednesday of every month.

    With all the highs and lows of 2020, one thing that stood out was the need for friendship and supportive community. Realizing the very real and ever-present challenges faced by Black people, The Actors Fund continues its efforts to provide support by offering recurring gatherings for Black professionals to talk, laugh, grieve and celebrate their unique and shared experiences as Black people in entertainment.

    Focusing on healing and affirmation and offered via Zoom at 12 pm PT, these gatherings will be facilitated by Black mental health professionals from the L.A. office. 

    More info HERE

  • 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

    Business of Creating and WGF are partnering with Chinese In Entertainment to bring you a dynamic interactive panel and Q&A with seasoned entertainment professionals to discuss how to produce, market, distribute and write for the Chinese marketplace.  With China surpassing the U.S. in global box office and with a robust TV industry, learn how to make your project appeal to Chinese audiences. This includes:

    • The difference in how Chinese vs non-Chinese writers approach storytelling

    • Key tips to making your project more marketable to China - what to do and what to avoid.

    • How to get your film accepted by the CFG (China Film Group)

    • Understanding the scope of the China Entertainment Industry

    • ….and more!

    Moderated by Jennifer Mangan, Producer/Writer, Beautiful Day Productions!

    Panelists:

    • Thomas Lim - Head of Sun Entertainment Culture Los Angeles

    • Dongyang (Patrick) Liu - Head of Overseas Operations of Sansang Media

    • Winnie Wei Wei - Senior Consultant, North America, Ent Group

    • Michael Fisk - Owner, InterMark Strategy & Consulting

    More info HERE. 

  • 5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

    Whether you are writing drama, comedy, or any other genre, families and the dynamics of familial relationships offer a deep well of stories and perspectives. For this session, WGF partner with Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting for a discussion about writing diverse families on television. They will explore how TV writers have expanded depictions of the family unit over the years and how they’ve developed storylines that reflect the complexity and universality of these inescapable bonds.

    Moderated by Dr. Rosanne Welch, Director of Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting!

    Panelists:

    • Sheryl J. Anderson - Creator and Executive Producer, Sweet Magnolias

    • Lang Fisher - Co-creator and Executive Producer, Never Have I Ever

    • Marja-Lewis Ryan - Executive Producer, The L Word: Generation Q

    • Anthony Sparks - Executive Producer, Queen Sugar

    More info HERE

  • Harvardwood Heads To... 2021 The Virtual Creative Classroom Symposium

    Saturday, August 07, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST 

    Are you interested in becoming a teaching artist to supplement your work in the industry?
    Already working as a teaching artist, but would like to explore new virtual and in-classroom job opportunities?

    • Learn how teaching artists are joining virtual hybrid model classrooms during these challenging times.

    • Discover effective ways to navigate the employment landscape as a teaching artist

    Keynote Speaker:
    With 20 years of experience in the arts education field and 22 years as a professional dancer, Shelby Williams-González has a career made up of overlapping networks.  Artist, educator and leader, Shelby is always pushing for social change.  As the new President and CEO of Inner-City Arts, Shelby brings her extensive experience to this role.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of Suarez Dance Theater and is a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for the Undoing Racism Collective.

    Topics to be Discussed:

    • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    • Social Justice

    • Teaching The Arts Through Virtual Platforms And Hybrid Models

    • Teaching Artist Best Practices

    More info HERE

     

  • 10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link. 

    Do you need help figuring out how to look for work during the current crisis? Are you wondering how to stay focused on your long term career goals when there is a hiring freeze? If so, please join us for the How to Job Search During a Pandemic workshop.

    In Part Two of Job Search During a Pandemic you will:

    • Discuss how to manage job market uncertainty
    • Explore how to search for remote or currently hiring positions
    • Discover how to keep your long term job search active during the slow down 

    More info HERE. 

  • 4:00pm PST / 7:00pm EST

    Inside the Writers Room/Zoom is the Writers Guild Foundation ongoing event series where they gather the writers room of a TV series to learn how their room runs, from how they plan each season and break story to their individual experiences cracking episodes.

    For this session, they welcome the entire writers room of the Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale, which has taken audiences through four seasons of harrowing stories around one brave woman’s journey escaping a repressive, authoritarian society called Gilead. Learn how the room crafts each season and how they approach the show’s twists, turns, and surprises. Showrunner Bruce Miller moderates the conversation.

    Panelists:

    • Bruce Miller - Showrunner and Executive Producer

    • Eric Tuchman - Executive Producer

    • Yahlin Chang - Executive Producer

    • Rachel Shukert - Executive Producer

    • Katherine Collins - Co-Executive Producer

    • J. Holtham - Co-Executive Producer

    • John Herrera - Supervising Producer

    • Nina Fiore - Supervising Producer

    • Jacey Heldrich - Story Editor

    • Aly Monroe - Staff Writer

    More info HERE. 

  • Harvardwood Heads To... National Dancer Info Session 8/12

    Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    The Actors Fund offers resources to dancers at every age and stage of their career.  Their national program enables dancers from all disciplines to define their own career possibilities and to develop the skills necessary to manage their careers within dance, and when needed, outside of dance.  

    They help dancers:  

    • To explore and expand employment, entrepreneurial & supplemental income streams to help them thrive at every stage of their dance career   

    • To pursue training in a new field through Career Transition For Dancers (CTFD) scholarships for certification, undergraduate and/or graduate-level degree programs  

    • To sustain mind/body wellness through mental health services, health insurance guidance and support groups for dancers 

    More info HERE. 

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Social Networking 8/12

    Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM - PDT

    10:00am PST / 1:00pm EST

    In order to participate fully in the activities set out during this workshop, you’ll need to use either a computer or tablet and not a phone when signing onto the Zoom link.

    Social sleuthing is standard in the hiring process, so what does your online presence say about you? In this workshop you will learn personal branding strategies and reframe your networking approach to more effectively connect to the people, organizations, and opportunities that can advance your career.

    More info HERE. 

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