In his position as organist and director of music for St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino, William Beck has been recognized for accompanying the congregation and 40-person choir each Sunday and producing more than six special concerts a year involving special guest conductors and world-renowned musicians and colleagues.
School parents are most familiar with him for accompanying the middle grade choir at Sunday Masses, working with each grade individually as they prepare their annual Christmas concert and taking the time every June to drive down to Anaheim to accompany the school’s Vocal Ensemble when they perform at the Forum Festival.
An essay I wrote called “When White Writers Write Black” is being published in a book called “Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology” edited by Dr. Lindy Orthia, lecturer at the Australian National University. Published by Intellect the collection is scheduled sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. It’s quite fun since I sat down one Saturday morning to write the 1,000 words and sent it off and she accepted it two days later!
I’m excited to say I’ll be attending a book signing on Thursday, October 13 at 7pm at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd for this book by Janet Wilcox that includes a chunk of scenes from an unproduced pilot of mine. There will also be a reading held in New York City.
She met Doug and I while teaching at UCLA Extension and asked if I had any unproduced work she could consider – and ended up really liking the one I sent. So though I never saw the piece performed on film, I’ll know tons of aspiring actors are using my words to polish their craft. Kind of fun.
Working voice actors, some our friends, will be reading scenes included in the book for a live demonstration of voice acting.
When Written By editor Richard Stayton asked me if I would enjoy interviewing Russell T. Davies for an article in the magazine, well, I won’t say it was like all my dreams come true – but certainly one of my dreams coming true! Writing FOR one of his shows would be amazing but writing ABOUT Russell and his writing style was pretty fun. I took that opportunity to ask him several questions that will help me write my chapter on Torchwood for the upcoming book Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television. I also used the opportunity to ask about certain plot twists from my favorite Who episodes and basked in the fun of debating them with the man who invented them. I must be turning into a true academic ’cause talking process was nearly as good as processing itself!
I interviewed writer-producer Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who/Torchwood) and it will appear in the July issue of Written By Magazine just before the new season of Torchwood premieres on the Starz network.
Rosanne Welch spent 2010 finishing her dissertation “Married, With Screenplay: A Study of 3 Married Screenwriting Teams and the Films They Wrote” in order to receive her Ph.D from Claremont GraduateUniversity in summer 2011. She also wrote “Class of ’80: How (and why) the Writers of 1980 are Creating the Culture of 2010” for November issue of Written By Magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild of America West.
If you’re a fan of 80s TV, check out my interview with Kenny Johnson, Steve Bochco, Don Bellisario and Stephen J. Cannell in this month’s Written By Magazine — “Class of 80”
We talked about all their signature shows that have been ‘re-imagined’ and their days as staff writers at Universal. The issue has a wonderful memorial to Mr. Cannell as well. I spoke to him a couple of months before he passed away with no knowledge that he was ill. It lead to the magazine collecting several pages of tributes from other writers he worked with across the years – a real time-capsule of television in one of its heydays.
“I knew there was something different about the HannahMontana television show when I found my 11 year old son watching what I had dismissed as just another tweener show – and a girl show at that. But he was watching it on a regular basis – and laughing. Big, boy belly laughs. As he flipped past other fare with the remote control fused to his fingertips, he would bypass several other tweener shows, but always stop on Hannah. It intrigued me. So I started to pay attention and I found myself laughing with him while using the show to introduce him to Lucille Ball, vaudeville and even African-American history (didn’t expect that one, did you?) Clearly this show was more than ‘just another tweener show’ and I decided to find out why.”