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The Creative Actors Alliance evolved out of a group of actors that began meeting outside of their acting classes to further hone their skills by working together each week. Through these self-mentoring series of weekly classes, the Alliance began to truly see what strength in numbers meant. During the latter months of 1999, these actors worked on cold reading, scene study and improvisations, while continually supporting and encouraging each other to go out and do their utmost to succeed.

The Creative Actors Alliance was formally created as the scene study group evolved out of a desire to simply hone skills and more to push the members' careers in a unified manner. It was to little surprise that the decisive and talented original members moved into the business aspect of the industry in March 2000.

The Alliance immediately began planning film projects that soon came to fruition in the latter part of 2000, as well as assisting friends and fellow members' in the casting and production of their independent projects.

July 2000 saw the birth of the Creative Actors Alliance's cornerstone innovation, the Monthly Industry Event. First located at Jerry's Famous Deli in Hollywood, the brunch soon grew to be one of the largest networking events in the city, and the longest running free monthly event in the region. Since its inception, the Monthly Industry Event has boasted such guest speakers as Elliott Gould, Charlize Theron, Michael Levine, Robert Forster, Jon Gries, casting directors, producers, agents, managers and many more.

The end of 2000 found the Alliance hosting its first of many charity events with their volunteer work for the Penny Lane organization, in cooperation with the Los Angeles Actors Coalition. The Alliance has since gone on to assist the Ryan Fury Memorial Fund, Toys for Tots, The Edward K Oliver Memorial Fund, the Los Angeles Mission and Performing Arts Studio West. More charitable events will continue to take place throughout each year.

The Creative Actors Alliance continued its innovations in 2001. A new affiliate program was introduced, much to the pleasure of the devoted patrons of the networking event. Not long after, a partnership was created with Z-ville Productions to produce "The Chair." The Alliance began making other partnerships with groups such as Nosotros, The Florida Project, The Film Artists Network and many others. And July 2001 found the Alliance co-producing their first stage production, "Around the World in 3 Plays".

The Creative Actors Alliance continued its push for excellence in 2002. They produced three staged productions, filmed a trilogy of comedic shorts, and formed an alliance with Wolf Point Productions and Jade Tiger Productions to create the acclaimed short film, "Tempus Fugit".

October 2002 introduced the Creative Actors Alliance's most innovative project to date, The C.A.S.T. Project. Continuing the Alliance's goal to assist undiscovered talent in achieving success, this unique scriptwriting competition offered an opportunity for writers from around the world to be considered for literary representation by Los Angeles based literary agents, as well as having their one-hour episodic script produced into a presentation pilot.

2004 was a year of preparation for the Alliance. The C.A.S.T. Project winner, "The Tower" and The C.A.S.T. Project Reality Series was pitched to various production companies, and in 2005 the Alliance embraced the next stage of its evolution: the Repertory Production Membership Program - intended to facilitate the Alliance's goal of producing more product.

In 2006, they decided to concentrate on producing feature films and geared up to produce the comedy, Life at the Resort written by Deon C. van Rooyen and David Higlen. Life at the Resort was filmed in La Canada, CA in August 2010 and was screened at the New York International Film Festival 2011, where it won Best Comedy Feature. It was also screened at the Idyllwild International Film Festival 2012 and won the Jeff Stone, Best of Festival, Audience Award. Life at the Resort aired on HBO Europe, LaunchTV and Amazon Prime but is currently available to download for rent or purchase on Vimeo on Demand.

The Creative Actors Alliance is currently developing their next feature, Widows' Song, which was adapted from the stage play May The Lord Take a Liken To You, written by Jeremiah Munsey. Where in a small mining town of West Virginia, five widows, haunted by their own demons, seek justice after a coal mine explosion kills 27 miners.

Celebrated 20 years in 2019!


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