The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project (LAWTP) Now Sponsored by Local, Prominent Medical Professionals

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Seven Beverly Hills medical professionals offer sponsorship to the only non-profit organization in the LA area specifically dedicated to creating, supporting, and promoting performing arts opportunities for women – The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project (LAWTP).

“It is such a wonderful gift and we are so appreciative to make this connection”

“It is such a wonderful gift and we are so appreciative to make this connection,” says Dee Jae Cox, the president and co-founder of The Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Project (LAWTP). A non-profit organization that is committed to increasing opportunities for women in the performing arts, the LAWTP recently received new sponsorship from seven local, prominent Los Angeles-based medical professionals.

The doctors who have offered sponsorship to the LAWTP are highly regarded specialists of Southern California, including: board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart A. Linder, Beverly Hills cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Robert Rey, board certified Beverly Hills facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Jason B. Diamond, board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald Minniti, board certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. John Diaz, board certified Beverly Hills and Encino facial plastic surgeon Dr. Sarmela Sunder, and Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Dr. Kevin B. Sands. This is the first time that the LAWTP has received sponsorship from the medical industry, and Cox is thankful for every medical professional who is helping to back the LAWTP.

According to Cox, the funds received through this sponsorship will be used towards the production of the LAWTP annual “20% New Works Festival, to be held in the fall of 2012. “The LAWTP's mission is to create and increase opportunities for women in the Performing Arts,” says Cox. “One of the ways that we support our mission is through the production of a 3-day New Works Festival, which presents stage plays, one-person shows, musical performances and comedy, all written and directed by women artists.” Cox continues to say, “This event is vital in presenting creative works to the community that may not have any other venue, given the extremely low production rate of women's work in the performing arts.”

Therefore, Cox says, the backing and support received from these physicians is an honor and a vital factor to acknowledge. “They are contributing to our community,” she says. “So we will do our best to offer our support in this relationship.” The LAWTP is offering reciprocal support through ongoing promotion of the doctors who have come on board as sponsors for the LAWTP. “In exchange for the sponsorship, we have created a dedicated ‘Health, Beauty & Fitness’ page on our website, which will also be linked to our organization's email newsletter. In addition, Cox says, the doctors will be promoted at the “20% New Works Festival” as contributing sponsors of the event. “This will include all of the physicians that are current sponsors, as well as any that may join us through out the year,” she says.

Founded by playwright Dee Jae Cox and executive producer/songwriter Michele Weiss in 2007, the LAWTP is run by a small group of women, all who are committed to educating, supporting, promoting, and producing live performance projects that are both of interest and benefit to women. According to Cox, “Based on national studies and statistics, only 20 percent of working professionals in theatre are women,” a number that encourages and drives the LAWTP to play a major role in diversifying the performing arts and representing women on a broader scale.

Known to be the only non-profit organization specifically dedicated to promoting opportunities for women in the performing arts, the LAWTP gives “a voice to female writers, directors, and technicians in LA” through education, community outreach, and theatrical productions, says Cox.

All of the medical sponsors, including Dr. Linder, Dr. Rey, Dr. Diamond, Dr. Minniti, Dr. Diaz, Dr. Sunder, and Dr. Sands, are proud to contribute to the LAWTP and its mission in supporting women in performance projects. As affiliates of several professional associations and societies, their new, joined interest in sponsoring the LAWTP attests to their collective concern in providing support where needed.

For advertising, sponsorship, and campaign information, and/or to sign up for the LAWTP newsletter, please visit http://www.LaWomensTheatreProject.org. The LAWTP is now accepting donations for the “$20 for 20% Campaign.”

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