Tag Archives: Vanessa Stewart

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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Letter: What 99-Seats Means to Vanessa Stewart

Actress and writer Vanessa Stewart is well-known to the Los Angeles theater community and Footlights readers.  With her husband, French, she is a popular host of LA theater award ceremonies and also a Plaintiff in the suit against her own Union, Actors’ Equity.  She compiled an extensive production database proving, once and for all time, just how valuable the Equity 99-Seat Plan was to Equity ...

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Counterpoint to a Datapoint

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Under the title “There is Pro99 Data and Then There Are the Facts,” Los Angeles playwright, producer, and stage manager Armina LaManna has published a rebuttal in The Dramatist  to Vanessa Stewart’s earlier article there (a version of which first appeared in Footlights). You may recall that Stewart, aided by Monica Greene, took upon herself the daunting task of capturing the life of any intimate ...

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UPDATED: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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Footlights originally published this letter from actress and producer Vanessa Stewart on March 25, 2016. Vanessa has since updated her database making it even more accurate and a more valuable tool for the theater community. She explains her update in an addendum which follows her original letter below: I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what ...

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UPDATED: Dealing with Facts

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As if their press release earlier in the week wasn’t enough, Actor’s Equity has distributed another  press release today in a reaction to the Plaintiffs’ Statement published yesterday.  Some context and analysis follow after the Union’s official statement: Actors’ Equity Association Executive Director Mary McColl issued the following statement: Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) remains disappointed that the facilitated discussions with the plaintiffs in the Asner ...

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Anthony Byrnes: Is LA a Canary in a Coal Mine?

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Los Angeles-based theater critic and essayist, Anthony Byrnes, provides a succinct summary of the present situation between the LA theater community and Actors’ Equity.   As Byrnes emphasizes, the situation seems to continually cycle back to issues that neither the 1980s settlement (in favor of the LA actors) nor the 99-Seat Plan elimination last year (Equity’s initiative) fully resolved. Act I of the latest drama ...

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Letter: 99-Seat Plan to Equity Contract – The Data

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[The database discussed in this letter has since been updated.  Details may be found here.] I just spent about a year of researching 99-Seat productions that moved to contracts. And here’s what I found (with help from the Los Angeles Theater Community): At least 127 productions that began in 99-Seat theaters graduated to a level where the actors received Equity contracts. 917 Equity contracts were ...

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From 99 Seat Theater to LORT

LA Times: Vanessa Stewart has talked passionately about the need for 99 seat theater and the continued success of her show Louis & Keely ‘Live’ at the Sahara, like that of Spring Awakening, is just another in a series of stories why.  The show has recently returned to the Geffen Playhouse after playing in Chicago. “Sacred Fools didn’t even have an air conditioner, we were ...

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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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2015 Ovation Awards: Nominations & Winners

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The 2015 Ovation Awards were held on Monday, November 9, 2015 in the Ahmanson Theatre.  The winners in each category are italicized and in red.  The evening’s hosts were Vanessa and French Stewart. Best Season LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL CARRIE THE MUSICAL GOOD PEOPLE JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, A MUSICAL MARY POPPINS LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER D‘LO: ...

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