Terence Mcfarland holds both an MFA and BFA from California Institute of the Arts, an Associate’s Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and certificates from both Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders — Arts and Polimoda in Florence, Italy. He is a director, producer and performer having presented work in many international film festivals and throughout the Los Angeles area. He spent over a decade working in the New York fashion industry. McFarland is a member of Southern California Leadership Network and currently serves on the boards of Arts for LA, California Arts Advocates and the California Institute of the Arts. He was named a Trustee by City Councilmember Jose Huizar of the Bringing Back Broadway Initiative – a $40 million public private partnership to revitalize the historic Broadway District of Downtown Los Angeles. McFarland has served as the lead consultant on the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles Arts retention projects in Hollywood and North Hollywood and as a grants panelist for Ventura Arts Council and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. McFarland has presented or facilitated workshops on Corporate Sponsorship, Corporate Volunteerism, Arts Marketing and Technology, Creativity and Workforce Development, Performing Arts Touring in partnership with the Western Arts Alliance, New Play Development in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Arena Stage and led sessions for arts journalism fellows for both the NEA/USC Arts Journalism fellowship program and the Los Angeles Sister Cities Arts Journalism Fellowship of LA, Inc. the Los Angeles Visitors and Convention Bureau. Additionally, he has guest lectured at UCLA, USC, LMU and Occidental College and joined the faculty of Goucher College’s Master of Arts in Arts Administration program in January 2013.
Leigh Fortier | CEO, Plays411
Plays produced by Leigh have garnered over 20 LA Weekly Awards (including LA Weekly best musical, Medea, the Musical ), over 10 NAACP Awards (16 Nominations), three of the five GLAAD Media Awards nominations for Best Play in one season (including award recipient Medea, the Musical ), and numerous Backstage West Awards. Highlights include multiple award winning plays The Talented Tenth directed by Oz Scott and starring Robert Guillaume at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, Up The Mountain by Kevin Arkadie (numerous producer awards and LA Times 10-Best), and Kathy and Mo: The Dark Side starring Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney at the Henry FondaTheatre. Along with Burn This (directed by Jessica Kubzansky at the Odyssey Theatre), The New Bozena (directed by Rainn Wilson), Walking the Blonde (presented by Kathy Bates and Sharon Gless), Snakebit by David Marshall Grant (nominated for GLAAD Media Award), and Pope Joan for Broadway producer Michael Butler (HAIR), Leigh produced and co created (with multiple award-winning playwright Claudia Allen) the hit musical A Gay Christmas Carol (GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Production), and produced the award winning smash hit The Very Worst of Varla Jean Merman and Streamers, both at the Hudson. Recently, Leigh produced Room 105 (about Janis Joplin) and Emily’s Song, written and directed by New York Times best-selling author Chet Holmes.
Lucy Pollak | Publicist
Lucy Pollak has been providing publicity services to the Los Angeles arts community for the past 22 years for companies including 24th Street Theatre, Antaeus, DOMA Theatre Company, Fountain Theatre, International City Theatre, L.A. Theatre Works, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Matrix Theatre Company, Padua Playwrights, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum; numerous independent theater and dance productions; and large events and festivals such as the annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the NoHo Scene. From 1981 to 1990, she was production manager/staff producer at the Odyssey Theatre, where she co-produced over 100 productions with artistic director Ron Sossi. For the 1993 Los Angeles Festival, she line produced Reza Abdoh’s controversial Quotations From A Ruined City. She is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critic’s Circle Award (Master Class), an LA Weekly Award (Mary Barnes), four Drama-Logue Awards (Mary Barnes, Idioglossia, Accidental Death of An Anarchist, It’s A Girl!), and a Women in Theatre Recognition Award. She has served on the boards of directors of the Los Angeles Theatre Alliance (now L.A. Stage Alliance), Women in Theatre and P.A.T.H. (Performing Arts Theatre for the Handicapped).
Danielle Demasters | Production Manager, DOMA Theatre Co.
Danielle DeMasters serves as DOMA Theatre Company’s resident Production Manager. DOMA credits include The Who’s Tommy, Songs for a New World, Jekyll and Hyde, Xanadu, and Avenue Q. She extensive work as a Stage Manager, as well; Credits include Romeo and Juliet for the Henderson Nevada Shakespeare Festival and Dog Sees God at the Secret Rose Theatre. She studied Political Science and Technical Theatre at Los Angeles Valley College and Idaho State University.
Peter Finlayson | CEO, Footlights Publishing, Inc.
