Sold Out Crowd, a Professional Development Scholarship Blog


Yay, site-specific theatre!


As my inaugural dip into my professional development fund, I used $65 on a subscription to Sold Out Crowd, something I had been interested in joining for about a year now.

As an independent theatre producer/artist, when I'm not working on one of my own shows or working at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, I try to see AS MUCH THEATRE AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Someday I will be an excellent dog lady/retired theatre patron. On top of that, I try to see as much of this theatre for free as I can, which usually works out as I have been fortunate to make friends in a number of theatre community circles. And I have my ways.

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Four days at the Alliance of Artist Communities - A Professional Development Scholarship Blog


My four days at the Alliance of Artist Communities was incredibly valuable. I met, listened to, spoke with, and witnessed a diverse range of people and organizations talk about their work, their organizational challenges and their victories. I returned home with pages of notes, ideas, new contacts and to-dos, but there were three workshops that were particularly illuminating.


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An Insider Perspective on EAL/LA - A Professional Development Blog


I joined Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles (EAL/LA) three years ago and after having attended my first committee meeting, I knew this was the group for me. The dedication, talent and drive of the other volunteer members energized and pushed me to want to achieve more for myself professionally and for the arts nonprofit field in Los Angeles.

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“Lift and Lift and Lift...” Jill Mamey's Professional Development Scholarship Blog


I want to talk about high school for a moment.


During my freshman year, I was on the Cross Country team, took Modern Dance and gym daily, and spent a solid portion of time changing from school uniform to gym clothes to dance and movement attire. I was constantly on the run (literally), and, though 70% of the time I was at a desk in a classroom prepping for the SATs, the other 30% was spent exerting energy, allowing me to process the pains of high school in a healthy manner, focusing on my physical being while building both my mind and mindset.

Fast forward ten years to 2015. I’m in my mid- to late 20s, on my fourth job since college, and I’m stuck at a desk.

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Funding Dramatist Play Service Performance Rights



With $150 of my professional development, I paid for a portion of the amateur theatrical rights to the play I recently put on, Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright.

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Self-Care Kit for Creatives, a Professional Development Blog

If you’re anything like me, you like to be busy. Down time almost feels wrong. If you’re anything like me, you also don’t realize just how much of a toll a lack of down-time can have on you… until it’s too late. I’ve taken the past six months to become acutely aware of my own burn-out signals to better take care of myself before a burn-out happens. Working full-time on top of pursuing outside passions and an actively job searching can be stressful, but there are ways to make your experience much more fruitful and enjoyable.

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Protégé Mentee Application is now live!

Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles recently put out a call for arts mentors for our 2016 Protege mentor program, and the response was fantastic. After careful consideration, we have narrowed down the mentor candidates to six.

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Get more involved in EAL/LA. Join the Leadership Council!

EAL/LA has 11 open spots for At-Large Members of the Leadership Council (LC). The LC is a volunteer committee that steers, plans, and implements EAL/LA’s programming and services. At-Large Members (ALM) ensure the mission and vision of EAL/LA are fulfilled by providing hands-on work in programming, marketing and communications, and development.

What are the benefits of being an ALM?

  • $350 personal Professional Development Fund

  • Free classes at the Center for Nonprofit Management

  • Hands-on professional development, board service, and leadership experience

  • New friends & networks galore (citywide, statewide, and nationwide)!


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Am I Still an Artist?

When I graduated college with a fine arts degree in painting, I assumed that I would always have a studio and painting would be a regular part of my life. Spoiler: that’s not what happened.

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The Great White Technicolor!


This past winter, thanks to Emerging Arts Leaders/Los Angeles, I was able to experience one of the most diverse Broadway seasons in years. At the forefront of my passion in becoming an arts administrator has always been my commitment to equity and diversity. Allowing a mixed bag of voices into the conversation and fabric of our society can create more dynamic experiences that can help us all learn and grow. I love hearing stories. Seeing them come to life onstage gives me the continual courage to keep living my dreams as an arts administrator. Through my work, I see it as my duty to provide and/or support the platform for these stories to be heard.

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