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 .

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

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“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’ ...

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

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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 ...

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A Modern Union

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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 ...

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Looking for the Promised Land

February is Black History Month, an organized effort to recognize, accept and validate the African American Experience in Western Culture. It’s complicated. It’s about pride, it’s about history, it’s about education, it’s an effort to merge two ideas that often seem conflicted. Community And Diversity. How do we meld common interests (community in this case Western Culture), and special/individual interest (again in this case, the ...

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LASA plan for Theatre Centers has a future

The hope of building theatre centers seems one step closer today, as the West Hollywood City Council has earmarked funds to buy the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Blvd. “The Coast Playhouse redevelopment and activation will anchor a potential Center City Arts District …”    

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What do you mean, Diversity?

Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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In With the New

2015 was a big year for Los Angeles Theatre and here at FootLights, we couldn’t be more proud. Every step of the way brought enormous upheaval and sometimes difficult change for the community. But with that change also came triumph. We’ve seen gorgeous original plays emerge, local female playwrights taking more of the lead, another successful Summer festival season, Hollywood Theatre Row officially designated, strategic ...

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Los Angeles Theatre: Let’s Stand Together

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We are days away from the end of 2015 and “What a ride it’s been!” This year the greater Los Angeles Theatre Community discovered it was more than just the sum of its parts. We came to realize through, communication, collaboration, struggle and triumph, through art, commerce, discussion and criticism, that we are a broad and powerful voice capable of impacting the national stage. One ...

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Raising Theatre

When a new baby is born, everybody gushes and compliments and speaks of the promise of youth. In most cases for the next 25-30 years, the only people that usually continue with that optimistic outlook is the parents, and they more out of hope then knowledge. So too can be said for a theatre movement. By virtue of all that went before it, the notion ...

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