Coming of age in the 60’s I learned to question everything and believe in nothing. My sense of self overpowered reason and left me without a means of finding my own humanity. Then by coincidence in a fashion never conceived by me, I discovered the rapture of theatre. In a moment of epiphany, my unguided trek toward an assured oblivion was transformed to a sense of purpose upon being cast in a studio production of The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. On opening night as the curtain went up, I came to realize that this little experiment in school socialization had far more significance than all of the machinations of my drug-addled mind. Discovering the power of communication, the insight of questions, and the strength of possibilities gave me a sense of purpose unseen by me prior to that moment.
Much to my mother’s chagrin, I forewent her long planned career for me in law and began a lifelong commitment to theatre. At first, like most I sought fame and fortune. What I found, is that with each role I undertook, with each play in which I became engaged, I found a little more hope for a brighter future, and by and by a little less need for me to be at the center of that future. In a very real sense, Theatre, and I do mean with a capital T, saved my life. I discovered the same message that humanity has known for thousands of years, that communication and community commitment coupled with imagination and artistic expression, offered a path of reasonable resolution to the complexities of the human condition.
In time, I came to believe that my purpose was more to serve theatre than to have it serve me as a vehicle to fame. In that direction, I eventually discovered my place, as founder and publisher of FootLights. My life mission is now to spread the word and world of theatre. Illuminate communities as to the opportunities that theatre can offer as a means for understanding and growth.
Ren Casey | Off-Broadway & New York Fringe Award-Winning Producer
Is an independent theater producer whose works include the 2004 New York Fringe award-winner Save the Goondocks!, the 2009 world premiere of Graveyard Shift at the Minetta Lane Theatre, and Saved by the Parody (a Noho Arts Best Original Comedy nominee) which played to sold out audiences in both Los Angeles and New York. He served as Artistic Director for Rash Theatre in NYC for four years and oversaw a range of productions from Assassins to The Virgin Suicides. As a writer and composer, his work has been commissioned by the Vital Theatre Company and he has scored various films and commercials. A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and NYU Tisch, he specializes in producing and marketing quality theater on a tight budget. He is currently producing a new untitled musical, slated to open in summer 2014 and is co-founder of the Flash Forward Foundation, a mentoring program for young boxers.
Nan McNamara | Marketing & Advertising for Actors Co-Op
is a hyphenate PR person, also enjoying a successful career as an actor, director and producer. She has handled promotion for Actors Co-op Theatre Company since 1997 – before email and social media began. Her PR work encompasses over 40 productions including ‘Terra Nova’ (LA Weekly Nominee-Best Revival), ‘The Traveling Lady,’ (Ovation Recommended), ‘The Crucible’ (multiple LA Weekly nominee), ‘And Then There Were None’ (Ovation Recommended), the American Premiere of ‘Yours, Isabel’ by Christy Hall and World Premiere of ‘Makin’ Hay’ by Matthew Goldsby.
She currently heads up all aspects of marketing and public relations for the Co-op including oversight of social media, graphic design, media relations, press releases, press packets, press photos, video podcasts, front-of-house (playbill, house managers, etc.) – you name it, in terms of PR, she’s probably got her fingers on it or in it.
As an actor, Nan is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award and the LA Weekly award for her lead performance in ‘Wit.’ In addition to performing on stage, she enjoys a vibrant career as an actor in voiceover and on television.
Ty Donaldson | Buddha- Cowboy Productions – Creative Director/Producer/Owner | Greenway Arts Alliance – Producing Director/Managing Producer | FootLights Inc. – Owner
Through his company, Buddha-Cowboy Productions, Mr. Donaldson has been creating graphics for theatre and Independent Film for over twelve years. Recently, He became the Producing Director at Greenway Arts Alliance, producing and managing the 98-seat Greenway Court Theatre on Fairfax, South of Melrose and is also an Owner and prior creative director for FootLights Inc.
His current clients include 3D Theatricals, The Colony Theatre, Good People Theatre Company, The Make A Film Foundation, Rainbow Theatre Company, Whitefire theatre, and a number of independent productions in and out of Los Angeles.
He developed the graphics and title treatments for the Los Angeles and Off-Broadway premieres of Desperate Writers and The Marvelous Wonderettes; designing and maintaining the website for both productions.
He designed the book covers for “Pop Mythology,” by Laura Shamas and “When the Breakup, has no Makeup, It’s time to Wake up!,” By P.H. Jones; and the play script cover for Henry Jaglom’s Just 45 Minutes From Broadway. He also designed the Album Covers for Patrick Weathers’ albums, “Queen of Tupelo” and “Hound Dog Diaries.”
