State of the Arts 2012

Event Team

• KATE MCCALLUM – Executive Director c3 and The Millennium Project Global Arts and Media Chair, Event Executive Producer

Producer, Writer and entertainment and arts professional, Kate McCallum, founded Bridge Arts Media, LLC, a transmedia development and production company based in Los Angeles which specializes in both traditional and new media.  She also founded and serves as Executive Director of the c3: Center for Conscious Creativity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and research organization, creative collective and think-tank of artists, media-makers, futurists and conscious­ness experts who examine and explore the impact of art, story and media on culture and society.  c3 also produces and presents artists, concerts, screenings and educational forums relevant to the mission of transformation and the evolution of human potential.  In 2009 Kate was invited to Chair and help create a Global Arts and Media Node for The Millennium Project.  Kate is a member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the World Future Studies Foundation and is a Senior Fellow with the Society of New Communications Research from whom she received a Commendation of Merit for her work with The Millennium Project.  She writes and blogs about media and arts trends and is also a frequent speaker on future trends in arts and media and the power of the arts and media to transform.


Kate’s 30 year professional background ranges from positions in arts administration, television and feature film production and writing, to development, consulting and programming.  She holds a BA in Communica­tions and Music from Western Michigan University, and an MA in Consciousness Studies from the Uni­versity of Philosophical Research. Los Angeles. Kate spent 20 years at Universal Studios and Paramount Studios on prime time commercial series such as; THE EQUALIZER, CRIME STORY, MIAMI VICE, THE HUMAN FACTOR, and LAW AND ORDER. She produced and sold long form content to Showtime, UPN, and NBC (Producer on NBC MOW, “What Kind of Mother Are You”) and served as VP of Creative with Western Sand­blast at Paramount TV.  Kate joined the Harmony Channel executive team to launch an innovative visual music VoD cable channel on COMCAST to over 11 million homes, then from 2006-2009 she was employed by the Los Angeles Opera in the position of Board Liaison and Executive Administrator to General Man­ager, Plácido Domingo.  As a transmedia consultant, Kate clients include; Orb Media Group, and ReelFX.   She is currently consulting with Vortex Immersion Media in creative development and as a producer of 360 fulldome content, and was recently contracted by Createasphere to Chair and produce an international conference on transmedia and cross content storytelling, which will launch in 2013.


• ALEXANDRA LEH – Symposium Producer and Marketing

STATE OF THE ARTS: AMPLIFY! Producer Alexandra Leh is a New York native currently living in Downtown Los Angeles. Her professional pursuits as singer/songwriter, actor and television development executive led to her career as a writer of short stories, books and screenplays, and producer of films, television, live events and music. Alexandra serves on the Los Angeles Sub Node of the Global Arts and Media think tank c3:VisionLab, produces special projects for music+art label The Art of Sound, is co-writing an epic screenplay based on the life of Russian war heroine Maria Botchkareva, and is producing a transmedia edutainment property tracing the history of American popular music via the extraordinary life and work of electric guitar pioneer and influential musical genius George Barnes. Alexandra is a member of SAG/AFTRA, SAG Foundation, and NCWIT, and is a student of eastern and western philosophy, Hatha and Kriya yoga, and clean cuisine. Her other interests include digital photography, modern design, animal rescue, and being of service to her family, friends and community.


• ED LANTZ – Immersive Producer and Technical Adviser, President Vortex Immersion Media

Ed Lantz is an entertainment technology engineer and entrepreneur pioneering immersive cinema, augmented/virtual reality, gesture interactivity and other emerging technologies for next-generation entertainment venues. He is President and CTO of Vortex Immersion Media, Inc., an entertainment company focused on immersive and interactive experiences, and is co-founder of IMERSA, a trade association focused on digital domes and immersive cinema.  

