Growth in 2014 for a Great 2015 !
Dear Readers, we have a 'guest editorial notes' this issue by AASD Board Member Stephen Gelpi. On Monday, October 27th, Actors Alliance of San Diego (AASD) Managing Director, Bryan Stanton, spoke at the Annual Meeting of Membership. The meeting took place, due to a generous donation by the Spreckels Theatre and Geoffrey Schlaes, at the RAW Space Off Broadway.
The meeting began with refreshments and hor d'ouvres, before Mr. Stanton took the stage to give an update on AASD. In 2014, AASD saw a growth in Revenues of 20% - with revenues at $58,000 (up from $49,000 in 2013). At the end of our fiscal year, we had a surplus of $4,000 (up from $1,000 in 2013). Through the year, Bryan has worked to institute new programming, upgraded website and features, and build partnerships to better showcase the membership.
In 2015 AASD has plans to see our first Cross Cultural Exchange come to fruition. AASD will be sending Nightbird an award winning show by AASD Member, Eddie Yaroch to the 2015 Roma Fringe in Rome, Italy. Grant writing has begun, to see this program come to life - and any donations to this cause are greatly appreciated.
The ATLAS program will launch in mid-2015, which will help our members figure-out how to get from point A to point B - in regard to their career. Participants will take part in classes and workshops, as well as, complete a 5-year plan for their career. Three participants will be chosen for a year long mentorship with one of the instructors based on their 5-year plan.
To continue our growth in the digital world, 2015 will bring another round of updates to the website. Grants are currently pending to cover the cost of the web development to ensure that AASD members can continue to use the services of the site at a low cost.
Late 2015, will bring us a new program to highlight our members who are local Playwrights. We will be launch our first All City Play Viewing. This program will feature 10 minute sections of plays, submitted by AASD members - with the goal of building interest in local playwrights within our local theatre companies. The program will also feature AASD acting members to present the play segments.
Finally, 2015 will also bring more workshops and educational opportunities, giving our members the chance to increase their odd at auditions by fine tuning their skills.
Bryan was asked at the meeting "what can we [the members] do to help you and AASD" his response was one that shows his dedication to our members:
"One of the biggest ways our members can help AASD, is by getting out there and using the resources provided by AASD - and then spreading the word. Let us know, you got a callback or audition from a post you saw on the site - let others know that you are an AASD member, and finally continue to use AASD for its purpose: advancement, education, and exposure. Get out there and perform!"
Here's to an exciting 2015 - and hopefully, we will see more of our members on stage and on screen!
AASD Board Member
To add to the AASD announcement above,
Tim Moore - President of the SD Cabaret Association, shares that at his Club Hennesey's Monday night OpenMIC, "...members of the ACTORS ALLIANCE OF SAN DIEGO will be with us, along with a few casting authorities that'll be scattered throughout the audience. AND.... LEIGH SCARRITT will be joining us with some of her wildly talented clients! Many of you know LEIGH as the premier vocal coach in San Diego, and as the spectacular talent that's appeared on local stages - in virtually most of the MAJOR SHOWS produced locally! She's tireless, in her drive to give the gift of her talent and experience to so many lucky local singers and actors. You're going to love what Leigh and company have in store!"
And don't forget- Hennessey's has a really good and reasonably priced menu! There are 4 great dinners on a special menu that are priced at $10.95, and a 16oz T-Bone steak for only $13.95. Parking is "OK" along the street, but you'll find a $5 lot directly across from Hennessey's in case you need it...
LADY playing CELLO in Africa!
Do go see other exciting theatre productions - check-out the adjacent advertisements on this SDTR Home Page.
2014 BRAVO SD AWARDS Media Ceremony.
The final 18 WINNERS in the BRAVO SD AWARDS "Celebrating Excellence in Presentation" have been voted-on, and selected, and will be honored on Monday, Nov. 24th, at a Media Ceremony, at the County Board of Supervisors Administration Building - with BSDA Honorary Chairman, Supervisor Dave Roberts.
As per last year's 2013 historic, first-time honoring of four San Diego's Theatre ICONS - Jonathan McMurtry, Maxine Mahon, Polly Puterbauth, and Olie Kittleson ... this year's 2014 Theatre ICONS - will be singer Irene Cantos, dancer DeeAnn Johnston, choreographers Don & Bonnie Ward, and theatre critic Welton Jones. The 2013 Honorees will be the "Presenters" to the 2014 SD Theatre ICONS, also at the SD County Supervisors Administration Building, on Monday, Nov. 24th.
The BSDA Media Ceremony guests, will be treated to a pre-Awards RECEPTION - featuring key former BRAVO performers and a Mediterranian Buffet, by the award-winning ALFORON Restaurant.