Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

A Noise Within Announces Long-Awaited Theatre Groundbreaking

A Noise Within (ANW), the acclaimed classical repertory theatre company, announces groundbreaking on its highly anticipated state-of-the-art, 300-seat, permanent new home in Pasadena on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, at 10:30 am.  This major news from ANW Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott comes after years of comprehensive planning and unusually successful, ongoing fundraising efforts, with $10.1 million of the $13.3 million goal raised to ...

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When Thomas Alva Edison…

When Thomas Alva Edison developed the first film studio (yes, it was Edison), it became quickly apparent that just having the technology to project a moving image was not sufficient to sustain an audience. A story was needed. Everybody wanted to see the picture move, but to get them to put another nickel into the nickelodeon, there had to be a reason to come back. ...

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There is a profound joy to be a part of an industry…

There is a profound joy to be a part of an industry that is essentially undaunted by economic strife and political turmoil. Theatre is certainly impacted by these events, but the purity, the purpose, the resolve is sustained and often fueled by adversity. The strength of the community is tested time and again and yet artists gather, who strive to affect an audience with vision ...

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Technology

On a daily basis, there is more information available to us now than at anytime in recorded history.  The Internet is flooded with updates.  News cycles are in minutes, if not seconds, and our ever-increasing reliance on mobile devices that bring us news or something resembling news is spreading exponentially.  In the grand scheme, this is all for the good. After all, remember the adage ...

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Not of an Age

“Not of an age, but for all time” ~ Ben Jonson If there is a single individual voice that speaks to the community of human kind, it is William Shakespeare. In a time when world awareness was essentially limited to the place of birth, with what is assumed to be only be a primary education, this writer managed to observe and comment on human nature ...

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When the theatre community…

When the theatre community begins asking of itself what is our purpose? Whom do we serve? Our ears prick up. Why are these questions being asked? What good can come from this introspection? It would appear, that there is a storm brewing. To look upon the vast field of theatres and try to understand each in purpose and figure out their individual merits is a ...

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From the proliferation of theatre…

From the proliferation of theatre companies in Los Angeles, one might be prone to believe that anyone can throw out a shingle and start a company. The reality however, is that for each group that comes to surface, there is a foundation of many stones. The stones are the moments and events in the founding actors lives which compel them to fight against all odds ...

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On a Recent Saturday Morning

On a recent Saturday morning, a moment of serendipity prompted a drop in viewing of a young playwrights festival. While the intent was to peek in, say hello and then run, the reality was an hour and a half of riveting theatre. Kids still in High School were exploring issues far beyond what one might expect. A woman dominated by her husband, another having a ...

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State of the Stage

In life, in business, it’s always a good idea to access on a regular basis what is going on in the world and how our lives and business are changed or affected. In government, we get the State of the Union, or State of the State, so in kind we’re now addressing the State of the Stage. To be more precise, the State of Stage ...

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Veterans Center for the Performing Arts

There may very well be an unwritten code of conduct – be it institutionalized machismo, mission security, or the tacit understanding that, yeah, brother, we’ve all been there, so why waste your breath? – that as a military veteran, you simply don’t talk about the things that keep you awake at night.  Memories of combat, visions of comrades maimed and killed, sights, sounds and smells ...

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