March 2008 - May 2008: Issue 26

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Artist-In-Residence Program Applications Being Sought

The San Juan National Forest in Colorado is accepting applications for its summer artist-in-residence program. Artists participating in the program, which is now in its 14th year, will stay in the remote Aspen Guard Station, originally a ranger station, for one to two weeks from June through September. Each artist is required to donate a piece of his or her work to the program and to stage an exhibition, performance, open house, or workshop. The application period ends March 1. Area arts associations will chose six finalists and two alternates before May 1. For more information, contact Norene Blair, Forest Service - Office of Communication Account Manager, Network Moderator, Phone: 202-205-1782.


Regional Theatre Job Expo To Be Held In Boston

The Regional Entertainment Production and Administration Job Expo (REPA) will take place on Saturday, March 1, 11:00am-3:00pm, at StageSource, 88 Tremont Street, Boston. Now in its eighth year, the REPA job fair puts entertainment employers in touch with job seekers in production positions, including Stage Management, Design, Technical Production, and administrative positions, including Marketing, Development and Management.  It is co-sponsored by StageSource, United States Institute of Theatre Technology New England, and Boston Dance Alliance.

This year, REPA will also feature Rafael Jaen, author of Developing and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio: A Guide for Theatre, Film & TV. Mr. Jaen, also an acclaimed costume designer, will be signing copies of his book at REPA from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm and will be available to provide advice to prospective job seekers.

Job seekers may attend for free and are encouraged to bring copies of their resumes, portfolios, and business cards. Applicants not able to attend may send 45 copies of their resumes in advance to be distributed to each participating organization. Organizations that attend will meet candidates, gather resumes, display their materials and conduct interviews. Registration fee for organizations is $70 ($60 for members of any of the three sponsoring organizations).

For more information, visit or call StageSource at 617-720-6066.


Call For Entries To Visual Artists

VSA arts is seeking visual artists with disabilities ages 18 and above whose work is inspired by the performing arts for "Derivative Composition," an international juried art exhibition that will be on display at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., from May 29-July 20. Two-and three-dimensional art, digital art, installations, video and film, and other media that draw inspiration from music, theater or dance are eligible. Submissions must have been completed in the last five years and after the onset of the artist's disability. Applications will be accepted through March 21. For more information, visit or call (202) 628-2800.


Boston Asl Film Festival Seeks Submissions

The National Institute for Education through Visual Arts (NIEVA) has partnered with VSA Arts of Massachusetts and the Northeastern University ASL Program to present the 2008 G. Franklin Fish ASL Film Festival on April 13 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  Awards and cash prizes will be given for outstanding submissions. 

The submission deadline for all films is March 31.  Eligible categories are films, short films, documentaries, animation, and children's films. In order for any film to be eligible, over 50% of dialogue must be in Sign Language and include ASL performers. Priority will be given to native ASL filmmakers. Please submit films in NTSC, non-region DVDs.  Send an email to to receive a submission form to fill out and mail in along with your DVD. 

Formerly called the Annual ASL Films Showcase, the event was renamed to honor Mr. Fish who has been a consistent donor.  It will be preceded on April 11 and 12 by the annual Northeastern University ASL Festival, promising an exciting weekends of events for the Deaf community and general public.

NIEVA (National Institute for Education through Visual Arts), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and showcasing of American Sign Language.  Contact NIEVA at


Call For Scripts From Students

VSA artsis seeking submissions from young writers for the 24th Annual Playwright Discovery Award.  Through an original one-act play, students in grades 6 - 12 of all abilities are invited to write on the theme of disability. The winning playwright will receive $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. to see his/her play performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Guidelines and applications are available at Submissions must be received by April 11.


International Theatre Conference Set For Slovenia

An international conference "Performing Arts Training Today" will be held in Bovec, Slovenia April 14-17.  The conference is open to professional performers, performing arts educators and teachers from all over the world who are interested in research about topical questions and processes in contemporary performing arts education and training.

Participants will include actors, directors, dancers, choreographers, performing arts educators, teachers, playwrights, stage designers, script writers, theatre critics, journalists and cultural managers. The main purposes of the conference are to demonstrate various methods and techniques in contemporary performing arts education and training, to open discussions about successful and effective strategies, to establish new contacts, to exchange experiences with colleagues from different countries and to lay the foundation for future networking and collaboration.

Bovec, the site of the conference, is a small 800 year-old alpine town, which is a mountain resort.  It is located in northwestern Slovenia in the Trenta Valley of the Julian Alps within the Triglav National Park. Its features include the source of the Soca River, one of the most beautiful in Europe, and the Boka waterfall.

Individuals are welcome to take part in the conference as presenters, participants, or observers.  If someone is unable to attend, there are opportunities to send ones promotional materials, such as company booklets or flyers, announcements of workshops, courses, performances and other events. For more information e-mail or telephone +44 020 8133 2593.

