Musician and artist Marc Merza at work
PAM is the proper name of a small theater in Highland Park. Performances are the result of one to two month long residencies and the odd one night stand.
PAM is a 30 day work-residency for the development of long form work in Los Angeles. Through offering time, space and a place for performers to exchange ideas, PAM is a site of research about contemporary performance and the structures that nurture process and practice.
Musician and artist Marc Merza at work
Some images and sounds from our summer renter and artist Marc Merza.
From Marc: "I recorded Desolation from May 2nd to May 6th at PAM. It was an experiment in tape loops, clarinet, kulintang (Philippine gong set) and guitar. The process was intimate and personal; I would go into PAM and meditate for about an hour, then play an instrument I was drawn to at that moment, and hit record. All the recordings with the exception of "Lovelorn" were spontaneous, single take recordings.
I am currently donating all sales of the digital and physical sales of the record to two Philippine-based organizations: Caritas Manila, which is currently aiding the homeless in Metro Manila and Philippines Nurses of America Association, because my mother, sister and aunts all work as nurses and this is my way to help give back.
The album is currently up for digital sales and physical sales (cassette tape) on my Bandcamp, but is also streaming on Spotify and Apple Music:
5 track album
Thanks everyone for helping spread the word. We found a renter for May. Starting in June PAM will be open for single person or quarantined housemates for 2 or 4 week blocs. Stay tuned for new pricing. Write us directly at [email protected]
Please consider making a donation to this vital space for performance and experimental practice
Kin, we need to raise approximately $26,000 over the next three months (approx. $8,500 each month) in order to cover our basic operating costs. So far in April we have only raised about $4,000 in new memberships and donations. ⠀
It is clear we need to raise more awareness around our current financial situation, and that’s where you can help.🌱⠀
TODAY, Wednesday, April 22, we invite you to share why this community and organization matters to you via social media, email, text message, or any other means. Your personal message from the heart can make a big difference: it empowers us to keep moving through this difficult period, fundraise, show donors that this community matters, and helps us understand why you care and how we can best continue to serve you. 💕⠀
To make it as easy as possible for you, we’ve created a number of assets to help you share what NAVEL means to you, which can be found by swiping.
We just submitted an application for funding to help sustain PAM through to September. If you're an artist in need apply here: https://www.artistrelief.org
To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financ...
Hi friends of PAM, as of today we are not renting space for rehearsals, workshops or hosting shows until further notice. We have no plans to close and look forward to re-opening with a new schedule of residencies, performances and workshops.
World Building One: an 8 week TV writing workshop led by Bridgid Ryan
Class will cost sliding scale 300-450$. Please pay what you are able to fairly compensate the teacher and to help subsidize the inclusion of students facing diverse economic realities.
$100 deposit payable through venmo @maudes-friend secures your spot. Class maximum 7 first come first serve.
In this 8 week workshop, you will learn to write a TV pilot. You will be guided and supported step by step, through a dynamic writing process geared towards aspiring q***r, femme and trans professional screenwriters. Together we will brainstorm ideas, hone our writing skills, analyze the business of distributing our work and endeavor to improve the normative conditions of the TV writing landscape. I am particularly excited to hold space for intergenerational storytelling, q***r narratives, and the inclusion various socio-economic groups in all levels of television development, ex*****on, and production. We will hold each other accountable, providing weekly structure in which creativity can flow freely. Integral to this community practice will be action: we will work to connect people and ideas, and to challenge internalized narratives of imposter syndrome while giving and receiving gentle, constructive feedback. At the end of the 8 weeks, you will have an original 30 minute TV pilot and a deeper understanding of your writing process.
Bridgid Ryan is a Los Angeles-based professional screenwriter and consultant. She has optioned/developed her work with Sobini Films, Shudder, AMC Networks, College Humor, Comedy Central, and others. Bridgid’s teaching process is heuristic, marked by experimentation, failure, and iteration. She speaks in English, Japanese and Spanish.
*This class concept was inspired by my experiences taking part in Ana Teo Ala-Ruona’s These Worlds Are Here writing workshop at NAVEL this past summer wherin trans, non-binary, q***r people and women came together for thinking, dreaming and writing about possible worlds to come.
TONIGHT 12/20 Last show of the year starts at 8:30 “I seen something with many colors moving strangely” by Eunjin Choi
“I seen something with colorful lights moving strangely”
December 19 & 20, 8:30pm Performer and choreographer Eunjin Choi performs a movement and sound piece inspired by her experience of having a series of unidentifiable physical symptoms.
Eunjin Choi is a South Korean performance artist based in Los Angeles who uses somatic movement and improvisational speech in her practice.
Agnes Borinsky: “Ulysses S. Grant in the New New World”
Fri 12/6 and Sat 12/7 at 830pm. 5-10 suggested donation
A restless actress enlists the Union's most famous general in a quest to begin all over again. A slapdash episodic soap opera meets civic parable.
In this first iteration we propose that l***y, hysterical theater can serve as the framework for conversations about the world we live in now.
text by Agnes Borinsky
directed by Chris Tyler music by Erin Schneider
with Amanda Horowitz, Lucia Marano, Eliana Mullins, Eamon Murphy, Kevin Pires, & Beau Rice
11/30 7:00 and 9:00 pm “Overture (Mantras for a club)” a performance by PRICE with Thibault Lac and Cecile Believe. Stuck in the theatricality of domestic and emotional spaces, singing individuals explore their state of exposure and offer a testing ground for flatness, artificiality and affect.
