Jon Bernstein wrote the screenplay for Disney’s Meet the Robinsons, which grossed over $250 million worldwide, won a Heartland Film Award, and was a Truly Moving Picture award recipient. He is a contributing writer to Disney’s Rapunzel, which is scheduled for a 2010 release. He wrote the screenplays to Ringmaster, starring Jerry Springer, and Beautiful, starring Minnie Driver and directed by Sally Field. He teaches Beginning Screenwriting at UCLA Extension and leads journal-writing workshops through his company The Power of the Notebook. His plays include Showcase! (an LA Weekly Pick of the Week) and The Blunders, an upcoming fundraiser for 826LA on Saturday, November 28 at M Bar in Hollywood. For more information, please visit www.theblunders.com!
Laura Hertzfeld firmly believes that journalism is alive and well! She’s been volunteering at 826LA since 2006, and she loves helping students write good stories for 826LA West’s The Venice Wave. A Venice-based writer, editor, and producer with a passion for politics and social media, Laura is managing editor of EconomyStory.org, a public media project about how communities are coping with the economic crisis. She is happy to be back in sunny LA after spending 2008 in Washington, DC, covering the presidential election for PBS. Previously, Laura was senior editor at Yahoo! News, where she planned coverage of major events, including the 2006 midterm elections and the five-year anniversary of 9/11. When she’s not championing the Internet and public media, Laura bikes up and down the Boardwalk, stalks celebrities at the supermarket, and continues an ongoing quest to find the best turkey burger in Los Angeles.
Hailing from Amherst, New York, Marc Evan Jackson is an enormously interesting person. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy from Calvin College and a couple years sailing aboard tallship schooners in Maine, Marc worked as an on-air host for National Public Radio affiliate station in Michigan before joining the Second City’s resident company in Detroit. Now in Los Angeles, he is the co-host of 826LA’s Tiny Vaudeville shows, and has appeared as O. Henry in the Dead Author Readings series as well as “Saucelito the Red” and “Mr. Barnacle” at the 826LA West English Language Learner Camp. An actor, improviser, musician, writer, and voiceover talent, Marc now lives in Venice with his (current) wife Beth, a cat veterinarian.
Despite her alter ego as a marketing/promotions executive and realtor, Joanie McCaw helps manage a rock band, runs a small record label, does a lot of dancing, and loves to write. She composes screenplays she rarely lets anyone anyone read, but has a children’s book on Blurb that everyone can order. She speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and some French, but English is generally her best language. Except very late on Fridays, when sometimes even that fails her. She loves to travel, and her current happy place is floating in the water in Anguilla. She also loves trivia nights, billiards, tennis, and the Detroit Red Wings. She’s a Jersey girl who spent 10+ years in NYC and then chilled out in Cardiff-by-the-Sea for two years before moving to West LA. She looks forward to tutoring on Thursday afternoons because it makes her look really good at math (fifth-grade math), and she gets to hear what people are thinking. Little people. Not miniature, just young. And she gets to help write stories about fairies. And demons. And food.