Tag Archives: Actors’ Equity

An Open Letter To LA Theatre Community

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Last week New Musicals Inc. filed a charge against Actors Equity Association through the National Labor Relations Board.  The charge centers upon unfair business practices, accusing AEA of placing New Musicals Inc. on a “Do Not Work” list without cause. Actors Equity Association is demanding that its members do not engage with NMI, threatening union members with penalties, sanctions and possible expulsion from the union.  ...

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Newly Formed ‘Independent Theatres of Los Angeles’ To Hold Citywide Auditions

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Press Release Intimate theater companies in Los Angeles that have been denied membership status by Actors Equity Association, and/or find themselves financially unable to sign AEA’s new Los Angeles 99-Seat Theater Agreement, are banding together under the title “Independent Theatres of Los Angeles.” Sixteen theaters have joined ITLA to date, with more companies expected to become members soon. Under the auspices of ITLA, citywide auditions ...

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After The Battle

Last December, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) imposed a new plan regarding the use of its members for productions in intimate theatres in Los Angeles County. A two-year battle between AEA and its members, as well as most of the producers of small theatre, was brought to at least a temporary conclusion with the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by AEA members against the union. Even ...

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Letter: Equity Stonewalls L.A. Theater Company

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This open letter to the L.A. Theater Community first appeared on Facebook and is reprinted here with permission: Dear Colleagues, Actors Equity has chosen to put us on the public “Do Not Work” list. We want you to know the facts. For the last year, we have been attempting to have the Academy Repertory Company (our member company that was established in 2003) designated as ...

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The Responsibility of the Artist

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If 2017 already seems a little grim, well, it’s likely because it is  a little grim.  A lot of the country is miserable over the outcome of the presidential election.  Or, more precisely, what is presently happening as a result of that election.  Examples of unprecedented behavior include: Election Numbers:  Donald Trump falsely claiming he won in a landslide. Social Media Channels:  Donald Trump using ...

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Most-Read Footlights Stories of 2016

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Although 2016 theater news in Los Angeles was dominated by the battle over the elimination or preservation of the 99-Seat Plan, there were other stories that captured Footlights  readers’ attention as well.  Here are the 10 most-read pieces of 2016, along with their opening paragraphs.  There’s a mix of both aggregated coverage and original insights.  The list gives some indication of what theater-goers found most ...

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Press Release: Pro99 Calls For New Referendum

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Press Release: LOS ANGELES (December 14, 2016) — Members of L.A.’s “Pro99” theater community continue to gather signatures to demand a new referendum on Actors’ Equity’s 99-Seat Theater Plan, which is scheduled to end today. Despite an overwhelming “No” vote by over 66% of the Los Angeles membership on a referendum put before it last April, the union moved forward to eliminate the existing plan ...

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UPDATED: L.A. Writers Comment on The End

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With the clock winding down on the Settlement Agreement that was first set up in 1989, L.A. intimate theater is about to face new rules from Actors’ Equity. Needless to say, several L.A. writers didn’t let the moment go unnoticed. LA Stage Alliance Executive Director and Stage Raw Magazine Publisher Steven Leigh Morris penned a column to the L.A. theater community. Long time KCRW critic ...

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Dakin Matthews: A Layman Looks at the Dismissal

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Scholar and veteran actor Dakin Matthews is back to explain the recent court dismissal of the lawsuit brought against Actors’ Equity.  You can currently see Dakin on Broadway in Waitress. The judgement is in; the lawsuit, as Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) requested, has been dismissed. It’s a bit of a surprise to me, but not too much. I disagree with the overall ruling, and there ...

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BREAKING: Plaintiffs Will Fight To Be Heard

PRESS RELEASE From Lawsuit Plaintiffs LOS ANGELES (Dec. 9, 2016) — In response to a court decision on Thursday, Dec. 8 dismissing their lawsuit against Actors’ Equity Association, the Plaintiffs announced that they will continue to fight for the survival of the 99-seat theater system. Gary Grossman, an actor, producer and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, stated that, “We are very disappointed in ...

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