“A second you / a private view”
11/22 7:00-10:00 a workshop lead by PRICE in collaboration with Thibault Lac
Including a physical and vocal warm-up, the workshop will focus on exploring the economy of the gaze within the context of live performance.
Through a collective practice, the participants will engage with the performative score that the artists are developing during their PAM residency.
PAM's sibling space Pieter needs our support! Let's help. Donations accepted here:
The Pieter fall fundraiser is in full swing
For the month of November Pieter aims to raise $5,000 to cover operating costs that aren’t supported by grant funding. Help Pieter reach their goal today!
A donation of:
$10 will cover 1 month of toilet paper
$25 will cover 1 month of wifi
$50 will cover 1 week of web-hosting fees
$100 will cover 1 day of rent
$200 will cover 1 month of studio and office supplies
$500 will cover 1 annual maintenance fee
$1000 will cover 1 week of staff fees
To donate via Pieter’s PayPal platform:
You can also donate via Venmo to “pieter-space” with the memo “donation”
Cash and check donations made out to Pieter and can be mailed to: Pieter, 420 W Ave 33, LA, CA 90031
Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai: The Anthropologist as Hero 11/16 and 11/17 8:30 pm Come experience PAM transformed into a giant camera obscura. Audiences are invited to share space with four performers who interact with layers of projected images of their cultural legacies and whose movements are punctuated by their stories of belonging.
With the participation of Linda Franke, Justine Melford-Colegate, and Jessica Hyatt
Last chance to PLAY/DEAD tonight (6:30) (6:45 if we’re being real)
11/2 and 11/3 6:30pm PLAY/DEAD by Ryan O'Byrne
Through monologue, song and movement, artist Ryan O'Byrne renders a fractured portrait of an actor in combat with a host of spectral beings that refuse to stay in the past.
Get a’feared, very a’feared. It’s SUDDENLY THIS SUMMER tonight / tmrw 8:30. With @crimper_ and @gjelten by @lazy_ladyhood
8/26 8/27 8:30pm “suddenly this summer” by Amanda Horowitz Working from an interest in terrifying subject matter and bad behavior, Amanda Horowitz adapted scenes from Tennessee William’s lurid melodrama of Dionysian murder, Suddenly, Last Summer. Arne Gjelten and Laura Stinger perform a mixture of hysteria, camp theatricality, and personal storytelling, where everyone wants to both be the killer and save the killed.
Written+Developed by Amanda Horowitz
Performed by Arne Gjelten, Laura Stinger, and featuring Amanda Horowitz
Ceramic Props by Julia Haft-Candell
Actors/Singers wanted to perform in new experimental musical. All applicants should be confident and comfortable with singing and dancing. Auditions are being held immediately at a studio in Highland
TONIGHT @ PAM
Batter up. First pitch is tonight, 830p.
EEPHUS PITCH by Alana Reibstein.
Doubleheader: Friday 5/31 and Saturday 6/1.
admin « All Events Eephus Pitch May 31, 8:30 pm10:30 pm « Brink Eephus Pitch » A Performance by Alana Reibstein Resident artist Alana Reibstein presents a performance of dance, words, sounds, being, and objects in and of PAM in collaboration with sound artist Jamie Green. In the finite and infini...
It’s going on (x3)
NICK and JAMES present BRINK with Dez’Mon Wednesday 5/29 and Thursday 5/30 8:30 pm
3/27 and 3/28 8:30pm Laura Stinger presents “entheos cul-de-sac” a work of sound, text and movement, treating every object and body in PAM as an unknown and infinitely changing substance. Performed by Stinger with Gina Therese.
Well well well
TONIGHTS A GOOD NIGHT TO BECOME COMMUNITY PESTO 8:30 at PAM is your deal @ PAM
TMRW NIGHT! Wednesday, 4/24 8:30pm Johanna Braun presents “Hysterical Hystories” based on her research and work as a performer on hysteria. #masshysteria
What’s next? Reception at 6 Bus to content leaves at 6:30 #observatorytour #petertomka
PAM is dress up and shake night in your common room
The Observatory Tour with Peter Tomka
April 20, 6:00 pm Board a tour bus and speed off to the University of California Riverside graduate studios where photographer and performer has constructed an “observatory” out of the ruins of last years coliseum.
Note that this performance begins at PAM at 6pm and departs to Riverside by bus promptly at 6:30pm.
Thursday, 4/11 8:30 “Body Logic” a critical forum with Laura Stinger Stinger has invited friends Aimee Gougen, Jasmine Nyende, Shauna Steinbach, and Hazel Meyer to present in the medium of their choice disparate information to disrupt the conventions of rational thinking.
TONIGHT Linda Franke serves up a heap of songs about the emptiness of Capital. 8:30 (tmrw too!)
“I was never told I need money” Sat/Sun April 6 and 7 8:30 Staged within elaborate sculptural sets Linda Franke presents a song cycle about the absurdity of money and the body’s weird vitality.
3/21 8:30 pm
Critical Forum with Elisabeth Houston
Writer and performance maker Elisabeth Houston presents a multimedia exposition of a new play organized through a sinister and hallucinatory plot structure.
Friend of PAM Reb L. Limerick has exciting news
Improvising Ecosystems is an ongoing, evolving, practice that aims to cultivate a diverse cohort of improvisors and deepen relationships to local ecosystems. This…
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