Festival 2016 News

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    February 15, 2016

Press/media contact: Philip Sokoloff, (626) 683-9205


 The 23st Annual Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival  (LAWTF) has a roster of distinguished artists who will co-host four days and five programs at the Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291, from March 24 through March 27. This year’s overall theme is Telling Our Truths,.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. ---A Toast to Greatness.  Champagne GALA and Awards Ceremony.

Starletta DuPois- Although known for her work on TV (Lost) and in hit films (The Notebook,  Friday After Next, Big Momma’s House, First Sunday, Waiting to Exhale), award-winning Starletta has the distinction of being one of the few to have portrayed all three female characters in A Raisin in the Sun.  She also tours with her solo show Order My Steps.

Barry Shabaka Henley- A veteran theatre actor, Shabaka’s stage career includes stints with the West Coast Black Repertory Theatre and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He has won Obie, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards.  His recent notable films include Carrie, State of Play and Collateral.

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.---Fathers and Daughters.

Joyce Guy -actor, solo performer, playwright, and director.  Her solo theatre works have been performed at LACE, LATC, Watts Towers, Highways, at the Dance Place in Washington, DC, the L.A. Festival, 2100 Square Feet, Theater 150 in Ojai, CA, the New Los Angeles Theatre Center and St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, NY. Joyce has directed a number of theatrical productions, solo performers and produced and directed her first film, Dancing Like Home about her journey to Casamance, Senegal West Africa.

Lula Washington- Founder and Artistic Director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre (LWDT). Lula founded the Company in 1980 with her husband Erwin Washington to provide a creative outlet for artists of color in the inner city. Today, Lula and her Company are revered across the United States and around the world. The Company has danced in over 150 cities in the United States, as well as abroad in such countries as Germany, Spain, Kosovo, Mexico, Canada, China and Russia.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.---Culturally Speaking

Adleane Hunter- Director, producer. One of Los Angeles’ most acclaimed directors, her credits include Pieces of Me (starring Loretta Devine), Movin’ On, Woman from the Town, and productions with St. Louis Black Repertory,  Gaslamp Theatre, Actors Theater of Phoenix, and Illinois Repertory Theatre. She is the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of Black Artist Network Development (BAND).

Iona Morris- Actor, director, writer, voice artist. Iona has a long and distinguished resume of work on stage (M.O.I.S.T.!,Indigo Blues, Tartuffe, Sassy Mamas, For You- a tribute to her father, Mission: Impossible star Greg Morris); on television (As The World Turns, Moesha, The District, General Hospital); in animation (X-Men, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four). Her directing credits include It’s Never Too Late, So Much Love!, Sheba and Who Do You Love? Iona is currently dialect coach to the children on the popular TV show Black-ish.

Saturday, March 26 at 8:00 p/m.---Identity Revealed

Eloise Laws- Celebrated award-winning vocalist and Broadway actor. Eloise's musical career has included more than 5 albums and CDs, as well as a career in the theatre where she featured in and co-developed the musical, It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, which premiered at the Denver Center Theatre Company and opened on Broadway at the Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, garnering four Tony ® Award nominations Ms. Laws also received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress in a Broadway musical, and a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for her stunning performance at the Kennedy Center.

Rosie Lee Hooks- A founding member of the musical performance ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, she more recently appeared in the acclaimed Robey Theatre Company productions of Knock Me a Kiss and Transitions. Other stage credits include A Change Is Gonna Come, One Thousand Cranes, 227, Checkmates, and Poetry Cabaret. She is currently director of  Watts Towers Arts Center and Charles Mingus Youth Arts Center. She was a founding member of the D.C. Black Repertory Theatre Company.

Sunday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m.--- Striving for Balance

Ingrid Graham- Dancer, choreographer.  Ms. Graham is a performing artist, choreographer, mentor and educator. She performed and presented choreography at the Edinburgh Festival, Merce Cunningham, Dance Under The Stars Choreography Festival, California African American Music and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a guest artist at Stephen Sondheim's Gala Benefit in NYC. She was an executive producer of A Ballerina’s Tale, the feature film biography of American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Misty Copeland. She currently teaches at the American Musical and Dance Academy (AMDA).

Sky Palkowitz- This popular performance artist is billed as The Delusional Diva, creating and playing multiple characters in shows for children and adults. Also, classically trained, she toured 22 cities with Shakespeare By The Sea. Her latest solo show is named Calling America: Don’t Hang Up.

Festival performers and honorees are the subjects of separate releases. For more information about Festival programming, please go to www.lawtf.org or call (818) 760-0408.