Press Release

Contact: Philip SokoloffPublicist  |  Phone: 626.674-0504  |  e-mail:
 The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival—P.O. Box 94, North Hollywood, CA 91601  |  e-mail  |

A day of workshops and panels tailored to empower and enhance the careers of solo performers in particular, and an informative event to benefit all performers.

WHAT: INTERSECTION: A Day of Workshops and Panels.

WHO: Presented by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF).

WHERE: Lankershim Arts Center, 5108 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601.

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

REGISTRATION: or call (818) 760-0408.

$30 for a Day Pass. Early Bird (register by March 15), $25. Student Pass (with I.D.), $10.

10:00-10:30 a.m. – REGISTRATION

This day-long event is full of career training from industry professionals, designed to boost solo performers, but will also be of value to anyone contemplating theatrical production. Attendees will be able to attend offerings including workshops and panels.

10:30 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.- Workshop 1- Singing and Speaking for the Stage- with internationally acclaimed vocalist and actorChristina Linhardt and solo performer/edutainer Kirsten Laurel Caplan. Come join us in the morning for a gentle warming up of our bodies and voices. Performing a solo show is demanding on your voice whether you are speaking or singing. Come explore your full vocal range. Learn techniques, tips, and tricks to support your voice and vocal health. Explore your voice in a friendly, supportive atmosphere to find inspiration, power, and creativity. Singers and non-singers alike are encouraged to come and play, sing, and celebrate your unique voice.

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Lunch break.

12:30-1:45 p.m.-Panel 1- Successfully Mounting Your Show with Your Dream Team.

This panel, moderated by Barbara Roberts (actor/ union activist)will cover the professional team needed to make a solo show shine all the way from producer and director, to lighting and sound technicians, marketing and publicity, and to live vs online theatre venues as we navigate our new normal. Participants willalso learn how to bring together a supportive team that will make a dream show a reality. Panelists include JC Cadena (producer/actor/humanitarian), Sky Palkowitz(producer/director/instructor/actor), Philip Sokoloff (publicist/actor), and Heather Dowling (actor/writer/coach).

2:00-3:15 p.m.-Workshop 2- Truth and Memory: Mining Our Lives for Story- with Terrie Silverman (MFA- Founder, Creative Rites & Coaching)

Here’s a workshop to mine together the subjectivity of memory,life experiences and guidance to craft into powerful, captivating stories for the page or stage.

Participants will be led through fun writing, storytelling andimprovisational exercises
sure to generate amazing material.

Have fun being seen, heard, and championed!

Please bring pen and paper or your favorite electronic device.

All levels welcome and no previous writing experience required.

3:30 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.- Panel 2 – Artists, Activists, and Advocatesas Change Agents -This panel, moderated by Jahna Cole Houston (producer/media marketing), will explore ways to intersect art with activism. Are you passionate about an issue and want to bring it to the stage? Is your life story impacted by an event or social injustice? Come join this dynamic panel as we explore the solo show—the art and the role of the artist as a change agent. Themes may include our public health crisis, racism, police brutality, elections and the need for our national healing through individual enlightenment, understanding and systemic change. Panelists include Roger Guenveur Smith(actor/solo artist/activist), Vanessa Adams Harris (solo artist/writer/director), Kat Kramer (actor/producer), SharonNyree Williams (storyteller//poet).

4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.- Empower Hour- Networking mixer, raffle, and 2024 Festival kickoff.

Founded in 1993 by Adilah Barnes and Miriam Reed, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival holds the distinction of being the oldest Annual Solo Festival for women in Los Angeles celebrating powerful women performers. LAWTF is a critically-acclaimed international Festival that has produced close to 700 extraordinary solo artists from around the globe. LAWTF’s multicultural and multi-disciplined artists represent such diverse disciplines as theatre, dance, storytelling, performance art, performance poetry, spoken word, mime, music, song, aerial performers and more.

In part underwritten by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, this educational event is being offered and madeaffordable to all.

Come out to learn, meet and enjoy!