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Equity Work Week Numbers by the Numbers

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Actors’ Equity Association has repeatedly expressed concern that the Los Angeles 99-Seat Plan has impeded paid opportunities for actors in the region. Equity President Kate Shindle made remarks along these lines in March of this year: …the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete ...

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What’s the Motivation?

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Understanding the moment-by-moment emotional drive of a character is fundamental to good acting. That’s why the most clichéd of all actor statements is “What’s my motivation?” (To which Alfred Hitchcock would reply “Your salary.”) When an actor judges a character – imposing their own world view on what the writer wrought – the ability to understand motivation is lost. Or as my acting instructor often ...

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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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LASA Director on Recent Theater Closings

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ThisStage: LA STAGE Alliance Director, Steven Leigh Morris, continues to espouse his theme of “we’re all in this together” concerning the recent, near back-to-back production suspensions at both the Colony Theatre in Burbank and the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks.  From the start of his tenure as Director, Morris has consistently spoken about theater in the City of Angeles as one community despite attempts ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

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“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

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Sydney Theaters Underutilized While Producers Struggle to Find Affordable Venues

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ArtsHub:  As an argument for why there is a place and a necessity for 99-Seat theater, take a look at these numbers offered in an independent study, which focuses the frustrations of producers in Sydney, Australia who are having difficulty finding affordable venues for small to mid-sized shows, even though Sydney’s theatres are used for performance less than a third of the time.  Comparatively speaking, ...

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UPDATED: Actors’ Equity President on the 99-Seat Plan

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Actors’ Equity President, Kate Shindle, was recently interviewed by Ken Davenport for The Producer’s Perspective.  The podcast covers a number of pressing issues facing Equity and her first 9 months as Union President (she took office in June, 2015).  At the 37:55 mark, Shindle gives her assessment of the situation in LA associated with Equity’s significant alterations of the Los Angeles 99-seat plan and the ...

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Homogeneous Hollywood Losing Money?

On the heels of the recent diversity report from cross-town football rival, USC, today UCLA has released its study on the lack of diversity in Hollywood.  The 60-page scholarly report, created by the Bunche Center of African American Studies, is filled with numbers that are sadly familiar:  There can be no doubt that the entertainment industry is not a place of equal opportunity. This report ...

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Don Cheadle Needed A White Actor

Deadline Hollywood: The true rules of a system are often hidden.   Just as the election of Barack Obama did not signal a “post-racial” society, more actors of color at the Oscars may not signal a “post-racial” Hollywood.  For example, well-known actor, Don Cheadle, decided to make a film about jazz great, Miles Davis.  But funding for that film required something besides Cheadle’s resume, as he ...

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NEA Study: Arts Contributed $704.2 Billion To 2013 U.S. Economy, 32.5% Increase Since 1998

Broadway World: In support of the ongoing argument as to whether or not performing arts have economic value, take look at these numbers recently released by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Among the new findings: Theaters contributed $7.1 billion dollars.  There has also been growth in profit and non-profit industries across the board. “Studies are continually providing evidence that the arts contributes greatly to local economies. ...

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