MPAC workshop looks at “The Business of Playwriting”

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(Last Updated On: November 17, 2015)

MPAC Community outreach program visits Jack Yates School of Communications

On the heels of her inaugural Entertainment MPAC Empowerment Houston Tour, Jalene Mack, founder of Mack Performing Arts Collective (MPAC), a  501(c) 3 non-profit organization, provided aspiring artists with another opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the inner workings of the entertainment industry.

A MPAC educational initiative, “It’s A Wrap” presented: “The Business of Playwriting & Production” on Nov. 14 at the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston.

“It’s A Wrap” educational workshops and symposiums connect industry professionals with aspiring creative talents for a day of information and empowerment.

The workshop featured theater, TV and film actress, Ella Joyce, who discussed various topics, including adapting a play from stage to screen, agents, self-producing a work, intellectual property and the playwright’s production team.

Other panelists included Eileen Morris, artistic director of the Ensemble Theater; Attorney Lateef Mtima, Professor of Law, Howard University School of Law; Denise O’Neal, published playwright and founder, Shabach Enterprise; Neita Pittman, Professor of Theater, University of Houston-Downton, Moderator.

The symposium, underwritten by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice and, in party, by Wayne Duddlesten Foundation, was designed to educate and empower emerging playwrights through frank dialogue with top insiders.

MPAC Educational Outreach Program

Mack traveled to Jack Yates School of Communications to give students an opportunity to visit with Joyce in an intimate roundtable and hear about her journey and experiences in the entertainment industry.

The Hollywood actress provided students with insights on the film set process while students trained on use of several high-end film making gear, including fluorescent lights, hi-def cameras, HD confidence and on-camera monitors and a zoom digital field audio recorder.

For information on upcoming MPAC workshops and symposiums, visit

MPAC workshop looks at “The Business of Playwriting”