Mastering Your Craft: Directing Actors with Jessica Holt  

Featuring: Jessica Holt  (Director, Acting Coach) 

Date: March 27th

Time: 6pm-10pm

Location: City Garage Theatre

NALIP Members $23/ Non-Members $33

This master class is for anyone interested in how directors can best communicate with actors to bring forward emotionally truthful and memorable performances on camera. Focusing on a process-based approach, Holt's set of strategies, tips and tricks will help you unlock the secrets of the scene  and ignite the imagination of your actors.  She will provide you with techniques for breaking down the scene, share basic principles for working with actors and rehearsal techniques that will ready actors for the shoot, and provide insight on how to clearly and briefly communicate playable direction with your actors while shooting in order to create the conditions for truthful and unforgettable performances to thrive. 





The Structure of One Hour TV Pilots with Ligiah Villalobos

Featuring: Ligiah Villalobos (Writer, Consultant, Producer)


Tuesday March 20th
Tuesday April 3rd 
Tuesday April 17th
Tuesday May  1st 
Tuesday May 15th 
*Subject to change

NALIP Members $250/ Non-members $300

Are you a writer? Do you wish you could build your knowledge of writing a TV pilot?

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is calling you to apply now for an opportunity to join us for a five session writer's workshop. The mini-series will take you through the process of pitching a one hour TV pilot to constructing your final outline.  This is an opportunity to not only build on that concept you've been wanting to work on but also making genuine connections with other fellow writers.


Due to limited space we are asking all who wish to participate to submit a writing sample.   

The application will be open until March 12th  2018 at 5pm. PST.


Submissions Closed! 

For questions regarding applications please contact 

*Note: All Participants will be required to attend all five of the sessions of the mini-series.  If accepted you will be asked to pay the full price of the Workshop.




Showrunning: How to Creatively manage a TV series

Featuring: Gloria Calderón Kellett (Executive Producer / Co-showrunner, One Day At A Time)

Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Sony Pictures

Complimentary for NALIP Members  / Non-Members $20

Spaces are limited, priority given to those who RSVP and submit a writing sample to

During this hour long workshop, participants will learn the basics of how to begin their career as a TV showrunner, as well as learn more about the role itself in a television production. Designed to give participants insights on the day-to-day life and duties of a showrunner; participants will learn about handling different responsibilities, from being in the writer's room, managing talent, to working with producers/directors.




Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Location: City Garage Theater

$20 NALIP Members / $35 Non-members

Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Saturday, December 16th.

Claudia Restrepo, Video Producer for BuzzFeed's Pero Like
Claudia Restrepo is a Los Angeles-based writer and director currently focusing on Latinx content for BuzzFeed’s Pero Like team. Before producing for the world wide web, Claudia’s 2012 play Reconstruction received a Theater Unleashed Award for best of Hollywood Fringe, and her screenplay Chicago Candid was named a 2014 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist. She is a graduate of the National Hispanic Media Coalition Television Writing Program, and a 2015 finalist for the Nickelodeon Writing Program. As a director Claudia has produced work for multiple BuzzFeed platforms including Tasty, Top Knot, Violet, and Pero Like. Claudia is passionate about minority and queer representation, both on and off screen. One of her favorite projects to date is Lesbian Princess, a series she co-wrote and directed, which has amassed millions of views and combines her love of historical fiction with LGBT themes. Her latest short, When You Can’t Have Sex, focuses on women’s health and chronic pain, and exemplifies her commitment to marginalized voices.  
Marvin Lemus, Director of Gentefied and Vamonos
Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a passion for telling unapologetic and subversive stories. Lemus’ eclectic body of work ranges between the film festival circuit and the digital world. Most recently, Lemus co-wrote and directed GENTE-FIED, a bilingual digital series produced by America Ferrera and MACRO, (Fences, Mudbound). Gente-fied recently premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being developed for television and was selected for the 2017 Sony Diverse Director's Program. 






Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location: City Garage Theater

$25 NALIP Members / $39 Non-members

Join us at the next workshop in our Latino Lens Workshop Series, on Thursday, November 30th.

"Immersive Storytelling: How to Produce the VR/AR Experience" invites content creators to learn more about navigating VR/AR and the process of creating diverse immersive experiences.


Mariana Acuna Acosta - CEO, JoltVR
Mariana explores new & emerging technologies and finds ways in which they apply to our clients. With over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry she brings her expertise in films, visual effects, animation and interactive media to develop cutting-edge Virtual Reality for creating fully immersive 360 experiences.

Tanya Leal-Soto - VR Producer, JoltVR
Tanya Leal Soto is a Creative Producer, Storyteller and Content Creator for multiple platforms. She has worked in theatre, film, TV and art exhibits for the last 15 years. Currently she is producing branded content and experimenting with emerging technologies. Most Recently, Tanya was selected to be apart of the Oculus Launchpad 2016, which is a program to support promising VR creators.

Jonathan Yomayuza - VR Technical Director, Emblematic 
At Emblematic Jonathan Yomayuza has helped deliver multiple VR projects for the Vive, two of which have been screened at Sundance and another that was presented to the United States Congress. With ten years of experience in the video game industry, he has mastered programs like Unity, Unreal, Z-brush which have allowed him to continually push the boundaries of VR within Emblematic Group. Jonathan is also an expert and pioneer in photogrammetry - 
a revolutionary technique that is paving the way for the VR of the future.

Jason Bral - CEO, Well Played Studios
Executive producer on over twelve original digital video series. Experience in working directly with Fortune 100 companies on creating engaging content.



Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: NBCUniversal

Complimentary for NALIP Members

This interactive workshop is designed to guide lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy.

Writing a great spec script that will get you noticed starts before any script writing is done. It begins by acquiring a knowledge of the show you are writing for, being able to copy the existing characters' voices of that show, coming up with an episode idea/story that is not only original and highlights your unique voice, but also stays true to the story structure already established, and choosing the right spec script to write. This 2 1/2 hour workshop will lead aspiring writers through some of the techniques that will be helpful in getting their first (or next) spec script started, be it a one-hour drama, or a half hour comedy. The workshop will also include the basic structure of a beat sheet and how to break the A, B, and C storylines for their one hour, or half hour spec.

Ligiah Villalobos, who we was previously featured in our #WeAreInclusion Campaign, a writer, producer and director, who has worked both in feature films and television. Before these roles, she was a studio executive, working at the Walt Disney Company. She has overseen the ABC Diverse Program and worked at the CW, overseeing six shows, such as Steve Harvey and The Jamie Foxx Show. Today, Villalobos teaches at Cal State University, Los Angeles, and is also currently developing two TV series ideas.

Complimentary for NALIP Members

To become a member or update your membership, click here.  

Priority will be given to writers who submit their work to