FABUM interns Zawadi and Liz got a tour of the World Bank today with the worldly Flavius Mihaies, who is also a writer and occasional actor. Fun fact: World Bank employees hold their own theatre productions sometimes! The interns saw cultural art collections, talked about how interconnected the world is and the role of global institutions, as well as how our choices make it possible to have an inspiring, meaningful and artistic life journey no matter what field one pursues!
 
 
Tecnicus:
from the ancient Greek 'techné, meaning mastery of any craft

FABUM held a fundraiser for its Spring 2013 performance season with the launch of Tecnicus Project, an event-based, visual arts and poetry series that will immerse arts-supporters in an evening where "life is art...and art is life"!

Click here to see the pictures from an evening with extraordinary local artists at The Arts Club of Washington!


Artists, arts-supporters, and other marvelous individuals came out to The Arts Club of Washington on Tuesday evening, November 27th, for FABUM's first annual fundraising event featuring visual art and poetry: Tecnicus Project.

Featured individuals included Gabriel Riera, Vice-chairman of FABUM and Co-founder of BuddhaFest, Brooke Seidelmann of Smith Center for Art and Healing, Artists Tati Valle-Riestra, Katharine Heyl (Director of Visual Arts for FABUM), Ella Naj, Kelly Aronoff, Alice Pharr and Jacqueline Vasudeva (Tecnicus Creative Director), as well as our major individual sponsors John Ashford, Jill and Bill Hudock, Mark Peppas, and others.

Many thanks to the Arts Club of Washington, FABUM's Board of Directors, our sponsors, the artists and poets who made this event such a successful one! A percentage of all artwork sold went to Youth Program FABUM, and are grateful for the time and generosity of the featured artists. We were thrilled to see new faces, and encouraged by the wonderful energy and support as we begin putting together our Spring, 2013 performance season!


Click the images below to view the slideshow. Thanks to H'ART SPEAX Photography and Design!
 
 
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Allyson Currin and Youth Program FABUM
Allyson Currin is an award-winning playwright and actress. She is the author of over twenty plays, several of which have been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards, DC Theatre Scene and the Mary Goldwater Award from Theatre Lobby of Washington, DC. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays. The Washington Post has described her writing as making "actors literally swirl and swoon to match the excitement of the language". Her recent work-in-progress, The White Trash Grail Play, has already been previewed by First Draft at Charter Theatre at The Arts Club of Washington and Arlington's Theatre on the Run. We were excited for the chance to have her chat with Kelsea Johnson and Eva Meier of Youth Program FABUM.

Yesterday she met with Kelsea and Eva, along with managing director Lisa Grimes and artistic director Jameson Freeman, for an afternoon conversation that covered everything from her 'keys to succuss: "good mentors", "a supportive personal community", "never underestimate good karma" and  "be nice to everyone" - pearls of wisdom that would benefit anyone interested in a career in the arts - to finding out that UNC, one of the schools that Kelsea has applied to, was Currin's alma mater. The playwright, who is headed to New York City this weekend for a staged reading of her play Ceasar and Dada at TBG Studio Theatre, also shared some personal stories. When asked about seeing her plays be casted, directed and produced into full-scale performances, she admitted anxiety ("I used to vomit before every performance") and pride. When asked, "Have you ever been unhappy with what a director has done with your work?" She replied, "Even if you don't like the way a show is put on or even if you're at odds with the director, you can still find it interesting how the actors portray your characters... I've learned the importance of ignoring the bad to focus on the good".

Currin's favorite quote is "A writer is someone who writes and that's all", calling it a moment of self-realization when she heard it. As a playwright, she says that "heart & head need to be married" in order for a play to succeed. Her favorites are very smart plays with lots of heart. In her own work, she likes to make an audience "laugh, think and cry in the same evening." 


Any advice for aspiring actors, directors or playwrights? 

"Cater to your audience!"

 
 
 
 
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The 'dolce' cast and crew of The 1st Dolce Revolution Project: (top from left) Grace Thomas, Lorna Mulvaney, Michael Santos Sandoval, Jonathan Temple, Rick Westerkamp, Suzanne Watts (lower from left) Connie Lin Fink, Shedaun Smith, Jameson Freeman, Gabriel Riera
Check out the pictures from our double-feature, world-premier of the two short plays, Lemons by Barry Eitel and Lost Belongings aka The Facebook Play by Jennifer Berry!
Thanks to Eilieen Tell and the always-'dolce'-guys at Dented Lens Photography for taking them!
 
 

FABUM announced a new, seasonal apprenticeship program today at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C.

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Jameson Freeman at School Without Walls
Launch of new apprentice program targets creative youth

December 19, 2011

FABUM announced a new apprentice program for young artists in the Washington, D.C. area. The program will be a seasonal opportunity for emerging creative minds to participate in various artistic projects that the organization sponsors.

Jameson Freeman spoke to students at School Without Walls about the organization and its mission of presenting original works that explore human nature and individual journey. He then did a workshop on the audition process, had the students perform several scenes from a new play, before explaining FABUM's new apprentice program.

The first apprenticeship opportunity involves two never-before-seen shows that FABUM is producing as part of its "The Dolce Revolution Project" series. The plays, Lemons by Barry Eitel and Lost Belongings AKA The Facebook Play by Jennifer Berry, will be performed at local venues in late March, including D.C. Arts Center and The Arts Club of Washington theater.

Students will work directly with The DRP creative team to see a production process from the inside, observe and assist with rehearsals, attend the shows, and receive professional headshots for their personal marketing purposes as emerging artists.

For more information:
goodstuff@fabum.org

...and take a look at The Dolce Revolution Project's Tumblr site:
http://dolcerevolution.tumblr.com

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