Peter Finlayson

monsterid
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 .

Letter: Proposed Changes to Actors’ Equity’s Constitution

constitution equity

Footlights received this letter from actor and Actors’ Equity member Leo Marks.  In it, he references an upcoming Equity meeting on September 12, 2016:  For those of you wondering what the 9/12 meeting is about: I’m attaching the text of the proposals I’ve submitted, which will be voted on at that meeting. I really encourage people to read these for themselves. For what it’s worth, ...

Read More »

Plaintiffs Respond to Equity Announcement

footlights 99 seat plan meeting

Footlights has received this letter from the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Actor’s Equity. It is their response to the announcements Equity made on June 28th, 2016 regarding its ending the 99-Seat Plan: Dear Equity Member and Los Angeles Theatre Community – By now you have seen Equity’s Press Release and letter to their members attacking actors for their efforts to preserve intimate theatre in ...

Read More »

More from FootLights!

hollywood fringe mount rushmore ben hill hff

FootLights is proud to be the premiere print magazine for theatre in Los Angeles. We serve more theatres and provide more information about theatre than anyone. While that has always been our goal, about a year ago, we brought Tracey Paleo on board to help us with our digital development and she proved to be so good, so efficient and so productive that we have ...

Read More »

Oh Ho! The Fringe Festival’s a Comin’!

hollywood fringe 2016 footlights

Do you hear the faint sound of trumpets blaring an announcement of something about to happen? Do you feel the tremor of excitement as a whirlwind of activity is beginning to transform Hollywood, the way a new circus changes an open field into a land of fun and excitement? Listen for it, it’s happening soon. The June 6th opening of the 7th Annual Hollywood Fringe ...

Read More »

Advancing Theatre

footlights theatre

For ten years, FootLights has been trumpeting the merits of Los Angeles Intimate Theatre. Innovative work, intimate, powerful, the vision of the new American Theatre….and the value of theatre is boundless. While FootLights is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness on this topic, there are a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome. We live in a region, which if we include ...

Read More »

‘Hamilton’ Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Th direction of American theatre is changing. Not just hip-hop, but actor created productions, that share profits with the participants. As reported in American Theatre NEW YORK CITY: The Pulitzer committee announced the winners of the 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University on April 18. In the drama category, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda received the top honor along with a $10,000 cash prize. The finalists for the drama prize were Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans by ...

Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (final part)

The intimate theatre community is a community of artists. We believe artists should be paid. We share that common goal with Equity. We also believe Equity’s attempt to radically alter intimate theatre in Los Angeles is precipitous and will not lead to more contract houses and more paying jobs for artists here in Los Angeles. We hope we can work with Equity and other local ...

Read More »

Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

poor funding underfunded footlights

“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

Read More »

Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 1)

letter to the editor footlights

We thank Dakin Matthews, Steven Leigh Morris and many others for their eloquent, considered responses to Kate Shindle’s recent statements during her interview on The Producer’s Perspective. As Mr. Matthews said we also think “she is an admirable, trustworthy, and hard-working president,” and we “don’t for an instant question her integrity or her motives.” Like Mr. Matthews, our concern is with ideas and actions. We ...

Read More »

A Modern Union

actors equity union footlights logo AEA

Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

Read More »