One Night Performance Targets TV Industry for Emerging Alumni Talent

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will present a New TV Writers & Actors Showcase to introduce six emerging TV writers, who are graduates of the Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, the Division of Film & Television, and the Department of Drama. The featured writers are Laala Matias (2006 ABC/Disney Fellow), Will Matthews (Punk’d) and Cassandra Smith (SKATE GREAT!), Kimberly Mercado (Writer’s Assistant for Men in Trees), David Rock (2007 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference Finalist), and Zach Zerries (WriteMovies Competition Finalist). Each will present a ten-minute play that features a talented cast of up-and-coming faces, alumni from the School’s top-ranked Graduate Acting Program and the undergraduate Department of Drama.

In addition, the evening will feature the West Coast premiere of a new short play by alumnus Neil LaBute (In the Company of Men, The Shape of Things).


  • Date: Monday, March 12th
  • Time: 7 pm - Cocktails; 8 pm - Performance; 9:30 pm - Reception
  • Where: The Friars of Beverly Hills, 9900 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
  • RSVP: (310) 285-3050 $10; Industry Comps available. Production is not open to review. Industry requests: Casey Smith, 310-920-9538

The one-night showcase is a co-production of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Friars of Beverly Hills, the NYU Writers Lab West, The Tisch Grad Collective, and Tisch Actors West.

For more than 35 years, Tisch School of the Arts has been the nation’s leading center of undergraduate and graduate study in the performing and cinematic arts, Tisch graduates follow in the footsteps of such illustrious alumni as Oliver Stone, Alec Baldwin, Spike Lee, Amy Heckerling, Ang Lee, George Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Marcia Gay Harden, M. Night Shyamalan, Debra Messing, Eriq LaSalle, Alexa Junge and recent Emmy winner, Jim Vallely - men and women who have admirably succeeded in redefining the performing and cinematic arts.

The Friars of Beverly Hills is an organization that is not associated with the Friar’s National Association Inc. a/k/a The Friar’s Club, either through membership reciprocity or ownership. Actors appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

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