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 .

Jon Mullich

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There are thousands upon thousands of people coming out of high schools and colleges all over America every year that are determined to pursue a life as an ACTOR! Parents cry, friends smile, family wonders how long they’re going to have to support the lunacy. For most, in short order it becomes apparent that it’s not all fun and games, it’s hardly glamorous, and with ...

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A Round of Applause to Actor’s Equity Association

While Los Angeles is world renowned as the Entertainment Capital of the World, most consider that “Entertainment” as film, television and music. But live theatre is a part of that “Entertainment Capital” title. Los Angeles produces more theatre on a regular basis than anywhere else in the world. Now for us, that’s not a big surprise, but to the world it’s astounding. Theatre in LA? ...

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Intimate Theatre

Los Angeles intimate theatre is now under siege. Even if you’re tired of hearing about it, it continues. Actor’s Equity Association, (AEA) besides unilaterally changing the basic plan for theatres her in LA, has now gone an extra step and is telling theatres that have been producing for more than 20 years, that they have no record of for example the Evidence Room ever having ...

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The Cost of Theatre

As you may be well aware, there is a battle raging as to what the landscape of LA theatre will look like in coming days. At stake is the ability of seasoned actors that are members of Actors Equity Association (AEA) to be able to engage in their art without a contract. For more than 30 years, AEA members have been willing to provide their ...

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Actors’ Equity Formally Terminates 99-Seat Plan

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This is an email that went out to Equity members April 21, 2015: There has been an important conversation going on regarding the future of theater in L.A. Today, after receiving and considering months of feedback from members on all sides of the debate, Equity’s Council has taken several important steps to address many of the concerns expressed by members in Los Angeles. They have ...

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LA Equity Referendum Results

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The official tally on the Referendum has been released: The ballots for the 99-Seat Proposal Advisory Referendum have been tabulated. We have already shared the results with the National Council and we will be posting the results on the member portal shortly. As I promised, here are the results of the vote count: Total number of ballots sent: 6,990 Total Number of ballots returned: 3,141 ...

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Waiting for News

While we await the outcome of the referendum, there’s a low toned rumble amongst the actors in LA, wondering what’s next? Engaged and ready to advocate for ourselves, what’s our next step? Here the deal, we should not be waiting, we should be planning. We know what we want, or do we?

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Voting on AEA proposal Continues.

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The debate rages on, and and social media is filled with discussion about the merits and impact of the recently self promulgated proposal by Actors’ Equity Association.  While this initially seemed to be a local issue, parties from around the country are chiming in. Los Angeles for nearly 30 years has enjoyed the opportunity for professional actors to perform on small stages for a stipend. ...

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Stage Raw Awards

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1st ANNUAL Celebration Theatre co-presents the first-ever Stage Raw Theater Awards, picking up where the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards left off last year, honoring the best work in L.A.’s theaters of up to 99-seats. It’s no secret that many of these theaters, and the quality of the work they produce, are now embattled by pending policies proposed by Actors Equity Association. The first-ever Stage Raw ...

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Bully on the Block

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What do you call it when a 6th grade hall monitor goes up to the smallest 4th grader and “says get off the playground!”? We call it bullying, right? Mr. Boss approaches the mail boy and says, “Norbert, get out of my way, get me some coffee!”? It can be seen as abuse? When a union tells its members that you can’t volunteer, you can’t ...

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