Tag Archives: Steven Leigh Morris

Selling Theatre to the Community

An Abundance of Art There is no short supply of great theatre in Los Angeles. Better than great, brilliant! Earth shaking, soul transforming, awe inspiring theatre! I’m not just talking about Hamilton. Nor is it limited to The Center Theatre Group, The Geffen, or the other regional theaters here is southern California. Los Angeles is home to somewhere around 300 intimate theatre companies. And while ...

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28th Annual Ovation Awards

On the evening of January 29th, the Los Angeles theatre community gathered to honor their own. The United Artists Theatre in the Ace Hotel, was the scene of the 28th Annual Ovation Awards.  With a packed house, attendees watched as awards were announced in 35 categories. It was an evening of celebration and an opportunity to catch up with old friends and comrades. the excitement ...

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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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Advancing Theatre

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For ten years, FootLights has been trumpeting the merits of Los Angeles Intimate Theatre. Innovative work, intimate, powerful, the vision of the new American Theatre….and the value of theatre is boundless. While FootLights is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness on this topic, there are a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome. We live in a region, which if we include ...

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LASA Director on Recent Theater Closings

The new Equity plan will pose special economic stresses on intimate theaters

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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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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The Theatre @Boston Court at a Crossroads

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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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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The 2015 Ovation Awards: A New Beginning

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The 2015 Ovation Awards was an impressive event. More than 1100 from the LA Theatre Community showed up to celebrate the accomplishments of our artists over the past year. Just as important to the celebration was the palpable sense that there was a new beginning to the LA Theatre Story, at least a new act with new opportunities. Yes there was a pallor of concern, ...

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An Interview with Steven Leigh Morris, Newly Appointed Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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@ This Stage – Less than 24 hours after the announcement that Steven Leigh Morris, preeminent Los Angeles theater critic, had been named as the new Executive Director of LA STAGE Alliance, Michael Van Duzer had an opportunity to speak with him over the phone and ask a few questions.

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