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Works-In-Progress Series

Now AFO|SoCo Program

All For One, the theatrical production company dedicated to empowering solo performers, is excited to expand our new play development program with our Works In Progress series.


All For One’s Works In Progress series provides an outlet for solo shows in progress to receive outside help in their development. AFO will help connect solo show artists with directors and other collaborators as needed to help develop their work and present a reading in front of an audience, AFO community members, and industry professionals to receive feedback.


4 WIP slots are available over the course of the year. Applications are now open and will continue on a rolling basis. Applicants must provide a current draft of the script, a cover letter detailing what they hope to get out of a staged reading, and their resume.


Artists selected for the Works-In-Progress Series receive:

10 hours of rehearsal space

Assistance in choosing a director

Support and guidance from AFO staff

A staged reading, presented in front of an audience of AFO community members and invited industry

Structured feedback from both the audience and AFO staff

Artist In Residence

Program has been revamped

The All For One Artist in Residence Program is an 18-month program supporting a mid-career writer/performer in the development and creation of a new solo work. An open submissions period will occur in the fall of every other year, wherein prospective applicants will submit information on their background, theatrical philosophy, work examples, and references for review. All For One staff and a small committee will review the applications, and an outstanding solo artist will be offered the artist in residence position.


Over the course of their residency the Artists In Residence (AIR) will receive a staged reading, industry workshop, and finally a world premiere presentation of their new solo show. During the length of their residency All For One will provide the AIR with:


150 hours of free rehearsal space

Free access to All For One courses and educational programs

Assistance in finding a director and other collaborators

A stipend to hire a director and/or dramaturg

Monthly meetings to provide guidance and track progress

Access to All For One salons to test new material

Video documentation of their reading, workshop, and final product

Assistance in developing a marketing plan for their show

Valuable industry contacts

The same support in their world premiere as any other AFO production

A structured plan for the continued life of the show after their residency



Also during their tenure the Artist In Residence will be expected to:


Contribute monthly to the All For One Blog

Attend All For One special events when possible

Like All For One staff, be seen publicly as a part of the organization.



All applicants to the Artist In Residence program should be available for monthly meetings with All For One Staff either in person at our New York City office, or digitally, and should anticipate being in New York for their reading, workshop performance, and production. All For One does not provide any funds for transportation.

Program Goal:

The AFO Artist in Residence program was created to nurture new solo work from outstanding members of the solo community. The goal of the program is to create new, innovative and compelling solo work that informs, inspires, moves, and matters, and to support solo artists in the creation and development of this work through free and reduced cost access to workshops, panels, and rehearsal space for the artist in residence.


2011 New Works Series

Join us as we take a look at three pieces of solo performance in the early stages of development. You will want to see more! Works include: The Three Chords of the Apocalypse – written and performed by Joanna Parson, The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library – written and performed by Elizabeth Van Meter, and Death and Taxes; Mourning America – written and performed by Zero Boy.




Joanna Parson (Writer and Performer)

Joanna Parson is an actor, writer, songwriter, and producer. She has written and performed solo work for The Liar Show, The AtrainPlays, and Caitlin Shetterly’s Letters To series, and she also produced and hosted The Happy Hour Salon, a bimonthly new works variety show, for five seasons, providing development opportunities for comics, actors, performers, and writers. As a playwright, Joanna is the author of three radio mystery theatre scripts for young people called The Janet Any-Gal Series, one of which is slated to receive a January 2011 production. She has taught solo workshops privately and for New York’s Screen Actors Guild, as well as the Broken Bridge Workshop for Young Writers.


Elizabeth Van Meter (Writer and Performer)

Elizabeth Van Meter is a documentary filmmaker, producer, actor. She directed and produced 40 short films for Gorgeous Entertainment documenting the lives of Japanese Americans living in NYC along with Japanese culture in the United States. Those films were screened at a major cultural event in the United States, Japan Day@Central Park 2009/2010/2011 for audiences of over 50,000 people. Ms. Van Meter was selected as a 5 x 5 emerging filmmaker for VisionFest 2010 and her short film DAVID screened at Tribeca Cinemas closing night of the festival. She also served as associate producer on the rock musical Deep Cover debuting at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. As an actress, selected theater credits include: The Dinner Party (Lincoln Center Institute), 10 Billionth Baby (9Thirty Theater), The Infliction of Cruelty (NY Fringe Festival Winner). Selected Film: The Institution, Three Women, Particles of Truth, Deep Six, Passing Stones (IFC, Domani Vision Best Actress Award Winner). Her voice can be heard in several popular video games and her face has been seen on billboards and ads throughout the US. She recently returned from Peru as director/cinematographer of a campaign to raise funds for a future health clinic to serve the Q’ero people living in remote areas of the Andes Mountains. Ms. Van Meter is in postproduction for her first feature length documentary, The Purpose Project: THAO’S LIBRARY. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts.


