Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Next meeting/reading: Thur June 25 at 6:30 PM

The next GIAA meeting/reading will be on Thursday June 25 at 6:30 PM.
We will again meet at the home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St., #21J -
see below for complete directions.

We will be reading the play Head Man by guest writer Bruce Kanin.

Please e-mail Mara Lesemann at if you plan to attend.

Location information:
The home of Jordan Auslander, 321 W. 24th St., #21 J
Fronts on west side of Eighth Ave, entrance off 24 St
Intercom code:3289 or look up "Auslander";
Enter, GO LEFT, elevator to 21, J, last apt on the right.
C & E subway exits at 23, 24 & 25 Sts.; two block walk from 7 Av #1 train.
NJ PATH trains stop at 6 Av/23 St;
six blocks south of Penn Station's LIRR & NJ Transit;
buses uptown on 8 Av., downtown on 7 Av. and cross-town on 23rd.
Cabs up the wazoo.
Plenty of on (by NYC standards) and off-street parking, for those who must drive.

June 2 Benefit for Victims of Italian Earthquake

m2 productions invites you to
a benefit for the italian earthquake relief effort
in honor of the historic italian town of l'aquila,
capital of the abruzzo region which was devastated by the recent earthquake, we
present a reading of two one-acts honoring the city and its special place in
history. the evening also includes the music of the italian partisans.

martyrs by mario fratti
unearthed by valentina fratti
canti partigiani
with massimiliano balduzzi, ron cohen, bob d’haene, michele farbman, earle
hugens, tim mccracken, geoff molloy, nicholas rodriguez tom schubert, ben spatz
and lynn cohen,
directed by valentina fratti
tuesday june 2, 7pm

the cherry lane theatre,38 commerce street
$25 in advance / $35 the night of the event
to purchase tickets to L’AQUILA or call 212 352 3101
for more information email:
wine courtesy of Mionetto
anne marie concessions

GIAA Fest Adds Music Video Category

GIAA's 3rd annual Festival of Short Films and Videos (see has added a music video category. We welcome submissions in any musical genre.

The regular deadline is coming up on June 15 and the late deadline is July 15. The festival will take place Fri Oct 2 through Sun Oct 4 in NYC.

E-mail festival director Mara Lesemann at with any questions.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


 Saturday 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm and  Sunday 5:30 pm – 8:30  pm
RON PIRETTI: Fight Director - "West Side Story" & “In the Heights”

SAFD - Fight Director/Certified Teacher 

Leave Message at (212) 675-4688 or



Ron Piretti is the fight director for the Broadway production of "West Side Story" and on the Tony Award winning show “In the Heights”.  He has worked as Fight Director on several independent films and has staged the fights for productions at Marymount Manhattan College, Target Margin Theater, EST, MCC, Naked Angels, The Barrow Group and numerous other schools and theatre companies in New York City and vicinity. He has worked as a stunt coordinator on “The Guiding Light” and has taught classes and workshops at Yale, Wagner College, The New School/Actor’s Studio MFA Program, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is a professor at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches acting and is the Acting Department Director at Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida.

 Saturday 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm and  Sunday 5:30 pm – 8:30  pm

312 West 36th St., 6th floor

Price: $120.00 ($10.00 discount for GIAA members)
Website: http//

Home:  (212) 675-4688
Cell:     (917) 385-9750
Web Site:

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Laura Lamberti & Carlo Fiorletta in "A Model Girlfriend"

GIAA's Laura Lamberti and Carlo Fiorletta star in Mara Lesemann's romantic comedy "A Model Girlfriend."  The play will have its world premiere Sunday May 17 as part of the Where Eagles Dare 10 Minute Play Festival.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Alphabet City at Niagara Bar e7 st. NYC Monday Nights

Thanks Marissa Bea for organizing these.

Actors' Unions Support Employee Free Choice Act

One of this year's major issues for the AFL-CIO (of which GIAA is a member) is the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for American workers to unionize.

A wide range of actors, musicians, and directors donated their time to make the video below in support of the proposal.  

Friday, May 1, 2009

State of the GIAA 2009

Dear GIAA member:

Thank you for your ongoing support.

During the past year we have continued with frequent readings of new works by both GIAA members and invited guests. This October marks our 3rd annual Italian Month film festival, which has received submissions from around the world.

There is a 4-As meeting May 15th, which will be followed by update on our blog :

Please accept this as your dues notice for 2009. Dues are 60 dollars and if past due it will be noted as well.

We are sending this request electronically; it will be followed by surface mail. Payment can be made by paypal to or by check payable to GIAA.

If you prefer to pay electronically, we can send an electronic membership card which you can print at home.

We have a new and improved web site,
As a reminder: there is a $25 fee to migrate your listing from the old site to the new one. You can include that with your dues payment, and send your updated resume and a COLOR headshot to

Various opportunities have come through us to members for independent movies and festivals this year, ranging from beginners to seasoned professionals. Please be sure to check the blog regularly for news and opportunities:

Carlo Fiorletta, President