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ON THE RADAR: TST’s 8th Annual Ten Minute Play Festival

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2015 — a whole festival devoted to women’s stories, and our relationships with women.

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Towne Street Theatre, LA’s premiere African American theatre company and KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, have partnered to celebrate KCET’s 50th anniversary, and Towne Street Theatre’s commitment to the community, by hosting a special multimedia community exhibit during the opening weekend of the 8th Annual TST Ten Play Festival,” March 14 & 15, 2015 at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood.

The exhibit is a traveling arts and education kiosk which takes the public through historical touch points of the region, and KCET’s 50-year legacy of serving the interests of Southern and Central California audiences with high quality award-winning multi-cultural programming.


The interactive kiosk, measuring 84″ L x 84″ W x 84″ H, will prompt community members to answer the question: “How have women helped create a better state?” in honor of Women’s History Month.  Some community responses will be showcased on-air and online at kcet.org/50.

“We are so pleased that Towne Street Theatre is hosting our community kiosk and helping to strengthen our region’s cultural fabric, allowing our viewers to become a part of the conversation,” said Mary Mazur, KCETLink’s Chief Operating Officer. “We are also grateful to our Community Advisory Board for identifying important locations in the city where the kiosk can be displayed, create a sense of community, and educate people about our history.”


Towne Street Theatre’s “8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival,” celebrates Women’s History Month at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood, from March 14 – March 29, 2015 The Ten Minute Play Festival features 10 plays with themes that pay tribute to the lives, relationships and circumstances of women.  After receiving over 100 submissions from around the world, Towne Street has chosen to showcase dramatic and comedic productions that range in topics from marriage and relationships, to motherhood, cancer, aging and rape. The Festival runs Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

For more information about the Festival visit townestreetla.org.

KCET marked the important 50-year milestone on Sept. 28. 2014, with a celebration that included a variety of multi-platform programming and initiatives.


On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink Media Group.

ABOUT Towne Street Theatre

Towne Street Theatre, L.A.’s Premiere African American Theatre Company, was founded in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA 1992 riots. Its mission is to create positive social impact by producing and developing original works reflective of the African American experience. Towne Street continues to be an oasis for creativity and imagination; a theatre that helps to bridge the cultural divide by bringing artists and audiences of all colors and ethnicities together.  The 8th Annual TST Ten Minute Play Festival is produced in association with the Stella Adler Theatre/LA.  Towne Street has been in residence at the Stella Adler Theatre since 2004.



Women Lead in the Workplace: Career Trends


(NAPSI)—If you don’t have a woman boss now, you probably will very soon. As 50 percent of the U.S. workforce and more than half of all managers and supervisors, women are reaching leadership positions in record numbers. According to the book Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders” by Apollo Research Institute, women outperform men in key leadership skills.

Drawing on interviews with 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3,000 male and female managers,Women Lead explores 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.womens_history_month

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Women in History

Joan Crawford

“Don’t fuck with me fellas.  This ain’t my first time at the rodeo!”

Once you get past the initial absurdity and over-acting in Faye Dunaway’s portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommy Dearest (but then who knows, in real life, Ms. Crawford was the “fiercest of them all!”), the lesson is how women, although gaining significant strides, are still underrepresented on corporate boards of directors.  The movie’s finest scene, shows the barriers professional women have faced in achieving nominations to corporate boards–and challenges once they are on them.

While some may have originally doubted the wisdom of Joan Crawford’s eventual appointment as the first woman to Pepsi-Cola’s board of directors, the fact was that she was an asset to the company during the 1960’s until her forced retirement a few years before she died in 1977.  Business-savvy and with a fierce work ethic, Crawford traveled the world as Pepsi-Cola’s spokeswoman, enhancing Pepsi’s brand the way few celebrities could today.  Over the years plenty of men were appointed to corporate boards thanks to their connections; few toiled as hard as Joan Crawford after receiving such an appointment. (excerpt from the blog greengopost.com)

In films, Crawford often played hardworking young women who found romance and financial success. That may have been debatable in her personal life.  But, these “rags-to-riches” stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women even then. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States.

Here are some tips to help women (and men) acquire and demonstrate valuable leadership skills.

• Get tech savvy: By 2020, more than 70 percent of jobs will have a technical component. Stay current by upgrading your computer skills or learning new ones. Check job postings to see which skills employers are looking for, and take classes that teach those skills.

• Polish your people skills: Of more than 3,000 managers surveyed for “Women Lead,” nearly half picked communication as the most important skill for today’s leaders. Help your team excel by clearly communicating goals, roles and achievements.

• Live to learn: Continuing education ranked as the No. 1 most important activity for effective leaders, according to the managers surveyed for “Women Lead.” Make learning a lifelong habit by enrolling in a certification or advanced-degree program to boost your academic credentials.

You can learn more at www.apolloresearchinstitute.org or find Apollo Research Institute on Facebook.

National Women’s History Month Starts Today


Women parade through the streets of New York City, ca. 1910. Photo: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.[wikipedia]