Call to Action: We Have a Bill, Let Your Senator Know!

Call to Action: We Have a Bill, Let Your Senator Know!

Keep Film In WA Facts

Kohl-Welles, Billig and Fain
Introduce Legislation to
Increase Funding
For Production Incentive Program

Senate Bill 6027 Helps Keep Washington’s Film Industry Competitive

Washington Filmworks is pleased to announce that Senate Bill 6027 (SB 6027), a bill to increase the funding for the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, was introduced today in the Washington State Senate. The bill doubles the size of the production incentive program over the next 2 years to $7 million and increases the fund incrementally each year until it reaches $10 million in 2019. The sunset date for the program will also be extended to 2022.

The legislation aims to keep Washington’s film industry competitive and helps to retain film industry talent to fuel the statewide creative economy. SB 6027 is prime sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D, 36th), and co-sponsored by Senator Andy Billig (D, 3rd) and Senator Joe Fain (R, 47th).

Call to Action – Write Your Senator Today

Washington Filmworks urges all film industry professionals and supporters to contact their senators to encourage them to support SB 6027. To get more information about the Motion Picture Competitiveness Program, download the fact sheet from the KEEP FILM IN WA website. And in writing, tell your personal story about how the film incentive impacts your life and the life of your family. To view a sample letter of support, clickhere.

To find your senators, visit our blog here.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, email

We thank you for your support – and let’s work together to KEEP FILM IN WA!

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Nearly booked a role and my next appearance at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Filmmakers Group

I very nearly booked a role on Grimm this past week. I was on “1st Right of Refusal” for two roles. I had auditioned last Thursday, and then got a callback for one role. Later I received an email asking if I could self-tape an additional role audition for the same episode. By the time I got home on Friday afternoon, I had been put on the above status which is also called “Avail.”

I was released yesterday, which in my career is the longest time I have been on such status. I am now looking forward to my next audition and eventually booking a role.

But Monday, January 19, at 6pm, you can see me as a panelist talking about Acting and being a SAG-AFTRA Member at the Gig Harbor Film Festival Filmmakers Group!

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Winter Bird

I will be co-producing this original play with AEA Member Steve Treacy which will Preview January 8-11, 2015 and Open January 15 and run through February 7 at Eclectic Theater.

This production will be presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Association Members’ Project Code.

Directed by Kim Deskin (Of Mice And Men, As You Like It, Twelfth Night) with Costume Design by Holly L. Forbis (the upcoming Fangs, Across A Little Red Marker, and September Skies).

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A Lesson From Aloes Is Rik’s Next Project!



Rik is the Equity Stage Manager on this show!

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Of Mice And Men Is Rik Deskin’s Next Project!


By John Steinbeck

Previews June 19, 2014. Opens June 20 and runs through July 12.

Online General Admission is $20. $25 at the door.

TPS members $20 when you show Member card.

Military/Veteran/Union is $15 when you show Member Card.

Students/Seniors are $12 when you show Member card.

SAG-AFTRA and AEA Members FREE when you show Member card.

The story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant ranch workers, who move from place to place in search of new job opportunities during the Great Depression in California, United States.

An Equity Member Project Code presentation of John Steinbeck’s classic tale!

Starring Michael Andrew Scott*, Gavin Sakae Mclean, Justine Rose Stillwell, Anthony Phillips*, Will Rose, John Ruoff, Eric Smiley, Brad Walker, Vincent Orduna and Rik Deskin*.

Directed by Kim Deskin.

Stage Managed by Elizabeth Stasio.

Fight Choreography by Gavin Sakae Mclean.

Board Opped by Richard Deskin.

*Member of Actors’ Equity.

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SOV Horror: Interview with Evil Night Actor Rik Deskin

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First Draft! “The Passion of the Bobby” by Christopher Bailey, Directed by Carissa Meisner Smit


Sunday, April 27 @7pm at Driftwood Players’ Wade James Theater located at

  • 950 Main St.
  • Edmonds, Washington 98020

Collaborate in the creative process of bringing a new play to life!

This is an opportunity for a playwright to see and hear what works in a newly completed, un-produced piece, and what does not. Actors present the play as a staged-reading. Afterwards, a moderated Q&A session and discussion with the dramatist and audience continues to explore the work. We hope you will plan to join us as we bring another exciting live arts experience to the Edmonds Community.