•  STEVE POLINSKY – Fulldome Showcase Producer

STATE OF THE ARTS: AMPLIFY! Showcase Producer Steve Polinsky is a professional actor, writer, teacher and director. He was the founder and artistic director of theatre companies located in San Francisco, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Steve took his award-winning one-man production of Albert Einstein: The Man Behind the Genius on a remarkable 15-year tour of the US and Europe. He subsequently wrote, produced and performed other one-man presentations focused on the lives of Leonardo DaVinci, Socrates, Christopher Columbus and Sigmund Freud. Polinsky entertained and inspired audiences with his brand of historical living theatre for corporations, science centers, museums, and schools — from elementary to university level — throughout America and England. Extremely dedicated to the arts and education, he is thrilled to be a member of c3 and enthusiastically embraces the mission of affecting awareness and change of the human condition through the arts.


  • ALEX POLINSKY – Fulldome Showcase Stage Manager

  • CHRIS ADAMS – Fulldome Showcase Lighting Design


•   JAHNA PERRICONE – Speaker Liaison

As a Board Member of c3, Jahna has contributed her time and talents in numerous ways.  As a talented singer, songwriter and vocal meditation teacher, Jahna Perricone’s voice has been featured in films, television and live concerts, including performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Fashion Designer Sue Wong’s extravagant Los Angeles Fashion Show for L.A. Fashion Week and featured live sets on The Global Village radio show at  KPFK 89.3fm. Her singing is featured in the opening title for ‘Mythic Journeys’ with Tim Curry and the ‘Y Yoga Movie’;  and Jahna’s single, ‘Flower Duet’from her solo album ‘In The Balance’,  was featured on Showtime’s drama series, ‘The L Word’ and charted No. 1 on iTunes as the top download from ‘The L Word: The Third Season Soundtrack’. In addition, her singing is featured in the ‘Journey of Seven Bowls’ album series; ‘FRESH’ CD with DivAria, and the  ‘Vital Voices Kennedy Center Awards Ceremony’ soundtrack.  She also co-wrote ‘Enlighten-Up’, featured song in the film ‘Enlighten-Up’ and winner of Best Narrative from Elevate Music and Film Festival. She is the singer in the internationally acclaimed video, ‘Legend of Zelda Movie Trailer’, which was viewed by over 2.5 million viewers in its first 24 hours,  and was ranked as the #3 Digg story in the world! Recently she’s teamed up with her husband and fellow artist, Michael Perricone, presenting concerts and sound meditation workshops at ‘Bhaktifest’, ‘Shaktifest’, ‘Tadasana’, ‘Conscious Life Expo’ Festivals and with the MARC institute/UCLA and Director Diana Winston.  She is currently working on her next solo album.


• MICHELE SCARABELLI – Programming Producer and Speaker Coordinator

Michele Scarabelli has established herself over 20 years in the film and television industry in Canada, Europe and the U.S.  Best known for her solid acting career, Ms. Scarabelli’s credits include several series starring roles including the alien matriarch “Susan Francisco” in FOX’s critically acclaimed SciFi series Alien Nation;  as well as leads in features such as Loss of Faith opposite John Ritter, Pressure Point with Michael Madsen and the award winning Age Old Friends opposite acting luminary Hume Cronyn. Most recently she co-starred in Darryl from OnCar, an internet series that won 2009 Best Comedy Short.  Michele is presently developing several television projects that combine her love of nature and travel.  Michele has a degree in Psychology from McGill University in her home town of Montreal. She has an extensive background that spans media production, business management, strategic marketing, merchandising and relocation consulting.  Michele is a dynamic professional, offering a unique combination of organizational skills, diverse industry experience, and well-honed interpersonal expertise  which make her a highly effective VIP Speaker Liaison.


•  MARGARET LAMBERT – Volunteer Coordinator

•  BRIAN LAMBERT – Technical Coordinator/Composer


•   ALLISON SAVITCH – Sponsor Support/Design Support

•  BARBARA WADDLE – Event Consultant/Finances

•  KANEDA KENT – Event Photographer

Additional Credits:

•  BRAD WALLACE – Graphics Designer & Website Support

•   PATTY RANGEL – Event Consultant

•   EVONNE HEYNING – Event Consultant

•  ALEXANDRA SOKOL – Website Design

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