He created the logos for Pierce Law Group, Good People Theater Company, Havok Theatre, DEMAND PR, International Soccer Academy, WriteM Cowboy, GSWT Productions, Jaffee & Associates and Two Wolves Productions.
Independent Film Campaigns and marketing for “Little Wings,” Written & Directed by Morgan Rhodes, starring Ron Canada and Joseph Castanon; the documentary, “The Marines of Khe Sanh,”; the TV Pilot ”FBI Guys” and the Short Films “Rewind,” “Bitter Brew,” “Trailer Talk,” starring Ron Canada, “Eighteen Seconds,” “Muscles” and “PaperBoys.”
As the In-house designer for West Coast Ensemble, for over twelve years, he designed the campaigns for Burnt Part Boys, Gypsy, Anita Bryant Died for your Sins, Miss Witherspoon, Assassins, Three Tall Women, Sparkling Planet, Zanna Don’t!, The Sweetest Swing, Floyd Collins, Catch 22, The Grapes of Wrath, Sunday in The Park With George, Line and The Two Gentlemen of Verona; as well as their season Brochures and all additional marketing materials.
For Havok Theatre Company he designed their logo as well as the campaigns for Thrill Me, Dogs Sees God and Kiss of The Spider Woman, The Musical.
Other Campaigns he designed include David Elzer’s DEMAND PRoductions Justin Love; Henry Jaglom’s Just 45 Minutes From Broadway, Sylvia and Edges. The original Los Angeles Production of Jewtopia. Great Expectations, The Musical; The Los Angeles Premiere of BUG for Lost Angels Theatre Company; Blood Brothers, The Twentieth Century; Hedwig, Pulp and Naked Will for The Celebration Theatre; Haywire, Deceit; Equinox, When It Comes to Women and A Splintered Soul for Judy Arnold Productions; Questa; Little Egypt and Honour for The Matrix Theater Company; The Nerd, Climbing Everest and The Grand Tour for The Colony Theatre; The Smartest Man in The World, American Klezmer, Lessons, Leipzig and Zero Hour for West Coast Jewish Theatre; and No Man’s Land and Moonlight for The Lost Studio, to name a few… Lasso Life!
Evan Ballard | Associate Director of Media for 87AM
As Associate Director of Media for 87AM, Evan Ballard has been involved in all aspects of online media strategy, planning and buying, online marketing, social media and website creation for clients in the Los Angeles market as well as across the country including New York, Arizona, Florida, Washington DC and Las Vegas. Some of his current clients include Center Theatre Group, ASU Gammage, The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Theater League, LACMA, CIM Group’s Hollywood & Highland, Brookfield’s FIGat7th, Terry Fator, and off-Broadway productions. Evan has also worked on numerous Broadway touring productions and filmed entertainment campaigns. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance at California Lutheran University and his MBA in International Business at Loyola Marymount University.
Steven Hack | Professional Actor
Steven has been a professional actor for over 30 years, working in theatre, film, television and commercials. He appeared on Broadway in shows including A Chorus Line and the original cast of Cats, and more recently in the Off and Off-Off Broadway productions of Counsellor-at-Law, starring John Rubinstein. He also appeared in the Los Angeles production of Counsellor-at-Law, which ran for 7 months, and never missed a performance in any of the productions. On television, he’s appeared in the guest casts of The Mentalist (recurring role), Bones, Desperate Housewives, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, and lots of others. Film credits include S.W.A.T., Minority Report and Thor: The Dark World.
A founding member of Interact Theatre Company, Steven’s performances there include The Laramie Project, Urinetown, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, Under Milk Wood, Into the Woods and his one-man play Willie’s Son (Ovation and A.D.A. Award nominations). Other notable credits include South Pacific with Reba McEntire and Sunset Boulevard with Betty Buckley at The Hollywood Bowl, The Odd Couple with Nathan Lane at L.A. Theatre Works, and Paint Your Wagon at The Geffen. His theatre work has garnered him an Ovation award and
an L.A. Weekly award. A member of Musical Theatre Guild, he has appeared in in many of their productions including Titanic, A Man of No Importance, The Most Happy Fella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Li’l Abner. Steven is proud to have his successful leap from stage to television honored by being a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for almost 15 years.
In addition to his acting work, he’s taught acting, dance and given seminars on “The Actor’s Business of Show Business”. He’s also served as a marketing consultant for actors and others, and does photo retouching and graphic design through his company Compulsively Creative ink. www.CompulsivelyCreativeInk.com