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Lenore DeKoven

Lenore DeKoven, member of the League of Professional Theatre WomenDirector, Educator, Author
New York, New York USA

What play or production changed your life?
The Eternal Road, a monumental historical morality play, written by Franz Werfel, directed by the famous Austrian director, Max Reinhardt, with music by Kurt Weill.

As a very small child I often accompanied my mother when she went to see a play my father (Roger DeKoven) was appearing in or went to meet him backstage after the matinee to go to dinner. This epic production was the very first one I remember visiting and it was particularly significant because one of the members of a huge and impressive cast of men and women was a small, nice looking boy of about eight or nine. The play was a Biblical spectacle with an impressive set of risers and shifting drops, together with odd, colorful costumes and haunting music. The storyline held little interest for me, but what did impress me was the boy. How clever he seemed. How much fun he seemed to be having!

Backstage, while waiting for my father to change, I was allowed to play on the steps of the risers on stage and I actually remember trying to duplicate the moves of the boy who in my eyes was so lucky to be able to do this every night and have such a good time. The stage seemed huge to my small body and surely a better playground than any I had ever visited. The combination of light, color and sound had created a magical world that I wanted to make my home. So this is where Daddy went when he wasn’t home with us. I was told that the boy’s father was also an actor in the play and I made a secret promise to myself that I was going to figure out a way to go to the magical world every night with my father. Dad brought me to the boy’s dressing room so I could meet him. It was awkward. I was very shy and didn’t know what to say, but I found out that his name was Sidney Lumet.

Lenore DeKoven has produced and directed on both coasts in theatre, film and TV and has been on the film and theatre faculties of UCLA, NYU and Columbia University. She has had two books published: Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in Film and Theatre, and Twilight Man. Artistic Director: Our Workshop East.

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Week in Review, March 26 – April 1, 2012


LPTW’s Blog30 was created to highlight the diversity, passion and brilliance of the individual members of the League of Professional Theatre Women in celebration of the organization’s 30th Anniversary. Every Sunday, the women featured in the previous six days, as well as three others from our first two months, receive a little more attention, a second chance for readers to learn about them. Sunday is often a day for reflection, offering the opportunity to catch up on the previous week’s activities. Now, the Week in Review gives our readers the opportunity to experience a week’s entries in one easy sitting. We hope you enjoy the latest addition to Blog30.

I don’t think anyone knows I was a farm girl from Pelham, Georgia. The one thing I learned there was to get away as soon as possible. – Julia Miles, March 26

Whether the material will become a play or a novel I don’t yet know, but I feel I have a date with the idea. – Elsa Rael, March 27

I was present at the flowering of the Off Broadway theatre movement in New York and have remained strongly attached to the work of its pioneers and, very selectively, with exponents of experimental work. – Ruth Mayleas, March 28

For the past 20 years or so I always have 36 pairs of underwear – white cotton knit from Marks and Spencer (London) – Billie Allen, March 29

The stage seemed huge to my small body and surely a better playground than any I had ever visited. – Lenore DeKoven, March 30

[My favorite movie is] Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn who is my role model in terms of elegance and classiness and a yearning for the unknown. – Tisa Chang, March 31

From the Archives:
I have been printing out the photos of the numerous women we have interviewed and each one in her own right deserves special recognition. – Harriet Slaughter, January 30

I was born into a family that prized creativity and the arts, where the pursuit of any artistic discipline was supported over acquiring property of any kind. – Joan D. Firestone, February 28

It’s the developing of a project that I love best, seeing something develop from just a mere idea…… – Sherry Eaker, January 27

Find Her

Blog30 Launches!
Introducing Team Blog30
Taking Memorial Day Weekend off
Summer Hiatus
Blog30 is Back!

Alexa Kelly
Alexis Greene
Alice Reagan
Alisa Matlovsky
Alix Claps
Amanda Pekoe
Amy Stoller
Andrea Caban
Andrea Kuchlewska
Angelica Page
Angelina Fiordellisi
Anna Nugent
Anne Dunning
Anne Hamilton
Anne Phelan
Anne Stewart FitzRoy, CPA
Antoinette LaVecchia
Asmaa Yehia Eltaher

Barb Kielhofer
Billie Allen

Cara Reichel
Caridad Svich
Carol K. Mack
Carolyn Feleppa Balducci
Catherine Gropper
Catherine Porter
Catherine Schreiber
Cecilia Copeland
chandra thomas
Chelsea Silverman
Cheryl L. Davis
Chiori Miyagawa
Cindy Cooper (Cynthia L. Cooper)

Deborah Asiimwe
DeVida Jenkins
Dorothy Leeds

Edie Cowan
Elaine Smith
Elizabeth Hess
Elizabeth Ireland McCann
Elsa Rael
Enid Futterman

Gabriele Schafer
Gail Kriegel
Georganne Aldrich Heller
Gerda Stevenson
Ginny Louloudes
Glenda Frank
Gwynn MacDonald

