In a year when the Colony Theatre suspended its regular season and the Courts agreed to dismiss the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity, it is good news indeed to have Studio/Stage continue be a theatrical space in Los Angeles. The venue, previously managed by Bill Sterritt, will be taken over by theater-couple Gregory Crafts and Jenn Scuderi Crafts under their newly launched venue management firm StageCrafts LLC on January 1, 2017.
According to Gregory Crafts: “When we co-founded Theatre Unleashed in 2008, Studio/Stage was where we mounted our first Main Stage show, The Tempest. It soon became one of our favorite venues to work in, and we’ve returned to it many times to mount such hits as The Spidey Project and Round Rock. Last year, Bill offered the space to us and after some serious discussion, we decided to accept. Over the past year, we’ve been quietly laying the foundation for this new endeavor. We’re honored to continue the legacy of Studio/Stage, and are glad to be able to save another artistic venue in Los Angeles from being turned into a dispensary.”
Studio/Stage is located at 520 N. Western Avenue in Los Angeles. The facility is an adjustable 49-seat venue with a 30 x 25 foot flexible playing area, a 14-foot ceiling, curved white walls perfect for projection, scene design and lighting, a sizeable lobby, multiple dressing rooms, a full kitchen and a gated artist parking lot.
The Crafts plan on remodeling the lobby space to make it more patron-friendly, possibly incorporating a gallery featuring works by local artists as well as bringing in some new higher-end equipment for artists and producers. The space is available for rent immediately and StageCrafts is already accepting bookings. More information can be found at www.StageCraftsLLC.com.
Footlights wishes Gregory and Jenn much success with this new venture that will continue to support the stage culture of Los Angeles.