March 11, 2004 



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 March 11, 2004                                                               Contact:  Allison Queen

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( Hollywood , Calif. ) – To usher in the new LA Chapter of the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) is hosting an afternoon of theatre and reception. “Footprints,” a benefit event, being held on Saturday, March 27th, 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard , Hollywood , California .

Celebrity Ted Lange of “Love Boat,” headlines the “Footprints” program by performing excerpts from his solo show, “Behind the Mask: An Evening of Paul Laurence Dunbar,” actor Clarinda Ross performs her autobiographical play “From My Grandmother’s Grandmother Unto Me,” performance artist Anna Homler performs in “Breadwoman,” and actor Juliette Jeffers performs an excerpt from “Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down,” a piece that explores the relationship between she and her younger brother.  An hors d’oeuvres reception will follow the performances after which guest speaker Adilah Barnes, co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival and UCSC alum who was a scholarship recipient herself will address the post performance group.

The LA Chapter's goal is to establish a $20,000 endowed scholarship fund for incoming UCSC students from the Los Angeles region.  Once the $20,000 goal is reached, the Scholarship Fund will become active.  The interest from the endowment will be awarded each year to a student who has accepted his or her admission to UCSC and who has demonstrated dedication to getting the most from their UCSC education, as well as financial need.  Students of color and women are especially encouraged to apply.

“We are establishing this fund to support students who need financial support and in response to the sky-rocketing costs of higher education.  The LA Chapter wants to do its part in helping deserving students make it to UC Santa Cruz” states Roz Helfand.

Adilah Barnes, co-founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival is also a Cowell College alum of the UCSC campus.  An independent Black Drama major, she is an award-winning stage actor with numerous stage, tv and film credits that include the award-winning Erin Brockovich, Murder By Numbers and the recurring role of “Anne Marie” on Roseanne for five seasons.  She can currently be seen in a new, national VISA commercial and is being portrayed as the historical character of Ida B. Wells in HBO’s movie, Iron Jawed Angels (airing through April, 2004).

Barnes also hosts her own Internet radio show “Adilah,” on  She has remained an active alum having served since 1998 on the elected Alumni Council where she presently holds the office of VP of External Affairs.  Her autobiography, “On My Own Terms: One Actor’s Journey will be released later this year. She also gives back to the campus by participating in admission faires, mentoring and providing summer internships at the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. She also co-founded the UCSC Black alumni affinity group, Black Escargot, in 2000. She has toured her solo show, “I Am That I Am: Woman, Black” in 35 states and has taught at numerous institutions. She currently teaches acting privately in Hollywood

  All proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Chapter Scholarship Fund.  Tickets are $35.00 per person and $30.00 if purchased prior to February 27th.  To make reservations call (800) 933-SLUG or go On-line:  Please make tickets payable to the “UCSC Alumni Association.”  Make Scholarship Donations payable to the “UCSC Foundation” and write “LA Chapter Scholarship Fund” in the memo.   

For questions contact Roz Helfand , LA Chapter President, at (310) 869-5749 or e-mail  To learn more about LAWTF call (818) 760-0408 or visit the LAWTF web site at

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