Harriet Slaughter
Helen E. Richardson
Helen Stern
Hilary Adams

Jacki Barlia Florin
Jennifer Lane Bustance
Jenny Lyn Bader
Jessica Litwak
Jessi D. Hill
Jill BC Du Boff
Joan D. Firestone
Joanne Pottlitzer
Joyce Liao
Joyce Maio
Judith Binus
Julia Miles
Julia Pascal
Julie Carpenter Sylvester
June Rachelson-Ospa

Karin de la Penha
Katie Pearl
Katrin Hilbe
Kristin Marting
KS Stevens
Kyle Blumenthal

Lanie Zipoy
Laura Annawyn Shamas
Laura Caparrotti
Lauren Yarger
Laurie James
Lenore DeKoven
Linda Chapman
Lisa Rothe
Lorca Peress
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
Lucy Wang
Lynne Rogers

Mahayana (Yana) Landowne
Manda Martin
Marcina Zaccaria
Marcy Arlin
Margaret Fofonoff
Margery Klain
Marie Ann Chenevey
Mari Lyn Henry
Marion Simon
Martha Richards
Maxine Kern
Melanie Sutherland
Melba LaRose
Melody Brooks
Michael angel Johnson
Michele Volansky (PhD)
Michelle Haines
Mira J Spektor
Mũmbi Kaigwa

Nancy Ford
Natasha Lee Martin

Olga de la Fuente
Orietta Crispino

Pamela Golinski
Pat Addiss
Paula D’Alessandris
Paula Ewin
Paula McFetridge
Penny Jackson
Penny Landau
Petronia Paley

Regina Gatti
Richarda Abrams
Roberta Levitow
Robin Rice Lichtig
Robin Rothstein
Romy Nordlinger
Ruth Margraff
Ruth Mayleas

Sandi Durell
Sandra M. Bloom
Sandra Nordgren
Saviana Stanescu
Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Sheila Speller
Sheilah Rae
Shellen Lubin
Sherry Eaker
Shirley Lauro
Sondra Gorney
Sophia Romma
Stephanie Klapper
Sue Bartelt
Susan Bernfield
Susan Jonas
Susan Laubach
Susan Wallack

Talia Pura
Theresa Giacopasi
Tisa Chang
Tobie S. Stein, Ph.D.
Tricia McDermott

Valentina Fratti
Vanda

Wendy Barrie-Wilson

Yvette Heyliger

Zanne Hall
Zoe (Corell) Kaplan

Week in Review, February 27 – March 4, 2012
Week in Review, March 5 – 11, 2012
Week in Review, March 12 – 18, 2012
Week in Review, March 19 – 25, 2012
Week in Review, March 26 – April 1, 2012
Week in Review, April 2 – 8, 2012
Week in Review, April 9 – 15, 2012
Week in Review, April 16 – 22, 2012
Week in Review, April 23 – 29, 2012
Week in Review, April 30 – May 6, 2012
Week in Review, May 7 – 13, 2012
Week in Review, May 14 – 20, 2012
Week in Review, May 21 – 27, 2012
Week in Review, May 28 – June 3, 2012
Week in Review, June 4 – 10, 2012
From the Archives
Week in Review, February 18 – 22, 2013
Week in Review, February 25 – March 2, 2013

Thirty Plays

30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years
From HERE to HONG KONG
a celebration of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s Thirtieth Anniversary
January 2012 to January 2013

Rachel Reiner and Deborah Savadge, Coordinators

Chimera
Kristin Marting
January 2012
New York, New York USA

Woman on the Bridge
Julia Pascal
January 2012
London, England

Jackson Heights 3AM
Jenny Lyn Bader
February 2012
Jackson Heights, New York USA

Sips and Scripts
Chelsea Silverman
February 2012
New York, New York USA

Downsizing: the Ten-Minute Play Project
Lenore DeKoven
March 2012
New York, New York USA

When Danny Comes Back to Us
Deborah Savadge
March 2012
New York, New York USA

Dragon Tales…A Dark Quartet
Carrie Robbins
April 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Deborah Savadge and Ivy Austin)

The Storm
Jessica Burr
April 2012
New York, New York USA

KIKA
Barbara Sutton Masry
April 2012
New York, New York USA

Adrenaline…Heart
Paula D’Alessandris
May 2012
New York, New York USA

The Stacy Play – A Love Song –  Volume I
Anne Hamilton
May 2012
New York, New York USA

Food and Fadwa
Linda Chapman
May 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Lameece Issaq)

Theatre Bridge Memphis
Lanie Zipoy
May 2012
Memphis, Tennessee USA

We Play for the Gods
Julie Crosby
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Jessi D. Hill, Andrea Kuchlewska, Melisa Tien, Nicole A. Watson)

Giovanni the Fearless
Mira J. Spektor, Carolyn Balducci
June 2012
New York, New York USA

Women w/o Walls
Rachel Reiner
June 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Robin Rice Lichtig, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy and Romy Nordlinger)

The Canola Project
Lynda Adams
August 2012
Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

The Tiger Play
Anne Phelan and Cheryl Davis
September 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

Sweetie
Patricia B. Snyder
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Gail Kriegel and Ivy Austin)

Turning Page
Pat Addiss
October 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Angelica Page)

