Tag Archives: American Theatre

Labor Day for Artists

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There is much in the news these days about how artists, and the personnel infrastructure supporting the artists, need to be appropriately compensated.  Los Angeles theater, of course, has become ground-zero for some of this debate.  Despite claims to the contrary, you’d be hard-pressed to find a stage actor in L.A. who wouldn’t like to be more appropriately compensated.  The issue is defining the term ...

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Broadway Comes From Non-Profits

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In a bit of news that will surprise no one outside of New York City, nearly every single one of the 2016 Tony nominees are in shows that began life in non-profits.  As American Theatre wryly notes: The musical revival nominees include one commercial only-on-Broadway offering, Bartlett Sher’s staging of Fiddler on the Roof (even as his revival of The King and I continues at Broadway’s third nonprofit, ...

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Not in Our Theatre: The Fight Against Sexual Harassment

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American Theatre – The Chicago advocacy organization Not in Our House (NIOH) joins theatres across the country in combatting sexual harassment. “The theatrical unions’ and guilds’ existing processes for addressing this kind of unacceptable behavior are inadequate. There is a sense that the response from unions and theatres has been non-existent or insufficient. In addition, the unions and guilds take the position that if an ...

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6 Theatre Artists Share What They’re Looking Forward To

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American Theatre: Los Angeles actor and Sacred Fools Theater Company member, Leon Russom,  gets a national platform to talk about his plans for 2016: Los Angeles actor Leon Russom who spent some of 2015 recovering from an illness (and vociferously opposing Equity’s changes to the city’s longstanding 99-Seat Plan), of Sacred Fools Theater, says he’ll return to the Fools for the premiere of Padraic Duffy’s ...

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Redmoon Theater Chicago to Close Its Doors Next Month

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American Theatre: Redmoon Theater, the innovative and ambitious company that has brought free art to the Windy City for 24 years will shutter in early 2016.  The site-specific company, known for its large-scale outdoor festivals and events, has recently faced financial woes.

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What Would An American National Theater Look Like?

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Playbill believes it knows how an American National Theater should look… and why America needs one: …unlike most nations (the U.K., France, Germany, Japan, China, and India among many others), the U.S. has no government-sponsored dramatic company and no single building that houses America’s brand of theatre. Why? What would a national theatre look like in America? Or, are we better off without one? Many ...

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The Theatre @Boston Court at a Crossroads

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American Theatre:  The Theatre @Boston Court is profiled in this month’s print issue.  Like all intimate theaters in Los Angeles, its future will be heavily determined by its response to the changes Actors’ Equity wants to make in 99 seat plan.  Unlike many theaters, however, @Boston Court has been proactive in reaching out to Equity even before the new 99-seat plans were proposed. …the perception ...

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Theatre Communications Group Takes Official Position on Color-Conscious Casting

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Theatre Communications Group, the publisher of American Theatre, has taken an official position on color-conscious casting.  You can co-sign this letter by going to their web form. December 2, 2015 Over the past several weeks, we’ve witnessed two troubling examples of university productions disrespecting a playwright’s intent in regard to casting. Clarion University in Pennsylvania had to cancel their production of Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in ...

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Steven Leigh Morris on the Future of LA Theater

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American Theatre:  Incoming LA STAGE Alliance Executive Director, Steven Leigh Morris, gives an extended interview on the future of Los Angeles theater and his ideas on how to get it there. We need to get recognition of the theatre art beyond the theatre community, so that people who live in Los Angeles understand really clearly that if they haven’t seen a play, in a large or ...

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Television: Theater’s New Friend?

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American Theatre:  “I was less interested in just putting theatre on TV, but I am very interested in not-for-profit, small regional theaters, and I also saw that they were really struggling to survive,” explains Mary Salter. “We’re trying to develop an audience for people to go into theaters and be in a place with real human beings in real time.”

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