Fix Hollywood: Learn to act, write

I rant and rave about how Hollywood disses Asian Americans. East West Players and the Asian American Theater Company are offering three programs that probably offer the best long-term solution: getting more Asian Americans involved.
For all you aspiring actors, screenwriters and playwrights:

The East West Players is participating in the ABC and The Walt Disney Studios Talent Development Scholarship Grant Program. Here’s more info from an e-mail I received:

Artists selected for the Scholarship Grant Program will receive a grant of $20,000. Organizations that submit a winning recipient will receive a $10,000 winning grant to expand or enhance a creative arts program. Selected participants will be paired with a mentor for 10 months. The program concludes with a series of workshops in Los Angeles at ABC Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios.

ABC and The Walt Disney Studios will award the scholarships/grants through the participating organizations only. NO SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM APPLICANTS DIRECTLY.

This program is an especially great opportunity for any filmmaker wanting to make a video, write a screenplay, or write a TV script. To receive an application for this program, please e-mail East West Players Literary Manager Jeff Liu at jliu@eastwestplayers.org. Read the application carefully, and send in all the required elements by February 24, 2006.

The Asian American Theater Company is offering and eight-week acting studio from March 7 through April 27 and an eight-week writing studio from March 4 through April 8.

A version of this entry is also posted at Hyphen magazine’s blog.

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