Admission is FREE

“The Passion of the Bobby” covers the final feverish months of Bobby Kennedy’s campaign for the president in 1968, from the April 4th murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., to his own shooting on June 5th. Through personal episodes, the play explores the issues he was confronting in his quest for the White House–from Vietnam to riots to racial discrimination–and, despite the tragic ending, offers hope that the impossible can still be accomplished.

Featuring: Terry Boyd, Dawn Cornell, Laura Crouch, Rik Deskin*, Jordan Fermstad, Cindy Giese French, Thomas Glass, Austin Gregory, James Lyle, Dan Niven, Gaelen Poage, John Ruoff, Asa Sholdez

*Member of Actor’s Equity

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Sandbox Radio Live: Episode 11 Now Available To Download and Listen To!



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Look Up In The Sky: Cetus Dawn. New Episode! Plus Sandbox Radio Live!

This is the thrilling prequel (featuring me) to the 8 episode micro-series!



January 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
In the Falls Theatre | View Seating Chart
Running Time: 2 hours (including an intermission)

Seattle’s home grown radio theater comes to ACT with the first of four shows to be recorded LIVE this year in the Falls Theatre. New plays, poetry, and adaptations of classic literature created especially for radio and scored with live sound effects and music.

This all new episode features:

  • The latest adventure of “Cousin Katie” by Scot Augustson starring Annette Toutonghi and featuring Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings and Chef in the Hat Thierry Rautureau
  • “Collect Everything” by Vincent Delaney inaugurates our new sci-fi serial “Beyond The Box”
  • PSAs by Elizabeth Heffron shine some love on Capitol Hill Housing and Scarecrow Video
  • Paul Mullin ramps up the action in his angel noir serial “Markheim” with Charles Leggett
  • Soprano Megan Chenovick, baritone Danny Oakden, mezzo Melina Pyron, tenor Marcus Shelton, and pianist Beth Kirchoff bring you the love quartet from “Rigoletto”
  • “The Happy Prince” by Oscar Wilde receives the SRL treatment
  • Wayne Rawley serves up a surprising menu at “Mom’s Diner”
  • Plus poetry, our fabulous live sfx, and more!

Part of the series: Sandbox Radio LIVE!

Click here to learn more about Sandbox Radio on their website.

Click here listen or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Also available on Stitcher.

Leslie Law, Creator/Director/Co-Producer/Emcee

Leslie is the creator of Sandbox Radio and has been a theater professional in the Pacific Northwest since receiving her M.F.A. at the University of Washington in 1991. She is an award-winning actor who has appeared on most of the stages in the Northwest, including ACT, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, and Village Theatre, as well as regionally across the country. She is a core member of Endangered Species Project, which produces great neglected plays with local professional theater artists. For

Jose Gonzales, Composer/Music Director

As a pianist, vocalist, and composer, Jose performs live regularly around the region, both solo and with his jazz trio, He has recorded several albums and is also a professional actor. He has appeared as a musician and actor at Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, and more. A native of Arlington, WA, he received his B.F.A. in Acting at Cornish College of the Arts.

Richard Ziman, Co-Producer/Performer

Richard is an actor and director with over 30 years experience on stage and screen. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and extensively in regional theaters including here at ACT, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directing work includes the premier of Greensward by R. Hamilton Wright for Circus Theatricals in L.A, A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour for Houston’s Stages Theatre, and the world premier of Eric Blau’s musical Dali Off-Broadway. Most recently in Seattle he helmed Sandbox Radio’s Das Barbecü in Concert and has directed multiple times for 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival. Richard is a native New Yorker and a graduate of the Juilliard School. He is a core member of Endangered Species Project.

Sandbox Radio Orchestra:

Piano…………………..Jose “Juicy” Gonzales

Bass……………………Dave Pascal

Drums …………………Daniel Tierney

Accordian/Clarinet…..Rob Witmer

Sandbox Radio Players: 

Megan Ahiers, Eric Ray Anderson, Shawn Belyea, Christine Marie Brown, Rik Deskin, Nik Doner, Sarah Harlett, Tracy Hyland, Reginald Andre Jackson, Laura Kenny, Charles Leggett, Paul Mullin, David Natale, Peter Dylan O’Connor, Larry Paulsen, Rebecca Olson, Naho Shioya, Daniel Tierney, Annette Toutonghi, Kathryn Van Meter, Seanjohn Walsh, and Richard Ziman.

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