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.

L.A. Drama Critics Circle expands by 4

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The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has expanded its circle by 4 for 2017.  Both F. Kathleen Foley of the Los Angeles Times and Rob Stevens of Haines His Way are returning and are joined by new members, Erin Conley of On Stage & Screen and Frances Baum Nicholson of Stage Struck Review and SCNG. The 2017 Circle includes 24 critics from throughout Los ...

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Reaching Our Kids Through Theater

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Growing up in downtown Boston as an inner city kid, the performing arts were more than just a fun place to spend my time after school. Theater was where I could learn and dream and activate my physicality and my intellect. And yes. There was a lot of pretty cool stuff to do! I was lucky enough to benefit from donors and supporters, completely anonymous ...

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The Group Rep Announces 43rd Season

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Under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Larry Eisenberg and Chris Winfield, The Group Rep has announced its 43rd Season containing a collection of original and classic theatrical offerings. Thematically, the season offers the audience a portal into the motives that drive a fascinating array of complicated human beings. A Nice Family Christmas (Nov. 4 – Dec. 18, 2016) Phil Olson’s world premiere comedy, directed by ...

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Opening the Dialog for Women in Theater

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Summer 2015 was the genesis of a thought: Write about powerful women in Los Angeles Theater. Focus upon a more cohesive picture of theater culture. Open up a dialog about what the landscape really looked like for women. And discuss their integration in the performing arts. There was this temptation of course to be the underdog. In the last year alone, I’ve read article after ...

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Theater Asylum Returns to Hollywood Row

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Venue management and live performance production company Theater Asylum/Combined Artform is returning to Hollywood Row and has just announced a new partnership with Studio C Artists the production, casting, and arts education company founded by director John Coppola and producer Michael Sonntag.  Asylum’s  Mattew Quinn will be working with Operations Manager, Bertha Rodriguez who started Combined Artform with Quinn in 1998. The team will be ...

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Skullduggery: The Story Before Hamlet

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“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” – Polonius Los Angeles playwright and composer Michael Shaw Fisher of Orgasmico Theatre Company has designed a new musical: a fill-in-the-blanks prequel to one of Shakepeare’s most popularly referenced plays, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.  The show is now in extension at Sacred Fools Theater Company through November 19th. Mostly written as a fan-fiction,  Skullduggery  ...

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LASA Announces Ovation Awards Date

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The 27th Annual Ovation Awards nominations will be announced on Wednesday, November 2 on the LA Stage Alliance’s This Stage website. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center. Red carpet arrivals begin at 6pm and the curtain will rise at 7:30 pm. A reception in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will ...

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LA Drama Critics Circle Addresses Impending Equity Deadline

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PRESS RELEASE LOS ANGELES (October 17, 2016) — The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has issued the following statement on behalf of the current situation regarding the current proposed changes by Actors Equity Association (AEA) to the Los Angeles intimate theater community: As the dispute over the Los Angeles theater’s 99-Seat Plan nears a crisis point, with a new policy set to be unilaterally ...

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Diverse Culture at Towne Street Theatre

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This month Towne Street Theatre hit the Hollywood radar with Passing Solo, a memory play set in the 1920s about two African American women who share a secret: Their birth certificates read “Negro” but both can – and do – pass as white. Footlights  took the opportunity to speak with company co-founder, artistic director, and star, Nancy Cheryll Davis-Bellamy, to get some insight about this ...

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Miami Flies 99-Seat to London

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Kemp Powers’ One Night in Miami… has now crossed the Atlantic.  World Premiering in 2013 at Los Angeles’ Rogue Machine Theatre, the show moved eastward in 2015: first to Baltimore, then Denver.  Now it moves even farther eastward,  jumping the Atlantic to London’s Donmar Warehouse where the show runs October 6 through December 3, 2016. Powers is a founding member of The Temblors, an Angeleno ...

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