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Is “Fringe” a Pejorative Term?

The Stage: With people beginning to plan for the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, this article from London is an interesting conversation starter.  West End director, Phil Willmott, worries that publications have decided that “Fringe” means, well, fringe.  Couple this with a loss of theater critics who could properly vet the theater scene for the general public and he claims there is now a situation where ...

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Steven Leigh Morris Lays Out LASA Agenda

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ThisStage:  Steven Leigh Morris, the new Executive Director for the LA Stage Alliance, lays out the initial agenda under his leadership.  It’s a 4-point plan concerning: Property Values Youth Involvement Diversity Mobility / Traffic Underscoring the entire plan is the notion that local theaters are good for local business. Rising property values in Southern California are destabilizing arts organizations at an escalating rate — particularly ...

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How Can Actors Earn on TV?

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Deadline Hollywood:  A sobering look at the “new normal” where roles once billed as “Guest Stars” are now day players.  If actors don’t have television to pay the bills, where will they make up the difference? “Hollywood has become like a third world country,” said veteran actor Kent McCord, SAG’s former first vice president and national recording secretary. “There are a few actors who are ...

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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?

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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The Architecture of Antaeus Theatre Company

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“Theatre isn’t just about us. It’s about serving the community. We are here to serve.” ~John Sloan The room is quiet. Empty. Just myself and Co-Artistic Directors John Sloan and Bill Brochtrup (Rob Nagle was not available) are seated in the atheneum, where everything from meetings to rehearsals to classes are conducted. There’s privacy. So it’s not a normal day. Routine, as both men vividly describe, are laughable, theatrical antics that tend to overlap in the compressed space. How ...

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Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway

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I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell you why “Hamilton” is special in a bad way. It is such a phenomenon that ticket sales went through the roof. That’s a great thing. I’ve got no problem with that. ...

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Stage Raw’s 2nd Symposium: “Funding Arts Journalism”

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Stage Raw: These are tumultuous days for the theater community in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: There has never been a better time for the community to draw together for the purposes of thought-provoking self-analysis.  Jenny Lower reports on Stage Raw’s second of three symposia: “Funding Arts Journalism.”  

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Emerson College Faculty Vote to Oppose School’s Colonial Theatre Plan

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Playbill:  Emerson College’s faculty voted Oct. 27 to oppose plans to turn Boston’s vintage Colonial Theatre, a theatre, which was built in 1900, predating all existing Broadway houses, into a student activity center and dining facility. The resolution states, in part, that the “plans were developed without sufficient input from faculty, students, alumni and other city, regional and national stakeholders.” It calls “on the administration ...

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A View of the AEA Member Lawsuit from the Bay Area

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Bitter Gertrude: A take on the lawsuit that Actors’ Equity members had to bring on their own Union from the Bay Area.  It all comes down to funding.  Will this latest from Equity drive all American theater to “go indie”?  

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