Zero Boy (Writer and Performer)

Zero Boy is an entertainer, performance artist, stand-up comic, and “vocal acrobat.” An East Village icon whose unique blend of sound and mime results in something akin to a performed comic book, Zero Boy has written, directed, and performed numerous productions on both coasts and in Europe; most recently A Trip to Coney Island with Uncle Zero Boy debuted at Arts Nova and subsequently played at Coney Island’s Sideshow by the Seashore. Zero Boy’s work has been featured on MTV’s M2 network, NPR’s The Next Big Thing, The Joey Reynolds Show, Fox and Friends, Good Day New York, and the Danish television show The Wall.


2011 An Evening of Excerpts

Join us for a look at three pieces of solo performance that have already begun to capture audiences. Works presented include: The Gospel According to Josh written and performed by Josh Rivedal and directed by Josh Gaboian, Panic Diaries written and performed by Katie Northlich and directed by Joe Ricci, and They Call Me Mister Fry written and performed by Jack Fry.


The Gospel According to Josh


The Gospel According To Josh is a 30 character, 12 song, one-man Josh-apalooza about a small town Jersey boy, as he follows his dreams to Hollywood despite the great obstacle of his life: the tempestuous relationship with his pious father. Featuring cameos by Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, and a gaggle of flamboyant gay men; this coming of age tale chronicles Josh’s religious upbringing and escape to New York, including a look into his starring roles in not one but two reality TV shows, and ending with a final showdown between him and his father after his tragic suicide.


Josh Rivedal (Writer and Performer)

As an actor, Josh Rivedal has appeared on stages from New York to Chicago, to Orlando and has worked with Broadway and TV vets Kelli O’Hara and Piper Perabo.  His voice has been heard in numerous national TV commercial campaigns.  Additionally, Josh has served as producer on several New York City theatrical productions.  He is also an entrepreneur and owner of Artful Coaching Resources, a business and career coaching and consulting firm for arts professionals and small business owners.  Josh is also a life coach, trained in NYU’s coaching program and is an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church.  He also focuses a great deal his time on youth suicide prevention and uses The Gospel According to Josh to bring awareness and resources of help to students facing mental illness and suicidal thoughts.


Panic Diaries


Heart Pounding. Throat Dry. What happens when terror strikes and you’re lost?! Katie Northlich embarks on a journey to examine her existence through “flat-out funny” characters until she’s forced to face her greatest fear: herself!


Katie Northlich (Writer and Performer)

Katie Northlich is the current Reigning Four-Time National Monologue Slam Champion. She presently has a monthly monologue show at The PIT, The PIT-OLOGUES, and she is debuted her explosive new collection of monologue and essay, The Panic Diaries in Fall, 2010. She is a Solo Performance instructor at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and she is a faculty member at the New York Film Academy. Katie is also a commissioned Monologue writer.


They Call Me Mister Fry


They Call Me Mister Fry is Jack Fry’s true-life story of his teaching 5th grade in South Central Los Angeles as a first-year teacher. It’s a funny and poignant story that has all the laughter, tears, and drama of an American Classic. It’s a story about a good-hearted “clown” who learns to rise to responsibility, break co-dependent shackles, and evolve into an effective, independently thinking teacher and human being. It focuses on his relationship with two challenging students and how they affected each other’s lives – it even includes special appearances by King Arthur. Mister Fry not only tells the struggle of a mid-westerner dealing with a challenging, diverse body of students and his journey through the bowels of big city bureaucracy, but his efforts to find his place in the world in this beautiful story about transformation, redemption, the fragility of life, and what we think our purpose is.


Jack Fry (Writer and Performer)

Jack Fry, “Mr. Fry”, is an award winning playwright, actor, and fully credentialed teacher who lives in Los Angeles, California.  They Call Me Mister Fryhas been traveling across the United States, including Mexico to full houses and standing ovations for  3 years.  Some of his venues include: theaters, universities, and festivals.  Mister Fry has played 3 months at the Comic Strip Live Theater.  He gave two Command Performances before 1,000 legislators for the United States Department of Eduction in Washington, DC.  Mister Fry was selected as one the The Best of the Fest at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  At the 2009 Washington Capital Fringe, not only again was Mister Fry selected as one of the Best of the Fest, but also Best Male Monologue.  Jack has starred in various independent films and has been seen on stage throughout the LA area.  He has trained in Meisner, The Shakespeare Company, and the Film Acting Lab.  He is also a filmmaker who edited the video sequences for Mister Fry.  As a full time educator or a substitute teacher, Jack has been inspiring the “next generation” in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1990.  In addition, Jack has acted in and done voiceover work for 30 educational films geared toward children.


AFO Festival Salon

In 2012, All For One proudly announced an addition to the AFO programming, the AFO Festival Salon. The AFO Festival Salon celebrates the vibrant and thriving solo theatre community with an evening of 10 minute excerpts from new works by up-and-coming solo performers. This evening is open to all!


Performers included Chris Clavelli, Yvette Heyliger, Billy Hipkins, Miriam Kulick, Talie Melnyk, Gloria Rosen

Michael Walker, Rock Wilk

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