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December 2014

29 Dec 2014 4:40 AM | Anonymous

Happy Holidays,

Let us be thankful for our many gifts.  Yet, the greatest gift we can give is ourselves, our time, our talent, our interest, and our passion.  

Board member, Kristine Bauske has contributed this month's spotlight highlighting a special member.

Member Spotlight

It is an honor to shine this month’s spotlight on my good friend and fellow board member Elana Gartner.  Aside from being a talented playwright and a busy mom, Elana has been a board member for ICWP for many years, and she has been the chair person or co-chair for the 50/50 Applause Awards since 2011.  She is also the Volunteer Coordinator for ICWP.  If you don’t know Elana personally, you’ve probably seen her name bandied about in one of these important positions.

Elana has had works produced in a number of U.S. states, including New York, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Georgia.  One of her scripts will be produced in New Zealand in March 2015, and two of her monologues are included in “Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses”.  Elana is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she continues to be active in their alumni association.

During the busy 50/50 Applause Awards season, Elana spends hundreds of hours organizing nominations and verifying the eligibility of the nominated organizations.  The task can appear overwhelming, but despite her other job as a busy wife and mother to her fabulous family, Elana always manages to get the 50/50 Applause Awards completed accurately and on time.  Not only that, but she tirelessly encourages the rest of the Applause Awards team and does it all with a smile.  Elana is a blur of energy and activity, and we are grateful to have this effervescent personality working to further the mission of ICWP.

Next time you’d like to volunteer for a project or you need a volunteer, look forward to a quick chat or an engaging email from this month’s spotlight member, Elana Gartner!

About the Volunteer Program

The ICWP Volunteer Program provides opportunities for members to use their talents and expertise to collaborate on ICWP projects. Past opportunities have included awards committees, nominations committees, research, assistance with our website and artistic design. Our current board is creating new opportunities in 2015 to work with members in many different ways. You can always reach out to Elana about volunteer opportunities at

New Members

ICWP has had seven new members since November 1, 2014.  Lisa Alder of Horizon, Gweneth Hughes, an American living in Paris, Andrea Markowitz,  Sabrina Masud, Madeline Puccioni,  Abigail Rezneck, and Mary Spletter.

Member Corner

In my previous newsletter, I asked what you wanted incorporated in our newsletter.  One suggestion was for information about theaters willing to publish cutting-edge plays.  Another was a call for members to write short reviews about plays they have seen, especially those outside of the US and Canada. If you have something you would like to share, reply to me and I will try to include it in the Member Corner of the January Newsletter.

Yours for engaging, equitable, and innovative theater,

Mona Curtis

Newsletter Editor

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