Member News: 5/15/14

Matt Ratner (C 06) produced indie film MATCH, which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Adapted from a Tony-nominated play of the same name, MATCH features Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino and Matt Lillard. Another film Ratner produced under his Tilted Windmill Productions banner, WAR STORY, featuring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi and Ben Kingsley, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January. HIs next film, the offbeat comedy MANSON FAMILY VACATION featuring Jay Duplass, Linas Philips and Tobin Bell is currently in post-production.


Help Amy Thorstenson (MFA, Writing for the Screen & Stage ’13) with her Kickstarter!

From Amy:

Sensuous 64 is a radio drama about a sex advice show on an intergalactic space station. It combines sex positivity, science fiction, and a dose of off-kilter humor… think Savage Lovecast meets Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It takes inspiration from the campy sci-fi radio dramas of the previous century and the current interest/openness about sex positivity and packages it into everyone’s favorite new medium: the podcast.

It combines everything I’m interested in and I’m super excited about it! I’d love if you could check out the project at

Check out this debut music video from Alec Ziff (Comm ’13) and Sarah Jane Inwards (Comm ’13):

They founded their own production company, Bifocal Productions, and would love to collaborate with NU alums in the future!

Male actors wanted to round out a cast for a June 11 staged reading to be staged at iO West’s Main Stage. Three original sitcom scripts will be read, each written by NU Medill alum Jeff Burdick. Female roles already filled, but multiple male roles including two leads available. Roles range from 20-somethings to 40-50ish. Most actors will read in each script. Food will be served. For more details, see his event page at, or email him at .

Steve Kopera (CAS 96) and Mike Kopera (C 05) will present their west coast premiere of THE CABINING at the Dances with Films festival on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 11:45pm!!!

Steve wrote and directed the feature film, while Mike produced and starred in it.

For tix, visit

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THE CABINING (comedy/horror, 82 min): When Todd and Bruce, a pair of wannabe horror screenwriters, head to a remote artists’ retreat seeking inspiration, they find death and deception instead. One by one, the other artists get knocked off, each in a more gruesome way than the last.

The morbid atmosphere proves perfect for Todd’s writing, but will he live to finish the script?

From Brian Patacca (C 98): Brian is looking forward to coaching a Master Class on June 20th in Los Angeles. Special for NU Alumni, come audit Actor Salon in Los Angeles or New York for free.


We welcome 2014 Northwestern University theatre graduates to Los Angeles with a free Master Class. For details visit or e-mail !

From Warren Rohn (Comm ’50):


“Old White Dudes Can’t Rap” is a mixture of Spoken Word and Music laced with Frivolity — a fun event that started as a Jazz Musical and morphed into a Verse Play. It focuses on a mature white guy who tries to break in as a rapper at a South Central Music Club. Aptly named Club Nylon, with a bow to the Cotton Club in New York, the business is struggling to stay profitable.

Performances are scheduled for July 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27, with presentations at The Performer’s Corner, 214 Hardy Street in Inglewood. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 4:00 pm.

Open Seating is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For reservations and other info, contact Warren Rohn at MarketPlan. Phone Number: 310-499-8889. Email: