To listen to the Saturday, March 12th Arts in the Valley Program on 1480 KYOS AM, please click onto the link below:
Guests on Arts in the Valley for Saturday, March 12th at 8 PM, PST are Jonathan Whitaker, Editor-in-Chief of the Merced County Times, and Playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf, author of Young Playwrights 101. Jonathan Whitaker will discuss the homeless issue in Merced, and the Merced Art Hop. Jonathan Dorf will give vital information to anyone with an interest in play and screenwriting.
Jonathan Whitaker is the Editor in Chief of the Merced County Times, which was established in 1964 under Mid-Valley Publications (MVP), an employee-owned group of six weekly community newspapers in Merced and Stanislaus counties. With the Merced County Times, Atwater-Winton Times, Hilmar Times, Waterford News, Hughson Chronicle, and Denair Dispatch, they are one of the longest-standing publishers of local newspapers within these two counties.
Mid-Valley Publications offers a variety of important services including providing relevant and positive news, community announcements, local and national display advertisement creation and publication, classified advertisements, legal notice publications, obituaries, and other important event announcements.
Mid-Valley Publications was founded by John Derby, who retired in 2004 as Publisher, though he continues to provide a guiding hand in daily operations of the company.
Playwright and screenwriter Jonathan Dorf has had his plays produced in more than 45 states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, the Hyperion One Act Award, the Weinberger Playwright Residency and the Interact and Charlotte Rep New Play festivals, and he has worked with such companies as the Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre – LA, Moving Arts and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Twenty-five of his plays are published by such companies as Brooklyn Publishers, Eldridge Publishing, Playscripts and Original Works, with monologues published in collections published by Meriwether, Playscripts and Smith & Kraus. He co-founded YouthPLAYS, the online publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, and has been instrumental in the development of ProduceaPlay.com, the internet’s top “how to produce a play” resource site for prospective producers of theatre at all levels – schools, colleges, community and professional theatres. He is the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft (for whom he created the playwriting “Ask the Expert”) and The Writers Store (creator of the popular playwriting website Playwriting101.com and playwriting instructor at Writers University), the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Los Angeles-based Ariadne Group. For screen, he has written three produced shorts (Throwaways, dir. David Marmor, Disconnect and Reunion, dir. Harley Cross), as well as a number of feature scripts. He is the author of Young Playwrights 101, a book for young playwrights and those who teach them, and conducts workshops at schools and festivals across the US and as far away as Singapore. He served as Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre in the M.F.A. playwriting program at Hollins University – he will return as Visiting Associate Professor of English in summer 2011 – and as United States Cultural Envoy to Barbados. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA.
To listen to the 1480 KYOS AM interview with Jonathan Dorf, please click onto the link below:
http://www.youngplaywrights101.com, the resource for young playwrights and teachers
http://YouthPLAYS.com, plays for young actors and audiences
http://ProduceaPlay.com, the ultimate play production resource site