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 unions. Table Reads are an obvious way to bring all these artists together to celebrate film and TV storytelling through writing and acting.
A little over a year later, my team of volunteers and I have produced close to 30 reads, featuring over 300 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, and 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, 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 casting directors Cori-Anne Greenhouse and members of the Casting Society of America (CSA), including Wendy Kurtzman, Linda Berger, Lisa Zambetti, Becky Silverman, Helen Geier, and Kendra Shay Clark.
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 me 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
Laura Taylor, Producer
Steve Chivers, WGA Submissions
JS Mayank, WGA Submissions
Megan Halpern, The Black List
Matt Keener, Scenario
Jeff Jeffers, Sponsorships / EP
Maury Morgan, Sponsorships
Collin Watts & Leon Langford
Dagny Atencio Looper
Toni Ann Johnson
Chris & William Derrick
Reem Kadem & Raymond Martino
The Black List
Writers Guild of America (WGA)
WITH MEMBERS OF:
Writers Guild of America (WGA)
Casting Society of America (CSA)
CURRENT SPONSORS - Thank you!