Monday, September 23, 2013

Workshops at Gorilla Tango Theatre

Taxes for the Entertainment Industry with David Turrentine
David Turrentine leads this one-night workshop for performing arts professionals. Topics covered will include:
- An in-depth discussion of tax-deductible expenses for actors and other entertainment industry professionals.
- An examination of wage vs. independent contractor income and expenses (W-2s and 1099s).
- Basic bookkeeping techniques and tips on how to run a "one-person business."
- Valuable hints on how to deal with "self-employment" income.
- A demonstration of how to include business expenses on your tax return to significantly reduce your tax liability.

Workshop meets Monday, October 28 from 7-9 pm; followed by open Q&A session for participants. $20 tuition before October 15; $25 after. Registration deadline 10/25.

David Turrentine has been preparing taxes for actors and other self-employed individuals nationwide since 1988. He has been an Enrolled Agent since 1998. Mr. Turrentine received his accounting and tax training at DePaul University, and is an active member of the National Association of Enrolled Agents. He has presented tax workshops at many independent venues and colleges, including Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Loyola University, the University of Michigan-Flint, UIC, De Paul University, Chicago Writers Conference, Chicago Acting in Film Meetup, and with the AmeriCorps program. David also sometimes works as an actor, and is a member of Actors Equity Association.

3 Plays. 3 Days: an Intense Writing Intensive with Joe Janes.
In three days, participants will learn how to write improvisationally, ultimately generating three ten-minute plays. Each student will have one of their plays performed in a staged reading on the third day by some of Chicago's finest actors. Some writing experience is recommended. Class size is limited to 7. $150 until 10/20/13; $175 after. Registration deadline is 10/31.

PLEASE NOTE: Class times are Friday 11/8 from 6-9 pm; Saturday 11/9 from 12-6 pm, and Sunday 11/10 from 12-6 pm with the final showcase at 7:30 pm that evening. Tickets to the public reading are $5 and may be purchased at or at the door.

Joe Janes is an Emmy award winning writer who teaches comedy writing at The Second City and Columbia College. He has written for Jellyvision's "You Don't Know Jack" and SNL's "Weekend Update." He has written three books: 365 Sketches, 50 Plays and Seven Deadly Plays. His full-length plays include Metaluna and the Science of the Mind Revue, A Hard Day's Journey Into Night and Always Never. He writes regularly for WNEP Theatre and Robot vs Dinosaur.

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