The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers and lyricists, has opened a Los Angeles office. Dan Berkowitz will serve as a liaison between the New York headquarters and local members. Berkowitz, formerly associate producer of TV's "The David Susskind Show," is now a principal in Intermedia Communications Inc., a production and consulting company. He is a longtime Guild member whose works for the stage have been produced in numerous regional theatres. He is currently co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
"Dan's experience as a writer and Guild member, plus his contacts with the local playwriting community, make him a natural liaison between New York and Los Angeles," said DG executive director Christopher Wilson in a statement. "We are excited about Dan and how we think he can help both the Guild and its L.A. area membership."
Berkowtitz's first goals are to set up a phone line through which theatres and producers can offer Guild members free or discounted tickets to shows, and to compile an updated list of agents and attorneys in the L.A. area who represent dramatists. He will also contribute a regular column called "L.A. Confidential" to "The Dramatist," the Guild's bimonthly magazine.
"I'm delighted to be part of the Guild's outreach to L.A. playwrights," Berkowitz said. "The Guild is the only national organization of playwrights, and with the emergence of L.A. as a center of live theatre, we look forward to being of service to all those writing for the stage in southern California."
The Guild's office is at 7510 Sunset Blvd, Suite 1123, LA., CA. 90045. Tel. (323) 960-5115. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent