Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Rubinfeld to Join American University Faculty

We are honored to announce that our Co-Principal, Kendra Rubinfeld, has accepted a position on the American University School of Communication faculty. She will serve as an Adjunct Professor for an undergraduate level course called Communication and Society this coming spring semester. She will continue with her normal client work full-time and co-teach the course part-time with Professor Christie Parell.  She is excited about the connections she will make with other faculty and staff on AU's campus and is very much looking forward to sharing her passion for PR and Communications with her students.

A special thank you to Professor Scott Talan for his referral.

This news made a special appearance in the Washington Business Journal.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

"Blogs for a New Client": Young Artists of America

KRPR is excited to announce our newest client, Young Artists of America (YAA). Young Artists of America is a non-profit educational organization that was founded to provide aspiring and talented young musicians with exceptional opportunities to study, rehearse, perform with and be mentored by professional artists and educators. Students perform in fully orchestrated concerts including large-scale works of opera, musical theatre, oratorio and dance. In just three short years, YAA has quickly established itself as the premier collaborative musical program in the region for youth interested in classical and theatrical repertoire.

Enjoy highlights from one of their performances, "Songs for a New World":

Young Artists of America was founded by internationally-recognized operatic tenor, Rolando Sanz along with his brother Kristofer Sanz, the Music Director and Philharmonic conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. YAA seeks to fill a void in the music education of instrumentalists, vocalists and dancers in the secondary and college music programs.

One of the cornerstones YAA is most proud of is their mentoring program. Beginning with their Inaugural Concert, YAA has incorporated a mentoring system in which the student instrumentalists and singers study and perform alongside professional musicians. Recently they have brought in such guest performers as composer and Tony Award Winner, Jason Robert Brown (Songs for a New World, Parade), Broadway conductor, pianist and composer Jeanine Tesori (Shrek, Violet) and Anthony McGillPrincipal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic.

Young Artists of America has several exciting announcements and events in the works that KRPR will be helping to promote. We are incredibly excited about working with YAA and looking forward to all of the great things they have in the works. For those interested, YAA will be performing The Secret Garden in Concert on November 16th at the Cultural Arts Center at Silver Spring. Tickets are on sale now!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Big Day for KRPR

It was a big day for us here at KRPR.  Aside from our favorite team, the Kansas City Royals, winning the American League pennant and heading to the World Series, Kendra Rubinfeld PR was on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU88.5.  

On Kojo's show today, the topic of conversation was Decade of Docs in Our City Film Festival.  The festival, which will happen this weekend, is this year's reincarnation of the KRPR program, the Our City Festival.  

In case you missed it, here is the Kojo clip.  And, here is more on the film festival this weekend.  Please use KRPR20 for a 20% discount on tickets.



Monday, September 15, 2014

September Update: In "Short," KRPR's "Bugging" Out

This September has been a busy one for Kendra Rubinfeld PR and many of our Arts & Entertainment clients.  With the departure of summer comes many arts and cultural events as well as distribution of Fall Arts Guides/Previews by the area's major publications.  Here are a few highlights for KRPR's clients for the month of September.

DC Shorts Film Festival (11th Annual)
135 films from 25 different countries screen in 17 unique showcases from September 11-21st.  KRPR garnered press in all major television networks, The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, WAMU, WTOP, Washingtonian Magazine, Brightest Young Things, and countless other online and print publications.  Here are a few highlights below.  For a complete list, please visit this link.

What to Know About the DC Shorts Film Festival, The Washington Post

DC Shorts Film Festival: ‘Ziazan': An Armenian Girls Adventure…, The Washington Post

‘Retirement’ Mixes Storytelling with Movie-Making, The Washington Post

Heal H Street Explores the Effects of Gentrification at DC Shorts, The Washington Post

DC Shorts Film Festival, Reviewed, Washington City Paper

Northern Virginia Filmmakers Showcase at the DC Shorts Film Festival, Northern Virginia Magazine

Preview: DC Shorts Film Festival Shows 1-4, Brightest Young Things

Filmmaker Puts a Ferret in a Leading Role, The Washington Post KidsPost

Alliance for New Music-Theatre's Metamorphosis at Woolly Mammoth Theater
A dark and comical interpretation of Franz Kafka's iconic work through the lens of this season's complex theme, The Outsider's Outsider.  Playing from September 10th to the 21st.  Here are a few highlights of the coverage so far.  For tickets and more information, please visit this link.  

Celia Wren's Diaspora, The Washington Post 

BWW Review: Alliance for New Music-Theatre Takes on Kafka's Iconic Metamorphosis, Broadway World 

Kafka's Bug Gets Music-Theatre Treatment in Metamorphosis, DC Theatre Scene

Theatre Review: Metamorphosis Presented by Alliance for New Music-Threatre at Woolly Mammoth, Maryland Theatre Guide

Play DC: Metamorphosis at Woolly Mammoth, Brightest Young Things 

Metamorphosis at Alliance for New Music-Theatre, DCMTA

Magic Time! Metamorphosis at Alliance for New Music-Theatre, DCMTA 

Fall Arts Guides/Previews

We are proud to say that the following clients were featured in the following Fall Arts Previews distributed in September. An asterisk identifies "Editor's Pick".

Photo Credits:  
"State of the Arts" Illustration, courtesy of Washington City Paper
"Metamorphosis", Hilsdon Photography 

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Tinge of Fringe

The 9th Annual Capital Fringe is almost upon us. Starting July 10th and going to July 27th, adventurous audiences will have access to exploratory artists creating cutting-edge, and contemporary performances in the nation's capital.

Two of the 145 inspiring and eclectic productions are KRPR clients, The Road to High Street and Dracula. A Love Story.

Check out more about them below, and be sure to get your Fringe Button as soon as possible to get access to these shows and more.

The Road to High Street by Andrew Potter

The true, tell-all tale of two unicycle-riding/fire-eating/guitar-playing/rubber chicken-juggling street performers in a one-man, musical, digital storytelling show.  Oh… and it’s about chasing your dreams, too.

Dracula. A Love Story. by Tim Treanor
He is a K Street lobbyist. She is a graduate student. A normal DC couple except that he happens to be Dracula seeking a new bride and she is searching for pure rapture. A modern take of the Bram Stoker classic, Wry Productions explores contemporary ideas about love and life through this timeless drama.

Press so far here.

Twitter @Count_Tepes

Our friends at Scott Circle manage the PR for the entire festival.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

From the Desks of KRPR

Dear Friends of Kendra Rubinfeld PR,

We wanted to take a moment of your time to share some exciting news. 

As you may know, Kendra Rubinfeld founded the Our City Film Festival in 2008 during her tenure as Program Director for Yachad.  The festival showcases DC focused films, encouraging filmmakers to use the power of their medium to bring communities together and celebrate the rich cultures, stories and scenes that make up our city.

Each year the festival grew in audience, venue and press coverage. Watching the festival grow from an idea to a success was one of Kendra's motivations in pursuing an education and career in PR.

When Kendra Rubinfeld left Yachad in 2013 to found KRPR with Co-Principal, Travis Hare, the rights to the Our City Film Festival came with her. Since then, KRPR has been planning new and exciting things for the festival, which it will manage under its programmatic umbrella.  We hope that this event will continue to position KRPR at the forefront of DC's cultural scene, while simultaneously supporting and encouraging arts and culture in the area. 

This year, Our City Film Festival will take a break from accepting new films, and team up with nonprofit partners, Docs In Progress, to co-present a special event, DECADE OF DOCS IN OUR CITY, on October 18th and 19th at the Burke Theater at the U.S. Navy Memorial.  Find out more about the event here.

In addition, big things are in the works for 2015's festival and we encourage you to stay in the loop by signing up for the Our City Film Festival mailing list and following it on social media below.

Thank you so much for your continued interest in KRPR and we hope to see you in October if not sooner.  As always, if you would like to speak with us about your particular PR and Marketing needs, or find out more about who we are working with, please reach out.

Kendra Rubinfeld & Travis Hare

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Funk Was Brought

Well, the funk was officially brought on Saturday.  In case you missed it, here are some fantastic scenes from the Funk Parade.  Look closely and you may see a couple of KRPR clients highlighted in the activities.

More photos from BYT, click here.

KRPR client, Princess Mhoon Dance Institute performs a preview from their upcoming The Godfather and The Queen Show: Dance Inspired by James Brown and Aretha Franklin June 21st and 22nd.  

Trash collection was donated by KRPR client, Tenleytown Trash.  Orange dumpsters could be found up and down U Street to help keep it funky and clean.

The Funk Parade was organized by Justin Rood and Chris Naoum (Listen Local First).  
Find out more about Funk Parade here.  

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

As a former teacher myself, I can attest to the challenges faced each and every day in the classroom - the long hours, the test prep, the occasional behavioral issues (who hasn't had their lip split open by a head-butting 4-year-old?). While in theory we should appreciate teachers every single day, at the very least we can all agree to take a little time this week to show some gratitude to the teachers in our lives, past and present.
Even when times do get tough for teachers, the good news is that there is always a good story to tell. With that in mind, we are happy to pass on a great new event from our friends at SpeakeasyDC, who have been voted the “Gold Standard” of the storytelling genre by The Washington Post. The event, After-School Special: A Night Of True Stories By And About Educators, will be taking place at the Atlas Theater on H Street in Washington, DC on this Friday, May 9th at 8pm.

A cast of 8 educators and students will tell their poignant, comical, and sometimes harrowing true tales from inside and outside the classroom. DJ EZ Street of local radio station, 93.9 WKYS, will host the event. There will be a fundraising reception prior to the show whose profits benefit Teaching for Change. A discussion will take place after the show for the general audience. The educators that make up the evening’s cast come from various schools across the DMV including DCPS’s Woodrow Wilson High School and Alexandria Public Schools. The cast will share stories ranging from a teacher protecting a gay student from being bullied, to a Martha’s Table volunteer teaching a class on recording a hip-hop album.

As a show of their appreciation for teachers, SpeakeasyDC is offering the special discount code for educators. That code is: 'teach4change'. We are looking forward to the event and hope to see you there!

And, here is some press we were able to secure for the event:

  • Tune in on Tuesday at 2:30 pm to here storyteller, Chris Obermeyer on WPFW's Sheila Alexander Reid LIVE, talk about his experience coming out of the closet to defend a gay student at Wilson High School from being bullied. 
  • Watch Amy Saidman, SpeakeasyDC's Artistic Director of Let's Talk Live on Channel 8 this Wednesday from 11am to noon. 
  • Check out The Gazette on May 8th to read about storyteller, Clint Smith, a Prince George's Public School teacher and his passion for spoken word. 
  • Find a mention in the Washington Post's Weekend Guide.
  • Read more about storyteller, Chris Obermeyer in this week's MetroWeekly and The Washington Blade. 
  • Stay tuned to watch Alison Starling highlight Teaching for Change's Allyson Criner Brown on ABC's Working Women segment later this month.