In the fall of 2017, I noticed that there weren’t many collaborative projects that connected professional actors, writers, directors, story creatives, and producers, especially amongst the entertainment unions and sister associations. Table Reads are an obvious way to bring all these artists together to celebrate film and TV storytelling through writing and acting.
Almost two years later, our team of volunteers has produced close to 50 reads, featuring over 500 amazing writers and actors. And we're just getting started.
The structure is simple. These are private reads, where only guests of the writer are allowed. After introductions, the reading takes place, followed by a discussion led by the writer. The entire experience takes about 3 hours start to finish. We host these reads at the American Film Institute, the Writers Guild Foundation Library, and Culver City Casting Studios.
Beginning with professional writers groups and production companies including The Black List and Scenario, followed by the launch of a submission process within the Writers Guild of America (WGA) thanks to, and managed by, members JS Mayank and Steve Chivers, and most recently our partnership with Coverfly, we source incredible material from the creators of world-class content to feature in these reads.
As these relationships formed, we were lucky to get casting support from the Casting Society of America (CSA), including members Wendy Kurtzman, Linda Berger, Lisa Zambetti, Becky Silverman, Helen Geier, Kendra Shay Clark, Michael Sanford, Judy Bouley, Kendra Castleberry, and Billy Murphy.
In addition to working with amazing artists and organizations, we strive to make these readings an experience that the participants will never forget, pulling from the writing to create decor, ambiance, and atmosphere that immerses us in the world of the story.
As actors, these readings are our gift to our writing partners in filmmaking. Writers work so hard for months or years to conceptualize a story and write a script, and if they’re lucky, it's sold, at which point their role in the filmmaking process is often over and their story may never be produced, and if it does, it may be substantially changed for and during production and post. Great table reads are the purest experience of what they wrote and envisioned.
Writers interested in having their works read, and actors interested in participating, can email us here. Writers, please send a logline and draft of the script. Actors, please send headshots, resumes, and links to reels or self taped auditions.
These readings are an all-volunteer effort but still cost around $600 per reading, including facility rental, script printing, office supplies, refreshments, and decor. We are actively seeking sponsors to support our program. We also appreciate any donations, the entirety of which go directly towards the costs associated with doing the reads and expanding the program. Thank you so much for your support!
Shaan Sharma, Executive Producer
Jim Morrison, Producer, Admin
Lauren Henning, Producer, Admin
Maggie Jorgenson, Producer, Admin
Amanda Pieper, Producer, Admin, Social Media
Laura Taylor, Producer, Admin
Marti Kass, Producer, Admin
Sarah Jane Johnson, Producer, Admin
Steve Chivers, WGA Submissions
JS Mayank, WGA Submissions
Megan Halpern, The Black List
John Rhodes, Tom Dever, Emily Dell, CoverFly
Matt Keener, Scenario
Collin Watts & Leon Langford
Dagny Atencio Looper
Toni Ann Johnson
Chris & William Derrick
Reem Kadem & Raymond Martino
Joel David Santner
Alexa Oona Schulz
Maddy Curley & Brooke Buffington
Julian Silver & Reiss Clauson-Wolf
Anna Campbell & Kate Miner
Ben Mehlman & Filipe Coutinho
CURRENT SPONSORS - Thank you!