The conference is sponsored by the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE). IUGTE is a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a group of experts in the field of social science, culture and art. The organization was established with the purpose of exploring the bridge between world theatre traditions and contemporary performing arts, developing international programs, promoting multicultural dialogue, and supporting the freedom of creative expression and tolerance through acquaintance with the diversity of world traditions.


Call For Submissions To Documentary Film Festival

The second International Documentary Festival on Disability will take place in June in Athens, Greece at the same time as the International Conference "People with Disabilities and Mass Media."

Ameamedia, the festival organizers, are calling for the submission of documentary films on disability with a production date after January 2005. The Festival's aim is to promote the further awareness, acceptance and integration of disabled people and to encourage film-makers, disabled or not, to take an active interest in this area and address the widest possible public. This year seven prizes will be presented, each one carrying a cash award of 10,000 Euros. The entry deadline is March 30.

For more information contact Ameamedia:

Phone: +30 210 9098 245
Web site:

World Congress On Dance Research Set For Athens

The 22nd World Congress on Dance Research will take place in Athens, Greece on July 2-6.  The Congress is said to be the largest gathering of dance specialists in the world and the best opportunity to showcase one's work to a wide audience of practitioners, dance teachers, choreographers, researchers, journalists and organizers.

The Congress is organized by the Dora Stratou Dance Theater and the Greek Section IOFA, in collaboration with the International Dance Council (CID). It takes place under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Municipality of Athens and the National UNESCO Commission.

All forms of dance are represented, andthe program includes:

The Congress is also a trade fair and a participatory event, facilitating contacts with colleagues, informal discussions and individual initiative.

Submitting a presentation (research report, lecture-demonstration, class, performance, exhibition, or projection) is optional. For each presentation a text must be sent before May 30. Absentee delegates can also register; their presentations will appear in the program and will be included in the proceedings. The DVD of the proceedings circulates worldwide in many thousands of copies.

Registered participants receive an official certificate of registration they can use when applying for a visa and/or financial assistance.  They are advised to make arrangements as early as possible. To register contact:

Congress Secretariat: Dora Stratou Dance Theater
Scholiou 8, Plaka
GR-10558 Athens, Greece
tel: (30) 210.324.6188
fax: (30)210.324.6921
web site:

CID, Conseil International de la Danse, is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.  It was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.  It brings together international, national and local organizations, as well as prominent individuals active in dance.  CID represents the art of dance in general and is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions.  Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in more than 150 countries.  UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

CID Headquarters:
Conseil International de la Danse CID
1 rue Miollis
FR-75732 Paris, France
web site:

New Award Announced For "Television With A Conscience"

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the creation of the Television Academy Honors  to recognize "Television with a Conscience."  This is not a new category of the Primetime Emmy® Awards. It is a separate, distinct and special award to honor excellence in programming that creates awareness, educates, enlightens and motivates positive change on health and social issues.  Honorees will be announced on March 18, and awards will be presented on April 22.  A description of the award and entry form are at


Foundation Offers Grants To People With Special Needs

The ESA Foundation is a non-profit organization pledged to develop philanthropic activities of volunteers, provide assistance to established programs that serve human needs, and produce new programs to improve the quality of life.  In keeping with this mission the Foundation established Life Grants in July 2001.  The purpose of these grants is to help persons with special needs in three different areas: Career Opportunities, Parent Training and Training for those "at risk."

The Career Opportunities grants provide monetary assistance to persons of all ages, who seek to further their study or training at a source not usually associated with a college or university in a non-traditional educational setting. Also, they can be used to fund opportunities for attending seminars and internships for developing skills that will enhance the environment or other community improvements (such as internships with companies working to develop more economic resources for communities).

People can apply for a Life Grant by following these guidelines:

For more information go to or contact:

ESA Foundation 
P.O. Box 270517
Fort Collins, Colorado 80527
phone: 970-223-2824
fax: 970-223-4456

New Film Features Disabled Actor And Director

"What's Bugging Seth" is a new independent film about a young deaf man who is trying to start his own business and find romance.  The story focuses on the issues of insecurity and independence. It is the feature film debut of writer-director Eli Steele. Steele was born deaf and didn't hear until receiving a cochlear implant in 2000.  Amy Purdy, the co-star, is a double amputee whose character is also an amputee.  "What's Bugging Seth" has won several festival awards.  For more information about it go to


Artswork Indiana Website And Directory Launched!

For people working or exploring employment in the arts... If you have a disability, or if you don't!  Browse, Network, Promote Yourself! Find career resources for individuals, plus helpful information for counselors, educators, employment professionals, and employers. To Visit the new ArtsWORK Indiana website, paste this address into your internet browser: