January 21, 2004 



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 January 21, 2004                                                               Contact:  Allison Queen

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(Hollywood, Calif.) – Enrollment begins for the “Character Development Workshop,” an intense 12-week acting workshop beginning January 27th and continuing for 12 consecutive Tuesday evenings until April 13th from 7-10 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood (323) 660-4254.

This anticipated workshop, being taught by award-winning stage actor Adilah Barnes, co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, focuses on improvisations, scene study, and monologue work utilizing the techniques of Stanislavski, Uta Hagen and Viola Spolin.  It explores character and script analysis and moment-by-moment listening and truthful communication.  Admission is by interview only.  

Enrollment also begins the same week for “From Page to Stage,” a 12-week writing class offered by the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival beginning January 28th and being given on the following 12 Wednesday nights from 7-10 p.m. also at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.  

“From Page to Stage,” is an advanced writing class focusing on the development of solo shows based on personal stories. The majority of students participating in this workshop are returning students of Barnes who began developing their solo shows through writing exercises offered during the Summer and Fall of 2003.  The second level class presented works-in-process as staged readings on December 5, 2003 at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.  The prerequisite to this workshop is to either be a continuing student who has already given written structure to her or his solo show or a new student who has already begun developing their solo show on page and is ready to begin defining the work structurally and by staging.  Acceptance is based on an interview. 

Ella Joyce, who recurs on the popular television series, “My Wife And Kids” is among an intimate group of Barnes’ students who have continued developing their voices through the pen and has found “From Page To Stage” to be a safe environment in which to play.  “How wonderful to have found a safe place to call home.  This workshop has become that for me—a safe place to create and grow.  Adilah is truly a gifted peer, who is able to share her gifts, and to inspire and stimulate others to explore their inner writing talents.  I think she performed a minor miracle on me,” states Joyce.

“I am delighted and feel honored that the majority of my writing students who committed to this series of writing workshops last year are still with my class.  It has been absolutely astounding to witness solo work take form from a sense of memory, image, or thought.  Now we move to the stage,” Barnes states.  


Barnes, a veteran actor has toured her own solo show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black” nationally in 35 states and internationally in Europe and the Caribbean.  She is also writing another solo show based on the life of her mother “Just Call Her A Woman Of The Soil.”  Listed among the who’s who in “The Actor’s Guide To Qualified Acting Coaches” by Larry Silverberg, Barnes has coached some of Hollywood’s hottest stars.  Her students have included Jada Pinkett-Smith (for Set It Off); Toni Braxton (for Play’d and Kingdom Come); Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order); Lauren Lane (The Nanny); comedian Don “DC” Curry; and many others.  According to previous student, Kym Whitley, “Adilah is intense, she’s not easy, but she never gives up on you and pulls out your best.”

Barnes has an upcoming dramatic appearance portraying historical figure, Ida B. Wells opposite Hilary Swank in HBO’s cable movie, Iron-Jawed Angels, premiering at 9:30 p.m. on February 15, 2004.  Her first book, On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey will be available at book stores by Summer of 2004.

For more information and to interview for the “Character Development Workshop,” call (818) 679-2086.  To interview for “From Page to Stage,” or for other festival writing classes, contact the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival at (818) 760-0408 or visit www.lawtf.com. 

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