Tracey Paleo

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Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

Ben Hill’s Hollywood Fringe – Part II

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Last month, Hollywood Fringe Festival founder and director, Ben Hill, spoke with FootLights  about the 2016 Summer lineup and the general direction of the festival going forward. Fringe has uniquely positioned itself as a front-runner in the U.S. festival scene, successfully promoting local Los Angeles talent as well as attracting shows from other cities across the country including New York. So it occurred to me ...

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UPDATED: Actor Abuse in Chicago’s Profiles Theatre

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The house lights are up on Profiles Theatre.  Way up.  In a recent in-depth expose, Chicago Reader informs its audience about the actor abuse that has taken place there for over 20 years: In her review, [Sun-Times critic Hedy] Weiss noted the bruises on the actors’ arms. “At one point, a female cast member is being brutally choked, then forced to give a makeshift blow ...

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Playwrights & Partnerships: Creating the Future at The Blank Theatre

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  Collaboratively exciting on the festival scene this Summer is the alliance between The Blank Theatre, The Hollywood Fringe Festival and Theatre Asylum. For the first time, Founding Artistic Director Daniel Henning, has opened The Blank Theater’s doors to Fringe, which if successful, may help deepen the relationships necessary to continue building Hollywood’s largest and most organized annual theater event.  As a key cornerstone of ...

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Sam Harris is ‘HAM-ing’ It Up to Crowd Fund His Musical Memoir

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“Crowdfunding is the way we fund art now. For someone who has a dream, that wants to be a storyteller, or wants to invent something, or bring something new to the world, it’s is the most accessible way it can be done. There’s just too much mishigas in the business.” It was the end of a 15 minute conversation with Tony award winning actor, recording ...

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Wallis Annenberg Center Announces 2016-17 Season

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The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016-17 season will include over 300 performances of more than 50 different programs of theater, dance, and music featuring both local and world-renowned talent: Theater @ The Wallis The Wallis and For The Record production of Scorsese: American Crime Requiem September 21 – October 16, 2016 For The Record series is a form of live entertainment turning ...

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Should Critics Expect a Plus-One Ticket?

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The Telegraph: Critics have a job to perform at the theater: to help the public understand where to spend hard earned dollars and precious time.  Of course, it never hurts to have a little fun on the job and critics often invite a friend to accompany them to the office on the theater’s dime.  The Artistic Director of Britain’s National Theatre, Rufus Norris, is changing ...

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2016 Actors’ Equity Election Results

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The official results, including vote totals, of the 2016 Actors’ Equity election are shown below, winners are in red.  A total of 7215 valid ballots were cast of which 4132 were cast electronically.  There were 168 invalid ballots. Eastern Region Principal 4-Year Term: Nick Wyman (2789) Nancy Slusser (2510) Camille Saviola (2501) Francis Jue (2353) Jeff Blumenkrantz (2067) Mary Gutzi (1941) James Ludwig (1860) Wally ...

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Theatre 68 Finds a Permanent Home

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After a nearly 3 year residence at the NoHo Arts Center, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company/ Theatre 68 has claimed the one time Deaf West, and soon to be former Antaeus Theatre Company venue at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, as their new permanent home. According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15 year old, eclectic-contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of ...

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South Coast Repertory Announces 2016-17 Season

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South Coast Repertory has announced its 2016-17 season.  The theater’s commitment to new voices in the American theater will be seen through three world premieres and five West Coast premieres. Sept. 2–Oct. 2, 2016 All the Way by Robert Schenkkan, directed by Marc Masterson Lyndon B. Johnson has been catapulted into the most powerful job on earth. No stranger to back room deals, Johnson takes ...

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Hollywood Fringe Awarded $10k from NEA

Grant in support of Fringe Scholarships program The Hollywood Fringe Festival is proud to announce that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant of $10,000 to support the Fringe Scholarships program. This grant stems from more than $82 million approved by NEA Chairman Jane Chu to fund local arts projects and partnerships. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation ...

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