AliceGraceAnon
Susan Bernfield
October 2012
Brooklyn, New York USA

The Island of No Tomorrows
Lorca Peress
November 2012
New York, New York USA

Women Write the New
Marcy Arlin, Gwynn MacDonald
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Kitty Chen, Eva Maliti Franova, Katrin Hilbe)

A Seat at the Table
Yvette Heyliger
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Richarda Abrams, Kitty Chen, Michael Angel Johnson, Marshaline Letcher, Lucy Wang, Melody Brooks, Gail Kriegel, Susan Jonas, and Sandra Bloom)

Little Images
Glenda Frank
November 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Edie Cowan and Margot Lewitin)

The Last Seder
Abigail Rose Solomon
December 2012
New York, New York USA

Women’s Words
Harriet Slaughter
December 2012
New York, New York USA
(with Anne Hamilton, Carol Hall, P.J. Gibson, Mira J. Spektor, and Cara Reichel)

Village Stories
Ludovica Villar-Hauser
January 2013
New York, New York USA
(with Antoinette LaVecchia and DeVida Jenkins)

New Chinese Women Writing: The Room
Janice Poon
January 2013
Hong Kong

Press + Links

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BroadwayStars.com covers the League of Professional Theatre Women’s 30th Anniversary blog.

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Broadwayworld.com covers Blog30 Pioneers Week

PRESS RELEASE FOR PIONEERS WEEK
BLOG30
A YEAR-LONG, DAILY BLOG, HIGHLIGHTING A MEMBER-A-DAY
Pioneers Week ~ March 26 – April 1

The League of Professional Theatre Women, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012 with Turning 30: Celebrating Our Legacy, Creating Our Future, announces a special Pioneer’s Week of Blog30, the LPTW blog highlighting the energy & accomplishments of its 400+ members. Blog30 launched its first daily entry on January 1, 2012.
Developed & administered by League members Susan Bernfield, Melanie Sutherland, Shaun Bennet Wilson & Lanie Zipoy, Blog30 celebrates the individual women, engaged in a broad range of theatrical disciplines, who make up The League of Professional Theatre Women, each with a story to tell & a distinct point of view.
Highlighting Pioneer’s Week will be Julia Miles (Founding Artistic Director of the Women’s Project, Founding Member LPTW), Elsa Rael (Playwright, Lyricist & Writer), Ruth Mayleas (Arts Executive – NEA, Ford Foundation), Billie Allen (Actor, Director), Lenore DeKoven (Director, Author, Educator) & Tisa Chang (Artistic Director, Pan Asian Rep).

The Schedule for Pioneer’s Week is:

Monday, March 26th ~ Julia Miles
Tuesday, March 27th ~ Elsa Rael
Wednesday, March 28th ~ Ruth Mayleas
Thursday, March 29th ~ Billie Allen
Friday, March 30th ~ Lenore DeKoven
Saturday, March 31st ~ Tisa Chang
Sunday, April 1st ~ Week in Review ~ From the Archives
The League of Professional Theatre Women is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Numerous events are planned each year to deliver on their mission of promoting visibility & increasing opportunities for women in the field. For their 30th Anniversary, they are planning fifteen months of events to advocate, promote & highlight the contributions of women in theatre both domestically & abroad. None of these projects are possible without generous philanthropic support. To find out more about how you can support their endeavors please visit their website http://www.theatrewomen.org & click on the “Support Us” tab.

Blog30 can be found at http://www.lptw30blog.wordpress.com
For more information about LPTW & Turning 30, visit http://www.theatrewomen.org
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BLOG30

A YEAR-LONG, DAILY BLOG, HIGHLIGHTING A MEMBER-A-DAY

The League of Professional Theatre Women, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012 with Turning 30: Celebrating Our Legacy, Creating Our Future, announces Blog30, a new blog highlighting the energy & accomplishments of its 400+ members.  The blog launched its first daily entry on January 1, 2012.

Developed & administered by League members Susan Bernfield, Melanie Sutherland, Shaun Bennet Wilson & Lanie Zipoy, Blog30 celebrates the individual women, engaged in a broad range of theatrical disciplines, who make up the League, each with a story to tell & a distinct point of view.  In their featured entries, members respond to a series of trigger questions – both serious & silly – designed to help them reach beyond their bio to talk about what inspires or entertains them in a deeper, often more idiosyncratic way.   “As a longtime member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, I am constantly astonished by the diversity & creative talents of its members,” says Sutherland.  “We created Blog30 to showcase each members’ achievements, as well as their interests & I‘m thrilled that so many women have been eager to participate.”

The League of Professional Theatre Women is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Numerous events are planned each year to deliver on their mission of promoting visibility & increasing opportunities for women in the field. For their 30th Anniversary, they are planning fifteen months of events to advocate, promote & highlight the contributions of women in theatre both domestically & abroad. None of these projects are possible without generous philanthropic support. To find out more about how you can support their endeavors please visit their website www.theatrewomen.org & click on the “Support Us” tab.

Blog30 can be found at www.lptw30blog.wordpress.com  For more information about LPTW & Turning 30, visit www.theatrewomen.org.

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