Red Carpet Info - Saturday October 18 at The Castaway in Burbank 

Send in your reservation now. Take advantage of your member discount.

Great entertainment--singing, comedy and more! Meet past WIT presidents, WIT advisors and current Red Carpet awardees as well as some previous awardees. The room will be filled with interesting people with a wide range of talents--a great opportunity to meet some remarkable people.
Enjoy a beverage on the patio and relax with old and new friends. Great food and a spectacular view. The website has a basic overview of the day to review. Doors open at 11 am--program begins at noon.
Meet our Presenters: Joan Van Ark, Lissa and James Reynolds, Jenny Sullivan, Kaz Matamura, Robin Lithgow and Cate Caplin. All of these individuals have made a mark in the theatrical and entertainment world in greater Los Angeles and are previous Red Carpet Awardees.
Enjoy our Entertainers: Jeanie Cunningham , Dennis Ostroski, William Shakespeare, Ariel Fournier, Jason Beals.
We have added a silent auction with some great opportunities and there are some fun raffle prizes as well. Theatre tickets, dinners, beauty services, a walk on role on a network TV show, pet portrait, handyman and more.

Read about our 5th Annual Red Carpet Awards: and at

RSVP for the Red Carpet Award:
If you have misplaced your RSVP---no worries--just write your info on a piece of paper and mail it in to the WIT mailbox by Oct. 8--for the early bird discount. You can also have an invitation and RSVP card emailed to you--contact or 818-762-7608.
This is a can't miss event. We are expecting the largest crowd ever---150 plus.



BONNIE FRANKLIN is perhaps best know for her starring role as Ann Romano on the long running series “One Day at a Time," but her first love is theatre.

She has appeared on Broadway in Applause (Tony ® nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award) and off-Broadway in Grace and Glory, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Your Own Thing, and Dames at Sea. Area theatre performances include Dancing at Lughnasa and A Delicate Balance at Rubicon Theatre Company. In regional theatre she has appeared at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Charlotte Repertory Theatre, the Long Wharf Theatre, Shirley the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, the American Stage Festival, Studio Arena Theatre, and the Papermill Playhouse.

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The LONG BEACH PLAYHOUSE NEW WORKS FESTIVAL, directed by Jo Black-Jacob, Literary Manager, was established in 1990 by former Artistic Director, Elaine Herman and managed by the late Emmett Williams until 2004. "Our ongoing commitment is to help established and emerging playwrights develop new work, discover original plays, present staged readings of Festival Winners, and, hopefully, produce award-winning World Premieres such as Richard Martin Hirsch’s “THE QUALITY OF LIGHT”(2006), and William Blinn’s “HATTIE”(2005)."

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An all-volunteer organization, PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE FOR THE ARTS (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation whose members donate their time and talents to produce the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design. Founded in 1948, they adopted the Pasadena Showcase House of Design as their annual benefit in 1965. It is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the United States. The proceeds support outstanding music and arts programs throughout the community. Cumulatively, over $16 million has been awarded in gifts and grants.

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WATTS VILLAGE THEATER COMPANY (WVTC) is a multicultural-urban theater company that seeks to inspire positive social change through innovative theatrical work it was founded in 1996 by actor/activist Quentin Drew, and actor/playwright, Lynn Manning. This creative partnership was an outgrowth of Cornerstone Theater Company’s residency in the community of Watts.

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DEANNE BRAY is an award-winning actress, innovative educator and inspiring role model. She is also Deaf.

Born into a hearing family, she developed two languages through extensive training – Spoken English and American Sign Language. With her mother’s loving support, Deanne became a positive person who believes she can do and be anything she puts her heart into.

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Originally from Seattle, DARBY CAHILL came to Los Angeles in 2002, where she earned degrees in both Public Relations and Theatre with a minor in Public Management at USC. After graduation, Darby worked in event planning and publicity at NBC Universal until 2007 when she became the Managing Director of the Lyric Theatre, a brand new 99-seat black box on La Brea Avenue.

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SHELDON EPPS has been Artistic Director of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. Before beginning his tenure at the Playhouse he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre for four years. He was also a co-founder of the Off Broadway theatre, The Production Company.

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BARBARA GANNEN teaches at the renowned Margie Haber Studio and is a Professor at Santa Monica College. Barbara has a BFA in Theater Arts from Ithaca College and an MA from Hunter College where she honed her directorial skills under the tutelage of Harold Clurman of the Group Theater. Barbara has worked as an actress, director, teacher, and acting coach in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Her work with actress Nicolette Sheridan earned Ms. Sheridan an Emmy nomination.

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GAI JONES began theater with private elocution lessons in Chickasha, Oklahoma. After college and an MA from CSUF, she taught Theatre at El Dorado H. S. for thirty-four years. Upon retirement, the Black Box Theater was named The Gai Jones Theater.

She is included in THE WORLD’S WHO’S WHO OF WOMEN; SECONDARY EDUCATORS OF AMERICA; CAAE LEADERS IN THEATRE EDUCATION. She has been honored by Outstanding Arts Educator for Orange County; CETA as Outstanding Educator; CA State Thespians; Educational Theatre Association, and AATE.

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DEBORAH LaFRANCHI has been designing costumes for theater in the Los Angeles area for over 23 years. In that time, she has designed over 150 theatrical productions, seen by thousands here in the Southland. She was the resident costume designer at the Glendale Centre Theatre for over 20 years and was instrumental in the creation of Glendale Costumes, one of the largest costume rental houses in Los Angeles. The hundreds of costumes she personally designed and constructed over the years are still being rented and used today in theatrical productions, school productions, film and television.

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ELIZABETH TOBIAS is an actor (AEA/SAG), director, producer and artist-educator.

As an actor, she appeared in The Master of the House at the Laguna Playhouse and Hippolytos at the Getty Villa. Musical roles include Atalanta in Atalanta (David Mowers/David O –Ovation Nominated, World Premiere Musical); Maggie in Batboy: the Musical (Keythe Farley/Larry O’Keefe; LA Weekly Award, Ensemble), Stepsister in Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Bill Rauch/Tracy Young; LA Weekly Award, Ensemble) and understudy in The Break-up Notebook: A Lesbian Musical The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nevada Shakespeare); Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Beverly Hills Outlook Award, Best Actress) and Lady Macduff/Witch in Macbeth (Ovation Award – Best Original Musical). Classical roles include Mistress Quickly in at Theatricum Botanicum.

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GRANVILLE VAN DUSEN began his professional career in Minneapolis at the Guthrie Theater where he worked for five seasons.

Since moving to Los Angeles thirty some years ago, he has worked mostly in television and film. Never-the-less, he has remained involved in local theater.

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